Optimise your waste and recycling management

Manage your waste and recycling with effective planning, storage and communication with staff to help reduce litter and pollution in our local area.

Prepare a waste management plan

Ensure all staff and cleaners are aware of your business' waste management plan, including where waste is stored, contact information for contractors, and procedures in case of emergency or excess waste or a missed collection. Display this information prominently in a common area.

Label your bins

Council provides weather proof bin labels to clearly identify the name of your business and  the waste service provider free of charge. This can ensure your business' staff and that of neighbouring businesses use the correct bins. Request stickers by emailing environment@waverley.nsw.gov.au 

Adjust waste collection services for high and low periods

Ask your waste and recycling service provider to adjust your service to accommodate busy periods, whether seasonally or monthly. This could mean ordering extra pick-ups or adjusting the number of bins you put out for collection, and downgrading service levels in quieter periods.

Store bins on your property

Ensure that all the waste and recycling generated at your property goes inside a bin or container to avoid attracting vermin. Store bins within your business site boundaries except when presenting for collection. Present bins no sooner than the close of business the night before collection day and bring them in as soon as possible after the bins have been collected. Bins should be presented for collection immediately out front of your property or in an agreed upon area.

Manage waste oil and grease

Contact Sydney Water for guidance on storing and managing various trade wastes including grease, frying oil, and motor oil and view their tips here.

Food Retail Grease Traps

If you cook or serve hot food, you must have a grease trap and a trade waste agreement with Sydney Water. Wastewater from food preparation areas, floor wastes, kitchen sinks, dishwashers and garbage areas should all flow to the grease trap.

Food Retail Waste Cooking Oil

Always collect and store waste cooking oil before removing it off-site for recycling and never pour waste oil down the drain or into your grease trap. Grease traps are not designed to accept waste oil tipped directly into them. Collect waste oil from deep frying and BBQ’s, store it in appropriate sealed containers in a properly bunded area and have an oil recycler collect it.

Mechanical Shops Motor Oil

Always collect and store used engine oil before removing it off-site for recycling and address damaged vehicles straight away to minimise any impacts from leaking chemicals.

Signage and tools

Need bin area signage to help staff or cleaners with sorting waste? Order free signs by emailing environment@waveley.nsw.gov.au