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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle - Master

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REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE
Energex
Vision
Delivering
energy services
for a sustainable
future
For waste this means...
Optimise
Resource
Use
Minimise
Waste
Creation
Waste is a
Potential
Resource
Waste Management Hierarchy
Last Resort...
Dispose
Why Recycle?
Conserve Resources
Manufacturing paper and cardboard products from recycled material

conserves trees
uses up to 99% less water

http://recyclingweek.planetark.org/documents/doc-152-cardboard-factsheet-2012.pdf
Glass containers can be re-used
many times and recycled indefinitely.

Planet Arkhttp://recyclingweek.planetark.org/documents/doc-184-glass-factsheet-2013-06-13.pdf
25 two litre plastic bottles
to make an adult fleece jacket
http://www.cleanup.org.au/PDF/au/cua_plastic_recycling_fact_sheet.pdf
Reduces
Landfill

Saves
Energy
95% less energy is used to make a can from
recycled aluminium

Recycling 1 aluminium can =
electricity to power a TV set for 3 hours
75% less energy is used to make glass from
recycled glass

The energy saved by recycling a single bottle could light a 15-watt low energy light bulb for
24 hours.

Planet Ark - http://cans.planetark.org/

Planet Arkhttp://recyclingweek.planetark.org/documents/doc-184-glass-factsheet-2013-06-13.pdf
Protects the Environment
Less
Pollution
Landfill produces methane emissions;
a greenhouse gas 21 times
more powerful than
carbon dioxide
Example - Manufacturing cardboard from recycled material produces up to 90% less by-products such as chemical wastes.
http://recyclingweek.planetark.org/documents/doc-152-cardboard-factsheet-2012.pdf
http://www.cleanup.org.au/PDF/au/cua_plastic_recycling_fact_sheet.pdf
Less Greenhouse Emissions
http://recyclingweek.planetark.org/documents/doc-877-second-nature-report-summary-2012-11-07-final.pdf
What about our office recycling bins?
Mixed recyclable items are collected together and later sorted for commercial recycling
Kitchen & Tea Point Recycling Bins are the same as our home "yellow top" recycling bins
What Happens to these Recyclables?
Materials
Recovery Facility
Materials Recovery Facility
aka "MuRF"
Combination of Manual & Mechanical Sorting
Energex's current office waste...
What CAN go into Energex's office recycling bins?

Paper & Cardboard
Newspapers
Magazines, Brochures, etc
Envelopes,
greeting cards...
Wrapping
Paper,
Paper
Bags
Office paper - all colours, including "post-it"s

Milk/Juice
Cartons
For the Rubbish Bin
padded envelopes
thermal fax paper
wax coated paper/cardboard
tissue paper
tissues
PAPER TOWELS
TIP: envelopes with "windows" are OK
Small cardboard boxes (more on large boxes later)

TIP - empty excess food from the box, but box does NOT need to be clean
GLASS
Plastic
METAL
Other Office Recycling Options
For more Information
Questions
Myths
Energex
Field
Recycling
Office Recycling is just part of Energex's total waste
A signficant part of Energex's waste originates from Field Operations
A quick
glimpse at...
Contact
environment@energex.com.au
Please no food scraps in the recycling bins
Disposable Coffee Cups can now go into the Office Recycling Bins
Being
GREEN
is not always
BLACK
&
WHITE
Recycling Guidelines...
differ from place to place
are evolving and changing as new commercially viable recycling streams are developed
so please be open minded and flexible
For the Rubbish Bin
I have to wash out every container before I put it in the recycling bin.
FALSE
- Whilst rinsing minimises odours in the recycling process, a container only has to be empty. There is no need to rinse a container so that it is completely clean. Conserve water.
I can collect my recyclables in a plastic bag and place the ENTIRE bag in the recycling bin.
FALSE

- NO plastic bags should go into the recycling bins under any circumstances. Plastic bags can get caught and block the machinery at the Materials Recovery Facility.
Plastic bags CAN be taken to most local supermarkets for specialised recycling.
Everything that is recyclable can go in the office recycling (or home yellow lid) bin
FALSE
- Whilst Paper, cardboard, glass, plastic, steel and aluminium packaging CAN go into the office (or home) recycling bin.
All other recyclable items

such as electronic waste, printer cartridges, batteries, mobile phones, plastic bags, tyres, clothes, scrap metal and organic waste
CAN be recycled through OTHER means.
One wrong thing in the recycling bin will spoil the entire truck load
FALSE
- In an ideal world, there would be no "contamination" in the recycling bins. Low levels of "contamination" will be removed during the sorting process at the Material Recovery Facility. Highly contaminated contents may be too difficult to sort and may have to go to landfill.
Do your best but it does not have to be perfect!
Metal
Timber
Oil
New Recycling Streams are continually being developed
fibreglass cross arms
sulfur hexafluoride (SF6)
safety helmets
The Energex Community & Sustainability Fund is funded by a portion of the revenue from Energex field recycling activities..
Energex Recycling = Community Gain
The majority of general waste could be recycled or composted
Glass bottles and jars
Tips:
No need to remove labels
No need to wash out, simply ensure there is no food or liquid left inside
Remove the lids and throw them in the recycling bin separately

Drinking Glasses, Ceramics, Window Glass, Mirror Glass, Heat-Proof Glass & Cookware, Light Bulbs (note: you can contact your Council about recycling home fluorescent bulbs)
All RIGID plastic containers are recyclable
Note: Theplastic containers may or may NOT have the recyclable symbol on them.
Plastic bottles
Plastic Food Containers

(yogurt, dips, margarine, ice cream...)
Plastic Take Away
Containers
Note: Even if they do not have the recycle symbol it is OK to recycle
Plastic Beauty &
Cleaning Containers
Tips for Plastics Recycling
No need to remove labels
No need to wash out, simply ensure there is no food or liquid left inside
For the Rubbish Bin
All SOFT plastics
Plastic Film, Cling Wrap, Bubble Wrap, Styrofoam, Chip Packages, Plastic Bags...
Note: Plastic Bags can be taken to many grocery stores for recycling.
Drink
Cans
Food Cans
Aerosol Cans
Aluminium Foil & Trays
Tip:
Scrunch
up foil
No need to remove labels
No need to wash out, simply ensure there is no food or liquid left inside
For the Rubbish Bin
Wire, White Goods, Scrap Iron, Cutlery, Gas Bottles, Batteries
Note: many metal items can be recycled by other means; some can even be valuable
Paper
Utility Rooms have:

White
Paper Bins for
white
paper which has higher recyclable value; ideally it should be separated

Secure Bins so sensitive documents can be recycled securely
Batteries
At Newstead, small batteries can be "deposited" into a Battery Recycling bucket at the Credit Union counter on Level 1
Stationery
Most Utility Rooms have a "Recycled Stationery" cupboard
Trial Worm Farm
is trialling a Worm Farm at Newstead
4 000 000 kg of mixed metals
4 000 wooden power poles
1 000 000
litres
Ceramics
74 000 kilograms of Ceramic Insulators
NIMBY
"Not in My Back Yard"
TIPS
Cardboard
Large cardboard boxes should be flattened and put in the Utility Rooms behind the bins for specialised recycling
.

For more information see your local council or Planet Ark website.
It is estimated that marine rubbish, mostly plastic, is killing more than a million seabirds and 100,000 mammals every year.

REDUCE
Do I really need this
item?
Could I do something different?
REUSE
Could this
item be
reused?
RECYCLE
Could this item be recycled?
Last Resort...
DISPOSE
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