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Employers call for recycling help

Businesses want more help with workplace recycling, according to new research.

A survey of employers by Every Can Counts - a partnership between the drinks can manufacturing and recycling industries- found nearly a quarter struggle to communicate how and why employees should recycle.

The findings also show more than half the businesses questioned are motivated to recycle by environmental concerns.

Every Can Counts’ research was carried out as the partnership relaunched its website to help organisations increase their recycling. The new site “provides information and advice on setting up or reinvigorating a recycling scheme, along with communications resources to help with promotion to staff and customers”.

Rick Hindley, executive director of Every Can Counts, said: “Our experience tells us that putting a recycling box in an office doesn’t constitute a recycling programme, you have to educate people how to use it.

“Successful recycling and lasting behaviour change requires regular communication to remind staff how, what and where to recycle. We know that Every Can Counts helps increase drinks can recycling, and also boosts collections of other recyclables in a workplace.

“With the right resources, workplaces can easily encourage long-term behaviour change among the workforce and achieve their environmental goals.”

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