Small to medium enterprises (SME’s) in NSW, account for 45% of waste entering commercial and industrial landfills in NSW. In the Sydney area, SME’s are responsible for 1 million tonnes of waste, 70% of which could be reused or recycled.
The NSW EPA in partnership with OEH created the Bin Trim program in 2013 to provide assistance and support to SME’s in the commercial office sector with the objective of reducing waste generation, reducing waste to landfill and improving recycling.
This program aims to significantly contribute towards a reduction in business waste across NSW and to achieve the NSW Government’s Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2007 C&I recycling target of 60% by 2014.
KMH Environmental (KMH) was contracted to complete 13 Bin Trim waste audits under the program where we used the EPA Bin Trim tool to measure the volume and type of waste generated by each business. The waste data generated from the Bin Trim tool in conjunction with KMH’s waste management knowledge was utilised to create an individual action plan for each business, providing a framework for identifying how to increase recycling and reduce waste.
Out of the 13 business in this project, there were a number of businesses which dramatically increased their recycling rate in a short time period. Of these, the top three businesses increased their recycling rates by 34%, 28% and 13% respectively. Overall a 10% increase in recycling was observed across all the businesses that took part in the project.
One business, the NSW Law and Justice Foundation, provided the following feedback of their Bin Trim experience:
“The Bin Trim program provided incentive for our staff to fully engage with recycling in the office, after the program our office more than tripled our current recycling (from 16% to 50%)”
As part of this project, KMH supported businesses through:
If you would like to know more about this project or are interested in discussing the EPA’s Business Recycling Fund as part of the Waste Less Recycle More Initiative, please contact KMH’s Waste and Sustainability Group.