Aussie environmental conservation NFP Planet Ark has launched a new campaign to raise awareness about its website and hotline that helps raise awareness of the benefits of recycling in the workplace.
Using BusinessRecycling.com.au and/or the hotline (1300 763 768), business owners can easily locate local recycling providers and services by entering your location and the material they need recycled.
In a press release, Planet Ark said that recycling and reducing waste at work is becoming increasingly appealing to business owners as it keeps disposal costs steady in the long term, and gives customers one more thing to smile about, knowing they’re giving their business to an environmentally aware company.
According to recent government figures from the latest commercial waste study conducted by Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, 46 per cent of Australia’s commercial waste is sent to landfill, at a cost of $1.4bn. Collectively, businesses are spending 1.75 times as much on landfill as they are on recycling. The 5.7 million tonnes of landfilled waste from businesses around the country represents a real lost opportunity.
Planet Ark says BusinessRecycling.com.au has grown to become Australia’s most comprehensive free database helping businesses recycle. The website receives hundreds of thousands of visits annually from organisations looking to support a smarter approach to waste. As well as acting as a searchable recycling database, the site provides promotional material, bin signage, and guidance to help workplaces use resources even more efficiently.
Sarah Mandelson, CEO of Sydney small business Serendipity Ice Cream, has used the website for her company’s recycling needs and says she has noticed that staff and customers are generally happier about the savings too.
“Reducing waste and increasing recycling is something of a no-brainer,” Mandelson said. “It takes very little effort to do, very little training, and actually saves us money.”
Below are some further pertinent figures from the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities study:
- While businesses are excellent at recycling most metals, glass and cardboard (>70 per cent), otherwise recyclable materials such as food and other organics are only recycled 22 per cent and 33 per cent of the time, respectively, while less than 14 per cent of all plastics are recycled.
- Manufacturing, food and beverage services, and non-food retail stores generate the greatest amount of total waste by far – 8 million tonnes annually. However, the real estate, education and healthcare, and social assistance industries are sending the greatest proportion of their waste to landfill, recycling as little as 9 per cent.
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