Media Release - 25 February, 2008
More than three million tonnes of glass, paper, metals and plastics is being sent to landfill each year in Australia but could easily be recycled and businesses have a significant role to play in improving the situation, Clean Up Australia said today ahead of Business Clean Up Day on 26 February.
Hundreds of businesses across Australia will tomorrow take part in Business Clean Up Day and activities are focused on improving environmental management practices.
Ian Kiernan AO, Chairman of Clean Up Australia, said a simple and cost effective step businesses can take is introduce office recycling to ensure rubbish collected is not simply dumped in landfill.
"Recycling this waste would save over 11 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions and the energy saved would generate almost 11,000 gigawatt hours of electricity that would otherwise be generated by fossil fuels."
Research conducted for Clean Up Australia by the Carbon Reduction Institute has found that if an office halved its waste from two wheelie bins to one each week, it would save more than four tonnes or 2100 wheelie bins of greenhouse gas emissions.
Businesses involved in Business Clean Up Day will be either committing to waste reduction measures in their offices, such as recycling systems, or engaging with their local community as part of a Clean Up in a local environmental hotspot.
"There are any number of simple and cost-effective actions to minimise the waste from business operations that will help to reduce Australia's greenhouse gas emissions and limit the impacts of climate change.
"Recycling and reducing office waste that ends up in landfill are two easy and cheap ways to avoid greenhouse emissions, save resources and money," Mr Kiernan said.
Business Clean Up Day has been made possible through the support of major sponsors; McDonald's and Veolia Environnement, sponsor; Sanyo, and suppliers; Paramount Safety, Qantas, Shop-a-docket, Stockland Retail, BD and Look Print.
Media contact: Alana Mew, 0423 377 567
Further information: www.cleanup.com.auor 1800 CUA DAY (1800 282 329)