Manage your Waste more Efficiently


Waste for many businesses and schools is a forgotten area in which they can save money and in turn increase their standard of waste management, in terms of recycling and reducing the amount of waste that is produced. This will result in a larger awareness of the benefits of having a better-structured waste system where you can ultimately save around 20% on your waste management spending.

Here are a few tips on how to manage your waste more efficiently;

  • Check whether your bins are full by collection day, if not then you can save money by having less frequent collection dates or fewer bins.
  • Keep track of what materials you throw away most of, for example, paper or more specialist waste such as medical equipment.
  • You need to ensure staff are clear on which materials can and can’t be recycled, so you do not contaminate your recycling.
  • By flattening more bulky items you throw away will make the most efficient use of the bin space.

In addition, creating a more effective waste plan for your business can boost your savings, especially now we are in an age where a business’s environmental impacts can affect consumer habits. The typical consumer has split, due to an increasing awareness of the damage we inflict on the world, into consumers who refuse to buy products that aren’t Fairtrade, or were animal tested, or are created by companies that neglect the need to recycle their waste.

Here are 5 steps to make your waste management more effective;

  1. Measure your businesses’ waste output – by checking how full your bins are before collection, you will be able to estimate how much waste your business produces.
  2. Reduce waste going to landfill – Reduce the amount of waste being thrown away, reuse materials that can be cleaned rather than sent to landfill and finally recycle!
  3. Identify your business’ recyclable materials – by knowing how much waste is produced you can separate the materials that can be diverted from landfill.
  4. Ensure you understand your waste contract – you need to consider the impact your waste or recycling contract arrangements are going to have on your ability to recycle.
  5. Implement material collection systems – if you have separate paper or cardboard collection services, then paper and cardboard will need to be separated from other recyclable materials. This requires clear communication and signage to be available to staff and cleaners.

These tips are designed to help you become more efficient in an area of spending you wouldn’t normally concentrate on. Take a look at Sustainable Advantage’s Education White Paper which elaborates on the importance of waste management.