Free toolkit for business recycling

Thursday, 29 March, 2018

Free toolkit for business recycling

Whether a brickie or a barista, everyone wants to do the right thing when it comes to recycling. For small business owners it can be hard to find the time and money, which is why Planet Ark has launched its free War on Waste Toolkit for business.

The kit contains 10 tools to make it easier to help close the loop and build a circular economy for recyclable products.

Planet Ark says it was inspired to put together the new toolkit after 3.7 million Australians watched the ABC’s War on Waste program in 2017, prompting an unprecedented number of inquiries.

In development with foundation partner the New South Wales Environment Protection Authority (NSW EPA), Planet Ark has identified financially beneficial ways for businesses of all sizes to reduce waste and recycle more.

Recycling Programs Manager Ryan Collins says it will be an essential resource as Australia’s business waste grows.

“A 2016 report found that the average business produces 849 kg of waste per person each year.

That’s where the toolkit comes in. It gives employees and business owners free advice on how to turn waste into valuable resources,” he said.

The toolkit encourages co-workers to get in on the act of reducing waste by suggesting re-usable alternatives to single-use items like coffee cups, water bottles and shopping bags. Services like Cartridges 4 Planet Ark and MobileMuster recycle workplace printer cartridges, mobile phones accessories at no cost, whilst the National TV and Computer Recycling Scheme is suitable for small businesses on a budget.

Some waste materials are recycled into things that offices can buy, including pens made from printer cartridges and recycled office paper.

Companies can also contact Bin Trim, a resource developed for business by the NSW EPA, which assists in profiling current waste and recycling habits to create a work plan that reduces both waste and cost. Interested NSW businesses can have a free assessment conducted by an assessor after May 2018.

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