Hotels, resorts, or even a simple business establishment generates a significant amount of waste daily. This can end up as a hazardous material to our environment if not correctly handled. Tracking where your waste goes is not just an individual concern but our responsibility for protecting nature. Proper implementation of waste management is the key to enhance sustainability for the future, a safer environment, and fresh, breathable air for the coming generations.
Take advantage of technology.
Emails, social media, and different kinds of software are now readily available. In a split second, you can relay a piece of information even over far distances. Use these technologies to reduce or eliminate paper usage within your workplace. Promote digital documents to save overall business expenses. You can also save space without having large printers that emit radiation. Digital communication can speed up the transfer of data, and enhance confidentiality through security features like personalised, unique passwords. Lastly, being paperless also means saving a lot of trees and being eco-friendly.
Develop a waste disposal plan
Discarding all the office waste can be a tedious process for most employees. It is usually not ergonomically safe because of the height and weight of containers. Allocating budget to hire a bin lifter can significantly help people in efficiently performing their primary roles instead of worrying what to do with the waste. You can set up a regular waste collection pick up to prevent accumulation and help with pest control.
Paper, folders, and binders are the typical materials you see in offices. Assign a small area where employees can freely place all these recyclable things. You can use the folders multiple times in relaying paperwork to the supervisor. Use the blank space on paper as a scratch pad, or create a decoration for holidays. Develop an effective way to standardize the proper labelling of documents to avoid confusion.
Say no to paper cups
The favourite go-to-place of most employees is the coffee corner, which uses disposable cups and plastic stirrers. These single-use items can end up in landfills, massively polluting the oceans, and emitting methane during decomposition. It is advisable to provide reusable cups, or let them bring their personalised utensils. It can lower overhead expenses and can minimise waste production.
Sit and propose a general plan
There is nothing better than a team effort towards a specific goal. During meetings, aside from regular concerns, also include an assessment of the current waste management plan. Let the employees be the voice for a more significant change through brainstorming. In this manner, you can implement something agreeable to everyone. Through brainstorming, everyone can develop problem-solving skills and promote collaboration on the entire team.
Waste management should always be an integral part of any team, not just in the workplace but also at home. The world already has a tremendous waste problem, which is irreversible and catastrophic. However, we can still help reduce the gravity of the damage through simple participation in treating waste with great concern.