Business Waste Management Australia: Why 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 2018 – 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.
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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 2018 – 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.