Reducing and effectively managing your company’s waste output can not only save you a substantial sum of money, but also improve upon environmental credentials, raise health & safety standards, and even allow for better use of available office space. As such this is a task that cannot be ignored if you want your business to be truly successful in the long run, though many office and facilities managers struggle to ascertain where even to begin. So, let’s break it down.

Your first port-of-call should be to complete a thorough waste water and energy audit – this will help you to keep track of your current performance and identify any areas where you may be able to improve, allowing you to construct a more-tailored waste management program over time. For this task, you may also find benefit in bringing in a professional sustainability consultant to aid you in both the measurement and reduction efforts.

Of course no company will be able to drop from excessive levels of waste to an entirely green operation overnight, and so it is important to set both long and short term goals to ensure you remain on the right track whilst not setting unrealistic expectations for the workforce.

It is also a good idea to involve your team in this process, allowing them to contribute their ideas and alternate perspective in order to create a waste management program that is both feasible and effective. Extending this idea further you could also put together a dedicated team that is committed to the cause of ‘going green’. This should ensure you have help in maintaining waste reduction activities.

You cannot however expect your team to do all the work, and it is highly important that those in upper management lead by example, actively participating in and advocating for green initiatives.

Sam Bonson

Sam is an aspiring novelist with a passion for fantasy and crime thrillers. He is currently working as a content writer, journalist & editor as he continues to expand his horizons.
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