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Recycling at work functions best with easy access to the right bin. © planet Ark

Recycling at work functions best with easy access to the right bin.

A clearly marked recycling tray next to a desk is the best way to keep office paper pure. © Planet Ark

A clearly marked recycling tray next to a desk is the best way to keep office paper pure.

How do we make recycling at work, work?

Australian’s have become great recyclers at home, but those behaviours don’t always make it to the workplace.  There are some simple actions that can be taken though to make recycling at work as easy as it is at home.

Location, location, location

The location of recycling bins in an office can play a huge role in determining recycling and contamination rates. Having recycling bins at every desk, compared to one central location, has been shown to increase paper recycling rates from just 28% to 94%!

Free and easy

For many businesses the waste services they use comes down to the bottom line, the cost. Taking advantage of the free schemes, that are paid for by manufacturers, such as ‘Cartridges 4 Planet Ark’ and MobileMuster, is a great way to get more recycling activity happening in your work place. 

Workplaces can also host a Friday File Fling as part of Planet Ark’s National Recycling Week. A Fling is an easy to organise staff engagement activity designed to get good quality paper out of old files, that will never be used again, and back into circulation to produce new paper.

All types of businesses

Recycling can happen in any type of workplace from factories and mechanics to IT companies and childcare. Planet Ark’s BusinessRecycling.com.au is specifically set up to help workplaces make recycling easy, no matter what type of waste is produced. The site provides contact details for recycling services for over 90 different material types, free recycling signage for work places and tips and ideas on how to encourage recycling behaviour.

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