A trick to recycling for small businesses
When we first opened, we were dumbfounded by our inability to recycle waste other than glass and paper. As a business, your local council does not get involved in your waste management. Therefore, you require a commercial waste removalist. As it is not cost effective for waste removal companies to recycle anything other than paper and glass, they won’t do it.
Therefore, any tin and plastic does not get recycled – it just goes to land fill! I spoke to the council and they were sympathetic but could offer little help. The answer was found by the sales rep from URM (the waste removal company we use). URM happens to be contracted to do the City of Sydney’s waste removal. So, they have a truck in the area every Wednesday night/Thursday morning doing the domestic recycling anyway so they just charge us a commercial rate to pick up ours at the same time eliminating the issue of cost inefficiency!
I hope this helps any other businesses facing the same problems.
Our next hurdles are how to put our organic waste to use rather than sending it to landfill and what to do with the polystyrene that the fruit and veg deliveries often come in. Any ideas are welcome!