Author: Brad Gray
Paper is the largest contributor to waste generated by offices in Australia and even though Australians recycle 64 per cent of the office paper they use, there are still thousands of tonnes of paper stored in files around the office that will never be used again.
The Friday File Fling, supported by Australian Paper, encourages Aussie businesses to get involved in paper recycling and de-clutter desks and offices. An office spring clean if you like!
Last year, more than 5,100 people from workplaces (both big and small) got stuck in and filled 502 wheelie bins (240L), which resulted in 27 tonnes of paper being recycled and 11,044 kg of carbon dioxide being offset. This year, we think Australians can do even better!
Broken Hill City Council has hosted Flings for the past few years with the aim of engaging staff in recycling. According to Libby Guest the Environment, Waste & Recycling Specialist at the Council, in 2014 the Broken Hill City Council staff collected 78 wheelie bins or more than 4 tonnes of paper for recycling. Libby has found that providing incentives like free lunches, lollies and dividing staff into teams are great ways to increase participation.
Register for a Fling and Get A Free Box of Paper
The Fling is designed to get unused paper back into circulation. But equally important is for workplaces to buy paper with a high recycled content. As an incentive to register a File Fling during or around National Recycling Week (9th-15th November), the first 500 registrants a free box of Reflex White 100% Recycled paper to trial.
Visit RecyclingWeek.PlanetArk.org to register or watch the video below find out how to host your own.
Brad was Planet Ark's Head of Campaigns for 10 years. He trained and worked as a history and geography teacher before moving into the health education sector for 14 years. With a strong passion for human environments, Brad started with Planet Ark in 2007 as Recycling Programs Manager.