Every business generates waste and how that waste is managed is critical. You must strive to keep your organization’s waste away from landfills and identify opportunities to manage waste better.
Here are 5 waste management tips that may come handy:
1. Measure the Waste
Measure the amount of waste that is being collected from different sites. It is common to weigh the skips and convey the amount to an organization via bills from the waste management company, but smaller bins or collection of sacks aren’t weighed or recorded. Carry out a quick visual assessment by examining the bins that are presented for collection.
Check before the collection truck arrives and see how full they are. Even if they are differently sized bins, just note down their sizes and estimate how full they are, and how often the waste is collected. Once you have all the required information, you will know exactly how much waste material your business produces within a given time frame.
2. Curb the Amount of Waste Going to Landfill
Most of the generated waste finds itself in landfills at the end of its journey. Landfill waste has severe economic as well as environmental impact. Moreover, it has a slow decomposition rate taking thousands of years, which means that several acres of land, which could otherwise be used for setting up industries or residential areas, will be effectively deemed as useless.
As a business, you must try to identify opportunities in the following:
- Reducing waste: Figure out different ways to reduce the overall waste when you obtain goods and services or change the way you operate that can help in reducing waste
- Reuse materials: Would other local businesses have a use for the waste materials you produce?
- Recycle materials: Identify all the recyclable materials that can be targeted for recycling
3. Identify Local Collectors
Having an idea of how much material your business produces over a stipulated period of time and the different kinds of materials that can be diverted from the landfill will help you identify the most suitable waste and recycling collection contractors. Check the list of private as well as local government recycling services, which include collection, transport or drop-off points in your city. You can also search by type of material and location to easily find the recycling services that would be suitable for your business.
4. Understand Waste and Recycling Collection Contracts
It is important that you choose the most appropriate collection arrangement for the recoverable materials you produce. Ask your current waste service provider, whether he is a private operator or part of the local council, what is the most suitable collection arrangement for your business. When you are investigating what materials can be recycled, consider the impact your waste or recycling contract arrangements will have on your ability to recycle. For instance, make sure that your recycling bin is large enough to hold the waste for a week if the recycling is picked up on a weekly basis. If not, you can change your contract to have your bin picked up more often.
Evaluate your current contract offers and how it affects your waste and recycling practices. Consult with an independent legal advice if necessary.
5. Invest in Trash Compactors
Trash compactors are an essential waste management tool. They help in reducing the trash volume, protecting against pests and dumpster divers, reduce odors and fire damage. They are divided into two primary categories defined based on the type of waste they are constructed to handle—wet or dry. Choose the one that would best suit your requirements.
Keep your waste to a minimum and follow good waste management practices to handle the generated waste in a proper way.