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Tackling Rise in Commercial Waste This Festive Season

Willshee’s will be leading the way this festive season, as our teams work around the clock to help restaurants, pubs and bars to recycle commercial waste over the Christmas period.

The festive period, which sees a rise of 30%* in waste each year, is a peak time for us, as we anticipate collecting 10,000 tonnes of recyclable material during December, including 200 tonnes of glass and 3,000 tonnes of cardboard.

This year will be the first Christmas we will have used our new state of the art recycling truck, one of only a handful in the region that segregates materials at the point of collection. The vehicle is an additional way businesses can recycle their waste, helping them to lead the way in meeting Government targets of zero avoidable waste by 2025.*

Dean Willshee, Managing Director of Willshee’s, said the firm was passionate about helping hospitality businesses with their increased recycling needs over the festive period. He said: “As the party season approaches, we are working closely with customers to ensure their waste is collected and recycled. It’s a peak time of year for our business and our fleet of vehicles and experienced team will be working non-stop in the run up to Christmas.”

Branston Golf and Country Club and Burton’s The Winery restaurant and bar expect thousands of people to enjoy their party nights at two of Burton’s premier destinations.

Ben Laing, managing director at Branston Golf and Country Club pictured with Dean Willshee said: “Christmas is one of our busiest times of year, with thousands of people set to enjoy our array of festive events and hospitality.

“As a company we are very conscious to make sure that we are recycling and are proud that 100% of our glass and cardboard is recycled even at peak times of the year such as Christmas.”

To find out more about this service visit: https://www.willshees.co.uk/food-glass-waste/

Photo caption L-R: Dean Willshee Managing Director of Willshee’s and Ben Laing Managing Director of Branston Golf and Country Club preparing for the festive party season

Sourced data:

* Zero avoidable waste by 2025 – https://www.mrw.co.uk/latest/government-waste-strategy-to-make-the-uk-a-world-leader/10024329.article
Christmas waste statistics – https://www.housebeautiful.com/uk/lifestyle/a1158/recycle-christmas-waste/

Christmas waste statistics

• 300,000 tonnes of card packaging is used at Christmas; enough to cover London’s famous landmark, Big Ben, almost 260,000 times
• 1 billion cards end up in the bin, when they could be recycled
• The amount of wrapping paper used for presents is enough to wrap around the equator 9 times
• 227,000 miles of wrapping paper is thrown away
• 6 million Christmas trees are discarded every year
• 250 tonnes of Christmas trees are thrown away after Christmas, when they could be used for compost
• Approximately 2 million turkeys, 74 million mince pies and 17.2 million Brussel sprouts are thrown away every Christmas
• 13,350 tonnes of glass are thrown out in the UK after Christmas.

Photography courtesy of Jacqueline Theodosi https://www.jhtphotography.co.uk/


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