How to Reduce Business Waste and Save your Business Money
Both environmentally and from a cost perspective, all businesses should strategise around reducing commercial waste. By instituting a waste management plan and partnering with the right provider, meet your legal requirements and influence your business waste disposal costs.
The most astute modern businesses strategise around their expenses to increase their bottom line. With landfill taxes and the cost of waste removal fees on the rise, waste reduction can be a critical saving point for organisations.
Why your business should reduce waste in the first place
Business waste statistics are thought-provoking for business owners. Waste disposal can cost businesses up to 4% of their turnover and a quarter of England’s waste is generated by businesses. That’s a lot of waste! Here are some of the reasons your business should consider reducing its waste:
It will make a difference to the environment – Our collective attitude to waste needs to change for the sake of the environment. Landfill waste contributes to climate change by generating greenhouse gases. Additionally, the greater the need for waste disposal transportation, the higher the emissions just to get your waste to landfill. By changing behaviour and attitudes towards waste, your business will do its bit for the environment.
It could save your business money – Finding the best waste disposal service has the potential to save your business money. Waste management experts are also able to provide invaluable advice on ways to further reduce your waste and handle it optimally.
It could change how your business spends money – Waste management strategies often include ways to reduce waste from its source. This affects how and what you buy and the resources deployed to handle this. This has a direct correlation to your everyday business expenses.
It could make your business money – With a global trend towards green business practices, the more businesses do to become sustainable, the greater the impression created amongst clients and potential clients. A good environmental reputation can influence whether your business is awarded contracts and give you a competitive edge in the marketplace. Over and above this, if your business is generating a lot of waste, this often speaks to systems which could be streamlined. Interrogating your waste could yield some interesting ways to boost profitability.
It will make you compliant – All businesses have a duty to dispose of their waste responsibly. Your waste management strategy will be informed by the legal obligations of your business.
Getting started: reducing your business waste
Find out where your waste comes from To understand the true extent – and cost – of your waste, you need to examine its source. Speak to employees and take the time to understand the waste generated by raw materials and processes within every area of your business. Come up with ideas on how to do things differently.
Eliminate and reduce where possible Once you know the different kinds of waste generated by your business, try and prevent unnecessary waste generation by eliminating them from your processes or reducing them as much as possible.
Opt for reusable items Where items are re-usable – or a re-usable alternative exists – abandon throwaway culture for these more sustainable varieties.
Recycle Recycling should become the norm in businesses of every size. When it comes to running your business, recycle bins may seem trivial, but waste management plans predicated on recycling often results in reduced overall waste management costs. This also has a bearing on landfill taxes and waste disposal gate fees.
The importance of waste management Partnering with experts in the waste field can affect your overall strategy. Your waste management strategy will be unique to your business circumstances and working with a local team of experts can free up pivotal business resources, provide insight, and unlock potential to streamline your business services.
Recycling: your responsibilities
Once you have decided to recycle, it is important to understand the requirements under your legal duty of care.
Waste carrier’s license If you outsource the transportation of your recycling, the company taking your recycling to a recycling facility needs to be in possession of a waste carrier’s license. As a business owner, it is your responsibility to check the certificate of registration and find out the location of the facility and whether it will be recycled properly.
Waste transfer note Recycling collections and drop-offs need to be accompanied by a waste transfer note. This is provided by the business owner and can cover a series of collections.
Electrical waste The Waste Electrical and Electronic Regulations govern the recycling of electrical waste. This governs the quantity and duration of electrical items that can be stored on your premises.
Animal by-products If your business waste includes animal by-products, these need to be stored separately and clearly labelled. You also need to register with the Animal and Plant Health Agency. A commercial note is necessary for transportation of these by-products.
Hazardous materials If your business produces hazardous waste, this comes with its own unique set of requirements. Firstly, your business needs to register as a hazardous waste producer. Secondly, these materials need to be separated, contained, and clearly labelled – with a second container as an added precaution. This may not be mixed with non-hazardous waste and may not remain in storage for longer than 90 days. The main force of the regulation of these types of waste is to protect human and environmental health.
The Smarter Business solution
At Smarter Business, we dispose of almost any type of waste and provide comprehensive waste management plans to businesses of all sizes. Offering the full complement of energy, waste, and business services, Smarter Business provides waste solutions to provide optimal convenience and saving potential to businesses.
Smarter Business partners with your business to offer –
- Business waste removal
- Emergency waste removal
- Commercial recycling
- Dry mixed recycling
- Single stream recycling
The Smarter Business waste specialists are also on hand to assess your business’s waste requirements and offer advice on how to reduce business waste within your enterprise. Their recommendations have the potential to save your business money and streamline operations through seamless waste management processes. This means one less worry for busy business owners.
By partnering with Smarter Business, you are also assured that you are working with a reputable provider aimed at assisting you with your waste compliance. Contact Smarter Business today explore your waste management options and to discuss your waste management plan.