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Many businesses now make recycling a priority in the office, especially as many common office items are fairly easy to recycle. These items include paper, ink cartridges, computer equipment and other electrical equipment. Even large office equipment such as photocopiers can be recycled, as can large items of office furniture.

To ensure that office items are recycled in your workplace, it is vital that staff and visitors know that recycling is available, what can be recycled and, of course, where to leave office items for recycling. Your organisation can make this easier by designating areas and receptacles where these items can be deposited. By providing clear office recycling signage, no one will miss the fact that recycling is available.

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Why Should I Recycle Office Items?

Recycling is the safest and most responsible option when it comes to disposing of most waste products, and many office items need to be recycled in order to protect the environment and support the economy. Some office waste such as ink cartridges, batteries and mobile phones can be toxic and harmful to the environment when they end up in landfills, and anything with plastic or metal components will not biodegrade easily, meaning they will take up space in landfills for many years to come.

In addition, it can make sound economic sense to recycle items such as ink cartridges and electrical products. Some printer cartridges are recycled into new cartridges or even into entirely different products, but both of these processes are more efficient and affordable than making new ones. The Independent has claimed that over £50bn of electrical waste is thrown away every year worldwide, with most of it ending up in landfills. This leads to unnecessary waste as almost anything electrical can be recycled.

Recycling office items both helps reduce the pollution caused by the manufacture of new products and also keeps old products out of landfills, where they are likely to cause further environmental damage. In addition, recycling benefits the economy by providing a cheap and efficient source of manufacturing materials for new products.

How Do You Recycle Office Items?

Most office items can now be recycled in various ways. Many companies that sell ink cartridges, for example, will allow you to return empty cartridges for free, and many large retail and wholesale stores also have places to deposit ink cartridges. Local authorities may collect some office waste door-to-door in some areas or provide drop-off points within the community.

Most electrical items you may use in your office can also be recycled, from computers and printers to the office kettle. If it runs off an electrical source, has a charger or has batteries, it can almost certainly be recycled.

You can find out where your closest recycling centre is and exactly which items it accepts on the Recycle Now website, which is also a good resource to find out how to dispose of a specific item, such as a large item of office equipment or furniture.

Which Office Items Can be Recycled?

Most office items can be recycled, although this will depend on the available recycling facilities in your area. Here are a few of the items found around your office that can all be recycled:

  • Paper and card

  • Most plastics

  • Printer cartridges

  • Many packaging materials

  • Computers and laptops

  • Printers, scanners and fax machines

  • Mobile phones

  • Small appliances such as kettles and coffee makers

  • Batteries, light bulbs and fluorescent tubes

What Office Recycling Signs Do I Need?

Which office recycling signs you need will depend on your individual circumstances, but there is no doubt that placing clear and relevant recycling signage around your office can be a real help to your company in implementing a recycling policy for everyone to follow. Making employees aware of your company policy on recycling office items is vital and can be a part of your general training or induction policy. However, ensuring the policy is implemented on a daily basis can be as simple as placing appropriate recycling signage around workspaces to remind everyone of office policy.

Depending on the type of work carried out in your company, you may need a range of signs, including signs reminding employees to recycle anything from printer cartridges to telephone directories. You may also need to draw attention to where to leave large pieces of furniture or equipment for transport to recycling centres.

Our recommendation and the most effective recycling signs are all that follow the recycling sign logos from the Government's ‘Recycle Now’ campaign. Choosing these will make it even easier for everyone to not only remember to recycle but to do it with confidence.

Where Should Office Recycling Signs be Placed?

Recycling signs should be placed in prominent places around your office spaces and communal areas of the building with the aim of informing and reminding your staff and visitors of the company policy on office recycling. Recycling labels for bins can be very useful, as they allow for material-specific signs to be placed on each bin and recycling container. It is useful to have general signs to remind people to recycle as well. These signs can be placed in prominent places around the office as a general reminder.

Recycling signage can also indicate areas where larger items such as office furniture or large pieces of office equipment can be left for future recycling. You may need to place some signs in specific areas. For instance, paper recycling signs can be affixed in office areas where paper waste is likely to be generated, while a sign in communal areas such as office kitchens can be used to remind people what should be put in a mixed recycling bin and what should go in general waste.

There are convenient ways to secure your office recycling signs in appropriate and prominent positions around your premises. Our range of sign fixings allows you to choose the best solutions for your various workspaces. Our office recycling signs are available in a variety of sizes and materials, with many featuring easily recognisable recycling symbols.

Best Office Recycling Signs

The office recycling signage you need will generally depend on the type of business you have and which kinds of office items you need to recycle, but here are some of our top products in this category. Here at Seton, all our recycling signs support the Government-led Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP).

‘If Everyone Does A Little Recycling’ Signs – Simple and distinctive, these signs are suitable as a general reminder around the office. They are highly affordable with easy-peel, self-adhesive backing. These signs are also flexible, so they are ideal for curved surfaces and can also be used as a recycling bin poster.

Printer Cartridges WRAP Electrical Recycling Signs – Bold and eye catching, these signs come in either rigid plastic or vinyl and are available in a choice of sizes with various convenient fixings.

Mixed Recycling Do & Don’t Visual Signs – These signs include bold photographic images to capture attention and ensure that the message is clear to all. They also come in a range of sizes and materials with a choice of fixings.

If you have any questions about the type of mixed material recycling signage you need in your workplace, please feel free to get in touch. Our friendly team of experts are always happy to chat with you about your individual needs and requirements.