Over 40 per cent of Australians believe workplaces lack recycling options, according to new research commissioned by Planet Ark.
The research, conducted by Pollinate, was commissioned as part of Planet Ark’s relaunch of the Business Recycling platform, a free service providing recycling information for Australian businesses since 2010.
“We’re thrilled to be celebrating 10 years of our Business Recycling program, which has made recycling easier for over a million Australian workers over the last decade,” Planet Ark CEO Paul Klymenko said.
“By merging the platform with Recycling Near You, Australia’s most comprehensive recycling information service, we are creating a national one-stop-shop for recycling information whether at home or work.”
The research found that 69 per cent of Australians agree that recycling at work makes them happy, and 68 per cent claim workplace recycling services improve perceptions of employer responsibility.
Approximately one third of all waste generated in Australia is business waste, according to the most recent National Waste Report.
Business Recycling enables Australian businesses to address their waste, while also developing a competitive edge by improving business reputation and efficiency while reducing unnecessary costs.
Over one million Australians have used Business Recycling since it was launched, with the research finding that merging Business Recycling and Recycling New You would result in a further half a million visits per year to the business platform.
NSW Energy and Environment Minister Matt Kean said the program is made possible thanks to funding under the NSW Government’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative.
He added that the NSW Government is committed to reducing waste across the state.
“That is why we are investing more than $800 million in the largest waste and recycling program in the country, to support projects like Planet Ark’s Business Recycling platform, that educate businesses on the benefits of boosting recycling efforts not only for the environment but for productivity too,” Kean said.