By recovering materials from old products we are removing or
reducing the need to extract yet more raw materials from the earth.
74% of the municipal solid waste produced by Wales can be recycled
or composted through current processes so by taking part in
recycling you can help to reduce the amount of waste going to
landfill. Recycling also reduces the demand for raw materials which
in turn saves on carbon emissions, water, and land required to
produce new items.
You will need to contact your Local Authority to find out what
your organisation can recycle and where. Many offer facilities for
recycling paper, cardboard, plastics and food. The Carbon Trust
have produced a handy guide to help you understand more about
Of course reducing demands for these resources in the first place,
for example by emailing instead of printing documents, is far
better than recycling. However, certain office equipment is
necessary for the functioning of the organisation or business, and
so understanding how to best maintain and recover resources is
important for transitioning towards a 'circular economy'.
Recycling Office Equipment
You might also need to think about how you recycle cartridges,
computers, office furniture and equipment. For information on all
types of recycling please contact your Local Authority, Waste Awareness
Wales, or WRAP.
There are also companies and organisations you can contact to help
you recycle specific items:
Office furniture and equipment