File Flinging Prevents 13 Tonnes of Hot Air

Date: 03-Dec-10
Author: Lucy Band

Just by flinging their files during Recycling Week 100 registered workplaces, with 13,000 staff, have sent 34 tonnes of paper for re-use or recycling. Because it uses much less water and energy to make paper from recycled material this 34 tonnes represents savings of 810,000 litres of water and 13 tonnes of greenhouse gases - or 274,000 black balloons.

Colonial First State, our event partner, recycled 180 bins worth of paper. Other participants added other sustainability and social events to their Flings:

  • Woollahra Council donated 30 boxes of ring binders to the University of NSW;
  • Crowne Plaza Melbourne hosted a paper plane making competition;
  • Corio Public School used their Fling to launch a new environment policy; Peet Limited (WA) created new recycling bins for year-round use;
  • Isuzu made it casual clothes day; lots of participants collected printer cartridges and mobile phones for recycling through ‘Cartridges 4 Planet Ark,' MobileMuster and other program.
  • The Aged Care Accreditation Agency even held a Green Afternoon Tea where all the food was coloured green!

Overwhelmingly, respondents said the Fling was an easy event to organise and it was a positive staff engagement activity and over 90% of evaluation respondents said they would hold another Fling.

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