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The latest data on commercial and industrial waste

Date: 18-Apr-19
Author: Liam Taylor
Kerbside recycling has been in the media again recently, but what about the waste produced by Australian businesses? Here we take a closer look at numbers from the 2018 National Waste Report relating to commercial and industrial waste.

Introducing the technology behind the Australasian Recycling Label

Date: 17-Apr-19
Author: Liam Taylor
The Australasian Recycling Label is here to clear up confusion around the recycling of packaging items. But what underpins the information on the labels?

Recycling is not a con. Here's why

Date: 13-Apr-19
Author: Liam Taylor
The waste and recycling industry has been under the spotlight recently causing Australians to ask "Should we keep recycling?" Planet Ark says yes, and this is why.

Celebrating the launch of the Australasian Circular Textile Association

Date: 03-Apr-19
Author: Liam Taylor
There were a great number of exciting developments unveiled at the Australian Circular Fashion Conference 2019 last month, but it is unlikely any will have the lasting impact of the Australasian Circular Textile Association (ACTA).

Western Australia commits to new waste strategy, better recycling targets

Date: 18-Mar-19
Author: Liam Taylor
Last month the Western Australian government announced a new strategy aimed at reducing waste generation and lifting recycling rates in the state, with a special focus on organic waste.

Innovation, collaboration and bold ideas the way forward for sustainable fashion

Date: 18-Mar-19
Author: Liam Taylor
Later this month Melbourne will host the second Australian Circular Fashion Conference, an event bringing together an array of esteemed global speakers, leading sustainable fashion consultants and over 500 business leaders from multinational fashion companies.

Consumers choose Planet Ark as Australia's most ethical and sustainable organisation

Date: 28-Feb-19
Author: Rachael Ridley
Australia's leading Consumer Trends Report focusing on sustainability and health (LOHAS 6) has found that Planet Ark is the brand most reputed to operate in a 'responsible, sustainable, environmentally friendly or ethical manner'.

Clothing and textile sustainability the hottest fashion trend for 2019

Date: 15-Feb-19
Author: Liam Taylor
Whether you call it slow fashion, eco fashion or sustainable fashion there is little doubt that amidst the heightened environmental awareness and activism of 2018 the sustainability of clothing and textiles became a key focus.

Planet Ark endorses Detpak's new coffee cup recycling system

Date: 14-Feb-19
Author: Rachael Ridley
We're delighted to announce our endorsement of Detpak's RecycleMe collection and recycling system. This positive environmental solution for single-use takeaway cups guarantees every cup and lid collected will be recycled.

A power positive partnership for businesses

Date: 05-Feb-19
Author: Claire Bell
Planet Ark knows businesses are integral to supporting sustainable, reliable energy in Australia. That's why we have partnered with GoZERO to create Planet Ark Power: a solar engineering and technology company. The aim is to help businesses capitalise on their rooftop space to lower their energy costs and reduce their carbon footprint.

How to become a bulk recycling collection point for Nespresso

Date: 05-Feb-19
Author: Claire Bell
The 2018 National Recycling Week report showed us that over 90% of Australians believe recycling is the right thing to do. So, how can workplaces demonstrate their responsibility to 'doing the right thing' for their employees?

Recycle a phone and help clean the ocean

Date: 01-Feb-19
Author: Liam Taylor
Our friends at MobileMuster and Take 3 for the Sea have partnered up to tackle two of the biggest waste issues facing Australia: electronic waste and plastic pollution.

Keep your eco footprint small these holidays with Planet Ark's holiday hacks

Date: 11-Dec-18
Author: Josh Cole
Make the most of the holidays with Planet Ark's Holiday Hacks for Living Large with a Small Footprint.

Your workplace can give back this Christmas

Date: 07-Dec-18
Author: Claire Bell
As we head into the Holiday Season, offices across the country are looking forward to wrapping up the work year with Christmas celebrations. While we all look forward to celebrating the achievements of the year, it's also a great time to think about how to not only make your Christmas celebrations more sustainable but also use them as an opportunity to give back to the community.

Brisbane Tool Library takes share economy to the next level

Date: 03-Dec-18
Author: Marty Middlebrook
Do you need a drill or do you need a hole drilled? Brisbane's tool library encourages sharing tools in a new approach to consumption.

Are you a recycling guru?

Date: 16-Nov-18
Author: Ryan Collins
Do you know what is the biggest mistake that residents make when recycling? What is the benefit of using aluminium coffee capsules? What used material is being recycled and added to road base? Challenge yourself with Planet Ark's Recycle Right Quiz and you could WIN 1 of 10 Biome Plastic Free Kits valued at $82 or 1 of 6 eWood Garden Bed Kits valued at $219!

Take the journey with us from Waste War to Recycling Reboot 

Date: 15-Nov-18
Author: Claire Bell
It's Planet Ark's National Recycling Week (12 - 18 November) and we hope you'll take the journey with us from Waste War to Recycling Reboot.

Unilever takes steps towards a circular economy

Date: 07-Nov-18
Author: Claire Bell
Unilever makes the move away from the linear model of "take-make-dispose" towards a circular economy by finding a new life for rigid plastic recycled from Australian homes

4 dos and don'ts of creating behaviour change (part 1)

Date: 21-Sep-18
Author: Claire Bell
How do we get people to engage in the sustainable behaviours we want them to? We've done some research and come up with four dos and don'ts when engaging your colleagues or customers in behaviour change. In part one, we explore the two dos and two don'ts.

New research sheds light on Australian attitudes towards environmental sustainability

Date: 20-Sep-18
Author: Liam Taylor
A new study from HP Australia and Planet Ark found some interesting insights for businesses. One is that Australians are now looking to businesses and brands when it comes to action on environmental sustainability.

Lake Macquarie Council paving the way for recycled roads

Date: 20-Sep-18
Author: Claire Bell
Lake Macquarie council has approved an $8 million Downer Group plant to recycle waste materials into roads.

4 barriers to workplace behaviour change

Date: 26-Jul-18
Author: Claire Bell
Trying to implement better sustainability practises in the workplace can be .... um...trying! Using the latest brain science research findings, we've identified 4 barriers that may be preventing you from creating behaviour change in your workplace successfully.

Turning the tide on trash with the ABC's War On Waste

Date: 24-Jul-18
Author: Liam Taylor
Craig Reucassel is back at it with Season 2 of the War On Waste and Planet Ark is ready for action!

A new solution for coffee grounds is coming!

Date: 24-Jul-18
Author: Claire Bell
For many of us, coffee is an essential part of our morning routine with Australians consuming 6 billion cups of coffee annually. Planet Ark is excited to launch Coffee 4 Planet Ark which will collect and repurpose spent coffee grounds nationally.

Where are we with e-waste recycling?

Date: 23-Jul-18
Author: Liam Taylor
E-waste recycling solutions will represent a major part of the movement towards a circular economy in Australia. So where are we currently?

China challenge an opportunity for the Australian recycling industry

Date: 23-Jul-18
Author: Claire Bell
China's restriction on the import of waste materials has presented a short term challenge but in the long term, the Australian recycling sector has the potential to flourish as consumers, businesses and the government build a circular economy.

Packaging industry moves towards better plastic recycling outcomes

Date: 12-Jul-18
Author: Liam Taylor
Rigid plastics has traditionally been a problem area for recycling due to sourcing issues and economic and technical feasibility - but that could be changing.

NSW EPA announces recycling, organics and infrastructures grants and awards

Date: 27-Jun-18
Author: Claire Bell
The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) announces a number of grants and awards in relation to recycling, organics and infrastructure.

Seven environmental initiatives from Officeworks

Date: 26-Jun-18
Author: Claire Bell
With 166 stores, a national call centre and over 7,000 team members, Officeworks is meeting the sustainability challenges by providing solutions for customers and their own operations. Here's 7 ways they are making a difference...

War on Waste is back!

Date: 21-Jun-18
Author: Ryan Collins
ABC's War on Waste, the landmark series that sparked action across the country to cut Australia's staggering waste levels, is returning to TV. In 2017 the program reached 4.3 million viewers across Australia and broke records on social media. Find out what host Craig Reucassel will be tackling in the new series.

A new way to strengthen trust in recycling

Date: 19-Jun-18
Author: Claire Bell
Recent reports in the media about the China waste issue and material stockpiles has quite possibly lowered the confidence in recycling amongst Australians. The introduction of Good Environmental Choice Australia's new Waste Collection Services Standard for waste contractors who provide commercial services is one way to strengthen trust in the industry.

The recycling label ending confusion

Date: 19-Jun-18
Author: Claire Bell
At Planet Ark we pride ourselves on being highly knowledgeable when it comes to recycling. But sometimes, even we have to stop and take a few minutes to figure out recycling gripes like 'lid on or lid off'? This is where the Australasian Recycling Label comes into play. So who is guiding its development and community education?

Did your council or workplace make the top ten?

Date: 14-Jun-18
Author: Claire Bell
Find out which councils and workplaces collected the most cartridges in the last 12months, contributing to a record-breaking 38 million collected since 2003!

How Cartridges 4 Planet Ark is part of the solution to plastic pollution

Date: 06-Jun-18
Author: Claire Bell
In a new initiative, toner from printer cartridges collected via our Cartridges 4 Planet Ark recycling program around Australia can now be mixed with soft plastic and stockpiled glass to make a new road surface. It's not only diverting waste from landfill but is also up to 65% more durable than normal asphalt!

Find out how Cartridges 4 Planet Ark is part of the solution to plastic pollution

Date: 04-Jun-18
Author: Claire Bell
It's World Environment Day so what better time to give you the good news? We're proud to announce that toner from printer cartridges collected via our Cartridges 4 Planet Ark (C4PA) recycling program around Australia can now be mixed with soft plastic and stockpiled glass to make a new road surface.

Thanks for your feedback!

Date: 21-May-18
Author: Ryan Collins
The winner of a new tablet for completing the Business Recycling User Survey has been drawn. Simone Brown of VIC was the lucky recipient of a tablet of her choice. If you'd still like to provide feedback about the website or hotline you have until Friday 25 May 2018.

Battery industry leaders welcome support of Ministers for fast tracking a battery stewardship scheme

Date: 04-May-18
Author: Ryan Collins
The Chairman of the Battery Stewardship Council, Mr Gerry Morvell, today welcomed the announcement by Australian Environment Ministers at their recent meeting in Melbourne of their support for fast tracking the development of a stewardship scheme that will eventually result in all types of batteries being recycled in Australia.

Applications open for recycling industry relief package

Date: 01-May-18
Author: Claire Bell
A $1million funding package is available to Victoria's recycling industry to help it make the transition to new market conditions after China's decision to stop imports of low-quality mixed recyclables.

