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All businesses should strategies to reduce commercial waste

The business has a role to play, making our office eco-friendly by recycling business waste to save our environment. Both…

By Shobha Singh , in Human Resource Management , at September 16, 2020

The business has a role to play, making our office eco-friendly by recycling business waste to save our environment. Both ecologically and from a cost perspective, all businesses should strategies to reduce commercial waste.

 

We live in an uncertain time, with growing inequality and warming planets. Fire, floods, and extreme storms are intensifying and growing more frequent and the growing population is struggling to get fresh air, drinkable water, and quality food.

The Healthcare system has overburdened. Technologies are demanding new skills and placing pressure on the education system. The issue is big and compliance.

The business has a role to play, making our office eco-friendly by recycling business waste to save our environment. Both ecologically and from a cost perspective, all businesses should strategies to reduce commercial waste.

Our cooperative attitude to waste needs to change for the sake of the environment. Landfill waste contributes to climate change by creating greenhouse gases. By changing the approach and attitudes towards waste, the business will contribute a bit to the environment.

Waste management specialists are also able to provide precious advice on ways to reduce waste and handle it optimally.

Waste management strategies regularly include ways to cut waste from the source. This affects how and what we buy, and the resources organized to handle it. This has a direct connection to our day-to-day business expenses.

When the business decided to go green, the first thing which comes to our attention is recycling. More than 80% of corporate waste is biodegradable, but without the right systems in place, it’s easy for many recyclable items to end up in a landfill.

A complete office recycling strategy can help a business send zero to landfills. There are a few tips to reduce business waste and to implement an effective recycling system

·      First, examine the source of waste. Need to talk to employees and make time to understand the waste generated by raw materials and processes within every area of business, and come up with the solution to do things differently. 

·      Once we understand the kind of waste generated by our business. We can prevent generating unnecessary waste by eliminating them from our processes or can be reduced. 

·      Encourage to use of reusable items. We need to provide reusable bottles and cups to the employees. That will cut down the plastics waste.

·      Recycling is a very effective way to manage waste for any size of business. Directly or indirectly it reduces overall waste management costs. 

·      Manage printing and paper consumption. This is the most visible and highest volume of waste products in the office. Awareness is very important for the employees. Generally, we see 45% of papers are getting waste while taking printouts. At least 30%—that’s the average figure of print jobs that end up as waste because they’re never collected. 

·      Instruct employees to take a color printout, only if it’s necessary. The IT team should make sure that all printers and photocopiers are set to the double-sided print option.

·      Expand the recycling system to reduce or reuse. Need to include other items in our waste stream e.g. stationery, toners, cardboard, glass, plastics, fluorescent light bulbs, batteries, CDs, food waste, furniture, and IT equipment, etc. 

·      When we implement new recycling initiatives in the office make sure that the recycling facility is visible to everyone. Implement color-coded bins and labels. Make employees aware of recycling implementation, bins color, and punchy labels. 

·      Recycling bins should be available in each office cubicle and paper recycling bin next to employees’ desks. Once we have a strong recycling system in place, it is so natural that we remove as many general wastes units-in particular, personal bins under each staff member’s desk. 

It is always advisable to engage employees in recycling initiatives

·      The food organics recycling program can be introduced in the office. A caddy set up to collect waste in the office kitchen will avoid compostable waste from ending up in a landfill. 

·      Organize an employee ‘swap day’ for scraps like books, DVDs, and other items that might be laying at home unused.

·      Organize a recycling awareness program every year and Move to a zero-to-landfill system.

·      Even we implement a comprehensive recycling system, still, we will have residual general waste that gets sent to landfill weekly. To disregard this waste, explore the option of sending it to be destroyed. Even though it will be a bit financially expensive, a zero-to-landfill office provides a convincing ecological best practice that can be used to build customer relationships and establish an example for employees. 

Even though we are recycling all our office paper, boxes, plastic bottles, and shrink wrap, then we should move to the next step to reduce the solid waste stream, but some of the waste material will require innovative solutions to divert these wastes from landfills and incinerators. Everything we see—from that box of paper clips to outdated laptops—can be reused or recycled in some form and shape.  These common items are often ignored as office recycling.

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