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Environment Compliance Element Environmental Management

Waste Minimisation - Implementation & Operation - What can you do to help?

The Waste minimisation hierarchy is applied from design to disposal and includes reduce, reuse, recycle, recover and finally disposal to landfill which is the least acceptable. It promotes reduction as the first principle where you avoid unnecessary consumption of materials in the first place.

Here's what you can do to help on the ground.

Tips to make a difference at work

  • Reduce - Default photocopier/printers in your area to print double sided
  • Reduce the amount of paper you use each day:
    • Using scrap paper for notes;
    • When printing from your computer, print two pages per A4 page, if you have duplex printing, print on both sides of the page;
    • Only print out emails or documents when absolutely necessary
  • Reduce your food waste
    • Bring your own mug to work and have some set aside for visitors;
    • try and bring lunch from home or eat in a local café to avoid packaging waste generated by take away lunches
  • Reduce - Default faxes in your area to only print error message
  • Recycle your paper, bottles and glass


Recycle your paper - print on the back and make sure you are printing double sided. Many important documents are printed double sided, so why not your financial projections?!

Then recycle it in recycling bins provided for you - can't find yours? Ask your friendly Regional Energy and Sustainability Manager for help.


Paper takes energy to produce, procure, to deliver and finally to print on, so do you really need to print that out? Read things online when you can and track changes in your documents instead of printing and marking up. Save water when you can, it takes energy to procure it, clean it, pump it and deliver it and as climate change is affecting rainfall patterns and evaporation we've none to spare anyway.

Tips to make a difference at home

  • Reduce - junk mail - put a 'no junk mail' sticker on your letterbox
  • Reduce - try not to use plastic bags when you go shopping and take your own green shopping bags
  • Reuse - purchase refillable containers for cleaning products which are cheaper.
  • Reuse plastic takeaway containers and glass jars
  • . Reuse - drop your old cloths, CDs and other old household items at Salvation Army for someone else to love them
  • Reduce - do you really need hard copies of your statements and annual reports - why not get them electronically.
  • Recycle your waste - if you are not recycling your paper, PET bottles and glass, start now!
  • Recycle - drop your old mobile phones to Telstra
  • Recycle - batteries/lights - did you know Ikea take them?

Recycle your household waste and compost non meat food scraps - this saves heaps of C02 and is great for the garden too.