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A good waste management plan is not only about recycling, it’s also implementing sustainability best practices throughout the organisation

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July 24, 2018

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A good waste management plan is not only about recycling, it’s also implementing sustainability best practices throughout the organisation – from the supply chain to design, manufacture and disposal.

Our end-to-end approach to waste management aims to do just that:

  • Waste audit & assessment
    Analysing waste streams to identify opportunities for landfill diversion. This means knowing exactly what’s going in your bin, where it comes from and how to better manage the whole process.
  • Fit for industry
    Understanding the unique requirements of your industry including the regulatory environment and the best treatment of each waste type.
  • Tailored business solutions
    Maximising resource recovery by implementing bespoke waste management strategies customised for your business and in compliance with regulations.
  • Continuous improvement and education
    Reinforcing positive practices with regular audits, reporting, waste management education and training sessions.

When we start to think of all waste as a resource, every material has the potential to be turned into something new. At Cleanaway, we offer total waste solutions for all businesses in every sector including FMCG, retail and even heavy industry, to help minimise waste and improve resource recovery rates.

Case study: In just 2 months, we provided our FMCG client with a secure product destruction service that resulted in zero waste being sent to landfill while recovering paper, cardboard, food waste and plastic.

Small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are a huge part of the economy but few have a waste and recycling management plan in place. An EPA survey found that only 60% of commercial waste is recycled, although we believe that it’s possible to achieve zero waste to landfill.

Are you an SME looking to reduce your business waste? This article makes the business case for your waste.

Every business can benefit

Sometimes a new waste stream can actually reduce the cost of your waste, while increasing sustainability rates. Your general waste bin is charged by weight so the heavier it is, the more expensive it is. By diverting heavy, wet material like food scraps to an organic service, and common recyclables like glass and cardboard, you can save a huge amount on your general waste bill.

  • Long-term savings
    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.
  • Greater efficiency
    Efficient waste management will reduce the amount of waste your business produces – there will be less waste to dispose. This can also lead to efficiencies in using raw materials and packaging, resulting in further time and cost savings.
  • Customer satisfaction
    Putting sustainability on the agenda creates goodwill from customers and clients. Businesses with a commitment to sustainability outperform those that don’t, with up to 66% of customers willing to pay more for sustainable goods.
  • Reduced environmental impact
    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.

Tailored solutions for every waste stream

If you’re looking to improve your business’ waste processes, a waste audit is the first step. Cleanaway offers a “no obligation” waste assessment to help you in your journey towards making a sustainable future possible.

Commingled recycling

For businesses of all sizes, a commingled recycling bin is the first step to creating a work-life waste balance in the office. A commingled recycling bin makes it easy for employees to recycle materials such as clean and dry food containers, aluminium drink cans and glass bottles instead of throwing them into the general waste bin. Accepted materials include steel, glass, paper, cardboard and rigid plastics.

Find out more about a commingled recycling service here.


Packaging is one of the biggest sources of waste for businesses, particularly cardboard. A dedicated cardboard recycling service can help your business save by reducing the volume of your general waste.

Paper can be recycled through a commingled service or where secure disposal is necessary – a secure document destruction service can safely dispose of confidential papers, records, contracts, tenders, files, or printed materials.

Soft and rigid plastic

For businesses that produce a lot of rigid plastic waste, a commingled service will ensure that it’s properly collected and sent for recycling so that none of it goes to waste.

Clear, soft LDPE waste can be recycled to make new plastic products. This should be bagged for recycling and not mixed with regular plastic bags or any coloured soft plastic to avoid contamination.

Food waste

Food waste is not recycled as much as it should be. Almost $20 billion worth of food goes to landfill annually while nearly 3.6 million Australians are experiencing food insecurity even though food and organics have incredible potential for recovery.

A good waste management plan can help kitchens, cafes and restaurants minimise the amount of recyclable food in general waste. Food waste can be turned into energy and create nutrient-rich soil for agriculture.


Your one-stop waste shop 

At Cleanaway, we’re committed to delivering the triple bottom line of sustainability – environment, community and economic. We work with our customers to find that sweet spot where we not only manage waste effectively and safely, optimise sustainability but also minimise the amount of waste generated, and commodities lost, in the first place.

Contact us today to arrange a free, no obligation waste assessment for your business.