Making Our Environment Safe For The Future
Could businesses do more?
POSTED BY JAY GOULD ON 28/05/2018 @ 9:00AM
I'm passionate about protecting the environment. The impact we have could be far more positive and although businesses do recycle, you will agree we could do much more. If you are a business that is working to improve our planet, then thank you ...
With a little thought and effort, businesses can implement a recycling programme!
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Recycling is not only a way to demonstrate our social responsibility, it has the ability to help change the world around us. Reducing the energy we use helps decrease carbon emissions when fuel is burned, which is directly responsible for global warming and extreme weather conditions.
"We are also killing our oceans with plastic and chemicals!"
There are many business benefits to having a recycling policy. It can help save money as well as boosting green credentials and can make a positive impact on the environment.
As businesses, we all have an environmental responsibility and it is becoming increasingly more important that not only do individuals recycle, but we do too. We usually have a higher volume of waste which means a business's environmental footprint makes a larger impact than the average person.
Recycling saves on raw materials and energy as well. If we recycling just one glass bottle, we save enough energy to light a 15-watt low energy efficient bulb (equivalent to a 100-watt normal bulb) for 24 hours.
The average cost of waste is around 5% of turnover, so by recycling, we can reduce costs at the landfill and of bulk waste removal and improve cash flow. Counting the amount of plastic in any business would provide a few uncomfortable surprises.
Did you know that plastics are a versatile material that can be a valuable asset to a corporate green recycling program? A business can greatly reduce destructive waste output and cut costs associated with waste management fees quite easily.
Because many plastics are recyclable, it's possible to work with those that buy waste and use it for other purposes. Plastics are often recycled to make items such as clothes, carpet, containers, bottles, plastic lumber, films, grocery bags, moulding materials, and garden products, to name just a few.
The Environmental Protection Agency reports plastic made up 12% of the 254 million tons of waste generated in 2007. That's more than 30 million tons of plastic in one year and we use more now than ever before
For every 1 ton of plastic that's recycled, reports estimate that 7 yards of landfill space are saved
Recycling helps save an additional 80% of energy that's typically used when making new plastic bottles, containers and other plastic items
But sadly ...
An estimated 14 billion pounds of rubbish is being dumped into the ocean every year. That's more than 1.5 million pounds per hour
Over 100 million marine animals are killed each year due to plastic debris in the ocean and an estimated one million birds
Sea turtles die each year when they become trapped in plastic or eat it, perhaps mistaking it for a tasty treat. It is one of biggest threats to all whales and dolphins occurring throughout the world's oceans
Three hundred thousand dolphins and porpoises die each year as a result of becoming entangled in discarded fishing nets and other plastic waste
People who live in places with high levels of air pollutants have a 20% higher risk of death from lung cancer than people who live in less-polluted areas
You can see from the facts above that if we continue on the way we are, then the land, oceans and the air we breathe will become more and more polluted threatening not just ourselves, but all life on earth.
"There is a better way: recycle!"
As businesses, it's both our responsibility to the planet and to our bottom line to recycle as much as possible and make our systems, processes and supply chains as efficient as possible.
Besides ... it's also great PR!
Until next time
Jay Gould joined CMC Technology in 2018 to focus on new business and account management. He has been implementing new ideas and innovations ever since.
His impressive skills come from his humble beginnings as a sales apprentice at the tender age of just 16, and he has seen growth across the IT industry with astonishing new customers experiences as technology evolves.
As part of his efforts to build new business, you will often see Jay at networking events across Milton Keynes and around the UK. If you haven’t heard or met him yet there’s no doubt you will do soon.