Proper waste management is no longer a voluntary act – it has already become an obligation for all businesses in the United Kingdom. If you want to do your part as a business, not only for the environment, but also for your business’ well-being and reputation, you need to make sure that you are developing and implementing the proper waste management procedures for your enterprise. Here are some important tips to remember for proper and effective waste management for your business.
KNOW YOUR DUTY
It is important, first of all, for you to understand your duty as a business based on the legal regulations and implications. In order to understand the implications of waste for your business, you should identify what specific or actual legislation directly affects your business. For instance, if you produce what can be classified as hazardous waste, then you need to find out what specific acts you need to do in order to dispose of this waste correctly.
IDENTIFY THE WASTE YOU PRODUCE
You should also have a much clearer idea of the actual waste your enterprise produces. This means knowing not only what type of waste you have – but also how much waste your business produces. Where does the waste come from? How much does it cost to dispose of this waste? For this, you also have to take a look at your company’s history regarding waste and the expenses associated with it so you have a better idea of how waste has been managed in the past – and how to find a solution for it in the future.
MAKE A PLAN
The next thing you can do for better waste management is to make a concrete plan for it. How do you do this? First, you would probably benefit from assigning someone in your organisation to take care of the creation of the plan and its implementation. Someone has to be in charge of waste management in your team, even if they only dedicate a few hours of each week to it. Only then can you come up with a good plan, especially for reducing your business’ waste. You can formulate certain schemes or programmes for waste reduction and management, such as reducing the amount of paper used in the office, making sure recyclable waste is properly stored and separated, and choosing the right waste collection services.
CHOOSE A QUALIFIED PARTNER
As mentioned above, it is important to make sure that you choose the right service when it comes to waste collection. This would also include choosing the right partners for waste recovery and recycling. When selecting your partners, keep your ‘duty of care’ obligations in mind at all times.