The Big Picture

The environment's at the heart of all our work.

Welcome to the First Mile features and hot topics that make us tick.

Recycling symbols and what they mean

Here’s First Mile’s brief guide to the most frequently used recycling symbols, including those tricky plastic recycling logos.

What happens to recycling after it's collected?

Do you know how recycling collections work in the UK? Or what happens to recycling once it’s been taken away? Let First Mile help you brush up on your recycling knowledge!

How To Recycle Your Electronics Waste At Work

Discarding electronic waste is not as simple as chucking it in the bin. Many electronics and appliances can cause serious health threats if they are not disposed of properly. They contain nasty chemicals and substances that, if thrown haphazardly into landfill, risk escaping and polluting us, as well as our planet.

Top tips for recycling more at home

With millions of us now working from home, we actually have time to double-check whether that yoghurt pot is recyclable or not. Let’s use this as an opportunity to create some new and improved recycling habits.

10 motivating recycling facts that will make you want to recycle everything!

There are all sorts of reasons why we don’t recycle. It’s too much effort. Or we’re not sure how or where to recycle it. These 10 UK recycling facts show why it’s so important we all keep doing our bit.

Five Reasons Why Recycling Should Be Number One on Your Sustainability Agenda

As a business, you should already have a firm sustainability plan in place. But it should be more than just tipping paper into the recycling or installing hand dryers in the bathrooms.You should be able to see clearly how your company is moving towards a greener and brighter future.

Plastic Free July® and other inspiring initiatives tackling plastic pollution

The problem of plastic pollution can seem overwhelming. We produce over 300 million tonnes of plastic every year, half of which is used to create single-use items. If we want to look after our planet, things need to change. And one way to make a difference is to sign up to Plastic Free July®.

Five countries leading the way in renewable energy

Green energy creates power from nature: wind, water, sun. Think wind farms and solar panels. It produces zero carbon emissions and no pollution. And, unlike coal, oil and gas, it never runs out.

First Mile launches fleet of custom electric bikes for lower-carbon London recycling collections

First Mile wins 'Contribution to Achieving Net Zero' Award

First Mile leads the way in reducing carbon emissions by making it easier for businesses to recycle. So we’re thrilled to be the winners of the new ‘Contribution to Achieving Net Zero’ award!

Why is Renewable Energy So Important?

As a business, you have the responsibility to choose your energy sources wisely and to make use of alternative and renewable energy.

What is a Waste Transfer Note?


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