Stationery Recycling

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Stationery Recycling

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Recycling your old office supplies

Office supplies that are old hat for your workplace might be good for someone else.

If you’re in need of help disposing of old pens, pencils, staplers and hole-punchers, our dedicated team are on hand to help with recycling your office supplies in the most cost-effective, environmentally friendly and sustainable way possible.

Why set up a Stationery Recycling Collection with First Mile?

Easy switch from your current waste provider

Flexible business waste and recycling collections up to 3 times a day, 7 days a week

Amazing support available 24/7/365 from our specialist commercial waste collection team

Service Extras, like compliance certificates, weighing and data, and posters

First Mile's Stationery Recycling service

Did you know that every week, office workers throw away 1.65 tonnes of BIC biros? At First Mile, we will always work towards reusing, repurposing and re-applying stationery where possible.

No matter how old or tatty your stationery may be, it could be in a great working condition for someone else. Tonnes of old pens, pencils, rubbers and rulers are wasted every year when they could be reused and repurposed.

Wondering how we recycle office supplies?

We sent items in good condition to a number of charities like Child Action and Small Steps Project, who then provide these supplies to children and adults who don’t have access to materials. Damaged or unusable stationery items get broken down to produce Green energy and further help power homes, schools and offices while working to save the planet.

By recycling your office supplies with First Mile, you’re working towards making a difference.

Stationery Recycling FAQs

Why can't I put coffee waste in the bin?

You can, but when you include coffee grounds or beans in your general waste, they will more than likely end up in a landfill.

They will then start decomposing and producing harmful greenhouse gases, like methane, eventually emitting them into the atmosphere and directly contributing to global warming.  

Who are Envar?

First Mile has partnered with Envar to recycle coffee grounds in the best possible way to help our environment. They specialise in composting green and food waste on a large scale, and are experts in their field, meaning they know exactly what to do with any form of coffee waste.  

Why use First Mile?

As one of the leading waste management companies in LondonBirmingham and the UK, First Mile has already helped over 30,000 businesses to reduce their carbon impact with our range of recycling services - with over 200 new businesses signing up each week.

By choosing First Mile, you’ll benefit from a low cost, reliable service, a 24/7 helpdesk, and free monthly reporting. You can view our accreditations above and our certificates and insurances here.

What are cartons made of and are they recyclable?

The average carton is made up of at least three layered materials: 75% paperboard (from wood), 21% polyethylene (a type of plastic) and 4% aluminium (on long-life or aseptic packages only). It's this unique combination that makes carton packaging safe and efficient to store food and drinks, but it also means that recycling cartons require a very special process.

After collection, cartons are taken to a specialist facility where they're soaked into water to separate the paperboard fibres. These are then dried and recycled into new paper products. The recovered plastic and aluminium layers are separated and turned into garden furniture, industrial products and building materials.

The process of recycling cartons isn't the easiest, but it is possible. Still, worldwide, less than 20% of cartons packaging is recycled - we can and must do better. First Mile recycles cartons in the UK, reducing the carbon footprint necessary and ensuring that nothing ends up in a landfill.

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