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Five ways to reduce business waste

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Published: March 30, 2020

Whether you are looking to save space in your bins or mitigate the environmental impact of your business, it is always a good idea to try to reduce the amount of waste products which you create. At Solo Resource Recovery, we are the experts in waste management, with decades of experience in the field and a nationwide presence. We can assist you with the waste management needs of your business, and devise ways to make your waste disposal strategies more efficient. In the meantime, here are some easy techniques and tips you can use to reduce the amount of waste your business produces.

Firstly, consider disposing of your green waste through composting or through organic waste collection. This applies most to businesses in the hospitality industry, in which much food waste is generated, as well as to florists and plant nurseries. Rather than put organic waste in the bin to go to landfill, you can use these offcuts as valuable sources of nutrients for plant and animal life. If you have space onsite for composting, this can be a great solution. Otherwise, at Solo Resource Recovery we are able to provide you with green waste bins and perform regular green waste collection.

A second great tip is to reduce your reliance on paper. This can generate fantastic waste savings in an office environment, but even in other types of businesses, you are likely generating a large amount of paper waste. This can be easily supplanted by the use of online data management. This can be more efficient as well as saving paper from being destroyed.

Thirdly, you can still reduce paper use even when it is absolutely necessary by setting double-sided printing as the default in your office or business. Most people will use the default settings, so this is a passive way of reducing paper waste with no impact on how your business runs. Of course, any office should have a recycling bin for paper and cardboard waste. If you do not yet have this set up, give us a call at Solo Resource Recovery and we will be able to organise this for you along with a regular collection schedule.

Another great tip is to remove single-use plasticware out of your premises. Even if this only applies to a staff kitchenette, it can still result in a substantial reduction of rubbish created daily. Having a few cups, plates, and cutlery on hand greatly mitigates the waste created by the staffing needs of your business.

Finally, ask any suppliers if they can send their goods in less or no packaging. Plastic packaging is one of the main culprits of waste creation in many businesses. These days, it is fairly common for suppliers to offer more environmentally friendly packaging options – but you would usually have to ask. Even if they say no for now, this at least communicates to them that the demand is there and may encourage them to look into packaging reductions in future.

To find out more about Solo Resource Recovery and how we can assist you with your business waste needs, simply get in touch with us. We are available by phone on 1300 46 76 56 or via our website. We look forward to working with you on mitigating and effectively disposing of your business waste.

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