4 waste management tips for businesses

6 June 2016
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Waste management is an issue every business has to address comprehensively, as it takes up a significant proportion of most businesses. Proper waste disposal reduces the negative impacts on the environment and can also save your finances. Unfortunately, not every business takes this seriously. If you're looking to manage your waste better, then here are some working tips you need to implement.

Use separate skip bins 

The best way to save on your total costs is to avoid disposing of all your waste in the landfill. There are a number of measures you can take to prevent this from happening. Recycling should be at the top of your list. You could have separate skip bins to accommodate for recyclable material. Watch out for everyday recyclables such as paper and bottles. If another business can use the materials you produce, make an effort of separating these from the other waste.

Hiring separate bins for different kinds of waste is also cheaper than including all sorts of waste in one bin.

Reduce the waste from the beginning

On thorough analysis, you'll be able to identify wastes that you could easily eliminate from your system. Look at your packaging. Aim to work with suppliers that have minimal packaging to prevent more waste from reaching your bins. You could also unsubscribe from old mailing lists and opt for electronic billing. Also reduce the amount of printing paper used by printing on both sides of the paper.

Perform a waste audit

You could have an expert go through your waste so that you can know exactly what's in your waste stream. You'll also be in a good position to know where most of the recyclable waste comes from and how you can adequately recycle that waste. You could start by placing most of the recycle skip bins in such regions.

Knowing how much waste you produce will also make it easier to determine the effectiveness of the current bins used. For instance, if you've got a 120L bin that's always half full in a week's time, you could get a smaller bin or ask the rubbish removal personnel to pick them once a fortnight. That will even further lower your costs.

Have a monitoring team

The only way to improve your waste management is to be consistent from the start. Change normally meets resistance particularly in a business setting, so you'll have to appoint a team that will constantly monitor the progress. Any arising issues need to be dealt with promptly. The early stages of implementing a different waste management practice would be most troublesome, but once the program holds, it'll be self-sustaining.