“We hope that the knowledge gained from the sessions will be passed on to other team members to affect store-wide change." IKEA Innaloo Recovery Manager Josh Gower
Cleanaway provides waste management services to IKEA WA. As part of IKEA WA and Cleanaway’s commitment to increasing sustainability across its stores, we engaged with their Sustainability Group for an education session that aimed to raise awareness about proper disposal practices and empower them to make changes for better diversion in store.
Cleanaway Key Account Manager Damian Walker held a session at IKEA’s Innaloo store where around 50 staff attended waste education sessions throughout the day. Damian spoke broadly about recycling, the role of Material Recovery Facilities (MRF) in processing waste and common contaminants in the recycling bin. Overall the engagement was quite high, with many staff asking relevant questions and approaching Damian for more knowledge.
IKEA staff who attended the sessions displayed a genuine interest in improving their waste behaviours. After the sessions, many felt empowered with knowledge about the specific actions they needed to take to make changes for better waste practices.
IKEA Innaloo Recovery Manager Josh Gower was pleased with the turnout and engagement at the session, “Damian was ready with an answer for anything, and I came away with some new knowledge myself. For us in the Sustainability Group, we hope that the knowledge gained from the sessions will be passed on to other team members to affect store-wide change.”
“Holding the session in casual setting was a benefit overall, as it provided a welcoming atmosphere to hook people in with the sustainability message. They came for cake, they stayed for what they were learning.”
Damian agreed and said, “This was really great format for a friendly educational chat that really got the team involved and is a testament to IKEA WA’s commitment to engaging its employees to achieve its sustainability goals. I thoroughly enjoyed all the questions and interesting points raised.”
IKEA WA’s diversion rate increased from 70% to 90% in just two months after making changes to its waste management systems. In April, IKEA WA diverted up to 90% of all its waste, a 20% leap from previous rates, recording the highest diversion among IKEA stores nationwide.
The IKEA Group have set ambitious zero general waste to landfill targets by 2022.
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