Australians have become among some of the best recyclers in the world with about 90% of households recycling. Our workplaces don’t quite fare quite so well, though: less than a third of us recycle at work.

 Offices are a major source of waste – even an office of 100 people produces an average of 20 bags of waste per week – that’s about one 1,100L worth a week! This is especially crazy considering that over 90% of office waste can be recycled.

 In short, our office is a major producer of waste, but it doesn’t have to be.

Adopting an office recycling culture can take a bit more effort than just telling everyone to throw things in the right bin, though. It’s a change in our working habits that needs to be communicated and built gradually.


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Part 1: Introducing a Recycling Programme

 The first step to making recycling an everyday part business can be communicated by introducing a company recycling programme.

An official awareness day is often a great way to launch one, which fosters the workplace’s understanding and acceptance of environmental issues. Highlighting the cost benefits associated with waste reduction and recycling will also help to get corporate stakeholders on board.

 To make sure the programme isn’t overly ambitious and doomed to failure, it’s best to start in incremental steps, starting gradually with paper waste, and expanding the system over time to further waste material.


Part 2: Utilising Easy, Accessible, Bins

 As the recycling programme grows and introduces new recycling options, establishing designated places to recycle those old CRT monitors is the next key step to building a recycling culture in the office. Bins come in all shapes and sizes, from small baskets to the classic “dumpster” bins, and it’s important to ensure you have the right bins for each recycling option of your programme.

 For paper, one of the biggest sources of waste in the office, recycling bins next to printers and fax machines is a great way to make sure paper gets recycled instead of dumped in the trash.

 As the recycling programme progresses, bins for larger items is a good next logical step. Many an office has a computing graveyard full of old monitors, printers and laptops. Arranging a specific clean out day and hiring a few mini bins can be an ideal way to engage the office in some larger scale recycling.


Part 3: Keep Tabs on Your Programme

A healthy recycling programme needs attention to make sure it’s building a recycling culture.

Involving employees in the programme is one great way to keep it alive and running smoothly. A point person can be nominated as the “go to” team member for staff questions, or discussing suggestions. Setting up a “green team” that meets regularly to evaluate the recycling programme’s progress is even better.

 Updating the staff regularly on the programme’s progress is another great step. This could include sharing information on a number of materials recycled, providing recycling tips and reminders, and acknowledging and thanking people who you notice are changing their habits.

 Becoming a green office not only makes the office a better place to work in, it contributes to making Australia a greener country and can save your workplace money. In short, there’s something for everyone.


Here at Oz Mini Bins we have a range of mid to large sized bins great for taking care of all sorts of recyclables and other waste. When it comes to big office clean outs in Adelaide, talk to our team of professionals.