Aug—22

Counteracting Rising Waste Levies For Your Business - A New Recycling Method

Waste levies continue to rise throughout Australia as governments and councils are working to reduce waste to landfill and increase recycling rates. Waste levies aren't new, and in fact, they have been dictating how waste is disposed of in Australia for some time now. Queensland has been the dumping ground for upwards of one million tonnes of waste from NSW due to the lower cost of waste disposal. However, this will come to an end as Queensland has now imposed waste levies to bring them in line with their neighbours.

What does this mean for your organisation? Simply put, the cost of waste disposal and the pressure to comply with environmental standards will continue to increase. The best thing organisations can do now to mitigate the impact of these increasing costs and social pressures is to implement an effective and long-term focused recycling solution.

The China ban was, in large part, implemented as the recyclables they were receiving was low quality and heavily contaminated. Method believes the future of recycling is separating at the source. Separating waste and recyclables at the source means that recyclables maintain their integrity, and with clear communication about what should go in each bin, you reduce contamination.

Diversion image 01 What can your organisation save with an effective sorting system?

We can also make a shift in the way we talk about what we throw out. Instead of waste or rubbish, it’s a resource - from plastic bottles to food waste, organisations can reduce what they send to landfill by 40% on average.

Method has been helping organisations to recycle more and waste less with their innovative bins for several years. Including the Sydney Cricket Ground, Canva, Foster + Partners, Life Flight, Xero and many more.

Westpac Bank in New Zealand reduced waste to landfill from 70% to 30% with Method bins.

Method pioneered the philosophy of Open Plan Recycling, bringing their bright, colour-coded bins out into the open plan design of modern spaces. Placed together they form flexible recycling stations that are located consistently throughout a space or building.

By removing convenient general waste options such as desk bins, users must make a short walk to the nearest station where each waste stream is available to them. Further, being out in the open increases accountability, even subconsciously, as others can see them. The Method system continues to find success such as Westpac Bank in New Zealand, who reduced waste to landfill from 70% to 30% and they’re working to reduce this further.