Trevor Veale

Big Banana leading the way in the recycling stakes

MORE than 75% of businesses agree reducing waste and recycling is part of being a sustainable and ethical business, yet 58% keep virtually no records on their waste management.

A new report by Planet Ark, What's the Deal with Business Waste? shows failing to understand the amount of waste generated, and monitoring it, is a significant obstacle to implementing waste management practices that can have both environmental and financial benefits.

Three years ago, The Big Banana Fun Park had no recycling facilities, all food was served in takeaway containers and cardboard was incinerated on site.

Now, the Coffs Harbour attraction is diverting 22.4 tonnes of waste from landfill every year - roughly the same weight as 36 mid-size cars.

More than 12.5 million tonnes of business waste is generated each year in Australia (around 1.7 tonnes per employee) and these rates of waste generation are increasing.

Almost half (46%) of this waste is going to landfill. See planetark.org for details.



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