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June 23, 2023 3 min read

Plastic Free July: The Bin Audit Challenge…

No time to waste! Let's bin-telligently manage our trash… (those puns took a lot more effort than you may think, we’ll leave this blog to the facts haha)

Reducing waste can be overwhelming, and one of the main questions we are asked is “Where do I start’.

First, we advise starting with something small like a toothbrush or stain stick. They are easy swaps that are very similar to their mainstream alternatives, and will show you that it is easier than you think.

After this, the best way to identify where you can reduce most of your waste is by doing a 'bin audit'. 

We’ll deep-dive into how to do a bin audit, how to plan and some practical steps, and we'll also introduce you to our recycling program, which rewards you for your efforts. So, let's dive into the trash together!

The 4 Simple Steps on How to Do A Bin Audit… 

A bin audit is exactly what you think. It is looking at what you put inside your bin. It is a powerful thing to do because you'll take notice of the products you dispose of the most, which will be where you can make a first big impact.  

For example, let's say you do a bin audit in your office and see that a significant portion of your waste is single-use plastic water bottles. This shows you that by swapping to a  reusable water bottle, you significantly reduce your plastic waste and contribute to a more sustainable habit. 

So if you wonder where to start...

  1. Grab your bin - it can be your general waste and recycling if you’d like! 
  2. Sort the items into categories such as recyclables, compostables (food waste), and non-recyclables (items that cannot be recycled or composted). 
  3. Identify the most common types of waste - Take note of any single-use items or excessive packaging that could be reduced or avoided. You will probably see some main items that you can reduce right away.
  4. Ideally, do this for a few weeks and keep notes.
  5. Based on the main waste you identify, set realistic goals for waste reduction. Determine areas where you can make changes, such as using reusable alternatives, buying bulk to minimise packaging or composting food waste. Start implementing these changes gradually, one step at a time… 

Implementing a bin audit can be a game-changer for you, your home but also businesses and organisations aiming to become more environmentally conscious. By understanding the waste you generate, you can plan to reduce waste, increase recycling, and move towards a more sustainable future.

Our Top Tips …

Start Small, Dream Big…

Remember, Rome wasn't built in a day, and your bin audit doesn't have to be either. Start by focusing on one area of your waste, like your kitchen or bathroom. Take it step by step and celebrate each small victory along the way. By breaking it down, you'll prevent overwhelm and maintain your enthusiasm for creating positive change.

Embrace Progress, Not Perfection…

Achieving zero waste overnight is a mighty mission, so let's focus on progress instead. As you conduct your bin audit, take note of areas where you can improve. Identify the most significant sources of waste and brainstorm creative solutions to reduce or eliminate them. Remember, every small change adds up, and your journey towards sustainability is a continuous adventure. And if you are stuck, never hesitate to reach out to us here

Recycle With Us…

While we don’t love recycling (because only 9% worldwide truly gets recycled), it beats landfills. So we made it part of our mission to educate on recycling correctly, but we also set up our own recycling program with TerraCycle for all your hard-to-recycle items. 

Our recycling program is designed to help you tackle those hard-to-recycle items, and we'll give them new life through our partnership with TerraCycle. Plus, as a token of our appreciation, you'll receive a gift voucher to spend on the eco-friendly items you need when you're ready. It's a win-win for you and the planet! While we believe recycling isn’t the end solution, it is a great option to avoid these items going to landfill. 

We look forward to learning about your bin audit journey and discovering how small changes can make a big difference. Remember to stay positive and celebrate progress.

Until next time GFZ’s, in the meantime we think you’ll love this blog here on Our Top 5 On The Go Essentials!

Much love, 

GFZ Team xox 

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