How to Manage Waste Effectively for your Business

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In today’s world of ethical business, an appropriate waste management system is crucial. Every day your business produces loads of garbage. An ethical business takes proper waste management steps. An appropriate waste management system can help you

  • Boost your business reputation
  • Maintain a safe workplace for employees and customers
  • Meet legal requirements
  • Save cost reusing valuable resources

Sustainable waste management requires businesses across the country to make greener decisions. These decisions might concern the type of paper used by industry and how it is disposed of, electricity and essential everyday supplies that a business needs. When it comes to managing waste, causing less harm to the environment is what matters.

Here are different types of waste management your business should consider:

Hazardous Waste

All waste streams are different. So is the way they’re handled. With common hazardous waste and “hard to dispose of” items, a more specialized approach is necessary. Due to safety concerns, not all items can be collected with your normal trash pickup and hazardous materials, if not properly disposed of, may have an adverse impact on the environment.

Hazardous waste includes but is not limited to automotive products, batteries, electronics, fluorescent light bulbs, paint products and garden chemicals. 

Most municipalities have drop-off locations for hazardous waste at Community Recycling Centres. These locations handle the waste properly so that it can be recycled or disposed of safely.

Chemical Waste

Generated by factories, processing plants, processing centres and warehouses, these wastes are harmful and mostly composed of dangerous chemicals and chemical residues.

You need to segregate chemical wastes on-site and then contact specialists in this field who will help ensure that your waste is removed following health, safety and legal requirements.

Solid Waste 

Solid wastes are usually the most common across all industries. It includes paper, plastics, packaging materials, cardboard, wood and scrap metal.

 Recycling can be a cost-effective and environmental friendly solution for you. Your best bet is taking the solid garbage to a recycling centre or contacting a waste management service to get a professional hand on the job.

Electronic Waste

E-waste are electronic products nearing the end of their “useful life.” Computers, televisions, smartphones, stereos, and printers are common electronic products. Many of these products can be reused, refurbished, or recycled.

Many electronic components contain hazardous elements and chemicals that may cause significant harm if not scrapped properly. 

How to handle e-waste:

  • Reduce your generation of e-waste through smart procurement and good maintenance.
  • Reuse still functioning electronic equipment by donating or selling it to someone who can still use it.
  • Recycle those products that cannot be repaired. 

Organic Waste

Organic waste, or biodegradable waste, is a natural refuse type that comes from plants or animals. It comes in many forms – biodegradable plastics, food waste, green waste, paper, manure, human waste, sewage, and more.

Luckily, all organic waste can be composted. With time, all organic refuse will decompose. Composting is the controlled, accelerated process of recycling those decomposed organic materials into a nutrient-rich soil.

Waste management is all about trying to minimise the amount of waste your business produces while taking care of already existing waste in a sustainable way. To learn more about waste management, contact Mr. Waste today.

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