Congratulations to our Business Recycling Competition Winner!

Date: 20-Apr-18
Author: Sam Carey
We have one happy winner on our hands!

The 'queen of green steel' launches landmark e-waste microfactory

Date: 09-Apr-18
Author: Claire Bell
Professor Veena Sahajwalla, the founder and director of UNSW's Sustainable Material Research & Technology Centre (SMaRT), has launched a world-first miniature factory that turns e-waste into material for 3D printing.

True colours - how simple bin changes cut waste at ANZ Stadium

Date: 28-Mar-18
Author: Josh Cole
Australia's second-largest stadium has reduced waste by almost 130 tonnes a year with the help of the New South Wales EPA's Bin Trim program.

Win the war on waste at work!

Date: 27-Mar-18
Author: Ryan Collins
Whether you're a barista or a brickie, we've launched 10 tools to win the war on waste at work.

NSW Government pledges $47 million to support recycling

Date: 21-Mar-18
Author: Claire Bell
The NSW Government will release a one-off package of up to $47 million to support local government and industry to respond to China's National Sword policy.

A pen that can be recycled again and again and again!

Date: 01-Mar-18
Author: Claire Bell
What do your recycled printer cartridges get made into? There are a range of products but one that you can use at work or at home is the Enviroliner™ pen.

Compatible printer cartridges are not what you think they are

Date: 01-Mar-18
Author: Claire Bell
For many it's tempting to buy a compatible cartridge for your printer rather than the branded version. They are cheaper and look the same and some may think they are greener. But, there are hidden costs.

It pays to be paper wise in the office

Date: 08-Feb-18
Author: Claire Bell
The concept of a 'paperless' office was once a lofty goal as workplaces moved into the new millennium. But how does that translate into reality in 2018? Many workplaces have made great improvements in their sustainable paper use, but there's always room for more!

Business Recycling & Waste and Recycling Infrastructure grants are now open

Date: 29-Jan-18
Author: Claire Bell
Funding is now available for the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Waste Less Recycle More grants for business recycling and waste and recycling infrastructure programs.

NSW EPA Waste Less Recycle More funding information session

Date: 16-Jan-18
Author: Claire Bell
WLRM Business Recycling & Waste and Recycling Infrastructure grants information session. The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) will be holding an information session and a webinar on 23 January 2018 as part of the latest Waste Less Recycle More funding for business recycling and waste and recycling infrastructure programs.

Our green resolutions

Date: 11-Jan-18
Author: Marty Middlebrook
There's always more ways to be green. The team at Planet Ark share their environmental goals for 2018 and how we plan to stick to them.

Office paper flung all over the country

Date: 04-Dec-17
Author: Claire Bell
Think paper recycling is a boring task? Not unless you make it that way! This year's Friday File Fling, brought to you by our event sponsor Planet Ark 100% Australian Recycled Paper (Australian Paper), was all about getting rid of those paper files piling up in the office, flinging it into the recycling bin and having fun while you did it. So how much was recycled what did this mean for the environment?

How to fight a festive war on waste at Christmas

Date: 04-Dec-17
Author: Claire Bell
The 12 DOs of Christmas are twelve simple positive actions to reduce festive waste

How to Reduce Spending and Your Eco-Footprint This Christmas

Date: 30-Nov-17
Author: Ryan Collins
With Australians spending over $1,000 at Christmas, some forward planning for meals and presents can lead to big savings for your wallet and eco-footprint.

Pay it forward and get a recycled bargain on Buy It Back Day

Date: 17-Nov-17
Author: Ryan Collins
The first ever Buy It Back Day will be held on Saturday 18 November! It will highlight the importance of closing the recycling loop and reducing waste by buying products made from recycled materials or buying reclaimed rather than new.

Inspiring story: "Charging" up local battery recycling

Date: 17-Nov-17
Author: Ryan Collins
Batteries are "charging" up the waste stream, that is, battery waste is growing fast. The sources of battery waste is increasing and come from a variety of industries such as electric and hybrid vehicles, power tools, domestic and industrial applications, power generation and renewable energy storage systems. One company is has started recycling these types of batteries right here in Australia.

Inspiring story: Making 3D printer parts from e-waste

Date: 17-Nov-17
Author: Ryan Collins
The Sustainable Materials Research & Technology division at the University of New South Wales (SMaRT UNSW), led by Planet Ark ambassador Professor Veena Sahajwalla, focuses on research and development of green materials, made from rubbish. You'll be inspired by their innovative environmental solutions for some of the world's biggest waste challenges.

Inspiring story: Building roads from cigarette butts

Date: 16-Nov-17
Author: Ryan Collins
Cigarette butts are the most littered item in Australia. Recently, RMIT University found a way to deal with the 1.2 million tonne problem that sees the release of toxic chemicals into the environment every year. Check out their brilliant solution.

Inspiring story: Creating outdoor furniture from soft plastics

Date: 15-Nov-17
Author: Ryan Collins
As Australia's leading manufacturer of products made from recycled soft plastics, innovation is core to Replas' business. And it's not just outdoor furniture that they make. Read on to find out what else is available.

Inspiring story: Landscaping a garden bed from printer cartridges

Date: 15-Nov-17
Author: Ryan Collins
Close the Loop is Australia's biggest resource recovery and recycling company for printing consumables and the resource recovery partner for 'Cartridges for Planet Ark'. It is driven by a promise of zero-waste-to-landfill and innovation. Some of the recycled products to come out of this initiative will amaze!

3 tips for businesses to buy recycled

Date: 14-Nov-17
Author: Ryan Collins
Sustainable procurement aims to reduce the adverse environmental, social and economic impacts of purchased products and services throughout their entire life cycle. Looking for items made from recycled materials is a big part of this. And with more consumers being more likely to buy products and packaging made with recycled content, we offer 3 simple things businesses can do to start buying recycled.

Inspiring story: Sporting fields made from tyres

Date: 14-Nov-17
Author: Ryan Collins
Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA) is a government supported product stewardship initiative that aims to effectively reduce the environmental, health and safety impacts of the 56 million tyres (equivalent passenger units) that reach their end of life each year. Check out the results of their inspiring research projects that are providing innovation for our circular economy.

There's still time for a Fling

Date: 13-Nov-17
Author: Ryan Collins
On Friday 17 November, businesses, schools and councils all over Australia will be flinging their old files to get good quality paper back into the recycle cycle. All workplaces who register for a Friday File Fling will have 20 chances to win 5 cartons of Planet Ark 100% Australian Recycled Paper. There's still time to register...

The missing piece of the recycling puzzle

Date: 13-Nov-17
Author: Ryan Collins
It's National Recycling Week (November 13-19). Find out why buying recycled matters...

We're bursting with ideas, events and activities to share with you for National Recycling Week

Date: 10-Nov-17
Author: Claire Bell
It's Planet Ark's National Recycling Week (13 - 19 November) and we have some exciting initiatives including: a brand new Recycled Products Directory; a new research guide: What Goes Around: Why Buying Recycled Matters; the Friday File Fling; plus Buy It Back Day. Accompanied by new resources and promotional materials, we've made it even easier for businesses and communities to get involved.

Why buying it back is good for business and the environment

Date: 07-Nov-17
Author: Claire Bell
Your workplace is probably doing quite well when it comes to recycling. But if you're not buying recycled, you're only doing half the job. Having a sustainable procurement policy is a way to reduce the environmental, social and economic impacts of purchased products, as well as demonstrate business leadership.

Mobile for a meal, recycling feeds those in need

Date: 07-Nov-17
Author: Claire Bell
MobileMuster and OzHarvest have teamed up to give Australians a great reason to recycle their mobile phones. This summer for every mobile recycled through MobileMuster they will deliver a meal to someone in need through OzHarvest.

Draft NSW Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Strategy 2017-2021

Date: 05-Oct-17
Author: Claire Bell
With the population of NSW expected to grow to over 8.2 million by 2021, the state will need to process nearly 20 million tonnes of waste. The NSW EPA would like to know what you think about the draft NSW Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Strategy 2017-2021.

Get ready for National Recycling Week

Date: 05-Oct-17
Author: Claire Bell
With National Recycling Week just under seven weeks away, now is the time to start planning your events and activities. So what is the theme and how can you get involved? Read on to find out...

Celebrating more than 10 years being Carbon Neutral

Date: 04-Oct-17
Author: Claire Bell
Businesses have the opportunity to set themselves apart by showing true leadership in sustainability. Printing and marketing firm, Finsbury Green, is one who has certainly taken the lead. With a robust environmental strategy that has been developed over 15 years, they have some impressive environmental achievements.

Epson elevates commitment to cartridge recycling

Date: 26-Sep-17
Author: Claire Bell
Epson has stepped up its partnership with Planet Ark to the highest level by becoming a Full Partner of 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark'. With over 3.5 million Epson printer cartridges already recycled, this commitment will build on this 14 year product stewardship success story. So why does Epson believe this is the right thing to do?

What do Smiths, Kathmandu and Jurlique have in common?

Date: 13-Sep-17
Author: Marty Middlebrook
The Australian Packaging Covenant was formed by industry to strive for environmentally responsible packaging. The recent annual awards ceremony has celebrated the brands making a real difference through responsible packaging.

Keep on recycling

Date: 29-Aug-17
Author: Claire Bell
The waste and recycling industry has been under the spotlight recently causing Australians to ask "Should we keep recycling?". Planet Ark says yes, and this is why ...

Going plastic free: what does it take?

Date: 24-Jul-17
Author: Claire Bell
What does it take to go plastic free, even for a month, and what are some of the issues to consider? One of our staff member's has taken on the challenge for the month of July.

Planet Ark pays tribute to former Head of Campaigns, Brad Gray

Date: 05-Jul-17
Author: Marty Middlebrook
We pay tribute to Brad Gray, our former Head of Campaigns for his role in making Planet Ark Australia's leading environmental behaviour change organisation.

New Organics Infrastructure Grants Now Open for NSW

Date: 30-Jun-17
Author: Ryan Collins
Applications are now open for Round 5 of the NSW EPA's Waste Less, Recycle More Organics Infrastructure (Large and Small) grants. The grants provide up to $3 million to councils, waste companies and not-for-profits for infrastructure to reuse or recycle source separated food and garden waste that would otherwise go to landfill.

The Positive Results of the War on Waste

Date: 26-Jun-17
Author: Ryan Collins
The ABC's War on Waste has taken the discussion about Australia's waste problems to new heights. And there are, already, several exciting positive outcomes with many more people looking for recycling options. It has made reusable coffee cups cool, super-sized soft plastics recycling and encouraged governments to act.

