Eco-Friendly Waste Management Basics for a Small Business
22.01.2019 SUSTAINABILITY & ECO-INNOVATIONS 0.0 0

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Ever since I launched my own small business, I started doing everything I can to minimize the amount of waste my company generates. Why? Well, there are certain waste management regulations your business needs to meet, but I also wanted my company to reduce its carbon footprint as much as possible and help preserve the planet. In case you’re an entrepreneur and you want to do the same, here are several pointers to facilitate your efforts.

 

Create less waste

One of the most important things you need to have in mind is that recycling can do wonders for the environment but it’s not as efficient as reducing waste. By creating less waste, you’ll automatically reduce the impact your business has on the planet. What I decided to do is refill ink cartridges once the ink is spent. Not many people know that the same cartridges can be used about seven times and refilling them means there are a lot less empty ink cartridges in landfills. If your small business prints a lot of documents, I strongly recommend that you do the same.

 

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Opt for the right products

There’s no doubt you buy all kinds of products for your business. This is an ideal situation to make your operations even greener. Some companies use containers that are extremely easy to decompose. By opting for that type of products, you’ll be aiding the cause even more. Another thing you can do is choose your business partners more carefully. This means avoiding collaboration with companies that don’t manage their waste correctly and have a negative impact on the planet. No matter what I’m buying, I always opt for the brand that cares about how long it takes for their containers to decompose.

 

Get the right equipment

In order to manage your company’s waste, you need to make sure you have everything that you need in your arsenal. Firstly, this means you should invest in quality skip bins. Recently, I was looking for skip bins in Hawkesbury and I was able to find a company that offers a range of bin sizes, which was exactly what I needed, given the amount of waste produced by my business. Besides skip bins, you might also want to think about getting a baller, depending on how much you want to invest.

 

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Identify local collectors

The best way to make sure not all the waste your small business produces ends up in a landfill is to connect with local collectors. Take a closer look at the waste produced by your company and try to figure out what type of waste and recycling collection contractors you should turn to. They’ll be able to take the waste from you and ensure it ends up exactly where it’s supposed to be. In order to get in touch with collectors, you might need to check out local government recycling services. I recommend searching by the type of material in your company’s waste.

 

Reduce paper waste

I believe that reducing paper waste is one of the easiest things to do when you are trying to lower your company’s carbon footprint. We live in an age dominated by technology and you can have any document you need stored in your PC. For instance, I only print documents that are absolutely necessary for my small business to keep operating. When it comes to post-it notes, I decided to ditch these little things and replace them with scrap paper. If you take a look around my office, you’ll see notes written on used envelopes all over the place.

 

Managing your company’s waste is an important part of running a business. If you fail to do it, not only will your brand receive bad publicity but you’ll also be having a negative impact on the environment. Start by doing all the things I mentioned above and you’ll have nothing to worry about.

Guest post by Lillian Connors

 

 

About the Author

Lillian Connors can’t resist the urge to embark on a myriad of green living/home improvement projects and spread the word about them. She cherishes the notion that sustainable housing and gardening will not only make us far less dependent on others regarding the dwellings we inhabit, but also contribute to our planet being a better place to live on. You can check her out on Twitter and LinkedIn.

 

 

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