Business Waste Management Australia ✅:Keeping It Simple Is So Important!
When a business starts thinking about their waste management plan – and what recycling rates they can achieve – they often shoot for the sky. In today’s blog we want to cover a brief outline of what can be achieved realistically using business waste management Australia services and some pointers on how best to reach your objectives. Whilst not arguing that you should aim for lower levels of recycling – we certainly argue for a phased / step by step program – to ensure that you achieve your objectives and keep your staff engaged throughout the process.
As in anything in life – with business waste management Australia and achieving your recycling objectives – it is vital to plan a step by step program to achieve your aims. The first steps should be the low hanging fruit – i.e. the easy recycling processes you can implement that are easy to understand and will also help save you money. In our blog we will cover the step by step systems that may be useful.
In 2020 – business waste management Australia can actually recycle nearly all your rubbish – of course the first half is easiest to recycle – with the second half becoming trickier and requiring more thought and focus from your staff on site.
Waster is a business waste management Australia company with distinct differences. We focus on small and medium Australian businesses and provide our services on flexible 30 day agreements – so you do not need to worry about lock in contracts or hidden fees. We also focus on recycling – so our objective is aligned with yours – we seek to boost your recycling and reduce your costs. You can arrange all your services online today by clicking the blue button below:
Business waste management Australia – why a step by step improvement programme is the best approach!
If you are starting a new exercise regime on 1st Jan 2020 – you will need to bear in mind the old saying that “Rome was not built in a day” and that good things can sometimes take time. This is very relevant for business waste management Australia services.
In the example below – we are going to take the example of a food service business such as a cafe or restaurant. For our example business – the company sends all rubbish to general waste at the moment and has high intentions – of recycling a much as possible – as they realise how much their customers appreciate a business focused on the environment (see our blog highlighting how customers and investors are increasingly favouring businesses with a green focus on the topic for cheap recycling bins).
Steps – first thing to keep in mind!
The most important think when putting together a practical and achievable waste management plan is to realise that even though staff will want to do the right thing – making it easy is vital. If recycling is tricky, unclear or requires extra effort – the chance that staff will recycle is greatly reduced. The key thing to focus on is making recycling super easy and clear for all staff so that it becomes the easy thing to do.
Step one – always look at cardboard recycling
For nearly all businesses – implementing a cardboard bin collection service is usually the first logical step. As cardboard recycling is a huge international market – cardboard is the cheapest bin option available for most companies. Cardboard is quite bulky and hence removing it from your general waste bins is a great way to reduce costs. In Sydney for example – general waste will often cost more than twice as much as cardboard recycling.
Step two – consider a commingled recycling service
Commingled recycling bins are a very versatile and well understood system (they are used for nearly all residential collections throughout major cities in Australia) so staff and customers will have a good understanding of what systems to use.
The yellow bin can be used for bottles, cans, cardboard and packaging and can greatly reduce your general waste collection.
We often see problems with commingle recycling services – where people put incorrect product in the bins. For example plastic bags or bagged products can not be entered in the bin. See a blog here on the common issues.
In food service areas – or areas where many passers by have access to the bins (such as shopping centres) the bins can easily become contaminated with general waste.
This is why posters and colour schemes for bins are vital – see below.
Step three – look at an organic food waste services
The services above are generally cost saving and easy to understand and use for nearly all businesses and should be implemented as first steps. Once these initial changes have been made and bedded down – you can look at the next stage.
Organic food waste bins are a very good option for food services companies that are looking to boost recycling.
Using food waste disposal bins – will take more effort and require changes in internal processes such as in the food preparation area. We often suggest that in the kitchen area – the staff use smaller stainless steel bins for organic food waste – that can then be decanted into larger 120 litre food waste bins at the back of the premises (or the bin room).
Step four – remember how important it is to have the correct bin stickers and colours on bins
The Australian government sets national colour schemes for recycling bins and posters – the colour scheme is as below:
Red – general waste
Blue – cardboard and paper
Yellow – commingled recycling
You can see detail here for the national colours. This page also provides lots of detail and ideas for posters and how to make it super clear which bin your staff should use.
The other benefit of using standard colour schemes is that all stakeholders such as office cleaners, truck drivers etc will know which bin is which.
Keep staff engaged
One of the biggest reasons that business waste management Australia plans fail – is because your staff are not engaged in the process. The problem could be that they do not believe that the recycling bin really will be recycled or because walking to the recycling bin is time consuming (and they are already super busy).
See an interesting article here on theconversation.com on whether people are actually suffering from recycling fatigue and whether we need to focus on simpler recycling technologies.
The good news is that technology is improving and mixed recycling bins are becoming more widespread as waste separation technologies are becoming more widespread. These huge facilities (often larger than a football field) can separate the waste streams into valuable commodities such as glass, plastic, cardboard etc.
In the near future – it is possible that we will not have to use recycling bins at all.
The most important thing is to set out a clear waste management plan (with knowledge of the business waste management Australia services available in your area). You then set out a step by step path to reach that objective.
It is much better to achieve an interim step – than overreach and fail – and see your recycling remain static.
Implementing bin systems changes is usually the easy part – changing staff behaviour and incentivising the to do the right thing can be much more tricky.
