First Asset Finance has long been established in the waste and recycling sector, so this year we are taking part in Recycle Week. Our objective is to explore various aspects of recycling; including domestic recycling, the Blue Planet Effect, glass recycling, the waste journey, and how to educate the younger generations.
In preparation for this, we have asked Laura Gosshawk, Head of Administration, a few questions on her recycling challenges, goals and hopes for the future.
Q: What challenge have you set yourself?
Laura: I’ve made it a personal challenge this year, to reduce single-use plastic consumption in our household and also reduce food waste. In our weekly waste collection, we usually have 1 black sack, and the rest are recyclable goods. We are a family of 3 and a dog, but still want to improve upon this.
Q: What are the biggest changes you’ve made?
Laura: The kitchen and bathroom are the worst offenders for plastic consumption in our house so we’ve started there. We’ve replaced our plastic milk and juice bottles for glass bottles. We have also stopped buying hand soap, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and invested in glass dispensers that are refillable at a local shop.
Q: What about food waste?
I’ve made a real effort to reduce our food waste, and where possible we are self-composting. Freezing leftovers like fruit that’s past its best, milk, bread and things just about to go off. They are small changes but I’m a firm believer that making a small change, is better than not trying at all.
Q: Do you transfer these through to office life?
Laura: Not as much as I should! I try to bring in my own reusable water bottle and reusable coffee cup, however, as a company we are looking at increasing our recycling by the end of the year and have signed up to DS Smith’s Coffee Cup Drop Boxes. My aim is that we also get the rest of our floor involved. The goal would be to expand this and other initiatives from our own office, across the floor, and eventually, the whole building.
Q: What would you like to achieve in respect of recycling in 2020?
Laura: Zero black bags going out with our weekly rubbish collection! It might sound unachievable but I want to aim for everything to be recycled, and I want to learn more around composting and food waste.
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