It has been reported that a Bristol Fire Service has increased the amount it recycles by 20 per cent in just two years.

Avon Fire and Rescue Service increased its recycling rate from 40 to 60 per cent in just a couple of years, according to recent figures. Their success comes as several companies in the area have been trying to increase the amount that they recycle, in order to meet targets of 70 per cent – a figure that is widely considered to be fair for businesses.

Talking about the improvement, Simon Richards, environment and energy-improvement coordinator at Avon Fire and Rescue Service, told “The key was making is as easy as possible for our staff. So we have only two types of bins and therefore two waste systems”.

He added: “The critical thing for us is to ensure that the mixed recycling bin is not contaminated with non -recyclables – so we have well-labelled bins and publicise our approach internally to staff.”

That said, the figures did show some disappointing results, namely that businesses in Bristol wasted £2 million sending waste to landfill last year, when they could have been more effectively using recycling bins.

Bristol Council recommends the ‘6 Rs’ for those who are trying to cut down their wastage. These are to reduce, reuse, recycle, refill, renovate and repair, according to

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