Stepping up the war on waste

When China stopped taking most of our recyclable plastics and paper in January, Australians were presented with a new inconvenient truth. We're not always in fact, recycling our commerical waste. We're collecting it.

But hidden in this mountain of waste is a massive opportunity.

As state and territory leaders promise to introduce recyclable packaging by 2025, supermarket checkouts cut out plastic bags, schools ban plastic straws and households rethink their red bins, businesses are also stepping up.

What can CitySwitchers do?

  • Choose to reuse: Download the Choose. Reuse toolkit with new collateral to help your team tackle straws, lunch containers and plastic bags.
  • Measure before you manage: CitySwitch has a simple waste assessment tool that gives you a snapshot of what is going in your bins, and current waste generation and recycling rates. This can help you develop an action plan and make better decisions about waste..
  • Save your stripout waste: Monetise unwanted resources, reduce landfill and build a closed loop economy. Download the Better Building Partnership’s Stripout Waste Guidelines to learn how.
  • Support sustainable solutions: The team at The Fifth Estate has curated a new marketplace for sustainable office refurbishment solutions. Check out The Green List to reduce waste and costs and maintain style outcomes for your next office move.


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