BUSINESSES are becoming more and more aware of their impact on the environment and are assessing how they can improve their environmental performance. In addition, the increasing cost of landfill has led to companies examining how they can reduce this cost and increase the value they can receive from waste.
Usually the first step to determining how much recyclable waste you generate as a business is to carry out an audit of all your waste arising. This will help you decide if you can reduce the waste you produce or if recycling is a better option.
Here are some ideas to assess how you can increase your company’s recycling levels.
Most businesses generate office waste.
You can help improve your recycling levels by recycling all office supplies from paper to ink cartridges and even computers.
You can also look at recycling on-site drinks containers from vending machines.
Packaging used in your business
Some businesses can improve their environmental performance by recycling waste which is accumulated as part of the goods in process, either for own use or for re-sale. This would typically be cardboard boxes, shrink wrap or pallets.
An audit of how you transport goods between sites and to customers may also reveal recycling and waste reduction opportunities. For example, you may be able to substitute one-way packaging with reusable packaging such as tote boxes and wooden pallets if it does not sacrifice product safety or transportation requirements. You may also be able to minimise the use of packaging in your business by buying in bulk or in large, reusable containers.
Many businesses are now looking at sourcing stationery or packaging which contains an element of recycled material.
This is important as it ensures there is a market for waste, and it also helps to create new collection and recycling facilities.
Many office suppliers now have a selection of recycled products.