Planet Ark launch War on Waste Toolkit for small business

- April 9, 2018 2 MIN READ

Small businesses looking for tips and tricks to reduce their waste and become more sustainable can discover how to better manage their recycling thanks to a new Waste Toolkit from Planet Ark.

The kit is described as an essential guide for business owners keen to reduce their impact on the environment. It was developed after 3.7 million Australians watched the ABC’s War on Waste in 2017. Following the show, Planet Ark reported being inundated with questions from Aussies keen to open up a discussion on waste management. The Waste Toolkit is the result.

The kit contains ten tools such as the recycling no-brainer checklist, a set of questions to ask a prospective recycler and new brain science inspired signage. It also provides information for office managers and purchasers on recycled options for products such as paper and stationery, enabling them to help close the loop and build a circular economy.

Planet Ark’s Recycling Programs Manager Ryan Collins said recycling waste is not simply great for the environment it can be financially beneficial for business too.

“A 2016 [NSW EPA] report found that the average business produces 849 kg of waste per person each year. That’s where the Toolkit comes in. It gives employees and business owners free advice on how to turn their waste into valuable resources,” Collins said.

Collins told KBB it’s easy for businesses to get started for free with services such as Cartridges 4 Planet Ark and MobileMuster already reducing the impact workplace printers and mobile phones have on the environment.

Better still, some business waste materials get recycled into things that offices can buy, including pens made from recycled printer cartridges and office paper such as Planet Ark Paper that remains high quality even when made from 100% recycled material. And in truly circular fashion, once used, those pens and paper be recycled again.

Collins is quick to suggest it is not only traditional offices that can benefit from recycling.

“Services like construction and demolition processing mean that tradesmen and builders can both recycle and use products made from recycled materials.”

Businesses with high volume waste materials can make use of the Small Scale Recycling Equipment Catalogue, which matches them up with suppliers of equipment including compactors and balers to reduce costs and save time and space.

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