Give your office some silent nights this Christmas

Businesses are being encouraged to give their office the gift of silent nights this winter.

17 Dec 15

Resource Efficient Scotland, a programme of Zero Waste Scotland, is urging organisations to stay calm but not bright as they prepare for the big switch off in the week leading up to Christmas.

Workplaces are being asked to look out for lights left burning and listen for the sound of running water and machinery before leaving for their holidays. By doing so, businesses can take action to avoid unnecessarily wasting resources as well as profits while offices lie empty.

A typical small to medium sized organisation could waste around £300 by failing to turn off equipment such as lights, heating, ventilation and IT equipment over a two week holiday period.

To help businesses ease into holiday shutdown mode, Resource Efficient Scotland has created a downloadable ‘check list’ of activities. These include:

  • Checking that all taps are all fully turned off
  • Making sure extractor fans are switched off
  • Setting radiators to freeze protection
  • Turning off and unplugging Christmas lights
  • Turning off and unplugging printers and copiers

Marissa Lippiatt, Head of Resource Efficiency, Zero Waste Scotland said:

“The Christmas break is a great opportunity for businesses and public sector organisations to ‘switch off’ and reduce their bills, whilst making a positive impact on the environment.

“Our checklist is a handy resource which will help employers run through everything they need to do before closing down for the Christmas period and help give peace of mind.

“There is a wealth of information available at or by calling our free helpline number 0808 808 2268.” 

Organisations are also being encouraged to ensure that waste management is in place. To save time and ensure the business returns with a clean slate in January, all paper, card, plastic, metals and glass should be separated for collection for recycling. As of 1 January 2016, businesses producing more than 5kg a week of food waste must also segregate it from general waste and present it for separate collection.

If you are unsure of what your business needs to do, please visit or call on 0808 808 2268.


Notes For Editors

  • Resource Efficient Scotland (RES) was launched in 2013 to help businesses, the public sector and the third sector save money by using resources more efficiently. It is funded by the Scottish Government and delivered by Zero Waste Scotland.
  • Resource Efficient Scotland can also be referred to as “a programme of Zero Waste Scotland.”
  • Contact Resource Efficient Scotland on 0808 808 2268, open 9.00am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday.
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