April, 2022

Business wouldn’t be business without financial goals. A thoughtful waste management plan combined with appropriate waste recycling equipment might end up saving you a substantial amount of money.


There are plenty of simple ways companies can reduce their waste disposal bills and decrease their carbon footprint even without changing waste management services or contracts.

It is essential to identify the recyclable waste material in your business and its percentage of your total waste bill. For example, a shop with a hot food counter will average 60-70% packaging waste, and by segregating and baling this waste, the owner can reduce their waste collection fees by up to 60%.

Suppose you spend more than $1,000 on waste collections per month; we recommend setting up a quick assessment with a Waste Initiatives Consultant to work out a long term strategy that will benefit you and your business regardless of being locked into in a service contract.

Several tips you can follow to reduce your waste costs and be more sustainable.

  • Ensure that waste collectors aren’t taking away half-empty bins and that pickups are scheduled only when bins are full.
  • Purchase office supplies which have minimal waste or are fully recyclable.
  • Invest in a cardboard/plastic baler and get your bales collected for free in all metropolitan areas of Australia.
  • Check your waste bills for fees, such as overflow charges, and review what can be done to reduce or eliminate them.
  • Consider sharing waste costs with a neighbouring business.
  • Shred wasted paper and reuse it as packaging material or encourage employees to take the paper home.
  • Remove personal bins from under staff members’ desks. This means staff will be more likely to use recycling facilities provided.
  • Upsize your existing waste equipment as your business grows.
  • Construction and manufacturing industries generate up to 12% of cardboard waste that is recyclable. Collection of property segregated recyclables can be up to 80% cheaper.
  • Consider selling certain materials, like scrap metal, rather than add them to the waste pile.
  • Save on space and waste collection in smaller work areas by installing bin presses or compactors.
  • For food waste produced by restaurants, consider a worm farm for a garden – or a food digester with high volumes.