How Much Black Friday Waste Will There Be?
Black Friday is popular, but whether it will also be a green Friday is another matter. Physical and digital tug of wars for products are about to break out in stores and over the internet. But is there a case to say this annual event is better for the economy than the planet?
So just how much Black Friday waste will there be? And how can a company like CBS Waste help?
To answer the question about the quantity of waste, it depends. But we can keep the level low if we all do our bit and here’s how:
If you’re replacing old electronic devices, they should be disposed of correctly. Amazon still arguably have a lot to answer for after the damning report into their practices in the summer. Rather than fly tipping your goods or just throwing them in the bin (which is equally as harmful to the planet), get CBS Waste to take away your WEEE items. We’re fully licensed to do so and customers receive a Waste Transfer Notice so they know their items are being disposed of correctly.
Buying eco-friendly products
With discounts on offer, it might be more tempting for us to buy items that are better for the planet. You can buy an electric bike for under £1,000 should you be interested, a water-saving shower head for £15 or even an energy-saving kettle for £40. There’s both a practical and a feel-good factor behind purchasing such items.
The so-called plastic tax hasn’t kicked in yet so businesses won’t be forking out extra for certain plastics yet to use as packaging. But common sense should kick in here for us. Cardboard boxes are the easiest thing to be recycled and often, eco-friendly products will be packaged with the environment in mind thus reducing the amount of Black Friday waste.
They say a little goes a long way. Rather than getting things delivered to the door, why not see if you can use a locker or pick-up point to get your goods from? If enough people do it, it’ll add up and create less emissions. Especially if you can walk or cycle to the collection point.