How to improve your Waste Management Plan: The Guide
Today, the importance of how you manage and dispose of your waste is greater than ever. The effect waste has on the environment has become well known. Because of this, a company’s waste management can very easily be the source of bad publicity, and one that businesses are very conscious to improve. However, making a good waste plan for your business isn’t rocket science. With this guide, you can learn what you need to change to turn your waste management plan into a good one.
What makes for poor waste management?
There are a few small things to look out for while deciding on how you store your waste and where it goes, and a lot of them are common sense.
Firstly, the public appearance of it is highly important. If your company is putting bags of rubbish outside on the street, your business will appear unhygienic and overall quite poor. This is something you definitely want to avoid, so we recommend finding a safe, secure and most importantly, not instantly noticeable place to store your waste.
Next is the overall health risk it provides. If waste is left in one spot for a significant amount of time, it will be bad for human health. Not only will the smell be too strong and disgusting for most people to tolerate, but it will attract pests like flies, ants and other insects that can contaminate many areas of the workplace.
It isn’t only the health of humans that is put at risk. Leaving litter out means there’s a chance that animals like seagulls can try to eat the contents of bin bags, or that pets can start digging in the waste, which could potentially be harmful.
With that in mind, it’s important to keep the waste not only contained away from the direct area of work, but also in a place where animals can’t get in. Scavenging animals can be a problem for everybody involved.
One of the less common but definitely more potentially detrimental hazards to consider is the risk of fire. If you deal in a line of business that requires the use of any flammable products, this should definitely not be an afterthought. Wood, paper and certain chemicals are all major risks here. Where you contain the waste can be a factor in this. For example, a building with a clear window in the sunlight isn’t something that’s often thought of, but could easily be the cause of a skip fire depending on the contents of the waste.
That said, keeping the waste in an area away from contact with the sun, as well as making sure to dispose of recyclable flammable waste are highly recommended options.
The biggest reason behind the massive recent focus on waste is the effect it has on the environment. This is where your company can gain respect for helping the planet, or can receive scrutiny online for being part of the problem. Disposing materials that could be recycled is a huge mistake a lot of companies make, and it should be avoided whenever possible. Make sure to do some research into how you can dispose of your business’s main type of waste, and sort said waste into recyclables and non-recyclables. Neglecting this can provide more negative effects to your area, including blocked drainage and unhygienic drinking water, as well as increasing the amount of greenhouse gases in the world.
How to improve your waste plan?
Think about what your waste is
Like we said before, definitely make sure to do some research on what can be recycled and what can’t. A lot of really established and organised companies are still behind on this, and making sure you’re clued up on it is a very big plus for your business.
Think outside the bin
You may also want to use your free space to the fullest to reduce waste. For example, you may want to create a compost pile in what spare space your premises have to easily find use for wet and food waste for easier disposal and fertiliser respectively.
Keep track of your goals
Your waste management company can provide you with detailed reports on a multitude of things, including how much your waste weighed, how much of it was recycled and more. Savvy businesses can use this to monitor how they’re improving, and can post about their progress in blogs or on social media. This brings about a positive environment and creates huge good publicity.
Get the right package and bin
If you’re only filling up your bin once a week, there’s no point in having deliveries more frequent than that. Making sure you have the right bin size, and the right amount of collections can save you a fortune. Side note, you should make sure the bags are tied tightly and organised in a manner that will be convenient for those collecting them, just to be nice.
Teach your staff
Recycling can’t be maintained by one knowledgeable employee. Research the best recycling practices, or even contact your waste provider and ask for any material that can help. Keeping signs at your place of work reminding employees or customers to think about where they’re putting their waste can improve the numbers we talked about before hugely.
Keep a timetable
Making sure you’re always ready for a collection goes without saying, but human error can easily sneak in and stop your routine in it’s tracks. A missed collection this week means a collection with twice the weight next week, so we’d recommend keeping a note of when your provider visits.
With good management of your waste, you can save time, money and energy, while building a reputation as an environmentally conscious business and really helping the planet. It’s a win-win for everyone involved and all it takes is a little thought. Hopefully this is a good start.
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