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Commercial Properties

Waste Management

When looking at Recycling and Waste Management, Recycling is the opposite to Waste.

Recycling creates opportunities, whereas waste eliminates long term resource reuse opportunities. For recycling to be successful resources need to be separated prior to collection. With the correct equipment and tenant training, success is assured and long term waste management costs are minimised.

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Training

Office Employees and their employers need basic instruction and guidance as to how a recycling plan will be introduced.
People need to know how recycling is collected and taken to the holding areas in the dock. Informing people allows them to be proactive and take ownership of the process.
The professional demographic is the most active with recycling. Placing recycling bins in offices is only the start. When this demographic are informed positive results will follow. Giving a five to ten minute talk to all tenants within their collective work stations is all it takes. Each person needs an information sheet, and a laminated recycling instruction sheet should be placed on the wall in the recycling & waste areas.
Human interaction is a key element. Organising and informing people will make collection by cleaners quick & easy. Cleaners Practices will have to be re-aligned to suite the changed sustainable environment. Cleaners will need quick and basic training to allow them to follow through the recycling process. Facility managers need to recognise the following:
Separated resources need to be collected and placed in an ordered manner. The current practice is that waste is dumped in one place without any thought. As a consequence cleaners need the correct training and facility mangers need to make allowances for changing work practices within cleaner’s job descriptions.

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Equipment

Separating resources means cleaners equipment may need to be modified. Currently cleaners dispose of one waste bin and may move paper recycling bins out for a weekly collection. Different coloured receptacles will need to be supplied within offices. Cleaners will need to be able to move multiple resources in different bags or bins simultaneously. They will need a trolley to manage their changed work processes.
Facility managers need to supply receptacles for their tenants. As tenants change, recycling does not have to be interrupted as equipment will be in place. Each new tenant will need to go through the recycling training (see training) and sign off for facility management records.

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Facility Management Recording Process

Many different businesses constitute commercial properties.

Tenants differ in participation levels. Many become thoroughly involved in the recycling process. However, issues arise in cases where a small percentage rebel against the Recycling Process. These tenants hold the argument that recycling costs them time, which they go on to relate to a simplistic economic argument.

Recording training - by having tenants sign off on, in a recycling record - allows facility managers to achieve their goal of waste separation. This is done by recognising situations where waste is being repetitively placed in the incorrect receptacles.

When these resources are contaminated recyclers cannot sell, thus the value of the resource is destroyed. This then leads to the ncessary expense of hiring costly labour to separate these resources in all commercial properties. This is the case in a broad range of businesses - from hotels and office blocks, to shopping centres and apartments.

Compliance is a necessity.

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