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The Social Responsibility Of Businesses To Manage Their Waste Correctly

Business Waste Solutions
Published: March 21, 2023

In recent years there has been an increasing awareness of the impact that waste has on the environment, and as a result, thankfully many businesses have started to take steps to reduce their waste and adopt more sustainable practices. 

This movement has gained significant traction, and businesses are expected to play their part in helping to reduce waste and to manage their waste streams more responsibly. 

In this blog, we will discuss the importance of business recycling, the benefits of bulk bins, and the social responsibility of businesses to manage their waste correctly. 

The Importance Of Business Recycling 

According to the 2022 National Waste Report, produced by the Australian government, during the years 2020/21, Australia generated an estimated 75.8 million tonnes of waste, with the largest waste categories being building and demolition materials (25.1 million tonnes), organics (14.4 million tonnes), ash (12.0 million tonnes), and hazardous waste (7.4 million tonnes).

It is known that business recycling is an essential component of any national waste management strategy, and that recycling helps to reduce the amount of waste that goes into landfill, along with conserving resources and minimising the environmental impact of waste. 

Businesses have a unique responsibility to reduce their waste and to recycle as much as possible, and by doing so, they can not only reduce their carbon footprint, but also save themselves money in the long term. 

One way that businesses can enhance their recycling is, of course, by providing recycling bins throughout their workplace. It’s an obvious one, we know! But one that many businesses fail to implement. As well as having the bins on site and easily accessible, employees should be trained on what materials can be recycled, and the importance of properly disposing of these materials. 

In addition, businesses can work with waste management companies such as Solo to set up recycling programs that are tailored to their specific needs. These programs can be as simple as collecting paper and cardboard, or as complex as managing multiple waste streams on one site, or across many sites. 

The Benefits Of Bulk Bins In The Workplace

Bulk bins (often referred to as ‘skip bins’) are an excellent option for businesses that generate large quantities of waste. These bins are designed to hold a significant amount of waste, which can reduce the number of times that that waste needs to be collected. Bulk bins can be used to dispose a variety of materials, including paper, cardboard, plastics, and metals. 

Another benefit of bulk bins is that they can help businesses save money. By reducing the number of collections, businesses can reduce their waste management costs, and bulk bins can be more efficient than traditional waste containers, which will help to save time and resources. For example, a bulk bin can hold up to ten times more waste than a standard waste disposal bin, which means that it will take less time to dispose of the waste. 

Bulk bins are also more environmentally friendly than traditional waste bins. This is because they hold more waste, and their size means a reduction of the number of trips that are required to collect and dispose of the waste, which results in fewer emissions from waste collection trucks, which in turn will reduce a business’s carbon footprint.

The Social Responsibility Of Businesses To Manage Their Waste Correctly 

Businesses have a social responsibility to manage their waste correctly. This responsibility goes beyond legal compliance, and it extends to the ethical considerations of minimising the environmental impact of waste, and as such, businesses have a unique opportunity to influence change and promote sustainable practices.

One way that businesses can fulfil their social responsibility is by adopting a circular economy model. This model is based on the principles of reduce, reuse, and recycle. By designing products and utilising packaging that can be reused or recycled, businesses can reduce the environmental impact that they make while engaging in environmentally sustainable practices.

Another way that businesses can fulfil their social responsibility is by working with their suppliers and customers to reduce waste. For example, a business could work with its suppliers to reduce the amount of packaging that is used in the delivery of its goods. Similarly, a business could work with its customers to encourage the proper disposal of products and packaging through recycling initiatives. 

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, recycling and social responsibility are both essential components of any waste management strategy. By adopting some of these practices’ businesses can reduce the environmental impact that they make, save money, and promote sustainability. Businesses must take responsibility for their waste and work towards a more sustainable future, and by doing so, they can help to create a more environmentally friendly world for the present and future generations to enjoy. If you would like Solo to help your business on its journey to adopting a circular economy model, we would love to hear from you. Give us a call on 1300 GO SOLO or head to solo.com.au/contact/   

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