How to Reduce Business Waste

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Waste is a strong focus area for modern businesses. Many contractors, particularly large corporates and the public sector, will only do business with providers who have an environmental management system (EMS) in place, which defines a plan for dealing with business waste. Additionally, companies which manage business waste and can demonstrate their green credentials often gain a reputational advantage in the market place, as an increasing number of customers elect to buy from responsible businesses.
Of course, a reduction in business waste also has favourable cost implications, as well as supporting the green agenda. Less waste thrown away means less resources – and money – wasted, which is good news for every business’s bottom line, especially in these challenging times.

How Can I Reduce Business Waste?

Firstly, get the right people in the business involved. You need support at board level and operational level and an enthusiastic task team can be vital in helping to shape the recycling agenda and ensure its successful implementation. Also involve the various expert bodies that are there to help businesses with their green strategies. Many of these are publicly funded or accessible via grants and subsidies, offering businesses the chance to become accredited in areas such as carbon management or effective environmental systems management and practices. The local council, your Chamber of Commerce, WRAP, Business Link and the government’s websites are all good starting places to find expert help.

Practical Areas of Focus
Once you start looking at areas where you can reduce business waste by re-using, reducing or recycling, you’ll find vast opportunities for improvement and this can boost staff morale as everyone gets on board to make a positive change. Look at practical measures such as using recycling bins within the office, ensure that you’re using recyclable flooring, building materials and packaging within your facilities and operations functions and consider implementing a process whereby new materials should be made of recycled origin where possible.
Recyclable Flooring
A recyclable floor such as Ecotile will offer you all the benefits of a heavy-duty, hard-wearing floor system for commercial use. It’s environmentally sound while meeting all the safety and functionality requirements and it’s cost-effective too. Ecotile also looks good, has natural durability, insulation, anti-slip properties and looks smart and modern. This also provides a way to reduce business waste.
Incentives
Whichever waste-reduction methods you choose, it’s always important to fully involve staff in the activities and ensure buy-in, which can be done with effective company communications and incentive schemes to encourage green behaviour and adoption of new policies. Don’t forget to share your positive news with your customers and wider stakeholders too.
About the Author: Sophie works alongside Ecotile industrial flooring and works hard to minimise the waste created in the office by recycling as much as possible and encouraging others to do the same.

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