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.

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!

What's the future of recycling?

Recycling plays an essential role in tackling the climate crisis, but it’s not always as easy as just chucking our rubbish in the recycling bin. We’re all doing our bit, but, somehow, our waste is still ending up piled up in landfills or clogging up our oceans. How will recycling change to prevent this?

How to make your garden bloom and make the planet greener too!

The days are getting warmer, birds are nesting and flowers are flourishing. It's safe to say that spring is in full swing, which means it's time to get outside and start tiding up your garden.

Get ready to count your plastic with The Big Plastic Count

From 16th to 22nd May is The Big Plastic Count, the UK’s biggest investigation into household plastic waste. Launched by Greenpeace and Everyday Plastic, this project gives us the opportunity to discover how much plastic we throw away and how much is recycled.

Your guide to making your business greener this Earth Day

As more companies move into more sustainable ways of doing business, this year’s Earth Day, which falls on 22 April, provides a perfect opportunity to embrace the benefits of a green economy.

First Mile teams up with Decent Packaging at the London Coffee Festival

British coffee culture is booming and with consumers now downing 95 million cups of coffee a day, that’s plenty of cups that need to be composted.

10 sure-fire ways to become an expert recycling hero!

Global Recycling Day’s theme this year is #RecyclingHeroes – those people who champion innovative recycling practices and habits around the world. So, how can you become a recycling hero? Here are our top tips to help you be an out of this world recycling hero!

The 9 eco-warriors inspiring us this International Women's Day

Who better to inspire us, this International Women’s Day, than these brave and brilliant female climate activists?

What’s the point of recycling?

Are you just wasting your time rinsing out all those plastic bottles? Or can recycling really help save the planet?


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