By Jan Gamm
A responsible attitude toward waste disposal, both for private homes and businesses, involves a change in approach to waste. Waste management policies need to address the problem of careful disposal of items that cannot be recycled; clever recycling methods that limit the amount of plastics and metals entering landfill sites and teaching the next generation recycling skills to ensure sensible waste disposal is an ongoing process.
The process might begin to reducing the amount of recycling material entering your home or business by educated purchasing. Buying recycled products for packaging is more eco friendly than paying a large amount of money for plastic sleeves and laminated casings, for obvious reasons.
Install a water filter system in your home and in your office or other business premises so that there is no requirement for plastic bottles of water requiring disposal. If you own a business, adopt a recycling policy and implement it consistently.
Pointless use of paper within a business is still an ongoing problem. For official documentation and certificates there is a requirement to store a paper copy but many businesses still persist in keeping hard copies of information that could easily be stored electronically. The computer is already in use, so you may as well use it to capacity and limit the paper trail. If you do still have paper waste; recycle it responsibly.
When adopting a recycling policy within a small business, take the attitude that everyone is equally responsible for recycling their own waste in appropriate bins. Putting one or two people in charge of the green policy will probably result in having to employ someone specifically for purpose and defeat the object of economical recycling.
Businesses that do not have a recycling policy might be advised to consult a professional waste management company for advice on how to effectively re-use materials in product manufacturing or even sell cut offs and waste materials to other companies to implement an effective cost reduction program.
For larger businesses with a significant waste problem, a professional waste management company can advise on how to limit the amount of space required for waste storage and how to control a recycling policy. Companies adopting a green policy are more likely to win lucrative government funded contracts and the policy of awarding contracts to greener companies is likely to accelerate over the next twenty years.
Putting the planet first can be a profitable business ethic and one that requires a surprisingly low outlay. Reduce, re-use and recycle is the new catch phrase and forward thinking businesses are adopting greener and more eco friendly systems of waste disposal, both to win contracts and keep production costs to a bare minimum.
When considering an overhaul of your company's waste disposal systems, it is always a good idea to contact a professional waste disposal company to recommend the most efficient waste disposal program for your industry and implement an efficient and regular waste removal service.
The article on Reduce, Re-use and Recycle: Waste Management at its Best is part of Waste 1 Disposal Services Inc's continuing series of articles on waste disposal and recycling.
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