Four things businesses can do during National Recycling Week

Business recycling tips

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.

Tip: Share what your business is doing to become more sustainable. Don’t forget to tag our social media accounts to notify us (@CCIQ on LinkedIn and @CCIQLD on Facebook).

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!

CCIQ recycling soft plastics and containers

CCIQ staff bringing soft plastics to RedCycle and cans to Containers for Change dropping point.

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. 

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ecoBiz waste assessment

ecoBiz Coach Jane Gaffel doing a waste assessment at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

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:

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.

Ecotourism Australia waste station and recycling3 

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