For many businesses looking to streamline operations, one of the more overlooked areas of concern is their business waste. Assessing this problem area not only benefits the environment but can help create a more sustainable business in the long term.
It is important to regularly assess your company’s waste reduction strategies, as there are many ways to improve them.
E & E Waste in this article aims to offer some top tips that will help you reduce your business waste effectively.
Undertake an Environmental Audit
Even if your business has an effective strategy in place to cut back on business waste, environmental audits are a great way to glean insights that can make things even more efficient in the workplace.
From finding devices that are consistently using too much power to adopting a more robust recycling strategy around the office, environmental audits can reduce business waste and save money on things like electricity bills, too.
Assess Recycling Habits
If your business has undertaken an environmental audit, one of the things to inspect is your company’s procedure for recycling.
Even if you have recycling measures in place, it is vital to understand how the recycling policies are being adopted at work.
Some members of staff may be recycling incorrectly, while others might be ignoring the policy entirely. Make recycling a clear, easy process for employees and they will be much more likely to adopt the right recycling habits.
If you encourage positive recycling habits at work, staff are much more likely to stick to it. Providing recycling and composting bins in easy-to-reach areas is a great place to start.
Cut Cack on Disposable Plastic and Packaging
Plastic packaging is one of the main culprits when it comes to unnecessary business waste, and it is a problem that most businesses can address themselves.
There are lots of creative ways to cut back on disposable plastic, such as providing staff with their own metal drinking flask to reduce plastic cups.
Where possible, use recyclable and compostable materials instead of plastic. Your current suppliers will normally offer similar products that are environmentally friendly, so discuss your needs with them.
Go Paperless Wherever Possible
The use of paper in the workplace is slowly being phased out thanks to computers, but there are still many businesses that use paper daily. Although biodegradable, paper still damages our environment and creates significant business waste that can be avoided.
With the exception of a few industries, paper can be completely phased out with no loss, just like the fax machine.
By changing habits, like the excessive use of paper, your company can cut back on business waste and save money in the process.
Wastage is a common aspect of many industries, and it is a great target when trying to cut back on business waste. Being mindful of what was discarded as waste can help identify where to cut back when ordering the products again.
This is a simple process that, when done right, streamlines inventory management, cuts back on business waste, and saves money from lost stock.