101 Building Management officially launched a recycling refresh program in mid-2013 which was designed to ultimately improve recycling throughout all 101 tenancies and have the building reach a best practice standard. Elements of this relaunch included the roll out of new signage and kitchen bins (pictured below) in the Australian Standard recycling colours.
The benefit of utilising the Australian Standard colours is that it is in line with what exists throughout all public venues throughout Australia, and therefore increases awareness while reducing confusion among staff. The waste streams that were targeted as part of this campaign were commingle, landfill and organic waste.
A major change that commenced with the new roll out was that all unsoiled paper coffee could now be recycled if placed in the comingled recycling bins. The audit conducted in mid-2013 found that 101 Collins Street disposes of approximately 347,000 coffee cups to landfill per year so being able to now recycle paper coffee cups through the comingled stream has been a very significant and positive change for the building.
The most recent audit conducted in October 2013 found that 101 Collins Street is recycling 84.4% of all waste (including secure documents). The next waste audit will be conducted in the middle of this year and the goal is to exceed 85% diversion rate.