Workplace waste generation underestimated

Wednesday, 21 April, 2021

Workplace waste generation underestimated

Contrary to what half of Australians believe, households do not create more waste than the business sector, reveals new research commissioned by Planet Ark.

The research found that 47% of people want to make changes to increase recycling rates at work but only a third reportedly know where to find accurate information on how to do so.

Planet Ark is taking steps to address these findings by releasing a new guide to help Australian workers take simple actions to reduce waste and improve recycling at work. A Simple Guide to Workplace Recycling Stardom is the latest offering from Planet Ark’s Business Recycling platform, a free service providing recycling and reuse information for Australian businesses since 2010.

“Our latest research clearly shows Australians want to do the right thing for the environment when at work, but need simple advice that makes it easy and accessible,” Planet Ark Deputy CEO Rebecca Gilling said. “By releasing this guide we hope to help workers around the country take action on recycling at work, whether they are baristas, bookkeepers or barristers.”

The guide aims to empower people regardless of their job title to make impactful changes that reduce waste at work, covering easy wins as well as more advanced workplace initiatives based on the latest in recycling research and behaviour-change science.

Only 16% of those surveyed correctly identified the construction industry as the sector generating the most waste in Australia. According to the 2020 National Waste Report, construction and demolition created 27 million tonnes of waste and the commercial and industrial sector produced 21.9 million tonnes in 2018–19, compared with just 12.6 million tonnes of municipal waste from households.

Business Recycling enables Australian businesses to address their waste, increase efficiency and improve their reputation while reducing unnecessary costs. The information provided on Business Recycling and Recycling Near You is representative of available recycling services in Australia.

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