We all know that recycling is better than sending waste to landfill, reusing is better than recycling and so on up the hierarchy of waste, but how practical is it for companies to aim for a zero waste to landfill goal?
The concept of zero waste has been a hot topic for years now and in 2012 the UK hosted the first ever zero waste Olympic and Paralympic Games. As well as the obvious sporting legacies of the Games, their success in the zero waste goal has spurred other event hosts and planners to strive for the same, where currently just 15% of total waste is estimated to be recycled. Whether you are an event planning company or a factory, you can work towards a zero waste to landfill goal, here are our top tips to help you on your way:
- Undertake a waste audit. 707 Resource Management can arrange and carry one out for you and the results will be collated to see where improvements can be made.
- Give unwanted equipment to charity. The likes of Computers for Charities will take unwanted equipment and work with partners to refurbish them and send them to those who need support with ICT.
- Set up a committee. It doesn’t have to be a case of a few people having sole responsibility or acting as workplace hall monitors, but a group of staff members who are passionate about being eco-friendly can help to create ideas and encourage good habits in others.
- Provide reusable items. Plastic cups from water dispensers often end up being thrown away so why not give each member of staff a good-quality water bottle that they can fill up each time? Have a stock of mugs in the staff room for people to have their coffees in, instead of polystyrene ones.
- Set challenges. Team-building days can be a fantastic motivator, bringing out everyone’s inner competitive spirit! Which team can recycle the most in a month? Who can create the best upcycled item? Every little helps!
These are just a few really simple steps that you can take to help your business work towards sending zero waste to landfill. Need more inspiration? Call 707 Resource Management today to see how we can help you make your waste management systems and collection services more efficient and more economical.