What's the Deal with Coffee Cup Recycling?

Date: 29-May-17
Author: Ryan Collins
Coffee cups. Recyclable or not? Well unfortunately it's not a simple 'yes' or 'no' answer at the moment. Find out why the confusion exists and the best way to dispose of your disposable cups.

Waste Contractors & Recyclers Association of NSW (WCRA) Industry Update

Date: 22-May-17
Author: Claire Bell
The Waste Contractors & Recyclers Association of NSW (WCRA) is pleased to invite you to the 2017 WCRA Industry Update.

Did Your Council or Workplace Make the Top Ten?

Date: 15-May-17
Author: Ryan Collins
In 2016 the 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' recycling program celebrated its biggest year since it began 15 years ago. So we want to say a big THANK YOU to everyone that helped make that possible, especially to the top ten returners. Were you one of them?

Thanks Australia! 13,500 Printer Cartridges Recycled Every Working Day

Date: 15-May-17
Author: Ryan Collins
13,500 printer cartridges were recycled every working day in the last year. So what does this fantastic achievement mean?

Bingo Winning The Recycling Game

Date: 12-May-17
Author: Claire Bell
Leading waste management and recycling company expands with new facility and public listing on ASX.

Thanks For Your Feedback

Date: 11-May-17
Author: Ryan Collins
The winner of a new tablet for completing the BusinessRecycling user survey has been drawn. Paul Elliot of VIC was the lucky recipient of a tablet of his choice. If you'd still like to provide feedback about the website or hotline you have until 9am Monday 22 May 2017.

An Impressive 10 Million and Counting

Date: 11-May-17
Author: Laura Chalk
Ten million is an impressive number. So printer manufacturer HP is understandably proud of seeing their ten millionth cartridge recycled though the 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' program.

The Awful Truth About Nappies & Recycling

Date: 26-Apr-17
Author: Marty Middlebrook
From the NSW Central Coast to Perth, thousands of used nappies make their way into the recycling system every day which, you have to admit, is a pretty awful thought. But it's even more disgusting when you realise that people hand-sort that recycling. Even if you don't have children read on and pass this message on to friends and family.

Three Behaviour Change Tricks for Home or Work

Date: 26-Apr-17
Author: Marty Middlebrook
Trying to change people's behaviour can be a challenge whether at work, home or amongst friends. Understanding behaviour change psychology can play a critical role in whether your powers of persuasion will be successful. Take a look at three tips from our new Business Case for Less Waste guide.

14 Items You Can Recycle - But Probably Aren't (Part Two)

Date: 29-Mar-17
Author: Marty Middlebrook
In the second part of this article we look at seven more items that most Australians could be recycling - but probably aren't

Win An iPad Pro by Taking Our Survey

Date: 21-Mar-17
Author: Ryan Collins
If you've used, then we'd like your feedback to make our service even better for you. Give us 5 minutes of your time to fill out the survey and you could win an iPad Pro or other tablet of your choice worth up to $850! Take the survey now...

New Scrap Metal Legislation for NSW

Date: 21-Mar-17
Author: Ryan Collins
As of the 1 March new rules came into effect for scrap metal dealers in NSW aimed at addressing property crime like copper theft and disposal of stolen cars. If these changes affect your listing on BusinessRecycling, now's a good time update your information.

Businesses That Don't Recycle Are Missing Out

Date: 16-Mar-17
Author: Claire Bell
A local grocer spending $12,000 a year less on waste fees, an electronics retailer saving $8,000 and a large vitamin manufacturer saving $68,000 a year are just some of the example of the savings that can come from better waste management.

4 Ways to Make the Business Case for Less Waste

Date: 14-Mar-17
Author: Ryan Collins
The new guide that makes the business case for less waste. Save money, get a competitive edge and improve staff morale

Printer Cartridges are Driving Innovation

Date: 03-Mar-17
Author: Marty Middlebrook
Recycled toner cartridges are part of a pioneering trial. In a world-first, recycled cartridges and tyres are being used together to produce a new roads across country Australia. The new surfacing has a low carbon footprint and last longer than normal roads.

Chullora Waste Recycling Centre Fire

Date: 24-Feb-17
Author: Ryan Collins
Over 100 firefighters battled a blaze that has destroyed the Chullora recycling centre in Sydney's south-west. It sent massive plumes of smoke into the air and could burn for two days.

New Technology Turns Beach Plastic into Treasure

Date: 24-Feb-17
Author: Claire Bell
An Australian company has launched a crowdfunding campaign for revolutionary recycling technology that could help clean up our beaches. It aims to turn sea waste into treasure!

Approval to Shred Massive Tyre Stockpile in Tasmania

Date: 07-Feb-17
Author: Claire Bell
A massive pile of more than a million used tyres stockpiled in Norther Tasmania is finally facing the shredder.

Waste & Resource Recovery Facilities Workshops

Date: 07-Feb-17
Author: Claire Bell
The Waste Contractors & Recyclers Association of NSW has announced another round of workshops aimed at providing training for workers in the waste management industry.

Applications Open for Round 4 Resource Recovery Facility Expansion and Enhancement Grants - Information Webinar Thursday 19 January

Date: 17-Jan-17
Author: Claire Bell
The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and the NSW Environmental Trust, are inviting applications for Round 4 of the Resource Recovery Facility Expansion and Enhancement grants program.

Thanks for helping make 2016 a great year!

Date: 19-Dec-16
Author: Marty Middlebrook
Our mission is to help Australians take positive environmental actions, that's only possible thanks to our sponsors and partners

Flings Save Tonnes of Paper

Date: 14-Dec-16
Author: Ryan Collins
For Planet Ark's National Recycling Week this year, organisations around the country participated in the Friday File Fling, recycling 14 tonnes of paper in total. From corporates to small businesses, schools to sports clubs, unused office paper was flung back into the recycle cycle. Check out the overall environmental benefits since the initiative began.

Do Celebrate Less Waste at Work

Date: 04-Dec-16
Author: Ryan Collins
Tis' the silly season but that doesn't mean you have to be silly with workplace waste. We've got great tips so no matter how much fun people are having at Christmas parties, it's easy to recycle right. Check out Do #2 of the 12 Do's of Christmas.

Give Your Old Tech a New Life at Work

Date: 01-Dec-16
Author: Claire Bell
As the year draws to a close take a look around your office to see the little piles of redundant tech items gathering dust? It is easier than you might think to de-clutter your office, to get most of these items recycled and to make the news even better most of the recycling can be done for FREE!

Soft Plastic - Scrunch and Recycle

Date: 25-Nov-16
Author: Marty Middlebrook
Soft plastics, the kind that can be scrunched into a ball, are among the biggest problems in the kerbside recycling system. In fact 8 out of 10 councils consider them the number one problem as they get caught in the recycling machinery.

Cleaning Up Confusion for National Recycling Week

Date: 07-Nov-16
Author: Ryan Collins
A report released for National Recycling Week shows Australians are keen recyclers, but most are still making mistakes

Planet Ark Launches 100% Recycled Office Paper

Date: 02-Nov-16
Author: Marty Middlebrook
Your choice in office paper matters and with the official launch of Planet Ark Paper on the 30th October 2016 your choice has been made easy. Planet Ark Paper has been produced to help make the use of recycled paper mainstream. Currently office paper has a recycling rate of about 70% but less than 18% of new reams have high-recycled content.

Advanced Waste & Resource Recovery Facilities Manual Training Worshops

Date: 28-Oct-16
Author: Claire Bell
With support from the NSW EPA the Waste Contractors & Recyclers Association of NSW (WCRA) is pleased to deliver workshops to introduce an Advanced Waste & Resource Recovery Facilities Manual to increase and improve the quantity and quality of materials being recovered, while helping to ensure that sites and operators comply with environmental and occupational health and safety requirements.

Zero Waste Audit Results for 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' Program Partner

Date: 28-Oct-16
Author: Claire Bell
The results of the annual audit of Close the Loop, the Resource Recovery Partner for the 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' program, have just been finalised. And great news, the audit has issued Close the Loop with yet another Zero Waste to Landfill certificate for 2016.

It's Time For Another Fling

Date: 04-Oct-16
Author: Ryan Collins
Last year more than 5,000 people had a Fling for National Recycling Week. A Friday File Fling that is! Whether you work in a large office, a school or even out of the front room at home, you're likely to have good quality paper sitting idle in a filing cabinet. That paper could be put back into the recycling stream and turned into brand new 100% recycled office paper or toilet tissue. We've collated information and resources to help you host a Fling in your workplace on or around 11 November. Register your whole workplace, your team or even just yourself.

Post Back Your Post Packs

Date: 30-Sep-16
Author: Ryan Collins
Have you ever stood at the bin wondering whether something goes in the garbage or the recycling? You're not alone! Our research shows that confusion is one of main reasons recyclables end up in the garbage and contaminants, like plastic bags, end up in the recycling. The Australian Recycling Label has been designed by Planet Ark to clear up that confusion and we're happy to say Australia Post has joined the growing list of businesses displaying the label. Find out more...

There's a Machine for That!

Date: 29-Sep-16
Author: Ryan Collins
Is the waste in your workplace causing you grief? Have you ever thought, 'if only there was a machine that did this'? Well our Small-Scale Recycling Equipment Catalogue might be just what you need to declutter, reduce waste and reduce costs.

Donating Your Old Smartphone Could Change Someone's Life

Date: 02-Sep-16
Author: Ryan Collins
With an estimated 25.5 million unused mobiles in homes and businesses around Australia, a potential life changing device could be sitting in your drawer. MobileMuster and Able Australia are calling out for old smartphones to support those Australians with no hearing and sight and help them reconnect with friends, family and the wider community.

The Rise of the Coffee Pod Machine

Date: 09-Aug-16
Author: Ryan Collins
With coffee pod machines becoming more and more popular, the resulting waste is also increasing rapidly.

Recycle Right and Have a Cuppa

Date: 22-Jul-16
Author: Ryan Collins
Now you can sit down and relax with a nice cup of tea knowing you've disposed of the packaging correctly. T2 is the latest company to have products appearing in stores displaying the Australian Recycling Label.

Toowoomba is Buzzing About Free Rechargeable Battery Recycling

Date: 11-Jul-16
Author: Ryan Collins
Residents in Toowoomba can recycle their used rechargeable batterys - free of charge - as part of a trial program.

Waste and Resource Recovery Facilities Workshops

Date: 11-Jul-16
Author: Ryan Collins
With support from the NSW EPA, WCRA is offering training workshops for waste management and recycling industry personnel, including a session at the Australasian Waste and Recycling Expo.