For insight into how much positive impact you can have by making small changes – see our blog on reducing or ending plastic straw usage.
You can see some of our customer success stories here.
Business waste collection: Waster has a keen understanding of how difficult it can be to start a new business – it involves countless hours and investment of your savings and potentially borrowings to get it up and running Ensuring your utilities such as electricity and business waste collection is performed reliably and at a good price is one of those things you do not want to spend too much time thinking about. The importance of waste disposal in business has never been more important.
The ANZ advert currently sums up a lot of the commitment required from prospective business owners.
When starting a new business – you will need to at least have a general awareness of the waste disposal regulations for businesses. The waste disposal regulations for businesses will of course vary depending on your type of operations. Some business waste examples include:
– Food service businesses will require a grease trap in most instances
– Medical companies. tattoo parlours etc will require a medical waste service
– In hotter climates, you may require your business waste collection to be performed more frequently – i.e. to prevent smells, flies etc.
You should check out your local EPA for further information on the relevant regulations.
Business waste collection through Waster – reliable, flexible and great prices.
At Waster – we are big believers in reducing waste in business by boosting recycling. This helps the environment – but also of course helps your bottom line also. Due to tough levies on business waste disposal at landfill – most businesses can save significant expenses by recycling.
Due to ever increasing waste levies (such as to be reintroduced in Queensland this year) -business waste disposal costs have been increasing significantly in recent years – and keeping a eye on them can really pay dividends.
Through Waster you can take care of your waste and recycling requirements conveniently through our online model – you can easily see the bin sizes and volumes through our waste shop as below:
You can easily see the bin sizes and prices that you require as well as the varying recycling streams such as Cardboard, Commingled recycling (bottles and cans), and other services that you may require such as grease trap cleaning i.e. for business servicing or producing food.
Business waste collection: why Waster offers a refreshing alternative to your business
There are a number of ways that Waster’s offer to your business is different to that of other suppliers – we really work on innovative waste business ideas:
Flexible contracts – all our services are delivered on flexible 30 day agreements so you do not need to lock yourself into a long term, multi year contract with the associated price rises and rollover clauses. This is a great way to keep a cap on business waste disposal costs.
No hidden fees or charges – Waster does not charge additional, and often unexpected fees and charges such as environmental fees (we take care of the environment in our base fees), bin rentals or site fees. We also deliver your bin for free! You just pay the business waste collection charge.
Customer service in business waste collection – when you sign up with Waster, you will be given a dedicated contact number (mobile) as well as ticketed online help centre – so we have turnaround times to your request. If you have an issue like a missed bin etc or need an additional collection – we will strive to get it sorted for you. Check out our recent blog on skip bin hire Perth. See our blog on Melbourne waste management. This is one of our biggest differences and a simple waste business ideas.
If you are a fashionista (that is someone interested in fashion – for our less up to date readers) you may not be aware of the business waste management issues caused by textiles and the low level of recycling rates that are achieved for these items in Australia.
Since the launch and growth of shops such as Zara and H&M in Australia in recent years – clothing is probably cheaper than ever in real terms (i.e. after adjusting for inflation). This has led to the concept of fast fashion – whereby clothing is bought for a season (or even a single night out) rather than for the long term. I even remember reading that old fashioned shirts were so long lasting – that sons could inherit their dad’s shirts!
Whilst it may seem reasonable that clothing could be easily recycled – or donated to charity – that is not always the case due to various business waste management issues.
Waster is a business waste management bin collection company with a real difference. We put lots of focus on recycling and removing waste from landfill – and reducing customer costs at the same time. We provide all our business waste management services such as bin collection and liquid waste services such as grease trap cleaning on flexible 30 day agreements (so you do not need to sign a long term contract – or risk roll over clauses). You can easily check prices and arrange your service online now in real time:
Why business waste management struggles with textile waste!
The topic was recently covered on the ABC War on Waste program – an expose of the Australian business waste management sector.
The website textilebeat.com explains that : “Australians buy an average of 27 kilograms of new textiles each year and then discard about 23 kilograms into landfill – and two-thirds of those discards are manmade synthetic/plastic fibres that may never breakdown.””
“Sustainability consultant Jane Milburn said Australians are the second-largest consumers of new textiles after north Americans who annually buy 37kg each, and ahead of Western Europeans at 22kg”.
The real issue here is the lack of demand for recycling textiles – especially of man made or low quality amounts – and the vast majority ends up in landfill.
There are numerous charities in Australia that you can donate clothes to (of a good quality) such as the Smith Family.
The website explains that the save 7500 tonnes of textile waste from landfill every year.
They accept clothing as below:
“We accept good quality new or near-new clean, wearable clothes, accessories and bedding with no rips, stains or tears. Items with original tags or little wear and tear sell at higher prices in our stores, helping us to raise more funds for our community programs. Acceptable products include men’s, women’s and children’s clothes and accessories such as shoes and handbags that you would wear again.”
This is one area of business waste management where prevention is certainly better than cure. We would suggest that the best method of reducing the issue is extending the life of your garments – i.e. by caring for them and using longer.
Of course – it is very hard to rebel against fashion trends but in this instance it may be worth it!
See our blog on cardboard recycling for an easier recycling process.