This month, we want to think about a subject adjacent but nonetheless integral to the project of choosing a dumpster: creating a waste management plan for your company. In the past, many companies have neglected to fully invest time and money in a solid waste management plan, pun intended. However, in an increasingly environmentally conscious world it's important, not only from an ethical standpoint, to consider one's waste management strategy, as clients are more and more concerned with transparency of process.
Here are the primary components of a waste management strategy to keep in mind as you move forward creating one that works for your organization:
1. Monitor Your Waste Stream and Collect Data Figuring out how to manage your company's waste is a lot like figuring out a budget. First, you may need to monitor what your doing in order to figure out how to improve your practice. Keep in mind:
- If you're in retail and some items expire before they're sold, you're sitting at the intersection of waste management and accounting. Consider whether you can reduce your waste by buying less at wholesale, of course, and also consider engaging in a community partnership where the soon-to-be expired items might go to good use. Remember to capitalize on your community engagement by mentioning it in your outreach material!
2. Figure out What's Biodegradable and What's Not, then try to partner with a dumpster/waste management company that can be trusted to dispose of your was appropriately.
- Sustainability and ethically-elevated practice are quickly becoming the name of the game in business. Make sure you're doing everything you can to keep raw costs down but also to do the right thing and let your clientele know that you're striving to do it! We hope you do this with Dumpster's Unlimited!