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Nov—13

8 Steps to a Successful Recycling System

Our Aussie office - Sebastian and Dan are an amazing team, and they’ve helped leading organisations such as Canva, LifeFlight, The Sydney Cricket Ground and Atlassian on their long term sustainability goals.

For Australian Recycling Week, we thought there was nothing better than to hear from our Aussie team on their 8 steps to a successful recycling system. If you want to speak to them directly, you can get in touch here.

Step 1: Select a Recycling Coordinator

A nominated recycling coordinator is the best way to ensure that nothing falls through the cracks. It can become addictive and Method’s recycling coordinator has become the one-stop-shop for recycling and waste questions.

Step 2: Determine the Waste Streams

What waste and recycling streams do you collect in your workplace? Is there a lot of compostable packaging? Soft plastics? Glass? Your best bet is to complete a DIY waste audit and assess what your organisation is producing.

Alternatively, use our solutions finder that will find the streams and bins you need with a few simple questions.

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Step 3: Practice Waste Prevention

We all know the old adage - reduce, reuse and recycle - are there things your workplace could be doing to reduce waste being produced in the first place?

At Method, we have reusable containers for staff to take for lunch, organise catering with companies willing to use crockery instead of single-use and everyone is gifted a reusable coffee cup.

Step 4: Include Concessionaires, Staff, and Volunteers

Human-centred design is the best route to success, talk to as many people as possible to see how the recycling and waste system needs to work from them. Further, after implementation seek regular feedback, Xero used this to guide their bin placement and ensure the best possible results.

Step 5: Select a Contractor/ Hauler

Selecting a waste provider can be difficult, you need to find the one that balances all of your priorities. Check out our guide to selecting a waste provider, and be sure you know where your recycling and waste is going.

Step 6: Set Up the Collection Program

Work with your new waste provider/ hauler to set up a collection program that meets your needs. Think about things such as:

  • What bigger skip bins are needed to manage the volume.
  • Where these are stored.
  • How the cleaners are to transfer the waste from floors to skip bins.
  • The schedule of when / how often the bins are being changed.
  • Who is responsible for the kinds of recycling that aren't mainstream ie. Soft plastics or Container deposit scheme
Step 7: Facilitate Outreach and Education

Education is the greatest tool for success, set up a plan to communicate all the changes across the business. Recently, we’ve found great success using vertical signage that attaches easily to your station and can be personalised to your facilities specific needs so they know what goes in each bin, reducing contamination.

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Step 8: Monitor and Evaluate the Recycling Program

We believe you should measure what matters, and waste is no exception. The best way to ensure you’re doing the best you can do is to implement an ongoing measurement and assessment plan. Seek feedback across the organisation and action problem areas as they arise. Check out our guide to establishing a green team to maximise the value of your passionate team members.

Questions?

Get in touch with our amazing Aussie team here who will be more than happy to help you on the road to success.

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