Can you actually save on the cost of doing business during COVID-19?

How businesses can optimise their waste services to deal with changes in volume and waste generation caused by COVID-19

Industry Updates

May 19, 2020


Businesses have reported increased savings by reviewing bin systems and source separating waste materials into streams to make the most of resource recovery and collection schedules.

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Businesses have reported increased savings by reviewing bin systems and source separating waste materials into streams to make the most of resource recovery and collection schedules.

Stay-at-home restrictions, social distancing and heightened safety measures have changed the way businesses operate during COVID-19. How can businesses stay on top of evolving waste needs in this environment?


According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 68% of businesses have used new channels to deliver goods or services, introduced new products or experienced changes in volumes as a result of COVID-19. With the changing mix of demand, supply and product comes more volume and diversified waste streams.

A new waste stream can actually reduce the cost of waste. A general waste bin is charged by weight, meaning the heavier the bin, the more expensive it is. Diverting heavy, wet material like food scraps to an organics service, and common recyclables like glass and cardboard, can save retailers a large sum on the general waste bill.

Retailers experiencing higher volumes of packaging waste should consider a dedicated cardboard service. Cardboard typically takes up a lot of space in the general waste bin and a cardboard service can reduce your general waste frequency. It’s also better for recycling as the cardboard collected through the service is of higher quality and free from contamination such as food and liquids.

Property managers and retailers looking for a hassle-free waste management service can contact us for an assessment of their waste streams.

Manufacturers and wholesalers

Logistical challenges and declines in demand from domestic and overseas markets are creating higher volumes of rejected product for manufacturers, including branded stock and perishable goods such as meats, fruits and vegetables.

Manufacturers dealing with expired, damaged or otherwise unwanted products may need a secure product destruction service to prevent these goods from re-entering the market, being stolen or illegally dumped into the environment. This service offers secure transport and storage of unwanted goods to processing facilities, where the unrecyclable material is safely destroyed and cardboard, glass and organics are recovered for reuse.

Food manufacturers looking for a sustainable recycling service for bulk food waste can contact us for a no obligation waste health check.

Healthcare facilities

There can never be a compromise on upholding the standards of infection control and safety compliance at healthcare and aged care facilities. But is it possible to be safe and sustainable at the same time? Higher volumes of medical waste risks more plastic being sent to landfill when disposed of in single-use bins. Sharpsmart reusable containers offer the safety and hygiene standards required for medical waste disposal with maximum strength hardened plastic, while preventing 940,000kgs of single-use plastic from being sent to landfill every year.

Learn more about our safe and compliant waste management services for aged care facilities.

Pictured: Our 100% Australian-made reusable containers ready to service healthcare facilities across the country in response to COVID-19. Cleanaway Daniels makes these reusable containers at our St Mary’s facility in NSW.

Businesses with new or multiple waste streams

For businesses juggling new or multiple waste streams under their new model, consolidated account management can take a load off the to do list. A single point of contact for services such as general waste, recycling, grease trap cleaning and sanitary waste means less time spent managing accounts and better value for money – a crucial factor under normal circumstances and especially when facing increasing pressures on costs in these challenging times.

Get ready for the new normal with safety and hygiene measures

The Department of Education, Skills and Employment reported that 68% of businesses surveyed have developed new health and safety rules such as frequent cleaning schedules and requiring staff to use hand sanitiser. As businesses reopen and footfall increases, regular decontamination of handrails, chairs, doorframes and other commonly touched surfaces will be important to stop harmful diseases from spreading.

Manufacturing plants and factory environments will benefit from a large-scale decontamination service that can cover wide areas of open space efficiently. So too will the logistics, warehousing, rail, road, air and sea transport sectors as economies start to reopen and activity picks up.

Learn more about a total waste management solution for the logistics and construction industries.

At Cleanaway, we developed a fogging nozzle technology together with Hammelmann Australia and Enviromist to offer a decontamination service that ensures a thorough clean without damage to people, property or assets.

It’s also a good time for businesses to look at their bathroom and sanitary services, septic and grease trap cleaning. Do you call for a service only when your pipes are blocked and overflowing? Waiting until someone falls ill due to an unsanitary environment would be unacceptable in the current climate, so it’s good idea to protect the safety of employees and customers with a scheduled service instead of on-call.

How has COVID-19 changed your waste profile?

A waste health check can help you analyse your waste streams to identify opportunities for diversion and efficiencies throughout the business – from the supply chain to design, manufacture and disposal. An audit of waste streams will tell you exactly what’s going in your bin, where it comes from and how to better manage the whole process.

Businesses have reported increased savings by employing new waste management technologies, source-sorting waste materials into common streams, and by reviewing current collection systems with their waste management provider.

Having effective waste management policies in place will make it cheaper and easier for your business to comply with waste regulations while reducing any potential impact your business processes may have on the environment.

Speak to us to arrange for a no-obligation waste health check for your business.

Contact us to learn more about how we’re making a sustainable future possible in communities across Australia.