Recycle waste: this is one of the easiest ways to help your business boost profitability whilst also helping the environment and potentially (if you are smart about it) using your improved performance as a marketing kicker for your business.


Nearly all business see their waste collections as purely as cost drain to their business and spend as little time as possible focusing on it. Generally, all the garbage collected in the store or restaurant is thrown out in to general waste with maybe some recycling cardboard boxes or metal cans / drinks bottles removed.


A little extra effort can go a long way to improving your environmental footprint whilst helping your financial situation.


Australians are among the largest producers of waste in the world – producing c. 2.1 tonnes per capita with almost 50% of this ending up in landfill (environmental consultants are hence a growing field).


As the waste sent to landfill decomposes, greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane are released. Methane in particular is a very important greenhouse gas which is believed by scientists to contribute to global warming  almost 21 times more than Carbon Dioxide.


Even more scary can be the impact on our seas and oceans. This should be particularly pertinent for Australians given our beautiful marine life surrounding our country. Each and every year, it is estimated that around 6 million tonnes of rubbish end up in the world’s oceans. 80% of this waste is plastic (which potentially could be recycled) and has led to an estimated 46,000 pieces of plastic for every square mile of ocean globally. International organisations estimate that this pollution is responsible for killing c. 1,000,000 seabirds and 100,000 mammals every year.


Potential recycle waste improvements we can all make

Even though the statistics above may sound scary – it is worth bearing in mind that you business can make big benefits by adjusting small practices in your organisation.


  • Every 10 tonnes of recyclable materials recovered from your General Waste bin is roughly equivalent to taking 4 cars off the road permanently (as regards greenhouse gas emissions).
  • Recycling one tonne of paper and cardboard saves approximately 13 trees or 2.5 barrels of oil.
  • Each aluminium can recycled saves enough electricity to run a TV for 3 hours.


These are real and tangible improvements that we can all make today to recycle waste – from households to your business.


Engaging your staff and customers to recycle waste finds that the majority of Australians are now very environmentally aware and want to do the right thing when it is reasonably convenient for them.  We provide a simple overview as to what is general waste here.


In this regard – all Waster colour coding is in line with Australian regulations, simplifying the selection process for which bin to use (wheelie bin sizes) etc and for what waste type. We are finding that following the widespread success of commingled recycling waste collections in domestic settings, people have a strong general understanding as to what can and what can not be recycled effectively.


Being aware of and emphasising the potential cost saving sets out to make pricing and cost savings for recycling choices and performance crystal clear. Looking at our Live Quote pages our pricing demonstrates that a business in Adelaide having 3 1.5m General Waste bins collected weekly – could reduce their total waste spend annually by c.21% or almost $900 if they were able to remove recyclable paper, cardboard, newspapers etc from their waste bin and implement one 1.5m paper and cardboard collection per week. Please check our Paper and Cardboard pricing to test this scenario for yourself.


Using it as a marketing plus is a big believer in helping the environment whilst improving your financials. Using your environmental performance as a marketing angle can be really effective – especially with todays more environmentally aware consumers. For info on larger businesses and cities doing this, check out carbon neutral information at the Sydney website.


Thanks for reading!