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Making sustainability part of BAU


July 12, 2017


Many of us are finding great ways to build sustainability into our day to day lives, including taking bags with us to the supermarket, maximising our kerbside recycling, and reducing food waste, but are our efforts going to waste in the office?

As businesses turn their attention to sustainability targets, let’s make sure we don’t overlook employee behaviours and office function as an opportunity to reduce, reuse and recycle. This Plastic Free July, we’ve got some tips for how you can get that work/life waste balance.

Remove underdesk general waste bins and replace with a dedicated paper and cardboard bin

Centralising general waste to kitchens and common areas has three benefits:

  1. It’s more hygienic as there’s no food waste left to linger in unseen underdesk bins
  2. It’s a great excuse to get up and move when you need to throw your apple core in the bin
  3. You’ll increase the amount of paper and cardboard you’re recycling as the dedicated cardboard bins reduce contamination

Get your facility management company on board

It’s no good carefully sorting your recycling in the office if it’s all being thrown into the same bin at the end of the day. Make sure your facility management company knows about your sustainability goals and is set up to support them. Cleanaway offers collection services for all waste streams, and even offers a dedicated packaging recycling service.

Don’t seal off your recyclables

The fastest way to send your recycling efforts to waste is to tie or seal your recycling in bags. Recycling must be loose when it’s tipped into the truck. Trucks that contain bagged recyclables can be sent to landfill because the plastic bags are considered contamination and can cause an entire truck of recyclable commodities to be rejected by buyers.

Ditch the vending machine for nude food

Instead of restocking the vending machine with plastic wrapped sugary treats, subscribe to a fruit delivery service that will keep your office stocked with healthy snacks that are kind to the body, and the environment.

Contact us today to find out how we’re making a sustainable future possible.