10 Effective Ways To Reduce Waste at Your Workplace
If you’re not living a “Zero waste lifestyle”, there’s always a chance to improve the amount of waste you create. Key findings of this report tells us, an average Australian produces as much as 1.5 tonnes of wastes each year. That sums up to a staggering 50+ millions of tonnes wastes produced in total every year. A lot of these wastes are avoidable, like the waste created by plastic packaging or food wastes. Still, ABC news lets us know that “Australians throw away food worth $7.8 billion a year”.
Almost $8 billion is a massive amount of money and taking care of those wastes increases the cost even more. Now, steps should be taken regarding the matter, and this report from the NSW government indicates that different waste management initiatives are already proving to be fruitful.
There are several aspects to look into for a greener environment & better waste management system at your facility, be that your home or any other place. This post discusses several techniques that will likely be able to help to reduce the wastes you produce.
Have a decent idea about recycling
No matter how complex or intimidating those recycling symbols might seem, it’s actually quite simple to navigate the recycle system once you’ve done a little research. Different states and provinces have different standards for recycling. So, make sure you know the specific rules eligible for your area. Recycling is an essential step in reducing your wastes.
Audit your facility for waste reports
It all starts with a waste audit. When you set aside a few hours for auditing purpose, you’ll be astonished by the result you find. It simply shows how much of a wasteful habit we carry with us.
After auditing, take some necessary steps. Try to use recycling and composting containers because they are more convenient than landfill-bound containers. Moreover, they have easy to read labels as well. If you create fewer wastes and ensure proper waste management, it’ll save money eventually.
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Compost is a way to move forward
Composting is another way of recycling and it’s quite easy as well. You can start composting with just a single bin and some spare space which can be fed back to your garden later. Excess food or other biodegradable elements do not go to waste, your garden gets an ample supply of nutrient and you have a decent feeling about your impact on the planet. That’s how a win-win situation is defined!
Try to minimise packaging
A vast share of the total waste originated is from plastic products. And is there any other purpose of plastic usage more impactful than packaging?
So, evaluate the amount of plastic you use in your workplace. Try to replace as many as possible with other less harmful materials. If total replacement is not possible, try to minimise the usage as much as possible. For example, instead of using a one-time plastic water bottle, replace them with reusable bottles. Provide a big jar of drinking water and encourage employees to drink from it instead of bringing plastic bottles. Provide as much as you can to the planet.
Try to go full paperless
Achieving zero-waste might be a challenging task, but going paperless is not a tough task like that. In fact, technologies today offers a better and cheaper alternative to the usage of paper. Many companies have seen the lights of profits after going paperless. What’s more astonishing is, some of the newspaper producers are even planning to go paperless by getting rid of their printed version and relying solely on their online versions! If they can go paperless, why can’t you?
Take care of e-waste regularly
E-wastes are a new headache in today’s world. They are not reusable, hazardous, volatile and injurious to our health. As a better waste management system, you can offer a bin dedicated to e-waste. Promote it to the users so that they can use this regularly. Additionally, choose a vendor who takes your waste away and you should take your time to make sure that they are actually recycling those e-wastes.
Rather than dumping, give wasted foods to animals
How ancient or backdated it might sound, rather than throwing away your food wastes, giving it to other animals are a superb way of using the trash you create in a better way. In fact, there is a chance of saving money if you decide to feed your wastes to other animals. Here’s how, there are some services who offer a special type of food waste program. They take away food wastes from restaurants, grocery stores, school districts and other facilities, give these some sort of heat treatments for safety purpose and later feed it to farm animals like pigs.
This process not only manages some food for those animals but also saves money compared to landfill-bound waste hauling.
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Gregg Segal is an experienced photographer from California, USA. Among his other works, one interesting project is titled as 7 Days of Garbage. The models of these photographs were asked to collect and store their rubbish for a week and then attend a photo shoot surrounding by them.
The concept is straightforward. Gregg is hoping that if you could see the amount of wastes you produce and an idea how it would feel if you have to live with them (in fact, you and your trash are having the same habitat, the earth!) hopefully you will change the way you consume and produce less wastes. He says -
“I wanted to call attention to how much garbage we produce and do it in a very straight-forward way - I wanted to go for the jugular.”