Don't waste your money on waste!

EcoBiz Money

Dealing with waste and its associated costs within your business can be overwhelming. Waste can be costly, and after the waste levy comes into effect on July 1st, these costs will rise even further.

The waste levy will see businesses charged an extra $75 per tonne of waste they send to landfill. This means that the only way to minimise any additional charges from this levy will be to reduce the amount of waste your business sends to landfill.

To ensure your business is waste levy ready, you will need to have an effective waste management strategy in place. There are easy changes your business can implement, showing that even the smallest changes can yield big results when it comes to waste management.

We’ve put together some easy changes you can make within your business!

1. Order in bulk where possible
Purchasing in bulk minimises packaging. If necessary, consider installing larger storage facilities so that you can order raw materials in bulk and store them for later use. Bulk purchasing is usually cheaper, and you will also be reducing the environmental impacts (e.g. exhaust emissions) of frequent deliveries to your premises. However, capital tied up in storage and product use by dates should be considered.

2. Engage with your waste contractor or service provider
Have a game plan. Before calling, call competing waste service providers and hold your current vendor responsible to match their current offers.

3. Request eco-efficient packaging
If your suppliers are sending your materials in hard-to-dispose-of packaging, ask them if they are able to change it. If they can’t, try to find another supplier who is more environmentally conscious. Poor supplier packaging can add to your waste disposal costs.

4. Reduce paper waste
Purchase recycled paper which is suitable for your office machines and set the computer defaults to print double-sided (and/or two-to-a-page) wherever possible. If your printer doesn’t have this ability, then keep a box next to the printer where paper that has only been printed on one side can be stored for re-use in the printer. Select ‘draft’ and ‘greyscale’ in the print window to reduce the amount of ink used.

5. Reduce disposables within your office
Make your staff kitchen more eco-efficient. Use handtowels instead of paper towels, and washable cutlery and crockery instead of disposables. Encourage staff to compost suitable food scraps where available.

6. Try Composting
Composting is an amazing strategy to reduce foodwaste aggregation in your general waste bin. Food waste is mainly comprised of water which is heavy, can rack up costs and also produces a very unpleasant smell. Composting will be a resource that can supplement the health of your garden or can supplement your revenue as a product to be sold in conjunction with the goods your business offers.

7. Segregate Waste
Sorting waste into various streams can reduce the waste you send to landfill. This is critical in the face of the waste levy and will help to support local recycling efforts that the community depend on. Segregating waste can be as easy as implementing separate bins in a space that was formerly occupied by just one bin. Label the separate bins to help educate your staff on what is acceptable waste material to be disposed of within each of them.

8. Review Inventory controls
Ensure that your stock is being held for a reasonable period that promotes a healthy turnover. Having stock sitting on the shelves can be harmful to your bottom line and overordering stock can quickly lead to spoil/waste.

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