How Recycling is Driving the Future of Facilities Management

Technologies are changing the way people shop, work, and live. From the impact of AI and robotics to the potential of 3D printing and self-driving vehicles, we’re anticipating huge changes in the decades to come. Most of these big challenges still feel futuristic – like they’re still coming down the line. But the industry is already changing.

Consumers are buying more frequently, in smaller quantities. They shop from their phones and arrange delivery to wherever they happen to be. They want products shipped quickly, and with as little impact on the environment as possible – and they don’t want their homes to fill up with unrecyclable packaging. So as your business prepares for a world of faster, shorter, frequent shops, how can you make sure you’re saving costs and generating revenue while staying sustainable?

Sustainability's impact on businesses


Percentage of Global Facility Managers who believe that environmental regulations and caution will positively impact their businesses

Recycling: A Major Facilities Management Trend  

62.5% of Global Facility Managers believe that environmental regulations and caution will positively impact their businesses.1 In layman’s terms, businesses who recycle well are seen as being more efficient, and less sustainable business practises lead to a poor corporate image. Customers and suppliers are increasingly interested in working with companies who can prove their environmental credentials, and sustainable businesses perform better in the marketplace.

You can futureproof your facilities management business by ensuring that your organisational recycling and waste management is as efficient as possible, and consistently produces a high quality of material. Material quality is a key concern for businesses in order to guarantee offtake of the recyclable streams.

Recycling more will obviously make you more sustainable in the green sense – but it can also help you avoid costs for waste disposal. And if you collect a large quantity of recyclable materials, and put material quality 

at the heart of your collections, you can even add a revenue stream to your bottom line.

How Businesses Can Use Facility Management Innovation Trends 

How businesses can benefit from better recycling


General Motors' additional annual profit due to the adoption of innovative recycling systems into its facilities management

General Motors, for example, made headlines in 2013 by earning $1 billion a year from adopting innovative recycling systems into its facilities management.2 The business was able to streamline its approach to waste and earn a nice bonus to its yearly earnings.

Unlock the potential of your business to save on costs and increase your sustainability and efficiency by overhauling your facilities management with better recycling and waste management in mind.

Speak to us about recycling within facilities management

At DS Smith, we will collect your paper, cardboard, and other recyclable materials and turn them into something useful once more. DS Smith produces 15 billion cardboard boxes every year from the paper and card it collects from businesses across Europe. That’s why our recycling experts support our retail customers in gaining the most revenue from their operations – we need your high quality paper fibres to fuel our own papermaking and packaging production processes.

Discuss how to unlock the potential of your recycling and waste management, with our specialists, who can take you through the key steps to improving your recycling performance.



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