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Waste audits, policies, and strategies for action

Introduction

Every business generates waste, which has a detrimental influence on the environment. Effective trash management can save your company money and possibly turn it into a cash stream. You must also follow specific legal regulations while disposing of your waste.

Conducting a trash audit, developing a waste policy, and developing a waste management action plan should help you manage your waste more cost-effectively.

This article will assist you in developing and implementing a waste policy for your company. It will also assist you in locating organizations that can assist you in waste management and in making the most of any trash contractors you utilize.

The advantages of proper waste management for businesses

Effective waste management will directly benefit your organization by reducing trash and costs.

The following are some of the advantages of implementing a good waste management policy and action plan:

  • Spend less money on what you buy. You will need to buy less if you use raw materials, packaging, and equipment more efficiently.

  • Reduce your waste disposal expenditures. Efficient waste management will reduce the quantity of waste produced by your company, resulting in less waste to dispose of.

  • Meeting your environmental responsibilities. Having good rules and procedures in place should make complying with waste requirements less expensive and easier for your company.

  • Identifying new revenue streams. Some of your waste goods may even be sold to other firms to be reused or recycled.

Make senior management aware of these advantages, since you will require their cooperation to execute good waste management policies and processes.

Every aspect of your organization will benefit if you incorporate your waste management policy into an environmental management system (EMS).

This includes the following:

  • reduced environmental responsibility for your company a boost to your company’s reputation for being environmentally conscious increased employee morale and environmental awareness;

  • methodical management of your unique waste problems;

  • improved commercial opportunities – Many large corporations and government agencies will refuse to cooperate with a company that does not have an EMS in place.

Conduct a waste audit

The first step toward successful waste management is to conduct a waste audit in your company. Think about the following:

  • Major waste generators: can you reduce the amount of raw materials you use? Reduce your usage of paper, chemicals, and water, for example.

  • Packaging – Could you use less packing on your items, or request that your suppliers decrease or collect their packaging? Could you collaborate with your vendors to adopt reusable or returnable packaging?

  • Walk around the premises and estimate the volumes and direct costs of your visible waste processes.

  • Processes and activities should be thoroughly examined with the assistance of your staff. For example, inquire about how much paper each employee uses; you may discover that letters are sent automatically when email might be used instead.

  • Defects and rework: do products go to trash or must be reworked? This is a waste of energy, time, and process capacity; instead, engage in problem solving.

  • Waste storage – Do you have adequate space inside your structure or in an enclosed outside location to store waste? You are legally responsible for ensuring that your waste does not become litter or pollute the environment.

Calculate the savings you stand to gain from the finest ideas, taking into account energy, time, and any lost capacity or opportunity. Compare these to the prospective costs and timeframes of implementing the necessary modifications.

Making sure you are in compliance with waste legislation is an important component of your trash review.

You might incorporate a waste audit as part of a larger environmental audit of your company.