If you have realised that your business is producing more waste than it did some years ago, it is the time to start reducing the amount of waste. By reducing the waste, you will save money on the expensive waste hauling in addition to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and health issues that arise due to waste streams.
Statistics show that we produce around 4.3 pounds of waste per person on daily basis. That figure is around double what people produced on a daily basis in the 1960s. Some simple behaviour changes and business practices might reduce the amount of waste. Here are a few strategies that will help you reduce the amount of waste produced in your business.
1) Reduce packaging
Some individuals will tell you that it is what inside the packaging that counts, but in conversations, packaging needs more attention than you would think. Packaging performs an important role in protecting the product and offering information for the buyers, but most business people and producers do not think of what happens after the use of products – the disposition. Most manufacturers use plastic, paper, aluminium, glass, fibreboard, and steel. Food packaging alone is a huge business on the globe, but when it comes to the disposal, the consumers just dump the waste in landfills or burn it – there is no recycling. That results in more environmental pollution.
Start by evaluating the packaging needs of your business. If eliminating single-use containers is possible, do that. A switch from the corrugated cardboard to the reusable plastic shipping containers will save you more money – Pepsi-Cola has done that and saved over $44 million. The LA & SF Specialty is a food distributor with more than 350,000 sq feet of space. Drivers pick up cardboard boxes from the consumers for reuse in the warehouse. The food supplier repairs damaged pallets too and supply them into the distribution chain.
2) Avoid bottled water
By drinking bottled water, you will be making unnecessary waste. You might be thinking that the waste from bottled water is not a big problem because the bottles are recyclable. Unluckily, that does not happen. Most of the bottles end up in landfills. In the year 2015, for example, the Association of Plastic Recyclers claimed that plastic recycling rate was standing at 31.8 percent, which was only a 1 percent increase from the recycle rate in the previous year. That should tell you that over two-thirds of water bottles go unrecycled.
3) Give the food waste to pigs
The age-old strategy is still effective and it will help your business save more money on waste each year. A quick example, Barthold Farms provides food waste programs that serve more than 400 grocery stores, restaurants, school districts, and many other Facilities within Minneapolis – St. Paul Area. The company collects the food waste and heats it up at their farm to make it safe for the pigs. They then use it to feed the pigs. Customers are able to save over 50 percent, which is unlikely to happen with the landfill-bound waste trucking.
4) Start going paperless
Technology provides better and inexpensive alternatives to paper use. For example, CBRE has already gone paperless in their headquarters situated in downtown Los Angeles. This office purged more than 5 million sheets of paper, therefore saving money and the space they required to store the paper. They also reduced the printing needs by around 50 percent. The company to reduce its rental expenses by around 30 percent.
5) Monitor the waste production in your business
Managing something you do measure is hard. Ensure that the waste hauler measures the amount of waste you produce each day. Calculate the amount per day, or per individual. Start sharing the results and challenge your employees to reduce it. Competition can be more motivating. Waste reduction will also reduce the emission of greenhouse gases emission.
For your waste reduction campaign to be successful, you will have to communicate and collaborate with the suppliers and employees. Your company should adopt the right waste management strategies and reduce expenses. For more tips on how to handle waste, please contact Paul’s Rubbish Removal.