Reduce / Reuse / Recycle has become a slogan for most businesses. This mantra highlights the increased impact of waste on the global environment. Some estimates suggest that the world’s trash pile will grow by 70% by the year 2050, and every aspect of how we manage our waste comes under increased scrutiny.
From our habits at home to the trash generation of the largest of multinational corporations, the advantages of efficient waste management are becoming much more apparent.
Today, even the most localized business is trying to discover the far-reaching consequences for their day-to-day operations, and one of the most innocent of commercial practices take on new significance. Grocery bags, cotton swabs, plastic straws are now singled out as particularly destructive despite their ubiquity in the world.
Benefits of proactively addressing waste plans
Many commercial buildings like restaurants, hotels, stores, schools, office buildings, or other institutional buildings can generate significant waste and materials.
Until recently, you may not have paid much attention to the waste your organization produces. Most organizations are content to establish a system to remove the trash. However, a good amount of attention is paid to waste management, and pro-active organizations are seeing the benefits of establishing a formal waste reduction program. Below are some benefits:
Recycle and reuse conserves natural resources that include water, metals, and trees.
Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
Recycling and waste prevention offer significant potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Energy, water, and managing waste more efficiently are core components of sustainability. If you improve the sustainability of your business, you can boost corporate image, positively engage employees, and better satisfy customers.
Share Information & Streamline Reporting
Tracking waste management activities and using a standard set of metrics helps to make it easier to share and report information with stakeholders.
Knowledge is essential
With a complete understanding of the types and amount of wastes your organization produces, management is better positioned to negotiate for recycling and waste services that fit a company’s needs and maximizes efficiency.
An increase in recycling can help to cut improve the bottom line and cut disposal costs.
Advantages of the waste management plan for business
Most businesses need to dispose of waste regularly. From manufacturing to construction industries, any business can accumulate a lot of waste, and this is why it is essential to create a waste management plan. The plan can help your company run more efficiently, remain ethical, save money, avoid penalties and get your team to work together for a common goal.
Here are few advantages to have a waste management plan.
Improvement in operational efficiency
For any business, the improvement of operational efficiency is one of the core concerns. However, one of the often overlooked yet crucial aspects of this concept is how you deal with your trash. If you streamline the waste management process, it allows you to unlock a vast range of benefits that helps to improve the day-to-day running of your business and stay one step ahead of the competition.
Sorting and recycling your waste in the right way means less waste goes to the landfill, which in turn helps to reduce the cost of removal. In addition, reusing relevant materials brings benefits and allows you to stretch your budget a little further. Finally, after creating actionable plans to reduce the amount of waste you generate actively and being sure that you are using appropriate and affordable waste haulers and processors, your staff will be freed up to spend their time on money-generating tasks instead of waste planning and handling.
A rise in the world’s waste problems as well as awareness of the issue (especially as it impacts the environment), has caused local, state, and federal governments to respond. Regulation around the business waste is becoming increasingly stringent. The recent rise in US states that ban plastic straws highlights how quickly both attitudes and policy can change and impact businesses.
If you fail to meet key standards, it may mean fines or even removing critical licenses required to operate. Additionally, these regulations are projected to increase over the coming years, particularly as governments have a bigger say in how society manages waste. Get prepared now!
Source new revenue streams
Waste management provides the business owners another revenue stream to explore. Waste materials are slowly proving to be one of the valuable resources within themselves. For example, with the explosion of textile and innovative materials based on organic matter, companies are actively searching for reliable sources of waste to use as raw materials.
The raw materials for manufacturers are useful to make new products or they can be sold off to other businesses who might have a use for them. Either way, the proper collection, distribution, and storage of these materials is the key to successful waste management.
Improve brand image
Brand image is perhaps one of the less tangible benefits of waste management, but it is nonetheless valuable. More highly satisfied customers and higher approval ratings are always good for business. Although it’s easier for more prominent brands that regularly command front-page headlines to benefit from a boosted brand image, even the smallest businesses can see a difference.
Additionally, a simple commitment to sustainability and eco-principles can be effective, essentially aligning your business with more ethical practices and offering greater transparency to your customer base.
Boosts employee morale
It is not only the customers’ concern with how a business manages waste, but it is also a concern for employees. Increasing staff responsibility and awareness towards eco issues provides a welcome morale boost. It helps ensure that everyone is working towards a greener future for the environment and a healthier and cleaner workplace.
It is given that if your staff recognizes a commitment to improving both the global and local environment, they too will take greater pride in their workplace and your business. Additionally, as the world moves towards greater sustainability, environmentally conscious employees will become the standard, and your business can wear its eco-friendly status on its sleeve.
How CWE works for waste management
Clean Water Environmental is RCRA-permitted and operates under Waste Analysis and Acceptance Plan (WAP) procedures. Hazardous waste procedures heavily influence our Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) at both our Dayton and Mansfield facilities.
At CWE, we treat all aspects of our receiving, permitted or not, the same way we treat the most complex materials. Contact us for all your industrial waste management needs.