Can your business waste be trimmed through improved stock management and the types of goods you purchase? Are there products or services of your own that can be adapted to reduce the amount of waste being passed on to your customers?
For more information, head to the Planet Ark Business Recycling website.
Setting Up Recycling
- Identify waste and recycling streams: Do a visual assessment of existing bins before bin day to identify the volume and type of materials that can be recycled. The Bin Trim tool can assist, with creating a tailored action plan to reduce waste specific to your industry. If you're a new business, check out the industry-specific fact sheets.
- Engage or refine services: Council offers a mixed recycling collection service for businesses. For a complete range of services available in the region and for on-site equipment, head to the Planet Ark Business Recycling website. The QLD Guide to Reviewing Waste and Recycling Contracts can help you with getting the right services for your needs.
- Set up your bins: Make it convenient to use the correct bin both waste and recycling bins in a pair - proven to encourage recycling and reduce contamination.
- Engage staff and customers: Clear messaging is essential. Free signage can be downloaded.
- Verify the system: Ensure ‘front of house’ bins in your business are emptied into the correct ‘back of house’ bin by staff and if you have a cleaning service, clarify this practice or update it in the contract.
- Check that recycling isn't bagged and do quick visual assessments to identify any reoccurring issues.This can ensure that you are not paying for extra bins or collections unnecessarily.
- Maintain bins: Support new habits with consistent bin placement and cleanliness.
- Communicate results: Flaunt your success customers and staff with stories or statistics. Use social media, your staff notice board or apps such as the Recyculator, which calculates the positive environmental impact of recycling.