Recycling at FHT Headquarters

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Here at FHT, we care about our planet and future generations, which is why we’re continually reviewing our business practices, big and small, taking steps towards becoming a more sustainable organisation.

Feedback from our latest members survey suggests that sustainable living is at the top of our members’ priorities too, and with over 15 million tonnes of rubbish being sent to landfill every year in the UK, we can see why (Gov UK, 2019).

Since launching an FHT working group to champion sustainability just a few months ago, we have seen a wide uptake in staff involvement. FHT’s Facilities and Wellbeing Executive, Laura Thomson, has launched a range of office recycling initiatives, including:

  • Tassimo coffee pods
  • Bottle tops
  • Confectionery wrappers
  • Batteries
  • Stamps
  • Greetings cards
  • Printing ink

Laura said, “Most of the recycling schemes we’ve implemented at FHT HQ started from speaking to people in the local community to find out what they do. They gave us a lot of ideas that I wouldn’t have even thought of!

“I found the company Terracycle through a post on my son’s school Facebook page. Terracycle are able to recycle hundreds of different things, so I picked just a few items that I thought would make the biggest difference to our office recycling.

“We were already recycling milk bottle tops, but I thought it would be nice for us to recycle all bottle tops. Unfortunately, most companies only offer milk bottle top recycling, but after a bit of searching, I found that Lush offer recycling for all bottle tops. Now we can recycle all of our bottle tops and staff bring them in from home too.

“If FHT members are interested in recycling more, they can go to the website and see if there’s a drop-off point in their area. It’s also worth seeing if there’s anyone in your local community who has an idea you haven’t thought of. For instance, I happened to speak to someone from a local nursery who said they use the front of greetings cards for their children to make something fun with, so now we donate our cards to them.”

For more information on recycling opportunities in your area, visit recyclenow.com.

Read the FHT’s 2020 Sustainability Report, launched at our 2019 Conference in November at The King’s Fund, London.

Resources:

Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (2019). UK Statistics on Waste. [Available online: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/784263/UK_Statistics_on_Waste_statistical_notice_March_2019_rev_FINAL.pdf] (Accessed November 2019).

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