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Which Industries Are Best at Recycling?

According to Forbes, scientists have predicted that if our plastic consumption habits don’t change soon, there will be more plastic in our oceans than there are fish by the year 2050. With that in mind, it’s not surprising that the theme for Earth Day 2018 was ‘End Plastic Pollution’.

JUST Capital analysed 875 companies regarding their waste processes and only 136 of them disclosed both the total amount of waste produced and recycled within any given year. Of the total amount of waste generated by those 136 companies, only 54% of it was recycled.

The way in which waste is managed and disposed of critically impacts the environment and, therefore, the future of the planet. So which industries are best at managing the waste they produce? The following companies:

  • Recycle at least 85% of their waste
  • Are extremely committed to environmental and sustainable practices
  • Establishes and solid environmental management system
  • Have environmental targets, objectives, monitoring, measurement, audits, training and performance records in place
  • Receives external certification, across the majority of facilities, of their environmental management systems
  • Are leaders in overall rankings for JUST Capital


The technology industry

The technology industry is helping to lead the way in environmental changes, for the better. Sustainability and eco-friendly issues remain at the heart of everything they do and two of the most environmentally-friendly technology companies include the following:

Texas Instruments

Texas Instruments have a strong history of endeavouring to be as sustainable as possible, making significant investments in a bid to recycle, use and reuse as many materials as possible, all of which is sustainably and responsibly sourced. Any waste they do produce is appropriately managed and disposed of, with each one of their production sites operating robust recycling programmes.


Accenture’s 2017 Corporate Citizenship report shows that they’ve made a tremendous amount of progress when it comes to reducing its carbon footprint and cutting carbon emissions. According to the aforementioned reports, they’ve cut carbon dioxide emissions by 52% per employee. Accenture makes reusing and recycling one its main priorities and this includes the way in which they manage water and e-waste.


The beauty industry

The beauty industry is committed to helping to save the planet. With each company going about their sustainability strategies in their own way, there’s one brand that’s making larger waves than all the others, and that’s Estee Lauder.

Estee Lauder

Estee Lauder has a dedicated Global Environmental and Safety (EAS) team with a solid reputation and strong records when it comes to minimising the waste the company generates. Within the same mission, they look to identify new ways in which to improve diversion rates and recovery. According to JUST Capital, the company has owned 23 manufacturing and distribution facilities since 2003 and none of them have sent any waste to landfill.

Any waste that could not be recycled was collected, incinerated and converted into energy. JUST Capital reported that the company achieved an 88.5% recycling rate in 2016 although they set the target even higher in 2017 at an impressive 90%.


The energy indsutry

Energy companies have always been looking into green alternatives to the burning of fossil fuels. As burning coal for fuel is continuously being phased out, especially after the recent COP26 announcement, energy companies are looking for new ways to generate energy for their customers. But even then, energy providers produce waste as a result of this, so what do they do with it all? One company has an innovative solution.


Eaton works towards reducing the amount they waste in a bid to support the community and their employees. JUST Capital reported that in 2015, Eaton reduced the amount of waste they sent to landfill by 24.9%, going from 33,400 metric tonnes to 25,100 metric tonnes. As of recently, more than 120 facilities owned by Eaton sent zero waste to landfill and they’re aiming to ensure all of their facilities do the same, eventually.


The waste management industry

Waste management companies are committed to recycling all of the waste they collect and one of those companies is Willshee’s. We recycle 100% of the waste materials we acquire from our customers, so you’ll have absolute peace of mind that you’ll be choosing a reliable, responsible waste management company if you opt for the services Willshee’s offer.

The materials we’re able to recycle, effortlessly, include, but is not limited to, to following:


Willshee’s recycling services are all carried out at our designated site, with all food waste being processed at our Anaerobic Digestion Plant. This turns waste food into biogas (renewable energy) and quality fertiliser. In addition to this, the glass waste we recycle is thoroughly cleaned and sorted in order of colour before being melted down and moulded into brand new glass products, all when you entrust Willshee’s with your waste materials.


Willshee’s are able to provide reliable and transparent skip hire services as well as hazardous waste removal, site clearance services and trade waste disposal, to name a few.  If you’d like more information about how Willshee’s can collect, manage, dispose and recycle the waste you produce, then get in touch with a member of our team today – we’re always happy to help.


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