Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
Re-using, repairing and remanufacturing help to get maximum value from waste materials and products. Recycling retains less of the value. However, recycling plays an important role in the circular economy.
Traditional recycling produces items that are of a lower value and quality than the original item or material, when it may be known as ‘downcycling’. A typical example is plastic, which when recycled is turned into a lower grade plastic.
There is now a growing trend to ‘upcycle’, which means changing an unwanted or discarded item into something with a higher value and quality than the original item e.g. upcycling shoe boxes into storage containers; turning a step ladder into a shelf; or painting a piece of furniture.
How recycling can benefit your business
You must comply with your Duty of Care for waste:
You must comply with special requirements for recycling certain wastes, such as:
Attend an ’upcycling’ workshop: Upcycled World
Recycle for Scotland: Find your local recycling facilities
Resource Efficient Scotland: Find recycling services in your area
NI Direct: Recycling and reusing
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