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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.

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