NSW Bin Trim program set to hit major waste diversion milestone

The NSW EPA’s recycling support program Bin Trim is closing in on a major milestone, with almost 30,000 local businesses supported to divert waste from landfill.

EPA Director Circular Economy Programs Kathy Giunta said Bin Trim had continued to attract small businesses wanting to save their bottom line and improve environmental performance, as they recover from COVID-19 restrictions.

“Since 2014, we have provided support to more than 29,000 business to help them make better use of their waste, rather than just sending it to landfill,” Giunta said.

Through the program, one business discovered car bumper bars headed for landfill could have a new life, recycled into chairs, milk bottles and bollards.

“In Queanbeyan, Bin Trim assessor Southern Region Business Enterprise Centre (SRBEC) found approximately 140 car bumpers going into landfill each week from a local bullbar installer,” Giunta said.

“Bumper bars are easily recycled plastic items and with the support of a Bin Trim assessment and rebate, SRBEC is now helping the installer find equipment to make it more cost-effective to transport the plastic for recycling.”

In the Queanbeyan area, Bin Trim assessors have helped more than 207 local businesses since 2014.

According to Giunta, Bin Trim assessors are continuing to work in the field to help small and medium businesses rethink their waste management to save money, time and the environment.

“Bin Trim is a free service. Assessors visit the workplace and advise on how to recycle items ranging from cardboard and paper to plastic and metals, into new, useful items,” she said.

In the Tweed area, Shiny Brew, which is part of NEWaste’s Circular Cafes project, has not only purchased reusable cups, but started converting used tetra paks into cup trays for customer use.

“NSW businesses send more than 1.8 million tonnes of waste to landfill each year. More than 70 per cent of this could be reused or recycled,” Giunta said.

“Reducing waste sent to landfill has environmental and economic benefits for everyone.”

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