Working It Out At Officeworks

Date: 30-Jun-16
Author: Rebecca Gredley
Planet Ark's new Australian Recycling Label is starting to appear in stores and answers recycling questions specific to individual products

Battery Stewardship Solutions for Australia

Date: 29-Jun-16
Author: Ryan Collins
Electronic devices are proliferating in the home, at work and for recreational purposes, and their dependence on batteries is unavoidable. So what does the future hold for battery recycling in Australia?

Don't Miss Out On Funding Grants

Date: 22-Jun-16
Author: Ryan Collins
The closing dates are approaching for a number of state and territory funding grants currently available to businesses and recyclers. From resource recovery facility expansion to illegal dumping to business resource assessing, we look at who's eligible and how much is available. Make sure you don't miss out!

Learn From The New Wave In Innovation

Date: 30-May-16
Author: Ryan Collins
Australian innovators are leading the way in sustainability solutions. Learn from three of the best.

Thank You For Your Feedback

Date: 19-May-16
Author: Ryan Collins
The winner of a new tablet for completing the BusinessRecycling user survey has been drawn. Mark Delany of QLD was the lucky recipient of a tablet of his choice. If you'd still like to provide feedback about the website or hotline you have until 9am Monday 23rd May 2016.

NSW Resource Recovery Grants Now Open

Date: 16-May-16
Author: Claire Bell
Applications are invited for Round 3 of the Resource Recovery Facility Expansion and Enhancement grants program and Round 2 of the Innovation in Priority Problem Wastes Management grants program. Delivered through a partnership between the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and the NSW Environmental Trust, these programs aim to increase recycling of household, business and problem waste.

Cash For Containers In NSW - It Pays To Recycle

Date: 09-May-16
Author: Rebecca Gredley
Containers in NSW will be worth 10 cents a pop from July 2017, ensuring our parks, beaches and streets will be cleaner

Going Bananas About Waste

Date: 05-May-16
Author: Ryan Collins
Coffs Harbour plays host to a national Waste Conference each year so they love going bananas about waste. A great example of this is the Big Banana Fun Park which diverts over 22 tonnes of waste from landfill a year - the equivalent of 36 medium-sized cars! Find out how they did it using the NSW EPA's Bin Trim program.

Reimagining Rubbish as a Resource

Date: 27-Apr-16
Author: Ryan Collins
Necessity is driving the move towards a zero waste approach. To make the shift we need to innovate and think of waste materials as a resource.

Working Together To Reduce Food Waste

Date: 20-Apr-16
Author: Ryan Collins
A waste assessment by the NSW EPA's Bin Trim program gave the Rhodes Waterside Shopping Centre a picture of what waste the tenants were generating and what opportunities there were to reduce waste. With centre management, retailers, the council and NSW EPA working together, a massive 25 tonnes of food waste per month is being diverted from landfill.

Reducing Waste and Costs for Business Happiness

Date: 18-Apr-16
Author: Ryan Collins
The NSW EPA's free Bin Trim program helped The Friendly Grocery in Waitara to reduce its waste costs by one-third, saving the business over $2,000 a year. Check out how it became a greener grocer.

Compacting Waste Costs By 50%

Date: 15-Apr-16
Author: Ryan Collins
Modern Tiles Erina struggled to get all of their waste into a skip bin each week. But a free visit from a NSW EPA Bin Trim Assessor helped them introduce an onsite compactor that has reduced their overall waste costs by 50%. Check out why it's the "modern" thing to do.

What's the Deal With Business Waste?

Date: 30-Mar-16
Author: Ryan Collins
What motivates businesses to increase their recycling? What are the barriers to better management? What do they see are the benefits? Our new report, titled 'What's The Deal With Business Waste?' answers these questions and examines the attitudes and beliefs of small to medium businesses and the actions they can take.

Four Eyes For Recycling

Date: 23-Mar-16
Author: Rebecca Gredley
You might see clearly with your frames on, but it's not always clear if glasses can be recycled or not. We've found some options so your old frames can have a new life and help those in need to get optimal optics.

Give Dumpers A Lesson

Date: 23-Mar-16
Author: Rebecca Gredley
Despite Australia being known for it's natural beauty some people still choose to dump waste on the streets. There are now tools to help you report illegal dumping

Advanced Waste and Resource Recovery Facilities Training Workshop

Date: 09-Mar-16
Author: Claire Grant
With support from the NSW EPA the Waste Contractors & Recyclers Association of NSW (WCRA) is pleased to deliver an Advanced Waste & Resource Recovery Facilities Training Workshop to benefit waste management facility workers, waste and resource recovery educators and supervisors from across NSW.

A Tablet for Your Thoughts

Date: 03-Mar-16
Author: Ryan Collins
Tell us what you think of the website and you could win a tablet of your choice worth $750!

Get Your 2016 Environment Action Planner

Date: 28-Jan-16
Author: Marty Middlebrook
Whether you want cartridge recycling box, get in contact with nature or plant a tree - we have a campaign for you

How To Save On Waste Costs

Date: 21-Jan-16
Author: Ryan Collins
There are opportunities for businesses to save costs by managing their waste more effectively. But how is it done? Check out why this Aussie family company is now saving $50,000 a year through better waste management.

Look Who's Recycled 30 Million Cartridges

Date: 15-Jan-16
Author: Ryan Collins
Well done Australia! We have just hit 30 million cartridges recycled since 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' began in 2003.

Best Fling Ever

Date: 15-Dec-15
Author: Ryan Collins
For Planet Ark's National Recycling Week 2015, a record number of organisations including businesses, councils, community groups and schools joined in the Friday File Fling. With a 'Friday the 13th' theme, unused paper files across the country were turned back into a valuable resource! Find out the best Fling ever.

Recycle your old mobiles & help the Salvos

Date: 10-Dec-15
Author: Ryan Collins
If you are dreaming of a new mobile phone this Christmas don't forget to recycle old mobiles and accessories in a safe, secure and ethical way. To give you a little incentive, MobileMuster will donate $2 for every kilogram of old mobile phones and accessories collected during December and January to The Salvation Army Christmas Appeal.

Trim Your Waste

Date: 10-Dec-15
Author: Ryan Collins
NSW small to medium enterprises (SMEs) have the opportunity to share up to $50,000 worth of Bin Trim rebates to help them become more cost-effective and environmentally aware when it comes to waste management. SMEs which have embarked on the program to date have reduced waste management costs by an average of $3,000 per year. Check out their first success story.

'Appy' Christmas gift from Planet Ark

Date: 01-Dec-15
Author: Ryan Collins
Check out the free smart phone app to answer all those tricky waste and recycling questions. A gift to use year-round

Save the date! 'Waste Not, Want Not' Day is coming

Date: 30-Nov-15
Author: Ryan Collins
TechCollect is calling for businesses to mark December 8 in the calendar to create a more sustainable workplace! Check out the four great tips for businesses to make a difference on 'Waste Not, Want Not' Day.

$50,000 Rebate Open for NSW Businesses to Increase Recycling

Date: 26-Nov-15
Author: Ryan Collins
The NSW Government marked National Recycling Week by doubling a recycling rebate for small and medium sized enterprises to purchase small-scale recycling equipment.

Make Recycling at Work, Work

Date: 13-Nov-15
Author: Marty Middlebrook
Replacing a single recycling bin with desktop paper trays increased the recycling rate for paper from 28% to 94%. Simple actions can have a big impact at work.

Let the Flings Begin

Date: 13-Nov-15
Author: Marty Middlebrook
All around Australia today people are having office Flings and it's not too late for you to join in. Put some time aside today, go though your drawers and fling you old, unwanted files. If you register today you'll also receive a carton of Reflex White 100% Recycled paper.

Recycling Role Models

Date: 12-Nov-15
Author: Marty Middlebrook
There is positive change happening in waste and recycling in some of Australia's best known companies. A pet food manufacturer has achieved zero waste to landfill and a wine maker made the switch to 100% recycled and 100% recyclable packaging. Find out how these high performers achieved these feats.

Inspiring Performers

Date: 10-Nov-15
Author: Ryan Collins
What does it take to make pet food with zero waste? What changes can be made to bottles to use 5,000 tonnes less glass? Which winemaker is using 100% recycled and 100% recyclable packaging? Put on your hard-hats and high-vis vest and join us in exploring the factories of some of the Australian Packaging Covenant's 2015 High Performers. Their waste and recycling achievements will inspire and amaze. Find out more ...

Answers to the Big Recycling Questions

Date: 09-Nov-15
Author: Marty Middlebrook
Planet Ark's National Recycling Week is the annual opportunity for the industry, government, community groups and individuals to focus on the big recycling questions so we can make it as environmentally and economically beneficial as possible. Planet Ark's new research covers these and other questions.

Test Your Recycling Knowledge!

Date: 03-Nov-15
Author: Marty Middlebrook
How much of this skip bin can be recycled? Win prizes and test your knowledge with the Recycle Right Quiz

Getting Your Recycling Sorted

Date: 03-Nov-15
Author: Claire Grant
Even though Australians are good recyclers, there are many questions. National Recycling Week has the answers

New Label Makes Recycling Easy

Date: 06-Oct-15
Author: Marty Middlebrook
Planet Ark is very proud to launch its new Australian Recycling Label, which has been designed to address both customer confusion and the desire for on-pack information.

An Office Fling Is Good For Circulation

Date: 23-Sep-15
Author: Emily Donnelly
Paper is the largest contributor to waste generated by offices in Australia. Fling some Files this Friday for National Recycling Week

Planet Ark Project - Answering Kid's Questions

Date: 23-Sep-15
Author: Emily Donnelly
We get lots of requests and emails from school students across Australia, who want to know more about Planet Ark for a project or just because they are passionate about the environment.

Declutter Your Office E-waste for FREE

Date: 14-Sep-15
Author: Claire Grant
Do you need to declutter the office of old electronics? Telstra have teamed up with ECOACTIV to offer an easy solution with an eCycle box scheme that can be picked up for free.

Power Tool Battery Recycling Pilot Launches in Brisbane

Date: 04-Sep-15
Author: Ryan Collins
In a single year more than 3 million power tool batteries reach the end of their life. Now Brisbane tradies and renovators can recycle them free of change.

Growing a Garden Among the Cartridges

Date: 18-Aug-15
Author: Ryan Collins
We all know how important an inspiring school can be for your kids. As part of the 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' and Officeworks Schools Competition, we asked 'Why is it important for your school to recycle printer cartridges?' We have some inspiring responses.

E-Waste Busters

Date: 28-May-15
Author: Emily Donnelly
Each year, we at Planet Ark receive thousands of enquiries from Australians wanting to know how they can recycle their e-waste. Is there a pick up service? Can I put my TV on the street? What about DVD players, are they accepted? Well, we're here to answer those questions and bust a few of myths so you know exactly what to do with your old electronics.

