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Workplaces lag behind households in recycling

While 82% of employees consider the environmentally conscious operation of their company important, only 66% of employers provide an opportunity for separate collection of recyclable waste, according to a survey by Profession.hu.

Some 85% of 1,000 respondents said they are living in an environmentally conscious way, 81% are trying to use natural materials as much as possible, and 75% prefer using services and companies that operate in an environmentally conscious way.

Still, 33% are somewhat skeptical about green thinking, saying that "Iʼm too insignificant to do anything to protect our Earth," while 21% said that separate collection of recyclable waste makes no sense "as everything goes to the same place anyway."

Apart from the 66% of respondents who have separate collection of waste at their workplace, a further 14% said that the introduction of this option is planned. Paper and plastic waste is collected separately at roughly half of workplaces.

Profession.hu says that these numbers seem low, given that 82% of those surveyed said it is important that their own workplace operates in an environmentally conscious way. About 73% said they are bothered by colleagues who pay no attention to collecting recyclable waste separately, 69% said they throw recyclable waste in the correct bin, and 63% admitted that they tend to lecture colleagues if they do not recycle properly.

According to the research, 75% of those surveyed collect waste separately at home, and a further 14% are planning to do so. However, more than 40% of those whose workplace does not provide an opportunity to recycle have no plans to introduce such measures in their own household.