Environmental awareness is on the rise and businesses big and small are beginning to sit up and take notice. While large corporations have many “green” processes in place to reduce waste in their organisations, many small businesses are following suit and are now making an effort to reduce the amount of waste generated.
It’s true that you must be extremely busy attending to the nitty-grittys of running your business and getting the wheels of a waste management strategy into motion may seem like an uphill task. But that’s not how it has to be. Here are some ways in which you can reduce costs by cutting down waste:
#1 Tackle Your Organisation’s Waste at the Source
This may seem like a very logical thing, but it’s not uncommon to find that most businesses tend to overlook this extremely important step. The one effective way to reduce the amount of waste your company produces is to focus on the source and use that as the starting point. It means, don’t buy material that has the potential to turn into waste. This will ensure you have less waste to deal with in the first place.
#2 Recycle Consciously
We all are now quite familiar with the recycling concept. When there is talk about reducing waste, it’s obvious there will be talk about recycling as well. If you are serious about reducing your carbon footprint, it’s crucial that you adopt a detailed approach and make a concerted effort to set an effective recycling process for your business. This can range from recycling products such as:
Paper & Cardboard
Whether you have cardboard, old newspapers and magazines, old mail and flyers, or any other type of paper waste, it’s important that you recycle all these materials.
If your business produces a lot of waste plastic, it’s vital that you recycle it to reduce the amount of waste. This means, everything ranging from plastic cans, bottles, boxes, packaging materials etc should be recycled.
Cleaning out bottles and jars & then running them through the recycling process is one of the key aspects of any waste reduction strategy. However, there are certain glass products that can’t be recycled- these include window panes, glass ovenware and window panes. The manufacturing process and the chemical composition of all these products is different from that of container glass, so it’s a good idea to be judicious when you are replacing or upgrading any of these things.
This is another material that you should consciously look to recycle. Food tins, foil, metal lids and aerosols are some of the metal items that can be recycled. If you are in the automotive industry, there are a number of other items and products that can be added to this list.
Not many people are aware of this, but food waste comprises a large portion of the overall waste that many businesses produce. If you are in the restaurant or café business, this waste can be very high. It’s important that you have a recycling strategy in place to reduce the amount of waste your business generates.
The key to a successful waste reduction and recycling strategy is to be consistent with your efforts. Over time, you will notice that these efforts also have a positive impact on reducing business costs. You will find that people are using less paper, plastics and opting for reusable materials, all of which translates to cost reduction.
For effective and sustainable cost reduction strategies & efficiencies that will increase your bottom line, contact the experts at Benchmark Cost Solutions at this number – 02 9525 0777. If you prefer, write to us at this email address, and we will revert quickly.
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Benchmark Cost Solutions Team
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