Identifying Asbestos

Date: 28-May-15
Author: Brad Gray
During much of the 20th century, asbestos was considered a wonder-product and helped improve the performance of building materials, but would you know what to do if you found it in your house today?

One House, Four Hours, Four Tonnes of Recycling

Date: 24-Apr-15
Author: Brad Gray
If your household is like most Australian homes you recycle diligently. But how much do you think you could recycle in one four-hour period?

Clean Clothes for Sensitive Souls

Date: 26-Feb-15
Author: Emily Donnelly
The list of ingredients in common washing powders can read like a recipe of synthetic chemicals. It's easy to see how some products can trigger allergic reactions in both adults and children and cause harm to the environment as well.

Planet Ark Ambassadors Honoured

Date: 28-Jan-15
Author: Brad Gray
In this week's Australia Day Awards two of Planet Ark's ambassadors - Layne Beachley and Jackie French - have been recognised for their contribution to Australia.

Waste Contractors & Recyclers Association of NSW (WCRA) Industry Update

Date: 05-May-16
Author: Ryan Collins
An afternoon program of Industry Updates followed by a dinner with guest speaker.

Training for NSW Facility Workers

Date: 07-Sep-15
Author: Claire Grant
With support from the NSW EPA the Waste Contractors & Recyclers Association of NSW (WCRA) is pleased to deliver an Advanced Waste & Resource Recovery Facilities Training Workshop to benefit waste management facility workers, waste and resource recovery educators and supervisors from across NSW.

Up Front Free Solar

Date: 30-Jul-15
Author: Ryan Collins
Do you work for one of the many schools, councils or businesses that have an aim of reducing their energy related carbon emissions but find the up front costs are proving too difficult to overcome? Then Planet Ark Power may be just what you're looking for. Designed specifically for medium-sized organisations it enables the installation of roof-top solar panels with no up front costs. And lower annual power bills.

The Only Thing We Have to Fear...

Date: 29-Jul-15
Author: Ryan Collins
Fear is a great motivator right? It's used to motivate action in public health and driving campaigns as well as to sell lots of products like security equipment. Many people would argue that the most fearful issue we are facing, as a society, is environmental destruction and climate change.

4 Steps to a Naturally Happy Workplace

Date: 28-Jul-15
Author: Ryan Collins
The average Australian works 40 hours a week. How they feel while they are at work, therefore, has a big impact on how they feel during the other parts of their life. Being content and happy at work depends on a number elements and one of those, surprisingly, is nature. Here are 4 ways to grow nature time and happiness at work.

ABRI Urges Environment Ministers to Support Battery Stewardship

Date: 14-Jul-15
Author: Ryan Collins
The Australian Battery Recycling Initiative (ABRI) has called on Environment Minister Greg Hunt and all state and territory Ministers to make a strong commitment to battery stewardship when they meet in Melbourne on 15 July. Broad stakeholder support for a national collection and recycling scheme for handheld batteries has reached an all-time high.

Exclusive Discount to the Australasian Waste & Recycling Expo

Date: 09-Jul-15
Author: Ryan Collins
The Australasian Waste and Recycling Expo 2015 is on next month providing an important forum for industry networking, innovations and insights. And we have an exclusive discount offer to the event.

Licensing Deadline for NSW Approaches

Date: 01-Jul-15
Author: Ryan Collins
If you're processing or storing waste in NSW, don't get caught out by the 1st August deadline. Find out more.

28 Million Reasons To Be Proud

Date: 28-May-15
Author: Ryan Collins
We have just hit 28 million cartridges recycled since the program began! So what does this mean for the environment?

PREPare Yourself for Better Packaging

Date: 11-May-15
Author: If your business produces something that is put into a bottle, tub, box or bag, we have a new tool that allows you to assess whether that packaging is recyclable in Australian kerbside systems

Positive Local Impact

Date: 11-May-15
Author: Chris Philpot
If your work is using high recycled content paper, congratulations! If not, take a few minutes to find out about a new recycling plant that makes it easier than ever to have a positive local impact.

Calling all Mobile Phone Hoarders

Date: 11-May-15
Author: Are you a mobile phone hoarder? Are there other hoarders at work? Our friends at MobileMuster are calling on you to come clean in time for World Environment Day on 5th June and become a recycling champion.

The Circle of Life

Date: 28-Apr-15
Author: Ryan Collins
Innovative programs like 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' are an essential part of a growing circular economy, a closed loop process in which we recycle valuable materials to keep them in the productive economy for as long as possible. We can all choose to participate. But how?

Win a Tablet Worth $850!

Date: 23-Mar-15
Author: We need your help and we're offering you the chance to win an iPad or tablet of your choice to the value of AUD $850!

Wood - Good For Health and For Business

Date: 23-Mar-15
Author: Brad Gray
A new report shows that being surrounded by wood at home, work and school has real and measurable health benefits. It also shows that in a corporate environment the presence of wooden furnishings and fixtures conveys feelings of innovation, energy and comfort.

Breaking the Barriers to Workplace Recycling

Date: 10-Mar-15
Author: Ryan Collins
Australians are great recyclers at home, but when it comes to work, we are falling down on the job. Planet Ark has identified a number of key barriers to workplace recycling and some simple actions to overcome them.

Changing Batteries

Date: 12-Feb-15
Author: Emily Donnelly
We use batteries almost every day; in TV remotes, smoke alarms, watches, mobile phones, computers and children's toys. However, even though batteries are recyclable, around 8,000 tonnes or 97 per cent end up in landfill each year.

Is Your Business Throwing Money Away With Your Food Waste?

Date: 09-Feb-15
Author: Claire Grant
Did you know restaurants and cafes throw away nearly a quarter of the food they buy for their business? Take the opportunity to be part of some new research aiming to reduce waste, save money and help the environment.

Free Your Business of E-waste!

Date: 06-Feb-15
Author: Claire Grant
Is e-waste taking up too much space in your office? Find out how to go e-waste free at the Sustainable Living Festival in Melbourne.

Promote Your Waste-Wise Christmas

Date: 04-Dec-14
Author: Ryan Collins
Are you looking to encourage a greener Christmas? Then we have the toolkit for you! We've developed a range of promotional resources like ecards, posters, social media posts and adaptable blogs/articles for you to use. DO check it out!

12 Do's for a Greener Christmas

Date: 02-Dec-14
Author: Claire Grant
Unwrapping a new gadget might provide a short-term high, but with more active SIM cards on the planet than people, it comes with an environmental impact . Global sales figures for smartphones, tablets and PCs, are projected to reach 2.4 billion devices for 2014, and that figure is tipped to grow into next year .

Buy It Back

Date: 16-Nov-14
Author: Ryan Collins
91% of Australians agree that recycling is the right thing to do. But putting items in the recycling bin is only half the job. For recycling to achieve it's full environmental and economic potential consumers and businesses need to purchase products with recycled material.

Feel Good Recycling

Date: 14-Nov-14
Author: Ryan Collins
The Seven Secrets of Successful Recyclers shows that recycling at work is good for the environment as well as for staff morale. The reports shows that 78% of Australians agree that having recycling options at work either would, or does, make them feel they are working for a responsible employer. Find out more ...

Fling Then Finish The Job

Date: 14-Nov-14
Author: Ryan Collins
This week thousands of people in workplaces all over Australia are getting together for an office fling - a Friday File Fling that is. A fling is the start of the recycling loop for office paper.

NSW EPA Limits Waste Haulage to Queensland

Date: 05-Nov-14
Author: Brad Gray
NSW waste transporters will face a number of new measures designed to prevent waste being sent to Queensland landfills including a "proximity principle" which means that it will be an offence to transport waste more than 150 kilometres by road from where it is generated.

Call for Abstracts for Coffs Harbour Waste Conference

Date: 29-Oct-14
Author: Ryan Collins
The call for abstracts is now open for Waste 2015, the Coffs Harbour Waste Conference, set for May 2015. The Coffs Harbour Waste Conference is the leading conference for the waste management industry in Australia and is the only conference endorsed by the WMAA.

Fling Those Files for Free Recycled Paper

Date: 09-Oct-14
Author: Ryan Collins
Paper is the largest contributor to solid waste generated by workplaces and although paper has a high recycling rate, there are literally thousands of tonnes of paper stored in folders, files and drawers that will never be used again. Workplaces can host a Friday File Fling on 14th November as an easy-to-organise, positive way to engage colleagues and to get good quality paper back into circulation. The first 1,000 registrants will receive a free ream of Reflex White 100% Recycled paper.

Positive Social Proof - Behaviour Change Made Easy

Date: 25-Sep-14
Author: Damian Dabrowski
They're common in almost all workplaces, the sign telling people to turn the lights off when they leave a room or the e-mail bemoaning the mess in the kitchen. But what's written on that sign or in the e-mail can have a significant impact on how effective it is and whether it has a positive or a negative impact.

Transpacific-Cleanaway Grounds Entire Garbage Truck Fleet

Date: 20-Aug-14
Author: Ryan Collins
Waste collections have been suspended across Australia in areas serviced by Cleanaway trucks after a fatal road accident in South Australia.

High Standards Gets Green Tick For MobileMuster

Date: 05-Aug-14
Author: Ryan Collins
Australia's first voluntary product stewardship scheme has been formally accredited by the Federal Government.

How Much Is Nature Worth?

Date: 20-Jul-14
Author: Marty Middlebrook
How much money are Australian workers prepared to give up to have greater contact with nature at work? How do indoor plants affect productivity? What do they do for air quality? How many workers can't see the sky or a single potted plant from their workstation? All of these questions are answered in Planet Ark's new report titled Valuing Trees - What is Nature Worth? - launched in the run up to National Tree Day.

Aussie, Recycled and Certified

Date: 20-Jul-14
Author: Marty Middlebrook
Office paper is probably the most recycled material in Australian workplaces. But when it comes to using recycled office paper things aren't so good. Less than one in six reams of paper bought include any recycled content. There are three things for you, or your purchasing manager, should look for to make the right paper choice.

Recycling Contracts Cleared Up

Date: 20-Jul-14
Author: Marty Middlebrook
Workplaces come in all sizes so your waste and recycling service should fit your specific needs. A good contract can achieve some great outcomes like reducing costs, increasing recycling and improving amenity. Our waste and recycling contract guides will help you find the most appropriate service for your workplace.

From Toner to Tarmac

Date: 30-Apr-14
Author: Ryan Collins
The last thing you'd expect to do after recycling your printer cartridges is to drive over them but now you could! Due to the development of a new product that turns residual toner into road surface, the recycled material, which is being rolled out in streets around Australia right now, makes road surfaces stronger and reduces their carbon emissions. Pretty amazing! Find out more...

