WASTE LESS...BE EFFICIENT
Waste equals cost in any business and reducing, re-using or eliminating what you currently throw away will bring financial returns.
Research shows that the waste generated by a business is typically 4% of its turnover. You can begin to eliminate this unnecessary cost with simple measures to reduce waste in your operation.
Here’s a simple framework to start your waste management programme today:
Understand your waste
First identify the waste your business generates, how much, what type and where it goes. Try completing this table with your own data:
Build a management plan
Look at each of these and think about how you can reduce, re-use or recycle each one. Try focusing on the biggest categories first, then work your way through the list. Involve your team in this process and invite everyone to give their ideas on how to reduce, re-use and recycle waste around the operation.
Develop your original table with brief actions on how to Reduce, Re-use or Recycle each one:
The environmental benefits
Becoming a zero-waste, circular economy business is a major step towards eliminating carbon emissions altogether. Even using recycled materials instead of new can eliminate much of the energy in production; for example recycled aluminium uses up to 95% of energy less than new aluminium.
Links and resources
Recycling advice: WRAP http://www.wrap.org.uk/content/how-recycle-work
Advice on going zero waste to landfill, employee and customer engagement, plastics: Oxford-based environmental consultancy Empathy Sustainability. Contact Jake Backus firstname.lastname@example.org 07747006544 www.empathysustainability.com
Commercial waste collection and recycling:
Oxford Direct Services: https://www.oxforddirectservices.co.uk/services/commercial-recycling-waste-management-services
Contact Emma Harsant, Service Development Officer, Oxford Direct Services on 01865 529647, mobile 07483 011363, email Emma.Harsant@oxfordds.co.uk
Waste to energy facilitiesArdley ERF: https://viridor.co.uk/our-operations/energy/energy-recovery-facilities/ardley-erf/
The Circular economy: https://www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org/circular-economy