When it comes to hitting green targets, don’t underestimate the importance of effective waste management
Sustainability is an essential requirement for modern businesses, regardless of industry or size. Every organisation has a responsibility to put green practices in place, reducing their carbon footprint and meeting essential guidelines put in place to protect our planet.
And while energy usage is a vital aspect of sustainability in business, so is waste management. Organisations that underestimate the importance of effective waste management will find themselves struggling to meet their green targets in 2023, which is why you should make safe, sustainable and swift waste disposal a priority for your business this year.
Here’s everything you need to know about waste management.
What is waste management?
Waste management is the legal responsibility held by businesses to ensure that they operate with a duty of care when it comes to dealing with, and disposing of, waste. The aim is to make sure businesses aren’t causing significant, long-term harm to the environment with their waste.
Through effective waste management, you can ensure that your organisation is fully compliant with regulations and on track to meet sustainability targets. Waste management covers a vast range of material disposal, including general waste, recycling, glass, food, hazardous waste, clinical waste, PPE waste, and Covid tests.
The essential role of waste management in sustainability
The impact of human interference on the welfare of the environment has become increasingly apparent in recent years, and measures have been put in place to ensure that individuals, governments and businesses are doing their part to protect the planet and act sustainably. This includes waste management.
Dealing with waste responsibly can help to reduce the carbon footprint of your business, minimising contributions to landfills. Through the responsible disposal of recyclables, food waste, hazardous chemicals and more, your business can gain financial and reputational benefits, while also doing what’s necessary in order to protect the environment.
How to master waste management in your business
Measure your waste
The first step to reducing business waste is to know exactly how much waste your organisation is producing. See how quickly your bins become filled, as this with give you an idea of how much waste material you’re producing within a given time frame. This, in turn, will show you how far you’ve got to go to achieve sustainability.
Reduce. Reuse. Recycle
The three Rs of waste management are essential for commercial sustainability. Ask yourself:
- Reduce: can waste be avoided or reduced by altering your business operations?
- Reuse: can other organisations or initiatives make use of the materials you’re throwing away?
- Recycle: is everything that can be recycled being recycled?
Make sure your entire team is on board with your efforts, as you won’t be able to make significant differences if you’re the only one committed to the cause.
Seek out support
Seeking out the help of experts when it comes to waste management can help to remove the hassle and headaches from the process, giving you peace of mind by literally taking the rubbish jobs out of your hands.
Consultiv Utilities can ensure that you are handling your commercial waste in the most sustainable and effective way possible, finding the best deal for your business. We work with you to get to know your organisation and find the waste management solutions that tick all of your boxes.