Traditionally, every desk in an office had a bin underneath - which was great for the user, but very labour-intensive for the cleaning team, very wasteful on plastic bags and encouraged poor recycling. But today, with the rise of agile workspaces and, more importantly, the increasing demand for recycling, things aren't quite that simple. So the question of how many bins you should have, and where they should go, keeps popping up. So what is the answer?...Read more
How many bins should I have in the office?
How do continuous liners compare to conventional bin liners in cost?
The assumption is often made that our Maxi 110 metre continuous liner refill is equivalent to a 110 conventional bin liners. However this is rarely the case. The volume capacity of 1 metre of Maxi continuous liner is about 200 litres. And remember, every bag you remove is 100% full. A conventional bin liner is typically 90 litres, and they often are only 50% full at the most, giving a true capacity of 45 litres. So this means that a full Maxi liner will give you 4.5x the amount of waste volume capacity....Read more
3 reasons to include recycling bin stations in your new office designs
Today, office fit-outs just keep getting better and better. Companies are building truly beautiful environments for their staff to work and relax in. We’ve seen offices with sleeping pods, roof-top running tracks and all manner of other weird and wonderful features and designs. But one thing doesn’t seem to change...hidden away in the dark corners of the building, there lurks a motley collection of recycling bins; untidy, overflowing, with inconsistent and unclear signage. With the importance placed on recycling and the environment today, isn’t this a little odd?...Read more
We're proud to support London's latest reverse vending scheme
We’re proud to have supplied the latest reverse vending pilot at King’s Cross Estate in central London. This program is a partnership between the UK’s leading recycling group, Veolia and restaurant chain, LEON. The scheme offers participants 10% off a purchase from the nearest LEON restaurant in return for recycling one plastic drinks bottle or aluminium can....Read more
5 Companies that excel at recycling
Feeling like you've hit a glass ceiling in your recycling efforts? Or feeling like you don't know where to start? Here's 5 companies that have gone above and beyond in their recycling efforts - hopefully they'll give you the inspiration you need to take your waste reduction efforts to the next level. Happy reading!...Read more
Why Blue Planet II was so effective, and what it means for you.
Just over a year ago, David Attenborough's 'Blue Planet II' was aired. This single programme revolutionised the mindset of an entire nation. Millions of people we're spurred on to change their habits. But how was this such a success? How did a documentary about ocean life change the way a nation thinks about single use plastics?...Read more
Zero waste - how hard is it to achieve?
First of all, what is Zero Waste? Many people have the perception that zero waste is pretty much impossible, and this perception stems from a wrong idea of what zero waste actually is. Zero waste does not simply mean that 100% of all waste is recycled. The ultimate definition is that nothing is sent to landfill - that everything is in some way contributing to a circular economy. Which means that zero waste actually is possible; certainly not easy, but not as far-fetched as many people assume....Read more
Plastics demystified: is it actually recycled?
***An Apology*** Before going any further, we need to apologise about the confusion caused by our last post. This post attempts to clarify the confusion. It's difficult, because recycling in the UK is very confusing, but one important thing to note is that all plastics are recyclable. However, it is often not commercially viable to recycle certain types unless your business is creating a large volume of waste....Read more
We're proud to be part of the UK's biggest collaboration to improve on-the-go recycling
Bubble-blowing bins, recycling reward machines, a huge art installation and ‘Re-Cycler’ recycling collection bikes will appear across Leeds city centre from Tuesday 9th October as part of #LeedsByExample - the UK’s biggest push to date to trial innovative ways to improve rates of recycling on the go....Read more
Single-use coffee cups: how you can take action today
The government has promised action on single-use plastics and coffee cups but, like all things bureaucratic, it's moving very slowly. Implementing a system like those in various European countries would be a mammoth task. Each different council has its own waste management system, unlike the centralised systems in place in countries like Germany....Read more
How to spot and prevent pests in food production
The battle against pests in a food production facility is never ending. Rats in the production area are your worst nightmare, but the chances of this happening aren't as slim as you might hope. The truth is that without measures to control them in place, any food factory is a paradise for all kinds of pests....Read more
How to boost office recycling with a green champion
You've re-thought your recycling system, installed recycling stations with clear, simple signage, you've fired everyone up in a company-wide meeting, and everything is set for your recycling rates to rocket through the roof. But nothing happens. Your new, clearly labelled waste streams lie forlorn and empty, and general waste is overflowing. The problem is that you can fire up your staff and make it as easy for them as you possibly can, but nothing will happen if their mindset doesn't change. What you need is a green champion....Read more