How to improve your recycling for National Recycling Week

Simple steps to work towards a greener future for our planet


National Recycling Week aims to educate and stimulate behaviour change by promoting kerbside, industrial and community recycling initiatives while providing tools to minimise waste at home and in the workplace.

At Wesley Place, we make sustainability a priority. From smart bins to innovative waste monitoring, we implement a number of ground-breaking property technologies to keep our workspaces green, future-ready and ahead of the curve.

It is everyone’s responsibility to help look after our environment and by making little changes to our recycling practices we can all make a difference. Here are some simple tips to get you started on your journey to more sustainable living.


Reduce your food waste
According to Sustainability Victoria the average Australian household disposes of approximately $2,200 worth of food each year which eventually ends up in landfill. The simple act of checking your fridge before going grocery shopping and trying to utilise any leftover food is better for the environment and your budget.

Say no to straws
Plastic straws are one of the most common items found in oceans and waterways around the world. This plastic can take a lifetime to breakdown, adding to landfill and harming wildlife in the process so remember to carry a reusable straw and say,” no straws please” at bars or restaurants when you can.

Go paper-free
Everything from reports to bills can be accessed online with many businesses offering a paperless option for customers. By going digital, you can reduce the paper-clutter in your home or office while saving forests and the animals that inhabit them.

Opt for a reusable coffee cup
Australians consume more than 50,000 cups of coffee every hour with an estimated 3 billion takeaway cups every year. Sadly, these cups cannot be recycled and end up in landfill so before going to your favourite café, consider using a reusable cup or sitting down to enjoy your coffee on-site.


Want to improve your recycling habits at home? Follow PlanetArk’s golden rules for kerbside recycling:

  1. Check for the Australasian Recycling Label every time you are at the bin
  2. Put your recyclable materials such as paper, metal cans and glass bottles in loose rather than in a bag
  3. Leave out soft plastics, food, e-waste, nappies and other non-recyclable items
  4. Check local recycling rules by searching RecyclingNearYou
  5. Drop off items like mobile phones, coffee capsules and soft plastics at designated drop off locations
  6. If in doubt leave it out of the recycling bin


Have you listened to Charter Hall’s Sustainability Podcast?
Designed to inspire Australians to be more environmentally responsible, Sustainability Further shares knowledge from industry leaders to spark conversation and inspire people to take climate action.

With episodes released regularly, visit the website to learn more about how Australian innovators are working towards creating a most sustainable future.


Want to learn more about how to responsibly dispose of your waste?
Tenant-customers at Wesley Place can access a range of informative resources and guides via Charli. From “compostable packaging” to “waste at home” these downloadable assets can empower you to make more sustainable decisions both in the office and at home.


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