Recycling Properly? Discover These 2 Factors To Find Out

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The Stats

The average Australian will will generate about two tonnes of waste each year, which is twice what it was 20 years ago.

Crazy statistic when you think about the fact that recycling is now a priority for most individuals and businesses, the awareness has certainly increased.

However, it doesn’t mean that it’s being done properly in facilities across Queensland.

Running A Recycling Program

Let’s talk about your business for a second, are you running a proper recycling program?

According to the University Of Queensland, of which runs a stellar recycling program in their facilities, you may not be recycling properly.

Two Factors Causing Most Waste

They mentioned two main factors that are causing waste to increase in landfills that you should consider within the recycling plan that you have in your organization:

1. Improper Disposal Of E-waste.

What’s e-waste? It’s batteries, computers, and personal devices, and it’s a big concern because it’s growing three-times the rate of other waste and accounts for almost three quarters of toxic waste at rubbish dumps.

Also Australians are among the highest users of new technology in the world and purchase over 2.4 million computers every year.

Computers if recycled, almost all parts can be re-used.

To properly dispose of computers in your facility make sure that you have specialized and accessible recycling programs that are free for all e-waste.

For more information on how your organization can bring in a specific e-waste recycling program in your facility check out the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme for more information..

2. Using Personal Reusable Containers

Australians use about 5.5 million tonnes of paper and cardboard each year, with less than half being recycled — despite both being 100 per cent recyclable.

Take-away cups are often not able to be recycled as well.

Discouraging Take-Away Cups

So here’s a few suggestions on how you can start discouraging the use of take-away cups:

  • Encourage people in your facility to bring their own cups, bottles, and thermos by getting businesses in your facility to offer incentives like a discount to use their own cup.
  • Provide water refill stations within your facility.

Maybe you haven’t considered these options in your recycling programs?

Suggestions On Running A Proper Recycling Program

Here’s a quick review of suggestions that you should consider in the recycling program for your facility or organization:

  • Encourage people to bring their own water bottle, lunch container and recyclable coffee cup to campus;
  • Provide designated e-waste recycling areas, and provide advocacy about the importance of e-waste recycling;
  • Promote awareness through easily recognizable and designated recycling areas and through signs and directions toward the closest recycling area throughout the building;
  • Don’t print unless you have to! If you do, try printing double-sided;
  • Make sure you put paper and cardboard in the right bins;

References;

  • https://www.uq.edu.au/news/article/2015/11/are-you-recycling-right
  • http://www.recyclingnearyou.com.au/ewastescheme/

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