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How to promote recycling in the workplace
Workplaces are taking recycling more seriously these days, but successful recycling programs hinge on staff engagement and making it as simple as possible. Companies and organisations, big and small, are implementing their own recycling activities to recover reusable materials and reduce what ends up in landfill. These efforts are not only good for the environment, they also save businesses money and give them an edge in attracting new customers and retaining staff. That said, effective…
5 benefits of recycling mercury-containing waste
Recycling mercury-containing waste goes a long way in protecting the environment, but did you know that there are additional benefits? Mercury is found in some surprising places around the home and workplace, including batteries, lighting, computers, televisions and even teeth fillings. While the mercury in these products are safely contained for everyday use, even a small amount of the toxic material can have a destructive impact when it is dumped in landfill. The mercury-recycling mov…
What can national and public parks recycle?
Whether it’s a huge national park or a small local reserve, parks and gardens improve our wellbeing and play an important role in creating a healthy environment. While municipal parks may provide rubbish and recycling bins for use by the public, to stay neat and tidy more remote parks will often rely on visitors to take their rubbish home. But management and maintenance of parks also generates a wide range of wastes, and to remain faithful to the cause of being good for the environment, it…
3 Household Products We’d Love To See Tackled On ABC’s War On Waste
Across three chilling episodes of the ABC series War On Waste, Craig Reucassel lifted the lid on several of Australia’s dirty little secrets. Sorry, make that dirty BIG secrets, because the amount of stuff we throw away every day is nothing less than shocking. War On Waste focused on high volume wastes including food, clothing, disposal coffee cups and plastics, particularly the all-pervasive plastic bag. But among the astounding statistics (Australians throw away $8 billion worth of ed…
Where to take batteries, globes and e-waste for recycling
Wouldn’t it be great if recycling batteries, lighting waste and electronic waste (e-waste) was as easy as recycling our plastic bottles and newspapers? Unfortunately, that’s not quite the case but with just a little extra effort it is possible to make sure all these types of waste, and the nasty things they contain, are responsibly recycled. Here’s where you can take batteries, globes and e-waste for recycling: Batteries All batteries contain useful materials that can be recycled, often …
Ecocycle joins Exitcycle and Lighting Council Australia in panel discussion
Ecocycle Business Development Manager, Mr Daryl Moyle, recently presented to the battery recycling industry at a Lighting Council of Australia (LCA) hosted panel discussion. The focus of the discussion was on how to lift the rate of battery recycling under the LCA’s industry-led battery recycling program Exitcycle. The initiative aims to increase the recycling rate of batteries from emergency lighting in commercial buildings. Currently, less than 10 per cent of batteries removed from th…
What can cinemas recycle?
Think of ‘cinemas’ and ‘recycling’ and the obvious things that come to mind are popcorn buckets and soft drink bottles. Coffee cups and choc-top wrappers also make up a large proportion of the waste generated by cinemas. But beyond these day-in-day-out waste streams there are other, more durable items that cinema managers should be recycling at the end of their working lives. This is about more than just reducing the volume of waste going to landfill. It’s a vital part of efforts to keep toxic m…
What can retailers recycle?
It’s hard to imagine any kind of civilisation without retailing. It’s a foundation of our economy, employing well over a million Australians, and provides every one of us with the necessities and desires of life. One result of all this activity is the generation of large quantities of waste comprising everything from plastic wrap to cardboard cartons, food waste and disposable takeaway containers, lighting, old point-of-sale machines, shop fittings and much more. Small retailers may nee…
How EXITCYCLE and Ecocycle are recycling batteries from building exit signs
Illuminated exit signs are a critical safety feature of most commercial buildings. If the power goes out or in an emergency, the light from these signs may truly be a lifesaver. However, emergency and exit lighting does have a dark side. About 90% of the batteries that power these lights are nickel cadmium (Ni-Cd), meaning they are amongst the most hazardous of all batteries. Cadmium is the big problem. An estimated five million Ni-Cd batteries containing about 90 tonnes of this toxic h…

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