In recent years, the NSW Environment Protection Authority (NSW EPA) has led the biggest commercial waste to landfill diversion program in Australia – Bin Trim. Alongside waste auditing and advice, the program provides rebates to businesses who install equipment and technologies that result in waste avoidance, reduction, reuse and recycling. The rebates offer 50% co-funding, and are targeted at small to medium sized enterprises operating in NSW. The last round of Bin Trim is currently being rolled out across NSW.
In reviewing the Bin Trim program and looking towards the future, the EPA have engaged us (Edge Environment) to review the rebate scheme and research future options for supporting the circular economy and reducing waste to landfill. A key component of this research is identifying current technologies and equipment in Australia, with a particular desire to identify those that that have proven results across the hospitality (café and restaurant), manufacturing, retail and recycling sectors. Solutions should address one or more of the following areas:
- Waste avoidance (via efficiency, longevity, repair or refurbishment)
- Separation and disassembly
- Improved recycling rates and contamination reduction
- Increased use of recycled content
- Circular economy manufacture
Interested parties are encouraged to complete the following online survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/P8BNHWJ.
Respondents may be featured as case study to demonstrate businesses moving to circular economy practises.