Why Business Waste Matters
NSW businesses send more than 2.5 million tonnes of business waste to landfill each year. The good news is more than 70 per cent of this could be reused or recycled. Reducing waste is good for business and valuable water, energy and natural resources. By reducing the demand on raw materials you can lessen the impact on the environment and reduce purchasing and waste disposal costs in your business.
The Business Waste Reduction Project has been designed to support business to reduce their waste. The benefits to business are often reduced waste disposal costs, a leaner and more sustainable business, and the ability to deliver on customer’s expectations that the businesses they frequent impact minimally on our environment.
There are a number of ways that business can receive support through the BWRP. Business can directly contact the project coordinator with any questions or requests for assistance. Alternatively, they can register as Waste Warriors here. Registration is FREE. Registered businesses will automatically receive the free e-toolkit containing:
• Bin signage to assist you with waste management in your business.
• Your local government areas pricing and service availability fact sheet.
• The 6 step's for business waste success.
• The easy worm farming guide and the easy composting guide.
• A personalised Waste Warrior Certificate.
• Fact sheets specific to your business type.
• An electronic decal for your website and Facebook page.
• Registered business can also receive free onsite support.
We love to recognise and reward businesses that are doing the right thing, so regular promotional opportunities are also available for registered businesses.
Register today your business as a Waste Warrior to start reaping the rewards!
Waste Wise Events
Planning a Waste Wise Event
Events are great for promoting community spirit and boosting local economies, yet thousands of tonnes of rubbish are generated as a result of events in the Northern Rivers each year. This waste represents a loss of resources.
It is important to start the Waste Wise Event Planning in the initial stages of your event planning. Waste avoidance and recycling objectives can be incorporated into each step of the planning process.
The first step is to complete a Waste Wise Management Plan (WWMP). The WWMP outlines the actions required to organise and implement recycling initiatives and allocates timeframes and people responsible for actions.
Up to 60% of waste can be recovered at events by introducing recycling. Download the brochures below for more details on how your event can make a difference.
Information for Stallholders
The majority of waste generated at events is via catering of stallholders. Early communication with stallholders can help avoid unnecessary packaging, like polystyrene and reduce the waste generated. Event organisers should consider developing Stallholder Guidelines that clearly outline what packaging requirements are acceptable and unacceptable at your event. Examples of Stallholder Guidelines and a Stallholder Letter are available below.
For Market organisers you may consider conducting a Packaging Audit to evaluate the current waste materials generated. This will give you the opportunity to work with stallholders to identify ways they could reduce the wastes that end up in landfill and replace with items that can be recycled or composted.
North East Waste has developed a local guide to Biodegradable Packaging Suppliers and products to assist stallholders convert their packaging.
Loads of information about recycling in your business, including how to find a recycler near you.
This site offers event organisers, stallholders, Council representatives or venue owners, the resources to plan and implement an effective waste management and recycling program at your next event.
Waste Wise Events
Not for profit scheme involving the collection and recycling of printing cartridges.
Cartridges 4 Planet Ark
Official recycling program of the mobile phone industry.
Useful interactive site with lots of tips on office waste reduction practices.
Waste Reduction & Purchasing Policy
Tips on working and living sustainably.
It’s a Living Thing
Developed by the NSW Nature Conservation Council to give practical advice on green office practices.
Eco Office Guide
Funded by the Victorian government to encourage the purchasing of green products. Includes a large database of sustainable good & service.
Gold Coast Waste Management - - Take action within business and industry
The office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) is supporting business growth and profits through environmental projects that boost efficiency.
DECC Sustainable Business
Developing or improving your waste management system can save you money, increase the efficiency of your workflow and improve the reputation of your business.
The Federal government’s principal business resource
The BWRP began in April 2005 and aimed to reduce the amount of waste disposed to landfill from select businesses in the NE Waste region. The project actively transfers the experiences of its participating businesses to other businesses and industry groups across seven local government areas.
The project has the following objectives:
• To assist businesses across the NE Waste region to implement waste reduction activities;
• To reduce the amount of commercial and industrial waste to landfill across the region;
• To make use of knowledge collected from previous similar projects;
• To share information about business waste reduction across the NE Waste region and if applicable further afield;
• To focus on actions for reducing waste.
You can also find out more about the project by perusing our annual reports and newsletters. For further information about the Business Waste Reduction Project, please contact the Project Co-ordinator, Kim Potter.
The project also promotes further waste reduction across the region through a series of case studies based on the businesses that have already participated in the project.
• On Focus
Visit your local Council's website for more info on waste and recycling
This program is supported by the NSW EPA Waste Less, Recycle More initiative funded from the waste levy.