Burdekin businesses are being challenged to increase their recycling efforts by taking up a free waste audit.
Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Bill Lowis said Council was offering businesses the opportunity to have a waste audit in an effort to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.
“Businesses in Ayr, Home Hill and Brandon can join the program which is aimed at reducing waste, increasing recycling rates and reducing littering of waste produced from takeaway food shops,” he said.
“Most people are familiar with recycling at home, but it is a different story when it comes to being at work.
“Generally, business owners do want to reduce waste and the cost associated with that, but don’t always have the best information on how to do that.
“This is where council officers are helping out by undertaking waste audits which aim to find opportunities to reduce waste and increase recycling opportunities.
“Recycling is usually cheaper than taking waste to landfill and it has added environmental benefits.”
Cr Lowis said businesses were sent invitations for council officers to conduct waste audits last week.
“Council has already had a number of businesses take up this offer, but as added incentive 40 businesses will be given a free set of separation bins, valued at $200, to help separate waste into recyclable and non recyclable waste,” he said.
“Council employees undertaking the audits also have information, signs, posters and bin stickers to hand out to assist business with recycling efforts.
“Reducing the amount of waste going to landfill benefits the entire community through reducing landfill costs and in particular landfill construction costs.
“Ultimately it will be up to business to make recycling work for them, but help is out there to get Burdekin Businesses Busy Recycling.”
The Getting Burdekin Business Busy Recycling project is funded through a grant jointly funded by the Australian Packaging Covenant and Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.