One of the problems with waste which crops up time and time again when dealing with businesses who want to cut costs, is that it is generally seen as rubbish. Rubbish is perceived as useless, dirty and a problem.
However, it needn’t be like that! Almost all “waste” is a potential resource. It is valuable, even in very small quantities and when a company is prepared to recognise that their waste is a thing of worth they stand to gain in several significant ways:
Firstly, the waste which was previously viewed as a problem can be seen in a new light – it’s simply a material that can no longer be used by that business. Perhaps another business would be able to use it. Certainly a recycling business will use it by combining it with other, similar wastes until they have sufficient quantity to sell it on to another business that will process it into a highly valuable raw material to re-enter the manufacturing process.
Secondly, by valuing the waste at the end of its time with your business you begin to appreciate the true worth of that material when it entered your business. By doing so you can revisit your options for waste “reduction” which involves minimising the materials that enter your business. Talk to suppliers, implore them if necessary, to reduce the packaging and other materials to the minimum acceptable level without compromising the integrity of it.
Thirdly, you stand to benefit by showing your customers that you really do care about the sorts of issues that they are having to deal with on a weekly basis. 33% of household waste is now recycled. How can you justify continuing to send waste to landfill and looking your customers in the eye?
Don’t waste waste. Value it.