|Leased sq meters (per annum)|
|Energy use (kWh)|
|Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (tonnes)#|
|Continuous annual reduction in GHG emissions|
|% reduction in GHG emissions (per annum)|
|kWh per m2 of leased area|
|Central Office||Volume||Environmental Impact Minimised|
|Office paper recycled||178 tonnes||112.5 tonnes||165.8 tonnes||Every tonne of paper recycled saves 2.5 barrels of oil, 4,100 kWh of electricity, 4 cubic metres of landfill and 31,780 litres of water. Using this as a basis for calculation, the Department saved 414.5 barrels of oil, 679,780 kWh of electricity, 663.2 cubic metres of landfill and 5,269,124 litres of water. Source: www.cleanuptheworld.org.|
|Old mobile phones and batteries recycled||70 items||72 items||32 items||More than 93 per cent of the materials in mobile phones can be recycled, such as nickel, cadmium, and cobalt from batteries; gold, silver, copper, tantalum, palladium and copper from circuit boards; and various plastics and other metals from handsets and accessories. The metals recycled are used to make batteries, jewellery, stainless steel, plastic pallets and fence posts. Source: www.ecoaction.com.au.|
|Used toner cartridges recycled||1,929 items||2,812 items||3,083 items||Refilling or sending toner cartridges back for remanufacture can extend their life tenfold. It is estimated that approximately 5 million, or 30 per cent of cartridges used annually are recovered and remanufactured. Recycling means less dependence on virgin plastic resins that are made from valuable hydrocarbon resources. At the end of a cartridge’s life the ABS plastic is recovered for other purposes. Source: www.sustainability.vic.gov.au.|
|Commingle recycling||6.6 tonnes||8.1 tonnes||22.7 tonnes||By transforming waste materials into usable resources, recycling reduces landfill and conserves resources, provides a way to manage solid waste while reducing pollution, conserving energy, creating jobs and building more competitive manufacturing industries. Source www.cleanup.org.au.|
|Cardboard recycling||15.5 tonnes||14.3 tonnes||16.9 tonnes||Recycling one tonne of cardboard saves 13 trees, therefore the Department saved approximately 220 trees. Source: www.cleanuptheworld.org.|
|Organics||n/a||2.7 tonnes||1.9 tonnes||Organic recycling diverts waste from landfill and greatly reduces the production of greenhouse gases. This process provides a nutrient rich compost from rotting waste that otherwise would have been lost to landfill. Source: www.anu.edu.au.|
|Percentage change in consumption|
|Percentage white paper with recycled component|
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