Every company that produces waste needs to have a full waste management plan in place, that deals with the collection, the salvage, recycling, and the disposal of all forms of waste. It can also incorporate additional factors, such as the cleaning of tanks and other items on site, and it can be used to help meet government regulations, to identify areas for potential cost saving and waste minimisation, and it can also help to minimise and eliminate any potential hazards that could arise if waste is not disposed of properly.
All businesses produce some waste. Even offices, which typically have the lowest rates of waste, have general waste, kitchen and break room waste, and may also have recycling waste such as paper recycling. Items like printers, printer cartridges, and computers and accessories also need to appropriately disposed of when they reach the end of their natural life. Without a waste management plan, it is possible that all of these items will be left to be taken to general landfill while some items, such as printer cartridges, should not be disposed of in this way.
Recycling can be collected on-site. Offer recycling containers and use recycling bins outside the building. Collect all of the recycling, and have regular collections. Some businesses will have seasonal peaks and troughs of when recycling will need to be collected, while others will have a constant flow. Consider your peak times and, if you produce or manufacture different products at different times, consider the fact that you may have different requirements according to the cycle that you are currently in.
You should keep track of your waste production and waste requirements. Not only does this enable you to better manage your waste collection and recycling requirements, but it also means that you can identify the processes that are producing the most waste. In a lot of cases, waste means loss, so if you can identify where the waste is coming from, or when it is being produced, this gives you the opportunity to be able to make cost savings for your business.
Manufacturing plants and industrial units have very specific waste management requirements. Waste might be produced as a by-product of the manufacturing process, and the waste may not be avoidable. In such cases, it is vital that your business ensures it is disposing of the waste properly, otherwise you could face substantial fines and penalties, especially if the waste products contaminate the local environment. Businesses have found themselves faced with hefty fines, and there is the very real possibility of closure if the waste from your facility is proven to have contaminated the local water or ground.
Waste management is just one element of running a business, but no matter how complex or simple your waste and recycling needs are, it is one element that needs careful management. Ensure that you collect all waste appropriately, send any materials off for recycling that can be recycled, and that you follow regulations and rules regarding the disposal of potentially harmful toxins and chemicals.
Oates Environmental offers a full waste management service, including the collection and disposal or recycling and general waste. They also offer tank cleaning and other waste management resources for businesses of any size.