9 Proven Ways of Sustainable & Profitable Waste Management

Do you associate sustainable waste management with decreasing the environmental impact alone? What if this post explained how it can also help you increase your profit margins? Yes! The 3 R’s of waste management not only reduce the carbon footprint of your company. You can also achieve significant waste management cost savings by applying them. These 3 R’s are “reduce, reuse, and recycle.”

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The 3 R’s are useful in making money for your business while saving the environment in many ways. Following are the 9 most significant ones that you must know:

1. Compositing of Organic Waste

All the enterprises generate a good amount of compostable or organic waste. This waste needs to be directed towards the composing services that are readily available in the U.S. You get a financial advantage, healthy soil, and clean water if you provide your organic waste for reusing as compost instead of adding it straight to the landfill. You can collect more information on composting your waste from the U.S. Composting Council.

2. Replace Plastic Water Bottles

Have you ever calculated the monthly expense of providing bottled water for your employees in break rooms and canteens? You can save all that money by installing a water filter and providing them with glasses or reusable water bottles to drink water. This will be a one-time expenditure. Getting rid of plastic bottles will help cut down on waste and save the gallons of fuel needed to make them.

3. Use Technology to Go Paperless

Technology like huge memory spaces in computers and cloud-based storage has enabled the modern world to go paperless. Many big corporations globally are shifting toward going paperless. This trend is helpful in reducing waste and saving trees. Moreover, you can save on storage space and stationary purchase costs. All this cost-cutting will ultimately add up to your profit margin.

4. Purchase Refillable Office Supplies

Another way of reducing waste generation in your office is to purchase supplies wisely. Many suppliers are coming up with sustainable options for regular office supplies like ink cartridges and tape dispensers. These are eco-friendly reusable or refillable supplies that save you money and enable you to run a greener business. Also, they are cheaper and easier to maintain.

5. Procure Used Materials

Do you need every material in a virgin state? There must be some materials or equipment that are not for another company’s use, but they can be perfect for you. Reusing materials reduces waste and the extra efforts required for waste removal. Used material is less expensive than new material. Thus, it saves your purchase cost as well.

6. Make Money by Selling Your Electronics

A lot of metal, plastic, and other recyclable materials are used in manufacturing electronic equipment. Instead of discarding this equipment, you can sell it to any individual or company. Your used computer, company cell phones, printers, etc., can be used by someone else. You can also sell these devices to a nearby recycling facility, which can recycle their parts for metal and plastic.

7. Recycle Scrap Metal

Many metals are recyclable. You need to identify the metal objects in your scrape and send them to recycling. You can make a profit out of recycling bronze, tin, brass, iron, etc. As a matter of fact, some metals are ideal for recycling. For instance, aluminum is a metal that can be recycled indefinitely without losing its quality.

8. Recycle Waste Paper

Packaging is a part of every industry. In factories and offices, there is a lot of old paper and cardboard boxes lying around. You can collect them and give them to your nearby recycling center. You will save trees and reduce waste at the same time by recycling waste paper and cardboard boxes. There is a million-dollar business running on paper recycling. So this can earn money for you as well. 

9. Recycle Plastic

You must’ve heard that plastic is one of the worst pollutants. It is also slow to degrade, which means it can pollute the planet for the longest time. But because plastic lasts for a long time, it is used in a lot of everyday things. Thus, it becomes crucial to recycle the plastic as much as possible rather than manufacture it. You can sell all kinds of plastic material to your nearby recycling center.

Author :
Erich Lawson is very interested in saving the environment with the help of effective recycling methods and new ideas. He works with Compactor Management Company and writes on a variety of topics related to recycling, including tips and advice on how balers, compactors, and shredders can be used to reduce industrial waste. He loves helping businesses understand how to lower their monthly garbage bills and increase revenue from recycling.

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