How Can Businesses Reduce Waste?

The demand for business’ to become more environmentally friendly has grown rapidly. Waste management methods have become a necessity and the need to expose your ‘green’ operation for CSR reasons has become the norm. Moreover, every business generates waste, therefore it’s their duty to prevent, reuse, recycle or recover waste as best as they can.

Business’ have a responsibility when it comes to waste management and should therefore have sufficient practices in place. Failing to deal with waste appropriately can cause a host of problems for your business and therefore the need for waste machinery is greater than ever. Some of the benefits of using machinery for your business’ waste are below:

  • Reduce costs
  • Saves time and increases productivity
  • Improving your working environment
  • Enhances your green credentials

 

Effective waste management is an essential element in maintaining a healthy, successful and prosperous environment for people to work in.

 

The Benefits of Using Waste Balers

Collecting waste is just the first stage in dealing with the issue of what to do with the refuse produced by every business in the country. Disposing of the waste in a safe, environmentally friendly and economically viable way is the next challenge.

From the smallest to the largest business, waste costs money. Reducing waste in the first place is the primary goal of many organisations, but some refuse is unavoidable, so lowering the costs of disposing of that waste can make a huge difference to the viability of a company.

One of the main ways to lessen both the ecological and financial impact of waste disposal is to minimise the waste itself. This is where technology can really come into its own as modern waste balers are an incredibly efficient way to compact materials into solid blocks.

This is ideal for recyclable materials such as plastics and paper waste as the bales can be easily picked up by recyclers and are much easier to store than uncompacted waste.

Balers also reduce the space that waste takes up, meaning that organisations which produce a lot of refuse can minimise the square-footage that they need to dedicate to storing their waste in between collections.

 

Start to Use Waste Compactors

For organisations which do not produce enough waste to warrant collecting and storing different types of waste separately, it can be impractical and uneconomic to use a waste baler. However, the principle of reducing the volume of materials to be disposed of still applies, and a waste compactor can provide a solution which combines cost-effectiveness with waste efficiency.

Unlike balers, compactors do not produce handy ‘bricks’ of waste which can be stacked and stored effectively, but they still provide a means to minimise the space taken up by waste, which means that collection fees can be reduced and any taxes associated with sending refuse to landfill can be kept to a minimum.

There are a number of different types of compactor – some are portable, some static and there are even specialist compactors which are specifically designed to deal with waste of certain types such as compacting carpet offcuts into fuel for concrete kilns and food waste compactors which are designed to be self-cleaning and contain odours.

Hiring a waste compactor can be a great way to start reducing waste and its associated costs without committing to a significant outlay that might be beyond the scope of some smaller businesses.

 

Tips for Waste Disposal

The mantra of ‘Reduce, reuse, recycle’ is one to keep in mind when considering the best way to manage your waste disposal. Looking at the journey of the materials which end up in your bins can help to identify ways in which processes or systems could be adapted to ensure that they are as efficient as they can be. This could mean using sustainable materials, reusing any materials that can be salvaged and producing the smallest amount of waste possible.

Waste that is unavoidable can be managed effectively by sorting and storing recyclables separately, where practical, and by using waste compactors or balers which can reduce the space taken up by waste significantly. By minimising the costs of collection and processing, many businesses and other organisations could benefit from using dedicated waste management machinery to process their refuse.

Recognising that there is no point at which a waste management plan is complete can help businesses to consider waste whenever they consider changing any aspect of the way they work. Putting waste at the heart of planning is the most effective way to ensure that it is managed efficiently.