Reducing cleaning time through at-source recycling
Improved efficiency and effectiveness of the cleaning service, as well as an increase in recycling rates, has been achieved by the installation of an at-source recycling system at Kiama Municipal Council’s administration building.
The installation of an at-source recycling system at Kiama Municipal Council’s administration building has resulted in a reduction in cleaning time of 40 minutes each day. It has led to improved efficiency and effectiveness of the cleaning service, as well as an increase in recycling rates.
The Paper To Paper 3-in-1 bins chosen fit neatly under the office desks and separate out paper that can be recycled back into office paper in one compartment, other recyclables such as glass drink bottles and plastic in another, as well as non-recyclable materials such as glad wrap, straws or finished biros into a neat basket attached to the side.
The recycled office paper doesn’t get co-mingled with other lower grade papers such as cardboard in the big all in one recycling skip, and thus can be recycled back into clean white office paper rather than being ‘down cycled’ to cardboard.
Each staff member is responsible for emptying the recycled office paper compartment into one of the 80-litre paper bins, as well as the recycling compartment – for example, glass, tetra packs or anything with the recycle symbol – into the recycling bin in the lunchroom.
The cleaners, who are council employees not contractors, are responsible for emptying the hanging basket (non-recyclable materials) and replacing the compostable bin liner every day. As a back-up at the end of the week, the cleaners check the bins to ensure they are properly cleared, so the office is left completely clean over the weekend.
The seven 120-litre bins that were previously scattered throughout the building for collection of recyclable paper have been replaced by 10 smaller 80-litre bins. This weight reduction made removal of the bins to the main skip bins in the outside storage facility safer and easier. The installation of ramps to wheel the bins to the storage facility (rather than having to take them down steps) has further improved safety. This ramp also benefits other staff when they take office equipment out to the storage facility.