During the working week many of us spend our time in a commercial office – whether we like it or not.  Environmental awareness and focus on reducing pollution and waste going to landfill is a very noble aim and hence optimising office recycling bins is a really good idea.


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The good news is that reducing your waste going to landfill will also benefit your corporate bottom line by boosting profits! For once, we have a win:win scenario. Your accountants may even advocate for your recycling efforts.

 

In the infographic below – you will see that smart usage of office recycling bins can easily reduce your general waste (i.e. waste going to landfill) – to pretty much zero. That certainly is a good news story.

 

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The recycling effort is something we all need to contribute to in the office, at home and elsewhere. There are some amazing facts about recycling in Australia that highlight what we are doing as a nation.

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Did you know that in an Australian office – by using simple office recycling bins and office recycling services – it is very possible to divert well over 90% of your total waste from landfill – that is right, recycle almost all your waste!

 

In the office recycling bins flowchart above – we will cover a simple method for you to know what to do with each item – and hopefully give you some office recycling ideas that you can put into action immediately.

 

As most waste in an office is paper related – the first question is whether the paper is confidential in nature. If it is – it should go in your office confidential paper bin for shredding.

 

If not – move along the flowchart.

 

If it is normal paper or cardboard – it can be put in the paper of cardboard bin. This is an easy and cost effective bin service available for offic recycling throughout Australia. It is suggested all employees have a small box or container under their desk for waste paper – that can then be emptied into the cardboard and paper bin on each floor.

 

The office cleaners will commonly bring the bins and waste down to the ground floor for collection.

 

The next question is whether the waste is bottles, cans, drinks containers etc – if so – commingled (mixed) recycling is a good service for nearly all office.

 

 

Let’s move along the office recycling bins flowchart:

 

If the office waste is organic i.e. such as food scraps or flower clippings – you can utilise an organic waste bin or composting on site if you have space. Some companies even utilise a small worm farm!

 

Batteries – such as for computer mouses, tv controllers and all other electronic items can be collected and recycled in a battery bucket.

 

Printer ink cartridges can be recycled through PlanetArk.

 

In 2019 – pretty much everything else you may have in an office such as coffee pods, binders and folders, snack wrappers  i.e. think what packaging goes in your office waste bins – like crisp and biscuit packets, even rubber gloves can be recycled using Terracycle Zero Waste Boxes.

 

Once you have followed the flowchart as above – you will have very little waste left – if any. The remaining waste could be placed in a general waste bin or if very small – could simply be taken home (for a small office) and placed in your domestic rubbish.

 

In most Aussie cities – dry waste (i.e. not containing organic matter such as food waste) can be processed and turned into an alternative fuel – hence reducing the need for new carbon fuels such as oil, gas or coal.

 

In some cases – you could have 100% of your office waste diverted from landfill.

 

Benefits of implementing office recycling bins and office recycling services

 

Focusing on a green office is becoming increasingly popular – as well as looking after health and well-being through exercise and gym memberships.

 

There is increasing focus on the sustainable credentials of buildings through organisations such as the Green Building Council and State Governments efforts such as here – and this can also be applied to commercial waste management.

 

Easy steps for improving outcomes with office recycling bins

 

The New South Wales has published a useful factsheet helping commercial offices reduce their waste spend and boosting recycling – which you can find here.

 

“Sort through a typical waste bin in a commercial office and you will find it contains 76 per cent paper and cardboard, 12 per cent food waste and 6 per cent glass and plastic.

 

This means almost all the contents can be recycled instead of going to waste in landfill. By putting materials like cardboard, paper and glass in the correct recycling bins your business could save money via a reduced waste collection charge plus you will be helping our environment.”

 

The estimated average waste composition for an office is given as:

– Paper and Cardboard – 76%

 – Food Waste organics such as flowers etc – 12%

 – Glass – 2%

 – Plastic – 4%

 – Other – 6%

 

This means that an office can reasonably easily divert almost 95% of waste from landfill. See an article at rombourne.co.uk on the importance of having an eco-friendly office.

 

How Waster can help you implement recycling services and reduce waste going to landfill

 

Waster is focused on helping small and medium Australian businesses (such as offices) by delivering low costs and excellent customer service. All our services such as office recycling bins are delivered on flexible 30 day agreements with no lock in contracts and our simple pricing model contains no hidden extras.

 

We offer all services you would need such as confidential paper disposal, sanitary bins as well as organic waste solutions, cardboard recycling and commingled recycling. Check out our recent article on developments in garbage truck Australia technology.

 

See many tips on reducing office waste in bin collection Sydney.

 

You can check out our terms and conditions here for office recycling bins or compare prices and book your required services through our online waste shop below:

 

There are now really nicely designed office recycling bins on the market for even the most discerning business owner. Note – these bins are for location in your office and have a high visual appeal.

 

For more recycling details – see our online quiz on what can go in recycling bin.

 

These bins will be emptied into larger bins downstairs for collection – check out a video below on Method recycling bin options:

 

 

Office recycling: offices can be nice to work in – but they can also be sort of dull at the same time. Waster finds that when you are trying to really boost your recycling rates for offices – adding some aspect of fun or friendly competition can really help you achieve your objectives. If you do it right – you can also ensure your staff are more engaged also in the process.

 

In our blog today – we will cover 9 great tips to help boost your recycling and engage your office teams.

 

Waster offers a real alternative in office recycling and waste bin collection services – as we specialise in small and medium Australian business – just like yours. You can arrange all your office recycling and waste services such as general waste bins, paper and cardboard services, commingled recycling, sanitary bin, confidential paper destruction and all other services.

 

9 tips to make office recycling more fun!

 

When you want good tips – you may as well go to the experts – and we are quoting Harvard University today!

 

In a very good article – Harvard suggests the following 9 tips to run a successful office recycling programme:

 

 – USE A BUILDING WASTE AUDIT TO ESTABLISH A BASELINE

Start from a common base – so people can track their improvement.

 

 – USE INDIVIDUAL OFFICE AUDITS AS AN EDUCATION TOOL

Engage staff – by explaining what is in the bins – and where it could potentially go instead.

 

 – USE LETTER GRADES TO DRIVE IMPROVEMENT

Give people a clear path to improvement – and show gradual developments.

 

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 – ENCOURAGE COMPETITION

Nothing motivates people – like keeping up with or beating their neighbours. How can your offices be divided up into sensible units – i.e. floors or departments?

 

 – CREATIVITY DRIVES SUCCESS

Encourage staff to take ownership and get involved – ideas could be brightly coloured bins or posters.

 

 – CREATE A FORUM FOR ANSWERING QUESTIONS

Questions like – “can I recycle coffee cups”? are not easy to answer. Create a forum (maybe online) to provide answers and fuel engagement.

 

REGULARLY POST PROGRESS:

Consider a league table or weekly 5 min meetup.

 

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Once you have covered the easy stuff – how about tackling the more tricky items

 

CELEBRATE SUCCESS AND HAVE FUN

Use the process as a way to team build and have fun.

 

Note: once you have made some real progress with recycling – you can look at our recycling boxes for hard to recycle products like media storage and office waste.

 

See our related blog on office rubbish removal Sydney.

 

You can see more tips for sustainable offices at the Morgan Lovell website here.

 

 

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