What is waste efficiency?
Materials arrive at every organisation, some are sent onward, some are used and may become waste, and some become waste almost immediately. Minimising the quantity of waste leaving a site and choosing destinations for waste that have the least environmental impacts is waste efficiency.
Waste efficiency means all sources of waste are known, controlled, and reduced.
There are 3 main approaches to waste efficiency:
- Reducing materials that become waste
From carpets to computers, to cardboard, all materials on site can, at some point, be deemed waste. By minimising materials on site to only those needed, waste can be reduced.
- Improving processes that produce waste
From draft reports, to labels, to off-cuts, all materials being used for production can result in waste. By reviewing processes, opportunities to minimise wastage can be identified.
- Reviewing the exit routes of waste
From swap shops to refurbishment to composting, there are a wide range of destinations for waste with fewer environmental impacts than landfill.