Five steps to cut down on commercial waste

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With people in all industries and sectors becoming increasingly aware of our environmental responsibility, companies are keen to cut down on waste. Customers today are looking into the green credentials of companies to ensure that the firms they buy from are doing their bit.

Making effective changes in the workplace can be simple. Here, we take a look at five tips which can help companies cut down on their commercial waste.

1. Recycle where possible

Whether it’s the paper you use in the office or a piece of large machinery which is beyond repair, recycling is often an option. It can sometimes take a little more time and work to implement recycling possibilities, but it will have a hugely positive impact on your carbon footprint over the course of a year.

2. Proper disposal of waste

When it comes to the construction industry, waste management is a whole different ball game. From recycling to permanent disposal, each material has its proper procedure. It’s worth investing in waste disposal for construction sites to ensure that the waste that you do produce is being dealt with in a responsible manner.

3. Training employees

It’s important to note that the waste your company creates is not only a result of the structures you have in place to deal with waste; equally important is the attitude and awareness displayed by your employees.

If you are able to give your staff the proper training when it comes to waste management, and make them aware that the company is operating as a green company, you’ll see your carbon footprint drop dramatically in a short space of time.

4. Cutting down on paper

Paper is one of the most wasted resources in all industries. Implementing various policies can help to avoid using paper when it isn’t necessary. Favouring digital marketing over print marketing, using hand-dryers rather than paper towels and reducing the need for printing in the office can all help to reduce your paper usage dramatically. When you do use paper, try to use recycled paper and, of course, to recycle it when it’s been used.

5. Know your requirements

When you’re dealing in large quantities, it’s easy to over-buy, but not necessary. Try to invest some time in researching your exact requirements and try not to buy in any more than you need. This will not only reduce waste, but also save you money.

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