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Post-Christmas Recycling – The Best Strategies for Your Business

Published on 07 January 2015

Now that the festive period is over and we move into a new year, you need to make sure your business appropriately deals with the post-Christmas mess in the most environmentally-friendly ways.

The size of your business is a big factor in how much you need to clean up, and unfortunately the bigger it is the more you'll have to do. Also, despite the Christmas weeks being generally quieter in your office spaces or warehouses, through staff holidays, you can still acquire quite a lot of waste that shouldn't all be just thrown in the bin.

Common Christmas Clutter

This again depends on your work environment - and how festive you allowed your staff to be -the more common items you might find littering your business include:

  • Christmas Foliage and Decorations - dead trees, old trimmings and plants in foyers or on your employees' desks that have been leftover, can be recycled.
  • Boxes, Tags and Paper - your staff may have ordered gifts to be delivered at work, or you might have had a ‘Secret Santa' before the holidays. Whatever you did, there can often be a surplus of leftover cardboard and paper.
  • Bottles and Plates - a Christmas party in the office can leave you with a number of recyclable items like empty glass bottles, plastic cutlery and paper plates.

A Green Clean-up

To ensure you can help get your business tidy, looking fresh for the New Year and most importantly recycling efficiently, you can follow these simple steps to get this done:

  1. Organise Designated Areas - set up appropriate receptacles for the different types of recyclable waste. Having a colour guide will make it easier for your staff to know which items go where. Some suggested colours are: Blue for paper, card and cartons. Green for plants and trees. Brown for glass, metals and plastics. Black for food waste.
  2. Encourage and Inform your Staff - it is far easier when you all work together so send out emails to your staff to encourage them to recycle appropriately. Alternatively, leave posters and notes around your business to remind them about what they need to recycle.
  3. Get Involved - you can treat your post-Christmas clean up as a great way to show your staff you support them. Simply make it clear you are recycling too rather than just telling them what to do, this can be a big morale booster and again shows the importance of working together.

So there you have it, just a few ways you can help keep your business green and also work towards fighting the post-Christmas blues.



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