There is an unspoken stigma implying that green initiatives are a money pit. Corporations who try to help to create sustainable initiatives are seen to be doing a community service, rather than fulfilling their basic obligations. Much of that stigma is dated and the companies who do engage in sustainable waste management and corporate recycling are actually saving their business money while simultaneously acting in an ethical and sustainable way.
Here are five easily identifiable waste management rules that could save your business money.
1. Avoid Waste
Avoiding waste is the preferable method for most businesses as it has the greatest opportunity for material savings. Potential waste areas include product design, packaging, and even considering the materials used in your garden. Many businesses have already made the transition to reusable materials and mulched areas instead of lawn. The essence of avoiding waste is to see where waste exists and then to eliminate the source of the issue.
Think outside the square on this. Does your business purchase energy efficient materials in your office space design? Do you regularly check for dripping taps? What kind of cleaning agents do your cleaners use? Rather than completely removing the cause of the waste, you might be able to make simple changes that increase the longevity and health of your resources. Many companies have reported dramatic savings in paper costs when they have simply switched to double-sided printing.
Rather than having those Styrofoam cups lying around the kitchen, encourage staff to bring in ceramic mugs. Encourage your suppliers to issue reusable cartons rather than cardboard boxes that always end up in a timely effort to shove in the recycle bins. If you are regularly throwing away masses of one thing, you could consider partnerships with local businesses that might be able to use your waste.
Recycling includes composting. If you have a garden space, this means a thriving, lower-cost garden. Local councils may be aware of whether particular and unique business items can be recycled. Some items may even have direct opportunities for cash return. Business recycling doesn’t have to be costly; in fact, many local councils will be happy to help local business with waste management initiatives.
Having separate wheelie bins will encourage staff to participate in reducing business waste in a way that is both convenient and easy, such as plastic recycling. Skip bins are available for large items for effective garbage removal.
Waste collections can be an integral part of reducing the cost of waste management in your organisation. T2 Environmental is a family-owned Australian business that offers waste consultancy services. We can help you identify and manage business waste.
It is our aim to help businesses reduce costs while reducing waste. We believe in exceptional service, partnerships and open dialogue for the successful reduction of landfill.
We have national reach and average 30% savings on business waste collection costs in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Call T2 Environmental on 1300 578 707 to speak to the fastest growing waste management company in Australia about how we can help you to save money and improve your environmental performance.