27 / September / 2017

Increase sustainability rates at your business


Posted 27 September 2017

Reducing waste and achieving sustainability goals is not just limited to the household; it is also vital to maintain these practices in the workplace by reducing single-use plastic and improving recycling habits.

Here are some ways you can improve sustainability rates at your business:

Book a waste assessment

To maintain sustainability, you must be vigilant about what goes into your rubbish bin. A waste assessment is an essential first step, as it helps you identify both the kind of waste your business generates and the ways you can reduce and divert your waste from landfill.

Contact Cleanaway to arrange a free, no-obligation waste assessment.

Maximise your packaging recycling

Cleanaway’s Harvest service is designed for companies that create a lot of packaging waste. Place cardboard, paper, plastic film, pallet shrink and stretch wrap, and polystyrene in the one bin, confident in the knowledge it will be separated and recycled at their bespoke facilities.

Contact Cleanaway now to book Harvest service for your business.

Preventing contamination

One of the fastest ways we put our recycling efforts to waste is by bagging recyclables. Sealed bags of recyclables are considered contamination and can send entire trucks to landfill. Businesses and offices are some of the worst offenders for this as site residents dutifully recycle their bottles and containers but then the recyclables are bagged by facilities teams. Start the conversation to ensure your recyclables are not bagged when collected by your recycling service.

Ditch under-desk waste bins

Removing under-desk waste bins and providing centralised waste and recycling bins is one of the simplest yet most powerful ways you can improve recycling in your office, and it gets people up and away from their desks periodically throughout the day. Without the under-desk bin, people are less likely to simply ‘throw and forget’. Studies have shown that doing this heightens employee awareness regarding recycling and sustainability efforts, helping to improve your sustainability rates while reducing waste.

Sustainability in the workplace is a combined effort, so be sure to initiate conversation and engage all employees, stakeholders and partners in your sustainability efforts. It’s not simply a matter of putting things in the right bins or to reduce waste; sustainability is about changing the way we think about waste.

Visit Cleanaway’s Sustainable Future Hub for useful articles, infographics and animations on how you and your business can improve your recycling results.

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