Jun 07, 2018

Preventing plastic pollution this World Oceans Day

Words by Sarah Hayes

Today is the UN's World Oceans Day, encouraging individuals and businesses across the globe to find solutions to help prevent plastic pollution in the seas. It's predicted that by 2050 if we do nothing they'll be more plastic than fish in the oceans, so in the spirit of today, we've collated some simple, actionable tips to instil within your business that will help tackle our plastic pollution. Act locally, think globally.

1. Discourage employees from using single-use plastic.

In an ideal world, we would stop using single-use plastic altogether, but for anyone that has tried to live a week without plastic, the reality for busy city dwellers is that it's not convenient. However we can all challenge our colleagues to adopt more healthy behaviour when it comes to plastic consumption, so we can collectively recycle more than we dump. Encouraging staff to reduce single use plastic consumption is the best way to reduce plastic pollution in the ocean. Offer discounts on reusable cup usage, ban straws and plastic cutlery from your workplace and provide refillable water bottles as a staff incentive.

2. Ensure basic recycling in your business is set up correctly

Plastic that ends up in landfill has a high risk of entering the water supply. By introducing a Mixed Recycling stream to your waste set up, your business can give new life to plastic. Before you put your waste in to recycling, take 20 seconds to clean out any contaminants such as left over food or napkins from it before popping it in to the recycling sack to ensure the plastic is not contaminated and can be recycled.

3. Recycle your complex plastics responsibly.

Single use coffee cups, toner cartridges and coffee pods are hard to recycle, but by popping them in a dedicated sack available from First Mile on a next day delivery, you can ensure they can be recycled responsibly. Check out all the recycling options here for more complex items, think sustainably and adopt the correct streams for your business.

4. Increase your recycling rate by reducing contamination

By recycling food waste at your business, it reduces the chance of contaminating your recycling streams, leading to a higher recycling rate. We will collect your food daily and it's cheaper than general waste so this is a simple change that has cost benefits.

We are committed to helping our customers recycle 90% of all their plastic by 2025 and we’ll be supporting partners who want to minimise plastic and enhance its recyclability to achieve this.

For more information on our recycling service, contact us here.

By Sarah Hayes

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