The old proverb, “waste not, want not,” is as fresh and relevant today as when first published in 1772, and it applies to business as well as individuals. Recycling and reusing are being embraced by companies to dramatically reduce the amount of waste that is entering landfills and the oceans of the world.
Does your company have an aggressive plan to turn today’s waste into tomorrow’s resources?
These four business waste management tips will put your company on the leading edge of the reuse, recycle and resource recovery trend. The positive results include saving money and “benefit to the environment.”
How Recycling Saves You Money
We all know that the environment wins when we reuse and recycle, but how do these practices save money? After all, this is the question that must be answered in order for the widest voluntary adoption of green waste management. Here’s are a few reasons your company will save money through recycling and resource recovery:
Recycling costs less than sending waste to a landfill especially as those facilities fill up causing disposal prices to rise.
Goods made with recycled material often cost less because of reduced manufacturing and production costs.
Recycling reduces the demand for deforestation and the planting of new trees that, in turn, reduces the cost of virgin materials such as paper and cardboard when they must be used.
Business Waste Management Practices for a Greener Planet
Now that we’re clear on the “why” of environmentally friendly waste management, let’s address the question of how it is best done.
Know how much waste you’re producing: Knowing your waste volume will assist you in identifying recycling partners with the capacity to handle it and in getting price estimates from them. You must know how much waste you have to sort if you plan to purchase your own recycling equipment too.
The Queensland government has produced a helpful chart for measuring the amount of waste produced in your facilities. It is based on the size of your collection bins, an estimate of how full they are and a conversion to the litres of waste in each. Measuring waste over two or three collection cycles and averaging the amount will give you an accurate estimate.
Identify your options for reducing, reusing and recycling: What practices can be implemented so that your business creates less waste? For example, can paper waste be reduced by making some information dissemination paperless? Can waste from one department be reused by another or sold to another local business that would have use for it? With some creative thinking, you’ll likely find ways to reduce the amount of waste requiring recycling, and that will cut costs too.
Find the right recycling partner or invest in your own equipment: Smaller businesses will want to find a local recycler to handle the job. If your company is larger, you’ll save the most by investing in your own recycling equipment to eliminate sorting costs. It’s important to choose a recycling system like those from Wastech that is scalable. In other words, make sure you choose a recycling plant for your facility that can be easily expanded to meet your growing demands. This should include the opportunity to add balers, crushers, wet recycling systems, chutes, bins and lifters as needed. If the company can assist you with waste management planning, that is a bonus.
Design a collection system, and provide training: This is where the plan comes together. Have enough bins for the amount of material collected for recycling between pickups, and place those bins in the right locations. The last step is to train your employees in the proper procedures. These tips ensure that your recycling system is scaled properly and that everything that can be recycled is being recycled rather than disposed of.
What Difference Does Recycling Make?
Profit is the bottom line for most companies. A healthy place to live is the bottom line for society as a whole. These green waste management tips represent proven practices for improving both.