Recycling facts


Everyone can recycle

Despite technology and the digitised age, there is still a large following for the original mediums. Whilst the development of technology has stopped some of our human habits, it has changed others, creating new behaviours that influence our day-to-day lives. This means new products and the way these products are made, are being created to support the evolution of technology.

Whatever the product or material is produced, the waste needs to be sorted and/or recycled.

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Commercial waste and recycling

In an office for example, despite email, paper is still used to send invoices in the post. Depending on the industry and business type, paper is necessary for the company to operate and/or considered to be needed. Also, the operations of a business are strongly influenced by the attitudes and demands of consumers and customers.

Environmental policies differ between each company; it can include business objectives from reducing paper consumption to reducing electricity consumption. All businesses though have an obligation to sort all waste produced on the premises, if this cannot be done through local waste streams a private contractor is required. For guidance on commercial waste collections, visit WRAP.

The type of waste produced from a business will be different to household waste. Commercial waste can include and be sorted into categories by industry and sector types, such as the medical industry producing biohazardous waste.

Household waste and recycling

Across the UK, each region is further divided by districts, with its own councils; each council has its own rules. To check when your bin collection day is, where your nearest recycling point is, or which waste and recycling bin you should be using at home, use the below useful recycling links.

Check local recycling collections on GOV.UK.

Check which recycling bins to use and local recycling locations on Recycle Now.