Ways of Managing Waste in the Workplace

Waste management has quickly become a major global concern over the last few decades. Many waste disposal sites are filling up quicker than ever before. What’s more, improper disposal of waste is severely threatening the health of the global environment and ecosystem. In a world poised on achieving environmental sustainability, every-day trash from homes, industries, and organizations is sadly proving to be challenging to manage.

According to the most recent metrics by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average American produces nearly six pounds of waste every day. Six pounds may not seem like a lot of trash, but multiply that by a population of more than 300 million, and the total works out to millions of metric tons every year. As a business, you can answer the global sustainability call by managing your wastes using proper methods. Here is what you can do.

Recycle

Audit your workplace’s waste material and separate any recyclable waste from the rest. You’ll probably find that recyclable materials like plastic and paper make up the bulk of the trash. Depending on the nature of your business and the amount of recyclable waste generated, you can have a designated waste bin for recyclable material or take more drastic measures. If the recyclable pile is too huge, get an industrial baler to compress it into small blocks. From there, you can have a recycling service collect and recycle the waste.

Outsource Your Waste Management Services

If you’re having trouble managing the waste on your own, you should consider hiring a waste handling service to take care of your garbage. Look for a credible waste collection and disposal agency near your establishment and work out a waste collection arrangement depending on the amount and type of garbage that your premises generate. Ensure that the collection agency you chose disposes of the garbage in environmentally friendly ways so that your trash doesn’t end up in landfills and dump yards.

Reduce Your Waste

One of the most effective ways of handling your waste is trying to minimize the amount you produce in the first place. Find ways of cutting down on your waste, for instance, by going paperless, reducing packaging, and ditching disposable utensils and water bottles. Also, try and repurpose, reuse, or refurbish certain types of waste, particularly plastics and E-waste.

Many organizations and businesses still need to re-evaluate their approach to waste management. Large and unmanageable piles of hazardous waste are already a big problem in many urban, residential, and industrial areas. Find efficient ways to handle your workplace waste and join in the effort towards a more sustainable future.

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