Overview of Recycling
For more than 120 years Amcor has provided effective, innovative and economically viable paper and cardboard recycling services that have recovered and recycled more than 45 million tonnes of wastepaper and cardboard.
Amcor’s Recycling business specialises in paper and cardboard recycling. These post-consumer waste products, such as office paper, cardboard boxes, newspapers and cartonboard packaging are used as the major input at our recycled paper mill, to produce 100% recycled paper. This paper is then converted to corrugated board by Amcor’s Fibre Packaging division – a continual cycle of paper production and recycling at Amcor!
We have a diverse range of recycling equipment and services to suit the unique requirements of our customers, including:
Domestic and commercial recycling collection services
- Kerbside and scheduled collection services
- Services scheduled to suit the requirements of our customers
- Minimal disruption to the operations of our customers’ business
Recycling equipment supply and servicing
- Wide range of recycling equipment available, including Mobile Recycling Bins, Front Lift Bins, Hydraulic Balers, Open Top Bins and Stationary Compactors
- Regular maintenance and servicing of recycling equipment
- Recommendation of the best recycling equipment solution for our customers’ requirements
- Review existing services, equipment and collection schedules
- Develop recycling proposal based on the identified customer needs
- Provide safety and operational advice where necessary
Staff education and training
- To ensuring the success of a new recycling and waste management program, effective education and communication is provided to all Amcor recycling customers
- Work directly with our customers to develop suitable education and training requirements to suit their business and recycling solution
Account management & reporting
- Oversee the successful implementation of recycling equipment and services
- Regular reporting to ensure Amcor’s recycling service solution meets the requirements of our customers
What Can Be Recycled
Continual improvements in recycling technology means more materials can be efficiently recycled than ever before. You can recycle at work everything that you can recycle at home, including:
- Paper (all types)
- Beverage cans
- Paint and other steel cans
- Glass bottles & jars
- Plastic Film, bottles & jars
- Mobile phones & computers
- Polystyrene & fluorescent lights
Recycling - getting started
The most important part in starting your recycling program is to simply take the first step. Contact our Recycling team to find out the best way for your business to start recycling, or to improve on your current processes.
Some easy and simple ways to start recycling in your business include:
Start small and be realistic
An easy and achievable way to solve your waste problems is by recycling just one material at a time. It’s usually best to start recycling whatever you have the most of – be it cardboard, paper, plastic bottles or ink cartridges.
Make it easy
Think about where the recyclables are used and how you can make recycling the easiest option for everyone. Placing recycling bins next to general waste bins for example, is a great first step.
Get support from management
Find ways to integrate recycling into your business procedures and policies. Embedding a recycling culture into all aspects of your business is the best way to encourage recycling and reduce waste.
Set - and celebrate - targets
Setting and working towards goals can be fun and encourage positive behaviour – especially if they result in a reward. Make recycling in your business a positive experience – not only through knowing you are reducing waste to landfill, but through incentives. Examples may include putting the money saved by recycling towards staff celebrations or charity donations.
Communicate as much as you can
It’s important to ensure everyone understands not only what and how to recycle, but why. Use effective communication tools such as signage to inform and encourage others to effectively participate in your recycling program. And make sure you share positive feedback and results – celebrate success. Every little bit counts.
The more you recycle, the easier and more effective it gets. Your recycling efforts will not only contribute positively to the environment, but to your bottom line.
Recycling services for small and medium businesses
Recycle@Work offers a convenient recycling collection service for small to medium businesses in Australia. We visit your workplace to collect all of the recyclable material that you would usually direct to landfill.
In addition to that "feel good" factor that comes from knowing you're doing the right thing by the environment through recycling, you will also:
- Reduced costs through fewer waste collection and disposal services
Conservation of natural resources that are used to produce new materials
Prevention of valuable land being converted to space for landfill
Support of the local recycling industry, which provides many jobs for the community
Provides your business with a point of difference through environmentally friendly recycling practices
What to recycle
Recycle all the same types of materials that you currently recycle at home - aluminium cans, newspapers and cardboard, steel tins, glass bottles, and plastic milk containers.
It's easy to make a difference
By making some simple changes at your business including implementing a workplace recycling program you can help create a culture that is both environmentally aware and responsible. It's great for staff morale, and best of all, it's simple to do.
Frequently Asked Questions about recycling
We get asked a lot of questions about recycling. Listed below are some of the most common questions.
Q. What can I recycle?
A. Depending on the volumes and handling, products currently collected by Amcor Recycling include cardboard, paper, plastic, aluminium, steel and much more. Contact us to learn about the possibilities.
Q. How does separating my cardboard and paper from my general waste save money?
A. Due to the bulky nature of cardboard and paper, these products often consume large volumes of space in your general waste bin. This means that the frequency at which your general waste bin needs to be emptied increases considerably and therefore so does the cost. By separating cardboard and paper, you will reduce the frequency of empting your general waste bin - delivering savings in excess of 50% on the associated costs.
Q. Do I get paid for providing the recyclable product?
A. Recycling is all about transport efficiency. If the material is cost effective to move for Amcor Recycling, and the quantities are significant enough, payment is feasible. Conversely there can be a charge if the material is not efficient to transport. Either way, the service will be cheaper than directing the material to waste.
Q. Does Amcor provide collection services for recycling?
A. Yes, in most cases, Amcor Recycling can arrange collection of recyclable products. Contact your region to arrange a free consultation by one of our Recycling consultants.
Q. Do I need to compact the products?
A. The compacting of recyclable products greatly assists Amcor Recycling in achieving optimal transport efficiency, however it but may not be necessary in some instances.
Q. What equipment do I need in order to recycle?
A. With a broad range of recycling equipment available, Amcor Recycling takes a tailored approach to allocating equipment. Contact Amcor Recycling in your region for advice on the best equipment for your needs.
Q. Do you sell / rent recycling equipment?
A. Yes, when equipment is available. Contact Amcor Recycling in your region for further information.
Q. What happens to the product after it’s collected?
A. After initial processing and sorting (if required), products are then recycled by Amcor here in Australia or at a plant overseas. This is then converted into new products (e.g. recycled paper) for reuse.
Q. What is the benefit of waste audits?
A. If done correctly, waste audits can assist you in identifying key areas of improvement for your business. These audits typically include analysis of your current waste management short falls, which assist in developing education programs with key stakeholders - including staff, tenants and cleaners. Waste audits can also ensure that you are provided with the right advice on bin placement and many other aspects of waste management.
Q. I am told that all material collected ends up as landfill. Is this true?
A. This is not true. No commercial operator would do this. There is a residue from the sorting process that can only be landfilled and occasionally there is material that is not commercially viable. Overall, recyclable material that is collected is always recycled.
Q. Can my business receive Government funding for recycling?
A. Each state has a different approach to funding the recycling process and may offer grants to small to medium enterprises to encourage recycling. Contact your local Amcor Recycling consultant to determine whether any Government grants are offered in your state.
Q. Do you have brochures available for more information?
A. Yes we do - please contact us for more information.