Personal Post-It - Behaviour Change Made Easy

Date: 17-Apr-14
Author: Ryan Collins
If you're trying to encourage colleagues (friends or students) to provide you with feedback on a green policy or to undertake a new behaviour a simple little trick in personalising the message can have a big impact. It's as simple as personalising a Post-it. Find out more ...

Measure the Impact of Your Phones

Date: 17-Apr-14
Author: Ryan Collins
MobileMuster is offering a limited number of workplaces a free and interactive collection unit to help engage colleagues in recycling their old phones.

From flat-pack furniture to workplace recycling

Date: 04-Apr-14
Author: Ryan Collins
IKEA Tempe is making a remarkable effort to reduce its impact on the environment by introducing recycling into the workplace, and last year diverted 60% of their waste from landfill. Check out how they're doing it.

Local Council leads the way on workplace recycling

Date: 04-Apr-14
Author: Ryan Collins
Armidale Dumaresq Council has tackled recycling head-on, saving thousands of dollars and diverting 70% of waste from landfill. For them it's now the norm.

Solar company ramps up office recycling

Date: 03-Apr-14
Author: Ryan Collins
Apricus Australia, the leading manufacturer and distributor of evacuated tube solar hot water solutions in Australia, recently implemented a centralised office recycling system. Find out why it was "a no brainer."

Training For NSW Facility Workers & Bin Trim Program

Date: 02-Apr-14
Author: Ryan Collins
The Waste Contractors & Recyclers Association of NSW (WCRA) is pleased to deliver the next workshop to introduce a Waste & Resource Recovery Facility Workers Manual to benefit waste management facility workers, waste and resource recovery educators and managers.

Shopping Centre Recycles Tonnes, Saves Loads!

Date: 02-Apr-14
Author: Ryan Collins
Marrickville Metro's recycling program proves a success with waste costs cut in half and comingled recycling achieving a fivefold increase. Find out about this Sydney shopping centre's business recycling success story.

Waste costs decrease by 30% for Express Data

Date: 01-Apr-14
Author: Ryan Collins
Monitoring waste and searching for recycling options can pay dividends for small to medium businesses. Find out what Express Data Holdings did to gain a 30% decrease in waste costs.

The BEST way to trim your bin

Date: 31-Mar-14
Author: Ryan Collins
Small to medium businesses are finding the BusinessRecycling and Bin Trim tools critical to implementing their green initiatives. And not just in the cities.

Sydney Markets Receives Global Recycling Award

Date: 28-Feb-14
Author: Ryan Collins
Over $7 million has been saved in waste disposal costs since 2005 by Sydney Markets. Recently, Australia's largest market was recognised as a world leader in recycling at the Global Sustainability Leaderships Conference and Awards.

What would you do with wood pallets

Date: 26-Feb-14
Author: Ryan Collins
Each year in Victoria alone, 600,000 tonnes of wooden pallets go to landfill. This is enough to fill the Melbourne Cricket Ground 1.5 times. Discover some of the creative solutions of recycling...

New Grants Supporting NSW Businesses to Recycle

Date: 24-Feb-14
Author: Ryan Collins
Contractors, industry advisors, not-for-profits and local governments have the opportunity to apply for grants through the NSW EPA under the Waste Less Recycle More initiative.

NSW EPA Crackdown on Tyre Retailers

Date: 19-Feb-14
Author: Ryan Collins
Half of NSW tyre retailers are unaware of their disposal responsibilities a recent audit found...

NSW Workshops Helping Business Recycle

Date: 17-Feb-14
Author: Ryan Collins
Waste and recycling industry and council staff will be provided with the right tools to assists business clients to reduce waste and recycle more.

Tablet Draw Winners Announced

Date: 09-Jan-14
Author: Ryan Collins
Who were the lucky winners of the BusinessRecycling User Survey 2013 prize draw?

More NSW 'Waste Less, Recycle More' Funding Grants

Date: 23-Dec-13
Author: Ryan Collins
The new Major Resource Recovery and Organics Infrastructure program grants are now open for applications.

A Model Business Cooperative in Recycling

Date: 12-Dec-13
Author: Ryan Collins
One of Melbourne's most iconic laneways, Degraves Street, has become a leader in dealing with waste.

'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' Blitzes 2013 Target

Date: 10-Dec-13
Author: Ryan Collins
Over 23 million printer cartridges have been recycled since the program began! Find out how it benefits the environment and how to join this recycling revolution.

Recycling wooden pallets creates jobs

Date: 19-Nov-13
Author: Ryan Collins
For every 10,000 tonnes of waste recycled, there are 9.2 jobs created as opposed to 2.8 jobs for the same amount of material sent to landfill. Read on...

NSW Waste Less Recycle More grants now open

Date: 15-Nov-13
Author: Ryan Collins
The largest waste and recycling funding program in Australia has announced the first round of grants.

An iPad for your thoughts?

Date: 11-Nov-13
Author: Ryan Collins
We'd like to find out if is meeting your needs, and what you think could be improved. By completing a 5 minute online survey, you could win a tablet PC of your choice to the value of AUD $950. Be quick though! To go in the draw, you must complete the survey before midnight on Friday 6 December 2013.

Certify Your Contribution

Date: 06-Nov-13
Author: Ryan Collins
MobileMuster has provided Planet Ark with its annual collection certificate recognizing our contribution to a better environment. Find out how much our office recycled...

Embracing Recycled Paper

Date: 25-Oct-13
Author: Ryan Collins
Our survey results are in and the winners of our 100 Reams x 100% Recycled paper giveaway have been announced! Read on...

Waste 2014 Conference & Exhibition Prospectus Released

Date: 02-Oct-13
Author: Ryan Collins
EOIs and calls for abstracts are now open. Attendees will benefit from exhibition by leading companies and professionals in the waste management industry from across Australia, as well as hear from keynote speakers on the latest developments in the industry.

Recycled Paper Giveaway

Date: 24-Sep-13
Author: Ryan Collins
We've got 100 reams of 100% Recycled Reflex paper to give away and all you need to do is let us know whether or not you use recycled office paper and why. It's as simple as that. You have until Sunday 29th September.

Helping Business Recycle

Date: 19-Sep-13
Author: Ryan Collins
WCRA and NSW EPA are delivering workshops to assist business reduce waste and recycle more.

The cost of business waste

Date: 17-Sep-13
Author: Sara McGregor
Australian businesses are spending more than $2.2 billion each year on waste services, of which $1.4 billion is spent on waste to landfill. As waste disposal costs increase, it makes financial sense to look for recycling options for the wide range of waste materials generated by businesses.

4th Australasian Industrial Ecology Conference returns to Sydney

Date: 10-Sep-13
Author: Ryan Collins
This three-day event is essential for anyone with an interest in the development of innovations for the use and reuse of waste materials. Find out more...

Sustainability Victoria $600k Grant Funding for C & I Recycling

Date: 05-Sep-13
Author: Ryan Collins
Expressions of Interest are now open for 'Smarter Resources, Smarter Business: Recycling' funding which will be provided for infrastructure, training and education...

Waste & Recycle Conference 2013 - Register now!

Date: 16-Jul-13
Author: Ryan Collins
It's on again in September with Dr Karl as a special guest speaker. Find out more about the Waste & Recycle 2013 Conference...

WCRA Breakfast Briefing on the NSW Business Recycling Fund

Date: 10-Jul-13
Author: Ryan Collins
A new $35M Fund has been established as part of the NSW Government's Waste Less Recycle More initiative to help business to reduce waste and increase recycling. Find out all about it at this NSW EPA presentation...

BusinessRecycling Now Comes With Tangible Benefits!

Date: 27-Jun-13
Author: Ryan Collins
Have you ever wondered what the "everyday" savings are of recycling a certain material? Well BusinessRecycling has come to the rescue! Read on...

Bright news for fluoro-light recycling

Date: 19-Jun-13
Author: Zo Zhou
Some major Victorian organisations have been recognised for their participation in the fluorescent light recycling program FluoroCycle, which ensures harmful mercury is kept out of the environment. Find out more...

Think Eat Save for World Environment Day #WED

Date: 05-Jun-13
Author: Ryan Collins
Australian businesses throw away over 1 million tonnes of food waste per year. With the theme for today's World Environment Day being Think Eat Save, check out the good work being done to reduce food waste and what businesses can do to help...

Nominate for WA's Waste Authority Affinity Awards

Date: 03-Jun-13
Author: Ryan Collins
Celebrate innovation, commitment and creativity. Find out how to nominate your organisation, yourself or someone else...

NSW EPA seizes records to expose dumping

Date: 27-May-13
Author: Ryan Collins
In a bid to target waste operators hiding contaminated waste in landfill the NSW EPA has appropriated documents and computers from three companies. Read on...

NSW Australian Organics Recycling Association Awards

Date: 24-May-13
Author: Ryan Collins
Nominations close 31 May for the Leadership Awards for Local Government and Industry, celebrating compost innovation and soil improvement. Find out how to nominate...

The Business of Waste Management in NSW

Date: 07-May-13
Author: Ryan Collins
This convention focuses on the needs of business, waste management, and the role of government. Find out where and when it is to be held...

'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' turns e-waste into opportunity

Date: 29-Apr-13
Author: Zo Zhou
Printer cartridges contain valuable metals such as steel, aluminium and copper, much of which can be recycled, so it's important that people continue to recycle them. The recycled materials can be turned into pens, rulers, chemical spill clean up kits, and in eWood applications such as park benches, fencing and signs.

Nominate for a 2013 Green Globe Award

Date: 26-Apr-13
Author: Zo Zhou
NSW small and large businesses, individuals, state and local government and not-for-profit organisations who can demonstrate significant environmental achievements are encouraged to nominate for an award.

Commercial and industrial waste and recycling workshop

Date: 23-Apr-13
Author: Zo Zhou
The NSW Environmental Protection Authority and the Waste Contractors & Recyclers Association of NSW are teaming up to help businesses and councils reduce waste and recycle more. Find out how your organisation could benefit...

E-Waste Recycling World Record Attempt

Date: 15-Apr-13
Author: Zo Zhou
Australians are world-leading recyclers - just look at the 21 million printer cartridges recycled by 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark'. And now, between the 20th and 28th April we can help TechCollect set a world record for the most TVs, computers and printers recycled. Find out how you can help and let your friends and family know. Read more...

Old Mobiles Help Change Lives

Date: 21-Mar-13
Author: Ryan Collins
Salvos Stores will get $2/kg of mobiles collected in-store from MobileMuster in a new partnership. Read on...

