Proper waste disposal involves both practical and legal considerations. Your business will need to make waste disposal as easy and efficient as possible both so that your employees follow proper waste disposal procedures and so that your business remains in compliance with all relevant regulations. However, beyond the legal considerations, your business should find additional modifications that it can make to waste disposal processes to eliminate waste ethically.
Audit the Type of Waste Your Business Produces
The first step in ethically disposing of your waste is to perform an audit of the types of waste that your business generates. An employee can spend a few days reviewing business processes simply to see what waste products are created and can also review invoices from waste disposal services. There are also professional services that will analyze business waste for your company.
Dispose Of Waste Legally
Waste must always be disposed of legally. There are dumping laws that prohibit the disposal of large quantities of waste along the side of the road, for example. Some companies, like Ware Disposal, know that besides violating laws, improper waste disposal will reflect poorly on your business. Staff members need to be educated on the legal methods by which waste can be disposed of, such as by using a dumpster.
Reduce Amount of Waste
One of the most ethical ways for a business to reduce waste is to reduce the amount of waste that is produced in the first place. Business processes should be analyzed to determine where waste can be reduced.
One way to reduce waste is to use materials that can be reused rather than relying on disposable materials. This will require that methods of washing and sanitizing products be implemented. Reuse printed documents rather than disposing of documents and printing them on a later date.
Hire a Recycling Service
For the trash that is generated, recycling is the most ethical way to dispose of it. Recycling is often seen as being expensive, but this does not have to be the case. Contact a local recycling service to find out what types of materials they will accept and what form these materials need to be in.
It may be difficult to find more ethical methods of waste disposal initially since your business may feel set in its ways. But eventually, you will begin to notice waste disposal methods that have slipped right past you.