How offices can fight the war on waste
Rubbermaid Commercial Products has introduced its Slim Jim Recycling Station, designed to help organisations tackle the war on waste while at work. Intuitive, compact and customisable, the recycling system is designed to improve recycling effectiveness and reduce contamination rates in Australian workplaces, facilities and public spaces.
Rubbermaid is a leading manufacturer of innovative, solutions-based commercial waste products, and has developed the new Slim Jim Recycling Station to solve the problem of low recycling rates in the workplace. Developed by Newell Brands Design Centre, the Slim Jim Recycling Station is the answer to improving recycling effectiveness and helping organisations achieve sustainability targets with a versatile, compact and intuitive system.
Every year, Australians generate 50 million tonnes of waste, representing two tonnes per person per year. The commercial sector is predicted to increase waste to 29 million tonnes by 2020, while waste levies for landfill use continue to rise – levies that can cost companies around two to three percent of operating costs.
“Improving recycling effectiveness has a positive environmental impact, helps facilities achieve sustainability initiatives, and reduces costs such as landfill levies,” says Daniel Balas, national account manager at Rubbermaid Commercial Products ANZ.
The Slim Jim recycling system is completely customisable and expandable to fit the space and recycling needs of the business. An organisation or facility can build its own colour-coded system with a choice of six colours, three customised lid options with either hinged or restrictive waste-shaped openings, and 10 waste stream labels.
Being colour-coded with iconographic waste signage labels, the Slim Jim Recycling Station prompts users with consistent visual cues when sorting recyclables. Restrictive opening shapes in the lid prompts the user to only deposit certain shaped waste – such as paper, cans or bottles – into the designated recycling bin. This ultra-intuitive feature ensures the right recyclables are placed in the right bins, reducing contamination. The hinged lid inserts allow larger recyclables or organic food waste to be disposed of.
The clever modular design features a snap-in connector that connects base units together side by side without the use of tools or hardware. Additional units can be added or separated again as the needs of the organisation or facility change. Inside each unit, bag cinches secure liners around the rim of the container (if required), allowing quick, knot-free liner changes.
Educating people on what they should do with their recyclables at work – and then giving them the right tools to do it – can lead to a huge improvement in recycling effectiveness. A field recycling study found the introduction of the consistent, colour-coded Slim Jim system dramatically increased recycling rates, diverting more materials away from landfill with less contamination. At one site where only 11 percent of recyclable materials were diverted from landfill, the new system encouraged users to recycle 57 percent – a five-fold increase in recycling effectiveness.
Sized to fit even the smallest spaces, each Slim Jim recycling unit has a small footprint while having a large capacity for bulky recyclables. Built with front-of-house aesthetics in mind, this modern minimalist-grey looking recycling solution can be prominently positioned in any workspace, kitchen, foyer or high-traffic public area.
“Waste management initiatives, such as reducing landfill and increasing recycling rates, are a top sustainability focus for organisations and a top priority for many individuals wanting to personally combat the growing problem of waste. With this recycling innovation, Australian workplaces and facilities can provide an intuitive system for anyone to use, and promote correct recycling sorting habits,” says Balas.
For more information, visit rubbermaidcommercial.com.au.