Materials efficiency best practice

Maton Guitars hanging on a wallAustralian Bureau of Statistics data suggests that material and water costs for businesses range from 10% to more than 50% or an average more than 30% of business revenue.

The following resources will help businesses to take simple actions to reduce material use and wastes generated, including all the information a business need to conduct a Waste Wise audit.

There are many ways to improve materials efficiency by as much as 20 to 50%, and these savings can be achieved in less than two years.

This video shows how two Victorian manufacturing businesses have successfully reduced their materials use and/or boosted productivity while saving money.

Process mapping tool

A simple, step by step process mapping tool that you can use in-house to map and understand all the processes and operations that occur on your premises or to analyse a specific process or operation.

Download the Process mapping tool (PDF, 437kB)

Reuse and recycle

Simple changes to make your workplace resource smart. Reduce, reuse and recycle

Download the Reuse and recycle fact sheet (PDF, 210kB)

Save paper

Paper is the largest component of waste in an office. Every Australian office worker uses about 10,000 sheets of A4 paper each year – most of which comes from native forests.

Download the Save paper fact sheet (PDF, 207kB)

Waste assessment

You can determine how much waste your organisation produces via a desktop audit, a visual waste assessment or a physical waste audit.

Download the waste assessment fact sheet (PDF, 383kB)


Download the waste assessment recording sheet (DOC, 277kB)