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Globe reduces waste

Saturday, 15th June, 2019

Globe Home Timber and Hardware employee Brad Malthouse with the new machines that reduce local land fill. PICTURE: Supplied Globe Home Timber and Hardware employee Brad Malthouse with the new machines that reduce local land fill. PICTURE: Supplied

By Emily Ferguson

Globe Home Timber and Hardware has begun to do their part in reducing waste and landfill. 

The NSW Environmental Protection Authority is on a mission to help businesses cut waste and increase recycling by providing free waste assessments. 

Globe Home Timber and Hardware is now able to divert about 30 tonnes of cardboard and 16 tonnes of plastic wrap from landfill each year, as well as saving about seven hours per week of labour required to crush and transport the waste to the tip.

The local family-owned business receives an average of 35 pallets of stock every week and in peak times like Christmas that can rise to 60. 

Small and medium size businesses account for 97.4 percent of business in Australia and are a major contributor to the 6.5 million tonnes of business waste being sent to landfill each year. 

Globe Home Timber and Hardware’s Managing Director, Selina LaRovere-Nagas, said they had joined the Bin Trim Program following at the recommendation of another company. 

“We were getting a quote from a company to purchase a baller and compactor and they suggested we may be eligible for a rebate,” said Selina. 

She said the program had helped the business and the environment greatly.

“Firstly from our own site perspective, the boxes and plastic required a lot of time and space to flat pack, store and then transport to depot which was costly,” she said. 

“Using the compactors significantly reduces the size of the waste and then it can be sent to a recycling organisation rather than to land fill.” 

Selina highly recommended it to other local businesses.

Not only does it result in time and size efficiencies but it provides a business like ours with an avenue to act responsibly and do our bit for the environment and recycling.” 

The changes have also helped Globe Home Timber and Hardware in their goal of reducing hazards and the large volumes of waste taking up space in the carpark.

They also aim to offer a free cardboard recycling service to other local businesses.

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