The reality of running a business means there is always something to do. So while we all might understand that reducing the amount of waste your business makes economic sense, unless you have a clear and simple strategy for implementing it your chances of success are diminished.
Whether you are just starting on the waste reduction journey or are wanting to ramp it up a great way to start is to complete a Waste Audit.
But what is it? Waste Auditing is a process used to determine the amount and types of waste that are generated by your business. And with this information you can determine how to reduce the amount of waste that your business uses.
Some simple waste reductions strategies to look at could be:
Take a look around your business and evaluate the supply chain of items that become waste. What consumables do you stock? Can you switch to compostable or at least recyclable products?
Do you have the appropriate waste bins (recycling, compost etc) located in your business, placed correctly and labelled clearly. Do you have someone in your business tasked to regularly review the contents to make sure they are being used correctly?
Can you reduce packaging? Reviewing the packaging used in your business and eliminating single-use packaging and containers can make a big difference.
Eliminate bottled water. If you provide bottled water for your staff and customers then why not ditch them in in favour of water filters and glasses.
Compost organic waste. Typically the heaviest portion of the waste stream if you have organic waste in your business effectively dealing can go a long way to reducing your waste footprint. If you can’t do it yourself why not donate your waste to someone who can use it such as a community garden.
Go paperless. Technology offers cheaper and better alternatives to using paper. This could be as simple as having a focus on not pressing print.
Measure it. You can't manage what you don't measure. Weigh your waste, calculate the amount per day or per person per day and then share the results. Celebrate your wins and challenge everyone to reduce and be apart of the solution.