Has your workplace been disposing of your waste legally?

Date: 19-Mar-13
Author: Zo Zhou
The City of Sydney is on the lookout for the person that illegally dumped two tonnes of asbestos in a side street, highlighting the need for everyone to ensure they know how to responsibly and legally dispose of their waste. Read more...

WIN an iPad by becoming a case study

Date: 01-Mar-13
Author: Ryan Collins
We want to hear how BusinessRecycling has made recycling easier at work for you. We're looking for BusinessRecycling case studies which we'll promote for free in social media and on the site. Plus you could win 1 of 2 iPads/tablet PCs! Complete our quick Case Study Form to enter...

Free Seminars to Maximise Wood & Wood Pallet Recycling in NSW

Date: 28-Feb-13
Author: Ryan Collins
Penrith, Wollongong and Parramatta play host in March to free seminars to assist companies recycle more waste timber. Find out more...

New $465.7 Million Waste and Resource Recovery Initiative for NSW

Date: 26-Feb-13
Author: Ryan Collins
'Waste Less, Recycle More' is the five-year initiative that sets out the NSW Government's new waste and recycling agenda. Read on...

Waste Contractors & Recyclers Association of NSW workshops extended

Date: 22-Feb-13
Author: Zo Zhou
The Waste Contractors & Recyclers Association of NSW (WCRA) is pleased to announce the extension of their training workshops thanks to the support of the NSW EPA. Find out when and where...

Show Off Your Success

Date: 20-Feb-13
Author: Ryan Collins
We're looking for BusinessRecycling case studies which we'll promote for free in social media and on the site! If your organisation has used the BusinessRecycling website or hotline, we'd love to hear from you...

Business Clean Up Australia Day Just Around The Corner

Date: 18-Feb-13
Author: Ryan Collins
Any business, anywhere can take action for the Australian environment through Business Clean Up Australia Day on Tuesday, 26th February 2013. Find out more...

See Story of Stuff co-creator Annie Leonard live in Melbourne

Date: 11-Feb-13
Author: Zo Zhou
MobileMuster is bringing Annie Leonard to Australia as part of the Sustainability Living Festival (SLF) in Melbourne, which runs from the 9th-24th of February. Co-creator of the enormously successful The Story of Stuff, Annie Leonard, leads the international line-up in this year's Festival at two talks, The Story of Stuff (Fri 15 Feb) and The Story of Change (Sat 16 Feb)...

Use of Recovered Crushed Glass in Civil Construction Training

Date: 08-Feb-13
Author: Ryan Collins
Workshops across NSW for recycling industry & waste management personnel, civil construction personnel, education officers, local government officers, and engineers are being delivered in the Use of Recovered Crushed Glass in Civil Construction. Find out more...

Workshops on recycled materials for civil works

Date: 05-Feb-13
Author: Ryan Collins
Construction businesses can save money by making the most of recycled concrete, brick and asphalt materials. The 'Use of Recycled Materials for Pavements, Earthworks and Drainage' training course by TAFE Sydney Institute will help engineers, supervisors and construction staff plan and deliver successful civil projects using recycled materials. Find out more...

MobileMuster turns fifteen!

Date: 01-Feb-13
Author: Zo Zhou
Sydney's sustainability stars recently gathered at the Royal Botanic Gardens to celebrate MobileMuster's 15th anniversary. As the mobile phone industry's official recycling program, MobileMuster has diverted over 1 million kilograms of mobile phone components from landfill as of December 2012, so there was much to celebrate. Find out more...

Waste & Resource Recovery Facility Manual Workshops in NSW

Date: 21-Jan-13
Author: Ryan Collins
New workshops in Wetherill Park and Queanbeyan are being delivered by the Waste Contractors & Recyclers Association of NSW (WCRA) to benefit waste management facility workers, waste and resource recovery educators and managers.

Up to half of world's food goes to waste, report says

Date: 11-Jan-13
Author: Zo Zhou
Up to half of all the food produced worldwide ends up going to waste due to poor harvesting, storage and transport methods as well as irresponsible retailer and consumer behavior, a report said on Thursday.

$6.5M available for resource recovery in Vic

Date: 20-Dec-12
Author: Ryan Collins
Funding totalling $6.5 million is available from Sustainability Victoria's Resource Recovery Infrastructure fund for organisations to install infrastructure for the recovery of significant amounts of commercial and industrial sector waste.

Over 20 million cartridges find new lives!

Date: 20-Dec-12
Author: Zo Zhou
The 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' recycling program is a testament to Australia's recycling ingenuity, giving over 20,086,818 printer cartridges new lives as ewood, pens and many other product components. Thank you Australia for helping us reach our goal! Find out more...

Avoid Waste with Bin Trim

Date: 05-Dec-12
Author: Ryan Collins
The NSW Environment Protection Authority has produced Bin Trim: a tool that helps you measure your business waste and provides a tailored action plan with information to reduce, reuse and recycle materials.

The 12 Do's of Christmas

Date: 03-Dec-12
Author: Zo Zhou
Christmas is a time of joy and festivities, but it is also the season when households generate extra waste. Aussies are tipped to spend an incredible $10 billion on food this December, but can you guess how much of that we actually ends up in landfill? To find out, and to learn more about Planet Ark's guide for a greener Christmas, read on...

Breakfast that means Business

Date: 27-Nov-12
Author: Zo Zhou
The Waste Contractors & Recyclers Association of NSW (WCRA) is pleased to deliver "Breakfast that means business" to benefit Proprietors, Managers & Supervisors from the Waste Management & Recycling Industry. FInd out more...

Tell us what you think of BusinessRecycling

Date: 26-Nov-12
Author: Zo Zhou
Make recycling at work easier - tell us what you think of so we can modify it to better meet your needs. Complete our 5 minute online survey before 9/12/12 and you could win a tablet PC, such as an iPad, to the value of AUD$950.

Second Nature - Recycling In Australia report released

Date: 12-Nov-12
Author: Zo Zhou
Recycling is big business and it's only going to get bigger. For most Australians kerbside recycling at home has become second nature but we're still throwing 22 million tonnes of waste into landfill each year. Planet Ark's new "Second Nature: Recycling in Australia" report details the current state of recycling, how we got there, and where we're heading.

Free TV and Computer Recycling Launched in NSW

Date: 09-Nov-12
Author: Ryan Collins
In the lead up to National Recycling Week 2012 the NSW launch of TechCollect, the new free TV and computer recycling program was held at Randwick City Council's Perry Street depot today.

Food Scrap Recycling at Work...Brought to You by Costa!

Date: 08-Nov-12
Author: Zo Zhou
Every year Australians throw away an estimated three million tonnes or $5.2 billion of food, wasting the resources used to harvest, transport, process and distribute this food. However, there's much we can do while we're at work to reduce this staggering statistic. Find out more...

Sweet Office Flings for the Environment

Date: 30-Oct-12
Author: Zo Zhou
Hold a Friday File Fling in your workplace this National Recycling Week to help the environment, de-clutter the office and engage your colleagues about the benefits of recycling! It's free to register and we help you every step of the way! Find out more...

Australasian Waste & Recycling Expo is on again

Date: 29-Oct-12
Author: Ryan Collins
The Australasian Waste and Recycling Expo (AWRE) is back in 2012! See the latest products and innovations, attend workshops and seminars, and be part of the inaugural AWRE Innovation Awards.

Waste & Resource Recovery Facility Manual Workshop in Sydney

Date: 26-Oct-12
Author: Ryan Collins
The Waste Contractors & Recyclers Association of NSW (WCRA) is delivering a Waste & Resource Recovery Facility Workers Manual workshop to benefit waste management facility workers, waste and resource recovery educators and managers.

Zero Waste to Landfill Audit results for 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark'

Date: 24-Oct-12
Author: Ryan Collins
The results of the recent Zero Waste to Landfill Audit have been finalized. Read on to find out more...

NACRO annual conference

Date: 08-Oct-12
Author: Zo Zhou
The National Association of Charitable Recycling Organisations is the peak body representing charitable recycling organisations throughout Australia. Leaders from various nonprofits will be speaking at the annual conference taking place on the 15th & 16th October

Turn Memories Into Realities

Date: 04-Oct-12
Author: Zo Zhou
Individuals and workplaces can now recycle their old mobile phones with MobileMuster and receive six of their favourite pictures as premium postcards to send to friends or stick on your fridge. The Memory Muster gives participants a unique reward for recycling your mobiles.

Zero Waste SA to help fund e-waste infrastructure

Date: 02-Oct-12
Author: Zo Zhou
If you're a South Australian council, Waste transfer station operator or e-waste recycler, Zero Waste SA has grants available to increase the recovery of e-waste for recycling or reprocessing. Applications close 5pm Friday 2 November 2012, so get onto it!

Pass the Can and help us educate kids

Date: 25-Sep-12
Author: Zo Zhou
Do you remember playing pass the parcel? Well get ready to play the 21st Century version - Pass the Can! This new Facebook app is set to raise funds for Planet Ark to develop recycling education lessons for Aussie school kids. Join the fun, crush a can then pass it on. Every pass generates a $1 donation.

Business Recycling Stars

Date: 24-Sep-12
Author: Zo Zhou
Is your workplace a business recycling star? Let your customers know by sharing our BusinessRecycling Star graphic on your Facebook page. If your workplace isn't recycling yet, check out our case studies of businesses doing amazing things and download the Choosing the Right Recycler Checklist.

20 million chemical drum rounded up by drumMuster

Date: 21-Sep-12
Author: Zo Zhou
When Coolamon farmer Malcolm McKenzie delivered drumMUSTER's 20 millionth drum he had no idea what it meant for the thousands of people involved with the program in the past 13 years.

Call In Old Mobiles

Date: 14-Sep-12
Author: Ryan Collins
MobileMuster is partnering with Planet Ark's BusinessRecycling service to help collect and recycle the many old phones stored in workplaces around the country.

Business recycling the right way

Date: 05-Sep-12
Author: Ryan Collins
Businesses concerned about doing the right thing with their waste, both legally and environmentally, have been thrown a lifeline by Planet Ark, which has developed a checklist for choosing the right recycler to help ensure their business waste is recycled correctly.

Extra Extra newsprint recycling efforts in Australia lead the world

Date: 23-Aug-12
Author: Zo Zhou
Australia has come out ahead in its recovery and recycling rate for newsprint for 2012, keeping with a steadily high trend set in the last two years. According to an annual report from the Publishers' National Environment Bureau, 77.7% of all Australian newsprint was recovered compared to the average 70.0% recycling rate for newsprint in Europe.

