Cost Saving by Molly

5 Ways of Reducing Waste as well as Costs Across your Business

October 2016

As environmental fears intensify and businesses look to reduce their costs, decreasing the amount of waste they produce has become progressively significant. But as a business, how can you effectively decrease the waste you produce? And with the daily running of the business it may be that you don't have the time to allocate to starting a waste management strategy; so we've started it for you.

Tackling your Business' Waste at Source

You may think that this goes without saying. But it's truly amazing at just how many organisations neglect this important step. In order to successfully lower the amount of waste your business produces, it's vital to start at its very source. This is the original material you buy before it actually becomes business waste.

Recycling

Recycling is a notion with which we are now all very familiar. Whenever the debate turns to decreasing waste, it is foreseeable that the process of recycling will be debated. If you're looking to make a major effort to reduce the amount of waste that your business sends to landfill, it is absolutely essential that you should have a comprehensive approach to recycling in place. This can vary from batteries and bricks to wood and building materials, plus:

All paper and cardboard - whether this is in the form of an old newspaper, cardboard boxes, junk mail, paper or any other kind of paper waste, you should be looking to recycle these materials.

Glass - Washing out glass jars and bottles and then recycling them is a key feature of any waste reduction strategy. There are some glass items which cannot be recycled though which include lightbulbs, window panes, glass electrical items and glass ovenware.

Plastics - If you produce a lot of waste plastic, you need to ensure that you are recycling it to reduce your waste output. From empty ice cream tubs to shampoo bottles and detergent bottles, plastic materials can, and should, be recycled.

Metal - Metal is another material which businesses can look to recycle. Foil, food tins, aerosols and metal lids from containers are all examples of metals that you can recycle, with many more examples if you're in the automotive sector.

Food - Food waste accounts for a large proportion of the waste produced by all of us. Certainly, if you run a business such as a restaurant or cafe then recycling food is an absolutely essential step towards any type of waste reduction drive.

Combined together, these recycling steps should help your business vastly reduce the amount of waste it produces. The benefits of doing this are simple and clear: lower costs and less environmental damage. Get your commercial waste collection right and you'll maximise your environmental and recycling performance, as well as show a cost saving.

"Recycling is a notion with which we are now all very familiar. Whenever the debate turns to decreasing waste, it is foreseeable that the process of recycling will be debated."