How to Reduce Business Waste in 2019

Every business produces waste. Your business is likely producing more waste than ever before and it will only continue to increase unless measures are taken. There are numerous benefits of reducing waste in the workplace. Not only does reducing waste save money on waste disposal costs, but it also allows you to contribute to reducing greenhouse gases. Waste streams also cause hazards to human health and we a social responsibility to prevent that. With 31 million tonnes of waste produced in the UK each year, workplaces can do a lot to help reduce its environmental impact. In this blog, we plan to look at how you can reduce your own business waste.

Every business produces waste. Your business is likely producing more waste than ever before and it will only continue to increase unless measures are taken. There are numerous benefits of reducing waste in the workplace. Not only does reducing waste save money on waste disposal costs, but it also allows you to contribute to reducing greenhouse gases. Waste streams also cause hazards to human health and we a social responsibility to prevent that. With 31 million tonnes of waste produced in the UK each year, workplaces can do a lot to help reduce its environmental impact. In this blog, we plan to look at how you can reduce your own business waste.

1. Audit Your Business 
Take a look around your premises and evaluate the supply chain that causes or becomes waste. What consumables are stocked? Is it possible to switch to compostable or recyclable products? How/where are waste bins placed? Recycling bins should be clearly placed with signs showing what may go in.

2. Reduce Packaging
You’d surprised how much packaging you get through a week, a month and even a year. In fact, packaging alone covers a third of all waste in developed countries. For this reason, it is vital to evaluate the packaging you use in your business. Perhaps you can find uses for cardboard boxes within your company and reduce the amount of waste that is produced?

3. Cut out Bottled Water
Filters and glasses can replace plastic bottles in water. By providing glasses or reusable bottles, you can drastically cut the usage of bottled water in your company. This will pay for itself in the long run.

4. Make Your Company Paperless 
In the UK alone, 12.5 million tonnes of paper is wasted. With the advancements in technology supporting businesses with their everyday routines, going paperless can save an organisation a lot of money, storage and the environment.

5. Collect e-Waste
Despite technology helping save the environment, its waste can also be hazardous. A bin for this waste should be placed within the business. Ensure you promote this disposal as a benefit to employees. E-waste services can recycle these parts for use again on the planet.

6. Take Advice from Staff
Your staff are the frontline of the business and their insight will be invaluable in reducing waste. They will know where waste could be reduced and details of waste initiatives already in the business. From this consultation, you can provide training where it’s needed and implement your waste minimisation strategy easily.

7. Invest in Recycling Machines
Investing in recycling machines can also help cut waste in your business. By buying brand new equipment such as Metal Shredders or Cable Recycling Machines, your business can have on-site recycling that will save you money in the long run. With equipment recycled, it can be used again for the benefits of your employees and your clients. You can even help the environment by buying used recycling equipment and help save the planet and your expenses. What equipment you need will also depend on the raw materials you produce and what your waste materials are comprised of.

Creating a waste reduction campaign takes regular communication and collaboration between your staff and your supply chain. Once you have all the information you need, you can implement the right strategy that is easiest for the company as a whole. Whichever strategy you use, you will be doing the right thing for the environment and your finances.

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 How to Reduce Business Waste in 2019