Waste minimisation pays. Most companies can achieve savings of at least 1% of turnover through waste minimisation.
Waste minimisation can:
For many companies the potential financial savings provide sufficient stimuli to embark on a waste minimisation project. Other companies view compliance with the regulations as equally important.
- reduce the generation of waste and pollution
- conserve resources
- reduce charges for waste disposal
Below are some simple steps you may follow before you embark on a waste minimisation programme:
- Obtain commitment from senior staff.
- Select a waste minimisation team, size will vary according to the size of the company and resources available. This team should include representatives from all sectors and levels of the organisation.
- Conduct an initial review. How much waste do you have? How much does it cost the company?
- Report your findings at a senior level, this is important to gain commitment.
Once the project has been scoped and gained sufficient company commitment,
waste management options can be planned using the following hierarchy :
- recovery (includes recycling)
It is important to remember that the most favourable environmental option is often not the most favoured economic option.
Waste management is an ongoing process that can be as wide reaching as is necessary. Focus on 'easy wins' first to realise benefits of the programme early. This will provide something tangible to report back to senior level staff.
If you are thinking of embarking on a waste minimisation scheme, it may be advantageous to contact other local businesses or your trade association who can provide more specialist advice.
Find out how to carry out a waste audit here.