Global Recycling Day: Key Facts and Top Tips

#GlobalRecyclingDay is held annually on the 18th March and it supports the promotion of recycling across the world. To encourage the theme for 2019 which is ‘Recycling Into The Future’, we’ve put together a list of all our recycling and energy saving top tips and some ‘Did you know’ facts on recycling…take a look below.

Did you know…

Recycling combats climate change:
• The recycling industry reduces CO2 emissions by 700 million tons per year
• This is the equivalent of offsetting the total CO2 emissions of the aviation industry each year
• By collecting just 1kg of used clothing, we can reduce 3.6kg of CO2 emissions; 6000l of water consumption; 0.3k of the use of fertilizers and 0.2kg of the use of pesticides

Recycling boosts local employment:
• 1.6 million people worldwide are active in the recycling industry
• Each year $20 million is invested by the industry into job creation
• The recycling industry has an annual turnover of $200 billion; 10% of this figure is reinvested in new technologies, R&D and in creating new skilled jobs to improve the efficiency and environmental impact of recycling

Recycling conserves primary resources:
• Recycling materials provide at least 40% of the global raw material needs
• Over 63% of aluminium cans are recycled worldwide
• A typical electrical appliance is usually made of 75% recycled steel
• Steel cans consist of at least 25% recycled steel
• An average stainless-steel object is composed of about 60% of recycled materials


Recycling Top Tips

Recycling Paper
• Paper is usually the greatest waste in the office, try and use digital formats for writing notes and sending communications
• Think before you print. Add this to your email signatures to remind everyone!
• Request online invoices and order products online
• Re-use envelopes for international communications
• Send out an email campaign to all staff boasting the benefits of recycling and word it in such a way that your employees will respect the businesses behavioural changes and support it

Saving Energy
• Turn off heating in empty rooms, making sure they are well ventilated
• Manage heating and cooling with timers and sensor controls
• Investigate taking all, or a percentage of your energy from renewable resources or ‘green tariffs’

• Recycle your office furniture by using local council schemes or call Quills on 0845 078 0324 and we will investigate the costs to recycle your furniture and help you reach your environmental targets
• Install different bins so that waste can be separated into plastics, paper and card, food waste and general waste
Recycle your toner cartridges via Quills
• Recycle your batteries via Quills
• Get rid of personal bins at desks and encourage staff to use bins which allow for separated waste
• Purchase refillable pens via Quills to reduce plastic waste through stationery usage

Reduce your carbon footprint
• Home-working
• Car sharing
• Encourage the use of public transport and provide incentives to do so such as interest-free loans for public transport season tickets

It’s clear that there are a number of quick and easy ways to improve our recycling habits both at home and at work. Quills can offer you a Total Waste Management Program which incorporates all or some of the waste streams within your business. Get in touch today to see how we can help you.

Your chance to win a super-sized Easter Egg!

To get you EGG-cited for #Easter, we’ve got an EGG-cellent competition for you to get involved in!

All you have to do is snap a photo of a Quills or Rebel van on the road, post it on Facebook and we’ll enter you into our prize draw for the chance to win one super-sized Easter egg…sounds good right?

How do I participate?

1. Take a selfie with or of a Quill’s or Rebel van and post it in the comments section of our original Facebook post here

2. Follow and Like Quills Facebook page and LinkedIn 

3. Two winners will be drawn at random on 1st April 2019

You’ve got until the end of March to enter our competition so keep your eyes peeled and get snapping! 👀


What do I need to look out for?

Our vans are fully wrapped and can either have a Quills or Rebel Logo on the side! Here’s an example of what to look out for:

Terms & Conditions
1. Participants can submit their entry via Facebook or Twitter by uploading their photo and tagging us into the post.
2. Participants names will only be entered into the prize draw if they submit a photo and follow and Like Quill’s official Facebook page and LinkedIn.
3. Only one photo per participant is permitted.
4. The competition will run throughout March with the last entry being on 31st March at 11.59pm.
5. The winners will be drawn at random and announced via social media by 5th April 2019.
6. The prize is not transferrable and no cash alternative will be provided.
7. Delivery of the egg will go to the named person who submitted the entry and we cannot be held accountable should your egg melt after delivery!
8. Quills Group is Quills Office Supplies Ltd and our registered address is Unit 2 Spitfire Park, Croydon, Surrey, CR0 4WD.
9. Both winners will be announced via social media by 5th April 2019.
10. Entries are open to anyone form the UK&I and Quill’s employees are excluded from this competition.