What can be recycled?

  • Mixed glass bottles and jars 
  • Paper, card and flattened cardboard boxes
  • Plastic bottles (please squash and keep plastic lids on)
  • Plastic pots, tubs, trays and containers (please rinse them out first)
  • Food and drink cartons (please squash, keep plastic lids on and rinse out)
  • Tetra Paks (please squash and keep plastic lids on)

If in doubt, leave it out!

What can't be recycled?

Please do not put these items in the recycling:

  • Food waste
  • Soft plastic such as crisps and chocolate bar wrappers
  • Shredded paper (check with your local council first)
  • Food-soiled packaging (make sure to rinse things out before recycling!)
  • Polystyrene
  • Foil
  • Paper towels and blue roll
  • Plastic bags/bin bags
  • Aerosol cans

Think before you print!

Office waste and unnecessary printing have become the norm for many people. Statistics suggest that 50% of printed pages are never used. This plays a large part in the accumulation of waste within businesses and office environments.

We all have a part to play in fighting against climate change.

Here are some things to consider before you print:

  • Be selective about what you print. Don’t print unless its absolutely necessary
  • Print double sided where you can
  • Go digital whenever you can – read, send and save soft copies
  • Print only the pages you need – don’t print the whole document
  • Recycle or reuse scrap paper
  • Print in black and white when possible – don’t print in colour unless you have to

Please think before you print!  Ask yourself “Do I really need to print this email, web page or 50 page article?”

For more information visit thinkbeforeprinting.org

What can you do at home?

We all can be making new habits at home for ways to be more sustainable. Here are some steps you can take towards a more environmentally friendly living.

  • Develop the habit of turning off lights and appliances when not in use, including shutting down your computer at the end of each day
  • Cut down on food waste by cooking smaller portions and planning meals wisely. Opt for a compost bin to manage any unavoidable food waste
  • Explore recycling options for a wide range of items, from soft plastics and batteries to cat food packets. Before discarding something, check if it can be recycled
  • Minimize plastic usage by choosing loose produce over prepackaged items during when shopping. Explore refill shops for staples like pasta, rice, and even shampoo
  • Make the switch to LED light bulbs for longer-lasting and more energy-efficient lighting. With various brightness levels and designs, find the perfect fit while contributing to environmental efforts

There are even smaller things you can start to turn into habits like using a reusable coffee cup, buying local fruit and veg, car share or public transport, shorter showers, the list is really endless!

Have an idea or concern to share?
Chat to your Green Team representative

 

Ella Lewis
Reading Office

 

Natalie Dyde
Reading Office

 

Laura Astle
Reading Office

 

 

 

 

Lucy Fish
Manchester Office

Rhiann Bull
Hastings Office