Invitation to WCRA NSW Breakfast

Date: 17-Aug-12
Author: Ryan Collins
The Waste Contractors and Recyclers Association of NSW are organising the 'Breakfast That Means Business' event in Lidcombe, NSW with presentations from Transport for NSW and the Environment Protection Authority NSW

ACCC Webinar to Address Carbon Price Concerns

Date: 02-Aug-12
Author: Ryan Collins
Small businesses that are concerned about their obligations and rights in relation to carbon price claims have the opportunity to have their questions answered at an online information session run by the Australian Competition Consumer Commission (ACCC).

WA Infinity and Environment Award Nominations are Open

Date: 29-Jun-12
Author: Ryan Collins
It's awards time in WA with the Infinity Awards and Western Australia Environment Awards 2012 open for nominations.

Invitation to Launch of Wood Packaging Carbon Calculator

Date: 19-Jun-12
Author: Ryan Collins
The NSW Timber Development Association and the NSW Environment Protection Authority invite you to the official launch of the Carbon Benefits of Not Landfilling Wood Pallets & Packaging online calculator.

New Food Donation Tool Kit for Business

Date: 18-Jun-12
Author: Ryan Collins
Love Food Hate Waste has partnered with Do Something! to produce a useful Tool Kit describing how to donate surplus, edible food to charity.

The NSW Government's Green Globe Awards are closing soon!

Date: 25-May-12
Author: Ryan Collins
NSW small and large businesses, individuals, state and local government and community groups who can demonstrate significant environmental achievements in NSW are encouraged to apply for a Green Globe Award.

Free temporary e-waste drop-off for regional SA small businesses

Date: 16-May-12
Author: Janet Sparrow
During May 2012, residents and small businesses in regional South Australia can recycle their unwanted computer and electrical equipment, free of charge. The collected e-waste will then be recycled into many components, instead of going into landfill.

Practical product stewardship workshop at Enviro 2012 Conference

Date: 15-May-12
Author: Janet Sparrow
Experts on product stewardship will provide a practical product stewardship implementation workshop at the Enviro 2012 Conference & Exhibition in Adelaide.

Grants available for Expanded Polystyrene recycling equipment

Date: 09-May-12
Author: Janet Sparrow
The NSW Environment Protection Authority and the Australian Packaging Covenant are making $830,000 available to increase the recovery of expanded polystyrene (EPS) from the waste stream.

Seminar to Maximise Timber Recycling in NSW

Date: 01-May-12
Author: Janet Sparrow
The NSW Timber Development Association and the NSW Environment Protection Authority present a seminar to increase the recycling of commercial and industrial timber in NSW.

Famous faces celebrate 10 years of cartridge recycling!

Date: 30-Apr-12
Author: Janet Sparrow
Renowned singer Kamahl and media personality Tim Webster are just two of the famous faces helping 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' celebrate its 10-year anniversary.

Training For NSW Resource Recovery Facility Workers

Date: 13-Apr-12
Author: Janet Sparrow
WCRA is pleased to deliver the next workshops to introduce a Waste & Resource Recovery Facility Workers Manual to benefit waste management facility workers, waste and resource recovery educators and managers.

Have your say in developing best practice for the recycling industry

Date: 04-Apr-12
Author: Janet Sparrow
The Australian Council of Recycling (ACOR) is holding a series of workshops to develop best practice guidelines for the industry. Read on to find out how you can participate...

Boost to Regional Recycling and Waste Management in SA

Date: 20-Mar-12
Author: Lucy Band
The State Government will provide funding for 14 recycling projects in regional South Australia to further improve waste management across the State. Read on ...

Waste 2012 - Real Issues, Creative Ideas & Pratical Solutions

Date: 09-Mar-12
Author: Lucy Band
Registrations for Australia's premier waste conference are now open. This 2 day event will include over 60 presentations, 40 exhibitors, over 350 delegates and 3 networking events! Find out more...

No landfill levies for ACT charities

Date: 27-Jan-12
Author: Zhi Yan
ACT charity groups that assist resource recovery are eligible to have their landfill fees waived.

Snap a recycling bin and win an iPad 2!

Date: 12-Jan-12
Author: Zhi Yan
You could win an iPad 2 and VIP tickets to the 2012 Beachley Classic, just by sending in a photo of a recycling bin. It's that easy!

Festive Food For Thought

Date: 18-Dec-11
Author: PA
Tips for not wasting food this festive season, from UniSA's Zero Waste SA Research Centre.

National Recycling Week 2011

Date: 06-Oct-11
Author: Lucy Band
There's no better reminder than National Recycling Week (November 7-13) to inspire us to do something with all the disused items around our homes and offices that can be recycled or given a new lease of life.

More Training For NSW Facility Workers

Date: 30-Sep-11
Author: WCRA is pleased to deliver the next workshop to introduce a Waste & Resource Recovery Facility Workers Manual to benefit waste management facility workers, waste and resource recovery educators and managers.

Low Carbon Australia helping your competitive advantage

Date: 16-Sep-11
Author: Lucy Band
With new Low Carbon Australia's financing opportunities there is no better time for business and industry to take steps to improve the energy performance of their buildings and operations, helping reduce costs and become energy smart and carbon savvy. Find out more

Sustainability Perspective for Small Business September

Date: 26-Aug-11
Author: This month is Small Business September in NSW. The state government is encouraging owners to see their business from 'a new perspective' and sustainability is increasingly a new perspective for small businesses.

Zero Waste SA Sustainable Markets Grants now open

Date: 25-Aug-11
Author: The Sustainable Markets Grants program aims to encourage investment in projects that support the development of sustainable markets for recycled products.

Recycle Your Car Battery to Help Planet Ark

Date: 16-Aug-11
Author: Until the 11th September, when you take your used car battery to any Battery World store for recycling you'll receive $15 dollars off the price of a new Century or GS Yuasa car battery - and Planet Ark will receive $5 to help with our recycling programs.

Australasian Waste & Recycling Expo

Date: 15-Aug-11
Author: The 2011 Australasian Waste & Recycling Expo will be held in Sydney, 10-11 November 2011.

Treading Lightly on the Environment

Date: 29-Jul-11
Author: Planet Ark is proud to announce Dunlop Flooring and Flooring Xtra as new supporters of the National Recycling Week initiative. Flooring Xtra will help you tread more lightly on the Earth.

Recycling Your Mobile Phones Will Help Protect Our Coastlines

Date: 27-Jul-11
Author: Help your workmates recycle their old mobile phones before 30 September and you'll be helping to protect our coastline.

'Giving Consumers the Environmental Edge'

Date: 08-Jun-11
Author: Lucy Band
Planet Ark has launched Environmental Edge, a series of information-based television advertisements designed to help consumers understand the environmental benefits of a range of products and services.

Happy Birthday, 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark'!

Date: 03-May-11
Author: In the program's first 8 years, enough cartridges have been collected to fill over 30 Olympic swimming pools or almost 100 jumbo jets.

Brazil Factory Squeezes New Life From Old Toothpaste Tubes - World Environment News

Date: 21-Apr-11
Author: Lucy Band
A small factory in northeast Brazil is bringing smiles to the faces of environmentalists by turning used toothpaste tubes into furniture and roof tiles. One beneficiary is a local school where the children are learning that regular brushing is not only good for the teeth - but can also help the environment.

Training For NSW Facility Workers

Date: 06-Apr-11
Author: Caroline Jones
The Waste Contractors & Recyclers Association of NSW (WCRA) is pleased to deliver workshops to introduce a Waste & Resource Recovery Facility Workers Manual to benefit waste management facility workers, waste and resource recovery educators and managers from across NSW starting from the 29th April.

Australia closer to achieving a product stewardship scheme for TVs and Computers

Date: 23-Mar-11
Author: Zhi Yan
The introduction of the Product Stewardship Bill into parliament is an exciting step forward for extended producer responsibility.

Business Recycling now even stronger with Zero Waste South Australia

Date: 14-Mar-11
Author: Zhi Yan
As a Promotion Partner for Business Recycling, Zero Waste SA has committed to yet another initiative to help South Australian businesses recycle.

Help us celebrate our 18th birthday and win prizes

Date: 10-Mar-11
Author: Tell us what you would like to see Planet Ark achieve in the next few years, and you'll go in the running to win a share in over $900 worth of prizes!

Vacuum Cleaner Recycling Made Easy For Small Businesses

Date: 03-Mar-11
Author: Zhi Yan
During March 2011, small businesses and individuals can take advantage of this great initiative by Dyson and The Good Guys to recycle unwanted vacuum cleaners AND get a 15% discount off brand new Dyson vacuum cleaners.

A Big Win For The Northern Territory Environment

Date: 25-Feb-11
Author: Lucy Band
Yesterday landmark Environmental legislation was passed in the Northern Territory Parliament - banning plastic bags and introducing a container deposit scheme.

EU Seeks Stricter Rules For E-Waste - World Environment News

Date: 04-Feb-11
Author: Lucy Band
The European Parliament proposed stricter rules on Thursday to halt what has become Europe's fastest growing type of waste: discarded mobile phones, computers and other electronic devices.

Businesses Large And Small Are Taking Part In An Office Fling

Date: 20-Oct-10
Author: Lucy Band
This National Recycling Week join businesses both large and small taking part in a Friday File Fling.

Australian Waste & Recycling Expo 2010

Date: 11-Oct-10
Author: Lucy Band
The inaugural Australian Waste & Recycling Expo 2010 is happening this November at Sydney Olympic Park. Don't miss out on, find out how to register here...

Resource recovery...the way forward

Date: 12-Aug-10
Author: Janet Sparrow
The second Australasian Industrial Ecology Conference is coming to Sydney from 2 - 3 September 2010.

Want to be recognised for your sustainable business practices?

Date: 07-Jul-10
Author: Zhi Yan
Small businesses in the City of Sydney can now enter the City's Business Awards 2010.

Recycling within reach of small business

Date: 05-Jul-10
Author: Amy Nancarrow is set to revolutionise the way that businesses manage their waste by promoting cost saving and environmentally responsible alternatives.

Join Planet Ark for the launch of Business Recycling

Date: 10-Jun-10
Author: Michelle Cook
If recycling is your business or if you'd like to know more about how to recycle in the workplace then come along to the launch of the Business Recycling website.

The more the merrier

Date: 17-May-10
Author: Brad Gray
Download our promotional fliers to send to recycling service providers...

16 Categories and 100 Materials

Date: 30-Apr-10
Author: Amy Nancarrow
Find out all the categories you can list your recycling services under

Help new customers find your recycling services

Date: 22-Apr-10
Author: Brad Gray
Recyclers are invite to list their services on

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