It is National Recycling Week in Australia and to celebrate, we asked a few of our Australian staff to share some of their recycling tips at home or in the office.
- Make it obvious! – In our office we have a colourful sign next to each bin clearly explaining what it is for (i.e. general waste, paper and cardboard recycling and plastic glass recycling).
Nick Stokoe, Associate, Adelaide
- Recycle your old phones –Be honest, you’ll never re-use the old Nokia phone in your drawer, donate it to give it a new lease of life in a developing country.
Andrew Thompson, Associate, Melbourne
- Reduce before recycling – There are lots of ways to do this including using reusable bags, getting veggie box deliveries and asking for paperless bills.
Mary Haw, Senior ESD Consultant, Sydney
- Save space – Crush cans and flatten cardboard boxes to create more space in your bins.
Rupert Lodge, Associate, Perth
- Scrap paper tray for the office – Any pieces of paper that were only printed on one side go into this tray, which is used for note-taking, drawing, etc. Saves notepads and fresh sheets of paper being used. David Collins, Associate, Sydney
- Keep a lid on it! – Beer bottle lids on their own aren’t detected by the magnets (they’re too small). Put them into a can and fold the top over and they’ll get recycled along with everything else.
Amy Young, ESD Consultant, Perth
- Never throw old clothes out – Give clothes to charity or go to a clothing swap party, if the clothes are beyond repair use them as rags for cleaning or decorating.
Joanne Sim, Marketing Executive, Sydney
- Don’t put bins at peoples desks – Put them in a central point and people will actually throw less out, and when they do use them they will be more likely to sort it properly.
Emma Smith, Office Administrator, Melbourne
- Remove the lids – take the lid off the jar/bottle/container/tub – it’s often not recyclable.
Jack Nisbet, ESD Consultant, Adelaide
- Green Christmas – For Kris Kringle (aka Secret Santa), have a theme of second hand or handmade. Rochelle Phillis, ESD Consultant, Sydney
We would love to hear your favourite recycling tip! Please add to the comments below.
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