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Reduce waste from your business
Conduct a waste audit
A large part of landfill waste comes from the commercial sector.
You can help reduce this by conducting a waste audit.
- Choose a waste generation period (a week or a fortnight).
- Identify all waste disposal points.
- Identify who collects the waste and when.
- Record the source and quantity of each type of waste.
Do not tell your staff that you are doing a waste audit, so you can observe how they dispose of waste.
Reduce, reuse and recycle
Based on your audit, find out how you and your staff can cut down on waste.
- Look for changes in the operations that can reduce waste production.
- Dispose of different types waste in separate containers.
- Identify materials you can reuse and recycle.
- Have a regular inventory of materials.
- Buy supplies in bulk or in large containers.
|Ways to reduce your waste||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/rubbish-recycling/ways-reduce-waste||Ways to reduce your waste||Learn the different ways you can contribute to waste minimisation.||aspx||Reducing waste|
|How to get rid of unwanted items||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/rubbish-recycling/Pages/get-rid-unwanted-items.aspx||How to get rid of unwanted items||Find out the disposal options for each type of waste or unwanted item.||aspx||Recycling|
|Recycle or donate||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/rubbish-recycling/ways-reduce-waste/Pages/recycle-donate.aspx||Recycle or donate||Minimise waste by recycling or donating your unwanted items.||aspx||Recycling
|Get sustainability advice for your business||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/environment/sustainability-eco-design/Pages/get-sustainability-advice-for-your-business.aspx||Get sustainability advice for your business||Get free advice on how to make your business more sustainable. Access organisations that share best practices and help you source for the right materials. ||aspx||Sustainability|
|Tips to create a healthy, energy-efficient home||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/environment/sustainability-eco-design/create-healthy-energy-efficient-home/Pages/tips-to-create-healthy-energy-efficient-home.aspx||Tips to create a healthy, energy-efficient home||Find out about things you can do around your home to make it warmer and drier.||aspx||Environment|
|Waste minimisation programmes||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/environment/what-you-can-do-for-environment/join-community-programme/Pages/waste-free-programmes.aspx||Waste minimisation programmes||Learn about waste free programmes and groups from around the region.||aspx||Volunteering|