Recycling has a big impact on businesses, the environment, and you.

Consider these facts:

► Recycling is socially responsible

► Implementing effective environmental practices, such as recycling, can have economic rewards. Employees notice.

► Recyclables can have a direct and indirect monetary value.

► Recyclables are the raw materials for new products. Recovered paper supplies more than 37 percent of the raw material world wide for new paper products, such as cereal boxes, tissue, and more printing and writing papers.

► Every tonne of paper recycled saves 13 trees, 2.5 Barrels of Oil, 4100Kwh of Electricity, 4m3 of landfill and 31,370 litres of water.

► Of all discarded products in an average office, about 55 percent is recyclable paper, 10 percent is corrugated packaging, and 35 percent are other materials.

► A typical office generates approximately one kilogram of waste material per employee per day, much of it recyclable, high-grade paper.

Composition of typical office waste

In Australia, Industry and Governments are endeavouring to recover an additional 1 million tonnes of paper from landfill per annum by the end of this decade.

Australian paper industry segments are reliant on imported paper, pulp and now to a lesser extent, recovered paper imports which create a 2.5 million dollar per annum trade deficit.

Landfill levies increase an average of 14% per annum. Businesses can reduce their waste disposal costs by recycling paper.

White office papers are the most valuable and can replace bleached pulp imports. White and pastel coloured business papers make up 80 percent of office paper consumption and over 50% of commercial waste going to landfill.

White papers can be recycled back into tissue paper, printing and writing papers, newsprint and white top board.

However, unless these white papers are kept separate and uncontaminated, they can only be used for cheaper packaging board where there is a surplus of nearly 700,000 tonnes (much of which is exported). All other paper and cardboard products such as photocopy paper wrappers, yellow and gold envelopes, newspapers, cardboard, glossy (brochures, junk mail, etc.) and magazines can collected and recycled separately. Please consult your contractor for correct receptacles and bin locations.

Your efforts in recycling office paper in a clean, uncontaminated fashion will contribute greatly to reducing energy and water consumption and avoid the unnecessary contribution to greenhouse gas emissions with the breakdown of paper products in landfill sites.

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With the implementation of the Container Deposit Legislation from July 2017, you can redeem your 10c for each beverage item.

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