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Waste is a huge problem for businesses because consumers expect you to constantly be looking for ways to reduce it. Companies that produce large amounts of industrial waste that could be harmful to the environment are likely to have public image issues, so it’s vital that all businesses are aware of the industrial waste problem and they take steps to tackle it. So, how can your business produce less industrial waste?
Measuring your waste output is the first step towards tackling the problem. You can’t reduce your waste if you don’t know where it’s coming from in the first place. If you run a manufacturing operation, you should install fiberglass flumes to closely monitor levels of liquid waste and weigh any other waste. By cataloging all of your waste with exact amounts, you can see where your biggest problem areas are and start coming up with solutions.
When measuring your waste output, think about your suppliers too. If you are manufacturing your own products, consider where the materials come from and the waste involved with producing them. Ask suppliers what their policy on waste is and whether they are taking steps to reduce industrial waste or not. If you don’t manufacture your own products, ask your manufacturer for figures about their industrial waste.
The amount of waste that you produce is largely determined by the materials that you use. In some cases, the materials that you use in your products are the only ones that work and there are no other alternatives. However, if you do your research, you may be able to use more eco-friendly materials that don’t create as much waste. If you can use recyclable materials, that reduces your overall waste output in a significant way. It’s worth checking whether there are any alternatives that you could use instead, even if they are slightly more expensive.
Some waste products are completely useless but more often than not, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Even though you don’t need those waste products, there may be other businesses out there that do, in which case, you could set up a waste exchange. You might be able to sell it to earn some extra revenue or they might have waste that you need, so you can do a straight swap. Waste exchanges are one of the best ways to handle industrial waste because they benefit everybody involved and it’s much better for the environment.
Although the materials contribute to waste, the way that you process them also has a big impact. You may find that there are different ways to process materials so you can cut back on waste. This might mean investing in new manufacturing equipment, but if you can permanently cut waste, it’s a worthwhile way to spend your money.
If you are able to cut back on the industrial waste that your business produces, consumers will have a far more positive impression of your business.