4 Ideas To Improve Waste Management For Your Company

Two key focuses of my blog are Financial Literacy/Money and Business/Entrepreneurship. When running a company or a business, one of your critical jobs in addition to selling your product or service is managing waste. In doing so you’re managing costs, which ultimately impact your profits and revenues. The following contributed post is entitled, 4 Ideas To Improve Waste Management For Your Company.

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Waste management is important for businesses for many reasons; firstly, waste equals loss of revenue, and secondly, waste compromises sustainability goals. Besides this, wasted time means loss of productivity and workplace morale. To improve waste management within your organization, these four ideas will support your progress.

1. Adopt Lean Principles

To produce less waste, companies need to adopt a strategic approach based around lean principles. Lean principles have the end goal of reducing waste by improving production processes. Lean focuses on reducing waste in seven different areas, including motion, inventory, defects, overproduction, transportation, and overprocessing.

Several different lean software packages can help businesses to reduce waste; one of the leading platforms is Pipefly. With this lean management platform, you’ll support your company to reduce errors, decrease lead time, and improve efficiency. Pipefly can support users to adhere to lean principles, beginning with ‘identifying value.’

Lean philosophy is all about using less resources while offering more value. Using Pipe Fly, you can map your value stream, create flow, establish pull, and work on continuous improvement. With all these important areas covered, you’ll greatly improve your waste management!

2. Improved Recycling Practices

To improve your waste management, it’s crucial to put highly effective recycling practices in place. When you are choosing supplies and resources, choose those that are easily recyclable and biodegradable. Materials such as plastics and cardboard are fairly simple to recycle. For materials such as e-waste or metals, you’ll need to hire specific companies and ensure that you adhere to the correct waste disposal regulations. Norstar is a great company for all your metal recycling needs; the service includes free pick up and focuses on sustainability initiatives.

3. Motivate Your Staff

Simple but true, to improve your waste management, you’ve got to motivate your staff. Create a waste reduction plan, write up new recycling policies, and train your team. It can be helpful to set goals together; having something to aim for will serve to motivate you. What’s more, creating goals as a team can improve employee satisfaction and create a stronger company culture. Once you reach your goals, it’s time to set new ones, keep going until you’ve eliminated waste from all areas of your business! To help you set goals for your business, try using apps such as ‘Goals On Track’ or ‘Habit Tracker’.

4. Vet Your Suppliers

When you’re looking to reduce waste, it’s good to vet your suppliers and see if improvements can be made. Waste includes wasted money and time as well as resources. Due to this, you’ll want to make sure you’re getting top quality items at a great price. To find the right suppliers, it can be useful to use a supplier information management database. A SIM database allows you to search for suppliers based on specific credentials, (including sustainability initiatives). Now more than ever, companies must prioritize sustainability across all areas of their business operations. With less waste, you’ll boost your profits and provide more value to your customers.

Author: anwaryusef

Anwar Y. Dunbar is a Regulatory Scientist. Being a naturally curious person, he is also a student of all things. He earned his Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Michigan and his Bachelor’s Degree in General Biology from Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU). Prior to starting the Big Words Blog Site, Anwar published and contributed to numerous research articles in competitive scientific journals reporting on his research from graduate school and postdoctoral years. After falling in love with writing, he contributed to the now defunct Examiner.com, and the Edvocate where he regularly wrote about: Education-related stories/topics, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), Financial Literacy; as well as conducted interviews with notable individuals such as actor and author Hill Harper. Having many influences, one of his most notable heroes is author, intellectual and speaker, Malcolm Gladwell, author of books including Outliers and David and Goliath. Anwar has his hands in many, many activities. In addition to writing, Anwar actively mentors youth, works to spread awareness of STEM careers, serves on the Board of Directors of the Friends of the David M. Brown Arlington Planetarium, serves as Treasurer for the JCSU Washington, DC Alumni Chapter, and is active in the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace Ministry at the Alfred Street Baptist Church. He also tutors in the subjects of biology, chemistry and physics. Along with his multi-talented older brother Amahl Dunbar (designer of the Big Words logos, inventor and a plethora of other things), Anwar is a “Fanboy” and really enjoys Science-Fiction and Superhero movies including but not restricted to Captain America Civil War, Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Prometheus. He is a proud native of Buffalo, NY.

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