Paper recycling is often the easiest to recycle and the largest proportion of a business’s waste. Providing all staff with a paper recycling bin that sits on or under their desk is the ideal way to ensure that all paper get recycled. Putting paper recycling trays in areas around printers and photocopiers is also essential. The further someone has to walk to recycle the more likely it will end up in the rubbish.
Setting up collection points for easily recyclable materials like glass, plastic and aluminium is the next system to put in place. Any waste management company will be able to provide you with a pick up recycling service for these materials. Most waste management companies should also be able to recycle clear film. Again, putting these bins near areas where this type of waste is being produced is essential. In kitchens or staff rooms and near desks if staff tend to eat at their desks.
E-waste contains hazardous materials as well as materials that can be recycled so it is important that this material be kept out of landfill. E-waste can be recycled at transfer stations throughout the Far North region for a small cost.
Food scraps and some green waste (organic garden waste) can be composted using a standard compost bin, worm farm or bokashi system. For more information about setting up a suitable system, go to www.createyourowneden.org.nz or contact EcoSolutions on 09 438 8710 or firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have cleaners that are responsible for emptying bins then it is essential that you talk through any recycling system with them so that they know what they are required to do and where things should end up. If not there is the possibility that your nicely sorted recyclables will end up in the same place as the rest of your rubbish.
Second hand stores can take much of the usable materials that your business may no longer need. They will often come and pick up larger loads. Having a designated area where staff can leave goods to be donated helps ensure that these things don’t end up going in the bin. It is then important to designate someone with the responsible for taking these to be donated.
Information and advice on reducing construction waste is provided by the Resource Efficiency in the Building and Related Industries (REBRI) guidelines at www.rebri.org.nz
If you have other materials that are not listed, contact EcoSolutions for further information.