Choose.Reuse waste toolkit


Choose.Reuse. is a behaviour change toolkit for some of the most visible problem waste items: disposable coffee cups, takeaway containers, straws and plastic bags. It contains a suite of communications and tracking materials which any business can use within its office to encourage staff to take reusable cups, containers and bags when heading out to lunch or for some shopping. It’s designed to make wasteful single use plastics and packaging a last-resort option.    

Coffee cups in particular are one of the most accessible and frequent decision points for a large number of office staff and our society more generally, with three billion takeaway cups used in Australia every year. While there are some options for recycling in the market depending on location and contractor, research shows that the majority of cups end up in landfill, with and they contaminate recycling streams. 

Likewise, food containers, straws and plastic bags are now clogging our oceans and are critically harming sea animals. Great facilities and best practice waste streams in your office are largely pointless if your staff don’t know what should go in the recycling bin versus the rubbish bin, or think about what they consume and throw away.

This campaign challenges everyone to Choose.Reuse. Measure your office’s current cup, container, straw and bag waste using our simple Waste Assessment tool, set a goal, download the elements of the toolkit you need below and start the Choose.Reuse. campaign.

If you'd like help running Choose.Reuse. just get in touch with your local program manager here.

 

 

Key elements

WWF-Australia's position statement on carbon offsets

WWF-Australia's position statement on carbon offsets

This paper highlights that properly designed and implemented carbon offsets reduce carbon pollution.

Offset your carbon

Offset your carbon

Carbon offsetting is an immediate and measurable way for your business to cut emissions.

The Fifth Estate ebook: Renewable Energy

The Fifth Estate ebook: Renewable Energy

In collaboration with CitySwitch, The Fifth Estate has released a free ebook about renewable energy.

Explainer: Carbon offsets and carbon neutral

Carbon offsetting and carbon neutrality have become powerful and credible choices for organisations that are looking to make considerable reductions in their carbon footprint.

Ray Wilson, CEO of Carbon Neutral, one of our CitySwitch signatories, helps to explain these terms and how to get started on the journey to being carbon neutral.

Energy Smart Finance

This equipment leasing program by Low Carbon Australian allows businesses to invest energy efficient technology to future-proof against rising energy costs while reducing carbon emissions. It is operated through accredited vendors.

Reporting on energy savings

Reporting helps recognise the organisation’s achievements and identify the next areas of activity.

The National Carbon Offset Standard

The National Carbon Offset Standard exists to ensure the environmental integrity of the carbon offsets and carbon neutral products available in the Australian voluntary market. It helps consumers to make informed choices and interpret carbon neutral claims.

Planning for energy savings

Planning for energy savings

An Energy Action Plan identifies options for operational efficiencies and outlines your priorities and investment needs for a tenancy. The Plan spells out what to do to get more out of office equipment and technology, staff behaviours and base building.

Related resources

Choose.Reuse. waste campaign - digital assets

Choose.Reuse. waste campaign - digital assets

Download a set of digital assets to help you roll out the Choose.Reuse. waste campaign across your organisation.

Choose.Reuse. waste toolkit - print posters

Choose.Reuse. waste toolkit - print posters

Download the Choose.Reuse. waste toolkit posters to help you run an engaging waste campaign in your office.

CitySwitch Waste Assessment Tool

CitySwitch Waste Assessment Tool

Want to know the waste generation and recycling rates for your office? Use our CitySwitch waste assessment tool.

Waste signage for your workplace

Here's a suite of signage to help your workplace put materials in the correct bin.

Coffee cup toolkit - CitySwitch logos

These logos can be used alongside your own in the Choose.Reuse. coffee cup toolkit artwork.

Search resources

CitySwitch Signatory of the Year and New Signatory Awards - category judging criteria

  • Delivering outcomes as demonstrated by an improved or maintained current NABERS Energy rating and achieved energy savings* (up to 28 points)
  • Implementing one or more energy saving initiatives (up to 10 points)
  • Demonstrating leadership by undertaking innovative, creative or progressive office energy efficiency activities (up to 10 points)
  • Engagement of staff/ customers/suppliers and/or stakeholders to educate and create market transformation (up to 10 points)
  • Participation in CitySwitch local program activities (up to 10 points).
Note, new Signatories submitting for New Signatory of the Year Award need only complete an indicative rating – all other submissions must be accredited.

CitySwitch Partnership of the Year Award - category judging criteria

Eligibility Criteria

Submitted projects should:

  • Involve more than one registered company 
  • Demonstrate that they are  innovative and over and above “business as usual”
  • Demonstrate that they catalyse “market transformation” and or “address a market barrier”
  • Deliver a reduction in energy consumption and carbon emissions within the built environment 

Judging Criteria

  • Delivering outcomes as demonstrated by an improved or maintained current NABERS Energy rating and achieved energy savings* (up to 14 points)
  • Implementing one or more energy saving initiatives (up to 10 points)
  • Demonstrating leadership by undertaking innovative, creative or progressive office energy efficiency activities (up to 17 points)
  • Engagement of staff/ customers/suppliers and/or stakeholders to educate and create market transformation (up to 17 points)
  • Participation in CitySwitch local program activities (up to 10 points)
  • The submitting entity MUST be a CitySwitch Signatory
Note, Signatories submitting for the Partnership of the Year Award may submit an accredited NABERS tenancy, whole building or base building rating.

It’s easy and free to join the program. Your good-will commitment to the program is an acknowledgement of the business sector’s role in
contributing to environmental sustainability and your intention to reduce your own energy consumption and associated carbon emissions.

As part of this, Signatories to the program commit to achieve an accredited NABERS Energy tenancy rating (between 4 and 6 stars) and
work with CitySwitch to improve their tenancy’s environmental performance.

Find out more about how obtaining a NABERS Energy rating ensures you can benchmark your performance, better manage your progress
over time and promote your star rating achievement.