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Waste and recycling systems for commercial and industrial premises

Owners and managers of commercial and industrial premises can achieve major cost and environmental benefits by optimising their waste and recycling systems.

Through better design and management, overall waste can be reduced and recycling rates can be improved. For commercial and industrial premises this hinges on effective separation at source and efficient collection systems.

Published by the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA), Better Practice Guidelines for Waste Management and Recycling in Commercial and Industrial Facilities (PDF 1.8MB) is for facility managers, property managers, commercial tenants, property developers, building designers, council officers and waste and recycling service providers.

The guidelines cover design of waste management systems and day-to-day operations for premises including office buildings, retail outlets, group retail centres, and hospitality and accommodation facilities. They primarily deal with larger scale facilities but can also be useful for small-to-medium sized businesses.

The guidelines include checklists, specifications and case studies. They provide practical advice including:

  • opportunities to avoid waste
  • how to increase the yield and quality of recyclable materials
  • equipment choices and layout
  • spatial requirements for storage, handling and collection of waste
  • information about contracts for waste services.


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Page last updated: 01 August 2016