Waste Management Tips for Commercial Businesses

Proper waste management for commercial businesses is imperative if the business is interested in saving money and participating in caring and nurturing the environment. The concept of reuse, recycle and recovery is being encouraged among businesses as a good strategy for reducing the amount of wastes generated by the businesses and consequently the amount of wastes that ends up in the landfills.

Whether or not you adopt the 3Rs in your businesses or you use commercial waste bins and the private collection companies to manage the wastes generated in your business, here are a few tips for effective waste management in your business-:

Know the amount of waste generated by the business

The first step towards effective waste management is the determination of the volume and the nature of waste generated by the business. The easiest way to do this is to carry out a visual assessment or consider the commercial waste bins if you have been using them, to give you a rough estimate of the amount of waste generated within a given duration.

Reduce the amount of waste taken to the landfills

After you have determined the volume of waste generated by the business, consider the various ways to reduce the amount of trash that gets to the landfill. Identify available options to-:

Reduce – Is there a possibility to avoid the generation of certain kinds of waste or reduce their production by changing the way certain goods and service are produced?
Reuse – amongst the generated waste, are there possibilities that there may be some local businesses which would be interested in the waste as their materials for their processes?
Recycle – from the generated wastes, are there materials that can be targeted for recycling?
Search for local collectors for recycle materials

Now that you know the amount of waste generated and you already have an idea about the ones to target for recycling and reusing, the next step is to identify the most suitable waste and recycling collectors in your locality. This is also the time to designate commercial waste bins used within business for collecting different wastes targeted for recycling, reusing and those designated for the landfill so that when the collectors come, it becomes easy to for them to sort out the garbage.

Have waste and recycling collection contract

Reliability is very important when it comes to managing commercial waste. You should strive to work with a reliable waste and recycling collection contractor who will honor all the collection dates and times so that you are not left with lots of garbage pilling up within your commercial premises.

One way of increasing the efficiency in the waste management is to have a contract with your preferred company. If you choose to retain your current waste service provider, or the company responsible for collecting your commercial waste bins, you should let them know of your new waste management intentions and evaluate if their services will still be relevant with the new arrangements.

Implement the new waste management plan in the business

 Once all the structures are in place, the next step is to implement the new waste management strategy. Normally, you would be emptying the commercial waste bins into the garbage collection trucks without sorting the waste in any way. But now, not all wastes will be designated for the landfills and since clearly marked commercial waste bins were used for the collection, it would be clear to know which ones will be emptied in the garbage trucks and which ones will be collected for recycling or reusing. Observe how the new waste management system operates vis-à-vis the old system, and make the necessary arrangements so as to make it more efficient.

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