Is reducing your company’s carbon footprint a priority? It should be! In an effort to make your life easier, we have compiled a useful recycling cheat sheet to keep handy, making it possible for you and your employees to do your bit for good old Mother Nature.


As most of us will know, only certain types of plastic packaging can be recycled. Here’s how to tell the difference:

Yes: Start by looking for resin codes, which will be found somewhere on the packaging. Resin codes 1 & 2 mean that the plastic is indeed recyclable (these codes are most commonly found on plastic bottles, such as milk bottles).
No: Resin codes 3 – 7 mean that the plastic packaging is non-recyclable.
Paper and Cardboard

The worldwide belief is that all paper and cardboard packaging and items can be recycled, but unfortunately this is not the case.

Yes: Things like old newspapers, magazines, corrugated cardboard boxes, wrapping paper, paper cups etc. are indeed all excellent recycling choices.

No: However, used tissues, paper towels, used paper plates / cups, wax-coated paper and hardcover books are all recycling no-nos.



The good news is that almost all glass can be recycled. If you want to ensure that you do a thorough job, however, you might want to consider separating clear glass from coloured glass – although many recycling facilities will be happy to do this for you.


Over 97% of lead-acid batteries can be recycled by simply dropping them off at your local car battery store. Dry-cell batteries can also be recycled – be sure to look out for specialised bins!


Yes, oil is also 100% recyclable, but don’t pour it down the drain (it could lead to a nasty clog)! Take it down to your nearest garage instead.

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