There are many sustainable ways to dispose of waste whether it be trash or recyclables. Not only are these methods sustainable, but they can also save your business money through a sustainable waste management strategy. The first step in taking on more environmentally friendly practices is to think more in-depth about trash. For example, “trash” is a very broad term. There’s garbage, electronic waste, organic waste, bulk, hazardous waste, and construction waste among others. Each has their own optimal way to be disposed or recycled, but it’s not nearly as daunting of a task as it seems. Besides, many places require businesses to have waste management programs in place.
Starting a waste reduction program should begin with making smarter purchases. Try buying resources for your business that are reusable, or are quite durable. Anything that is likely to last longer before becoming waste helps a lot. Also, it’s a good idea for businesses who use toxic materials to buy less toxic versions of those products (i.e. ink made from vegetables). If you’re a food service establishment, it’s
imperative to ensure you’re fats, oils, and grease are being properly disposed of, and that organic waste is being composted.
As for recycling, remember you can recycle more than just bottles and cans. Paper can and should be recycled. While this is true, your business should
reduce the amount of paper it uses, and reuse paper whenever possible. If something your business is doing can go paperless and move online, that’s a great way to save money and make an environmentally friendly choice. Many recyclables can also be cashed in for rebates, while things like furniture and electronics can be donated if you feel so inclined.
Don’t hesitate to establish a sustainable waste management program at your business. It’ll be good for the environment, and good for your wallet. Remember, this will in fact SAVE YOU MONEY. Sustainable waste management is a win-win for everybody, so be sure to get into the game soon!