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Londoners too 'lazy' to recycle at work

When it comes to recycling in the workplace Londoners are a lazy bunch, with nearly half of all Londoners not using recycling facilities in the office, according to new research. A survey of 447 London workers showed that 49% of London people failed to recycle their rubbish at work. This is despite 86% of respondents claiming that their workplaces provided adequate facilities enabling them to recycle paper, plastic, aluminium and electrical equipment. The survey was conducted by the organisers of Working Building Week, a collection of events dedicated to highlighting the issues surrounding efficient and effective management of workplaces. A Working Buildings Week spokeswoman said: The research would seem to suggest that Londoners are lazy. Everybody knows what they have got to do when it comes to recycling and they do not do as much as they can. The survey also suggests that they were much more likely to recycle at home then at work. One of the main reasons the respondents gave for this was because at work recycling is perceived as somebody elses responsibility, whereas at home you have an individual responsibility to recycle. The research comes at a time when many more of Londons businesses are putting the sustainable work environment issue at the top of their agendas. We are not surprised by the results of this research. We know that sustainability is a key issue that is being actively addressed by many London organisations yet what is clearly evident is that there is a huge disparity between what people think and what they do, said Working Buildings Week event manager Simon Burton.

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