Steps in Establishing an Effective Waste Reduction and Recycling Program

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Steps in Establishing an Effective Waste Reduction and Recycling Program

26 July 2016
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With an increased awareness of the importance of environmental conservation and proper waste disposal, it is paramount to have in place an effective waste reduction and recycling program in your business. Doing so not only helps the environment, but it can also contribute to lowering the costs of waste disposal. Now, considering the business environment is one that involves many people, both employees and clients, enforcing a sound and efficient waste reduction program requires strategic planning. How do you go about this? Here are a few steps to direct you.

Come up with a plan 

The first stage is coming up with a proper plan of what the waste reduction and recycling program will entail. The following tips can help you formulate a good plan:

•    Study the waste stream and identify the type of waste that is often generated in the business. If it's an office, it could be paper waste. For a manufacturing industry, you could have waste in the form of metal, plastics, wood chips, and textile wastes.

•    Come up with a plan to reduce waste and promote recycling. For example, suggest switching certain materials with others which are recyclable.

•    Involve relevant management and employees in coming up with ideas on how you can reduce the waste generated. The input of other individuals in the business is not only valuable, but it also makes them feel included in the program, and this is essential for implementation purposes.

Lay a foundation

Once the proposal has gained the approval of management and employees, you need to lay a foundation for the program. This involves setting goals and strategies on waste disposal, reduction, and recycling. You should figure out the following at this stage:

•    Determine the particular types of waste that will be recycled. Any waste reduction measures should also be clearly outlined here in detail, for example, switching from paper bags to plastic bags for purchases as the latter can be recycled.

•    Choose a waste collection company. You can pick a waste collection company that offers recycling services as well to reduce the cost of hiring two companies.

•    Design a waste storage system. Do you have waste disposal bins or will you have to hire commercial ones? Choose the ideal bin sizes and types for your waste disposal and recycling needs.

Implement and evaluate the program

The process of implementation involves educating the employees on the strategies agreed. Once the program is up and running, you should monitor it to ensure that its objectives are being met. Proper recycling, significant waste reduction, and reduced costs of waste management are the key indicators of a successful program.

A waste reduction and recycling program can reduce waste management costs and help conserve the environment. Follow these tips to come up with a sound and efficient program for your business.