It’s just gotta go!
Paper: paper in landfill creates the greenhouse gas methane. Some local councils provide paper recycling services for local business, and if not available in your area, commercial recyclers also provide this service. Also purchase paper that has high recycled content, such as Planet Ark’s 100% recycled paper, which is Forest Stewardship Council-certified and carbon neutral.
Cardboard: some businesses may find investing in a cardboard baler an effective way to reduce waste collections whilst creating more space at work, with the added bonus of saving money with fewer pick-ups.
Printer cartridges: if your workplace uses more than three inkjet, toner cartridges or toner bottles in a month you may be eligible for a free ‘Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' collection box, which can be collected. For fewer than three items in a month, take your used cartridges and bottles to participating Officeworks, Australia Post, The Good Guys, JB Hi-Fi, Harvey Norman, Office National and Office Products Depot outlets. Visit www.Cartridges.PlanetArk.org for more.
Mobile phones: over 95% of the materials in mobile phones can be recycled. MobileMuster is the official recycling program of the mobile phone industry in Australia. It's a not-for-profit program, funded by members who pay a levy on every handset imported into Australia. Workplaces can register for a collection bin through www.MobileMuster.com.au Redundant electronic equipment like the old fridge in the office kitchen: electronic goods such as TVs, computers, printers, and accessories can be recycled by TechCollect www.TechCollection.com.au or search www. BusinessRecycling.com.au for more recyclers in your local area. A number of commercial recyclers and scrap metal yards will accept white goods for recycling, and there are organisations and second-hand dealers who will accept white goods for refurbishing.
Bottles, plastic containers from lunches and plastic milk cartons from tea making: while some councils provide a business recycling service, most commercial recyclers also provide co-mingled recycling bins for plastic, paper, glass, aluminium and cartons. Visit BusinessRecycling.com.au to find out about services in your area.
Green waste like apple cores and salad scraps: consider keeping a workplace worm farm, compost bin, or a Bokashi bucket. Or what about a food dehydrator to reduce the volume or weight of food scraps needing to be processed? Also some recycling companies will collect coffee grounds, cooking oil, food scraps, and donations of food. Visit www.BusinessRecycling.com.au for find your nearest recycling service.