Local Businesses Called To Support Innovative 'BIN TRIM' Recycling Program

Tue Aug 19, 2014

Businesses across the Illawarra, South Coast and Southern Highlands are being invited to participate in the innovative ‘Bin Trim’ Program which provides free expert advice on how to minimise waste to landfill, save money and sustain jobs by embracing waste recycling.

Funded by the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) the Bin Trim SOUTH EAST NSW initiative is being launched today by Renewable Recyclers - an arm of not-for-profit service provider RichmondPRA - and sustainability consultancy Rana Environmental.

The Bin Trim Program is available to small to medium enterprises.

It involves businesses having customised waste assessments that provide an analysis of their waste stream, indicating the potential for recycling. Participating businesses receive ‘tailored action plans’ which outline waste and cost saving opportunities – and it’s all free of charge.

Significantly, Bin Trim SOUTH EAST NSW initiative offers important social benefits by providing work opportunities for people employed by Renewable Recyclers who have experienced difficulties with employment.

Businesses assessed by Bin Trim consultants may be eligible for rebates of between $2,000 and $25,000 to help with the purchase of recycling infrastructure “Bin Trim is a winner because it offers significant environmental, economic and social benefits all at once,” Renewable Recyclers Business Manager Miles Lochhead said.

“The program promotes alternatives to the ‘one bin’ waste mentality, shows businesses how to save money through innovative waste avoidance and recycling strategies and creates work opportunities for some of society’s most disadvantaged people.

“We’re calling on businesses across the Illawarra, South Coast and Southern Highlands to make contact so we can get busy making a difference when it comes to waste management.”

Rana Environmental’s Principal Consultant Levi Gibson said some 70 percent of business waste that ends up in the ground could be reused or recycled when the right strategies and practices are in place.

“We want local businesses to know that it’s not hard to get effective recycling plans up and running and to save significant costs in the process,” Mr Gibson said.

Businesses wanting to participate in the Bin Trim SOUTH EAST NSW initiative should contact Miles Lochhead or Levi Gibson at bintrim@ranaenvironmental.com.au or call 1300 594 636 or visit http://www.ranaenvironmental.com.au/projects.htm.

The Bin Trim project is a NSW EPA Waste Less Recycle More initiative, funded from the waste levy.


Media outlets are invited to join Wollongong Lord Mayor Cr Gordon Bradbery, Parliamentarians and other guests for the Bin Trim SOUTH EAST NSW launch.

Guests are warned that full-costumed ‘Pirates’ from Eaton Gorge Theatre Company may raid the launch, fight over ‘good’ and ‘bad’ waste and turn on anyone guilty of poor recycling habits!

WHEN: 9.15am, Tuesday 19 August
WHERE: Renewable Recyclers, 13 Ralph Black Drive North Wollongong

Media enquiries: Matthew Watson 0417 691 884