A transition is beginning to happen with an awareness of businesses needing to be more socially responsible. There's also an increase in demand from consumers wanting more sustainable resources, and companies are starting to listen.
The understanding that more attention needs to be paid to the long-term benefits of sustainability to cut back on waste has never been more apparent. Companies must start to explore alternative options and find new ways to deal with the level of garbage that they are producing.
This challenge includes finding a way to prevent waste from being sent to a landfill, which perpetuates the cycle of greenhouse gas production. Some companies have programs that do not allow any refuge to go to a landfill. These companies also utilize the waste by recycling, compost, and incinerating for power, thus creating a no-waste option.
It is possible, and here are several ways your company can work to achieve zero-landfill status.
Making It Count
The first step you can take is to have an understanding of how much your company is producing. This means taking the time to measure the weight and volume of the materials (metals, plastic, paper, etc.) that your company is creating to help understand where changes need to be made for environmental sustainability.
This may mean that you need to investigate if you have enough recycling bins. You will also want to consider if they are positioned to encourage individuals to take the time to use them. The primary concern is understanding how your business is generating based, and a detailed analysis will help shine a light on this.
Next Step: Sustainable Waste Solutions
Depending on how large the company is, you may want to designate a team to start looking further into your situation. This can help outline and identify any goals you may want to reach and help apply a plan for waste solutions.
This form of commitment in medium and large settings can help enhance communication and support streamlining what processes and initiatives you need to implement.
After you assess what your company is using, you can begin to process what areas can be eliminated and educate your employees on different strategies that can be composted, reused, or recycled. The most important aspect is you identify items that have been going into the garbage bins that can be transferred to an alternative method.
Other simple steps, such as turning off lights, ensuring that your lighting systems are working optimally, and improving heating or cooling efficiency, will also contribute.
The most significant part of the process is coordinating a sustainability program for your company to increase your zero to waste goals. It may take some time to implement new procedures, including resourcing from other manufacturers in certain situations.
Another positive aspect is with achievements in around short term goals to help create enthusiasm among staff. These goals will also let your stakeholders know that you are building a new resolution toward waste elimination.
Once the strategies are established, getting your employees involved will make some of the most significant differences. Raising employee awareness by providing resources and training will help create the necessary changes to shift to resource conservation.
Reduction and Prevention Strategies
The prevention, reduction, and diversion of waste are your three top priorities and can be challenging to achieve in some cases. It is imperative to have strategies that will help support actions toward reduction. These will require collaboration with anyone involved in the company, such as a supplier.
Here are some examples of approaches you can use:
Carbon Footprint Reduction and More Energy Efficiency
There are specific steps that your company can take to help promote a more sustainable company solution, such as:
● Turning off lights or installing occupancy sensors.
● Ensure that equipment is turned off when you are not using them.
● Replace or optimize your refrigeration and heating systems (upgrading insulation, door seals, controlling temperature settings).
● Implementing creating a greener supply chain
● Carpooling initiatives are another commuting option.
Reusable Is the Way of the Future
Packing materials are some of the most problematic resources when it comes to waste. A highly sustainable option is to find alternatives that are reusable for containers or pallets. Another option is to apply the cost-per-use basis that includes the purchase of expendable solutions.
Analyzing Unit Load Design and Opportunities to Reduce Packaging
The unit load design is how the shipment of goods is optimized. They will generally include the product, the stabilizer, banding or stretch wrap, and the foundation pallet. By understanding how this works, you can create alternatives like a modified stack that can create the need for less material.
Composting alone plays a significant role in reaching a zero-waste goal for companies. From soiled paper towels to food waste, there are options to implementing an onsite composting system or working with local farmers to create a functional system that can be mutually beneficial..
Adding an element to your lunchrooms such as recycled and composable cops and utensils can make a difference. Investing in companies with sustainably sourced materials and focusing on recycling and converting waste to energy as a primary goal are all ways to change.
Partner With LJP for Sustainable Results You Can Be Proud Of
Making the steps towards becoming a zero-waste company can be a significant undertaking, and it means more than just moving trash to a recycle bin. The most important part of this is you must take responsibility for what your company is producing and where you are investing your money as a business owner.
More consumers demand that companies start switching to sustainable practices, so you want to be sure you are taking the initiative to provide your customers with the knowledge that your company cares about providing a solution.
LJP Waste Solutions is a zero-landfill company specializing in helping consumers and businesses learn to change their behaviors and create clean fuel from their waste. We want our customers to reach their sustainability goals, and we do this by analyzing their current processes. Our primary goal is to help you create a plan that will work with your company to create a more effective way to reduce your carbon footprint on the environment.
If you would like more information, contact us or give us a call at 507-625-1968 today.