As a business, Datagraphic takes responsible recycling and waste management seriously. We do everything in our control to optimise how we produce client mailings sustainably and identify ways to be a more responsible organisation. To mark Recycle Week, we explain how our team disposes of the materials we use to fulfil our client obligations whilst also reducing our climate impact.
This year’s theme of Recycle Week is ‘The Big Recycling Hunt’, which focuses on ‘missed capture’. It’s largely aimed at items that can be recycled but are commonly missed in the home. However, as a business, we look for every way to reduce, reuse and recycle.
Statistics show an estimated 33.9 million tonnes of commercial and industrial (C&I) waste was generated in 2021 in England alone. Therefore, we recognise that we all need to consider waste management strategies as a legitimate business concern.
Why is recycling important for Datagraphic?
As part of our environmental commitment, we evaluate daily habits to adopt planet-friendly practices. Recycling contributes to us being a responsible business, and so we help to reduce demand for natural resources, diverting waste from landfills and lessening pollution.
Across the production process, Datagraphic uses significant volumes of paper and cardboard, in particular, to serve clients with sustainable mailings. Although we work with our supply chain to sustainably source materials, recycling is critical to mitigating the climate crisis. That’s why we assess waste at every step.
Best practice waste management strategies
As part of our ISO 14001 certification, we train our employees on how to recycle properly to reduce, reuse and recycle operational waste.
Separation at source
Our operational rubbish is separated to be recycled efficiently.
General office waste is collected and recycled by a carbon-neutral waste management company, Fortress Recycling. Fortress collects, weighs and processes waste at its state-of-the-art recycling plant. As a result, nothing goes to landfill.
Our other recycling is recycled specifically by type:
- Shredpro comes onsite once a week and securely shreds our confidential waste. The shredded waste is then taken away to be recycled.
- We separate and batch other waste paper, cardboard and clingfilm from packaging.
- We donate leftover paper rolls from our printers to local schools or causes.
- Whistl reuses pallets from deliveries.
- Waste management specialists collect any metal or computer equipment.
- Print toners are collected and recycled.
We are always open to innovative ways to reduce and repurpose waste products. In doing so, we are currently looking into how we can donate IT equipment for reuse by charitable organisations.
Watch the video below to see how we recycle responsibly at our Rugby production centre.