Four things businesses can do during National Recycling Week
This year is the 25th anniversary of the National Recycling Week and an opportunity for businesses to improve waste management practices and save money. Here are some ideas to get started:
1. Make a pledge (and share it with us)
Did you know more than 94% of waste in a typical office bin can be recycled?
The National Recycling Week can be a trigger for your business to make a pledge to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill and commit to it by sharing it with everyone.
If you’re not sure where to start to reduce waste or are looking for new ideas, register for the free ecoBiz program. You will get a free coaching session with a sustainability expert and receive an ecoBiz coaching report with recommendations for your business, including no and low-cost recommendations.
2. Start recycling soft plastics, and inspire others to do the same
Does your waste station include a bin for soft plastics? It is one of the most common recommendations from our ecoBiz coaches for businesses looking for ways to reduce the amount of waste they send to landfill.
At CCIQ, we bring back our office soft plastics to a RedCycle collection point at our local Woolworths. We’re lucky there’s also a Container for Change dropping point next door so we can easily recycle our cans and bottles.
Tip: take a photo of your team separating soft plastics items and publish it on social media during National Recycling Week to spread the word about this easy-to-implement initiative!
3. Organise a waste assessment
A waste assessment will give you an idea on the type of waste your business generates to identify opportunities to reduce the amount of waste you send to landfill. A simple visual inspection of your bins will also indicate if your recycling bin is contaminated and if you need to take further actions to improve your waste separation.
Tip: register for a free ecoBiz coaching session and request a free waste assessment add-on when our sustainability experts visit your business.
4. Engage your staff in recycling
Did you know good waste management practices in your business are not only important to improve environmental impacts, but it also increases staff morale and ability to attract and retain talented employees?
The National Recycling Week is a good opportunity to get your employees involved in recycling and an excuse to remind your employees of the good practice and highlight improvements to be made:
- send an internal email to update your employees on your latest recycling initiatives,
- update your waste station signage (ever heard of sign fatigue? you’ll find new signs to download on Planet Ark website),
- mention recycling during an employee meeting,
- use the trivia pack developed by Planet Ark for a fun event with your team.
You may even be able to identify waste champions in your business to help you take your recycling to the next level. Read our case study about how Ecotourism Australia reduced office waste by recycling and a few passionate employees volunteered to take organic waste and shredded paper home for composting.
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The ecoBiz Guide to reducing energy, water and waste for office spaces provides industry-specific insights and resources, including our regional experts' most common recommendations to help offices reduce their costs.
ecoBiz is a free program funded by the Queensland Government and run by the Chamber of Commerce & Industry Queensland (CCIQ) that helps Queensland businesses audit their resource use and reduce costs from waste, water, and energy bills. After a free two-hour coaching session with a sustainability expert, businesses receive a written report with practical and tangible solutions, which are often no or low cost to implement.