Aside from helping the planet, recycling and waste management can help organizations save on expenses as well. What needs to be done to attain sustainable success, then?
1. Waste management
Having experts conduct regular inspections will ensure that waste management is on the right track for the location, particularly for organization waste that requires special handling such as hospitals and factories. They can be either external or internal teams with subject matter expertise depending on the size of the organization as well as the available budget.
2. Optimize waste pick-up schedule
Find the suitable schedule for waste pick-up by considering storage facilities and suitable buyers. This will lower the cost of waste handling
3. Waste collection
Allocating suitable waste pick-up points for consumers can turn waste management into a viable process as doing so is an uphill task with waste that wasn’t properly separated in the first place. Sellable waste not only reduces waste related costs but also generates additional income for the organization. Careful consideration given to the organization’s ability to collect waste and find appropriate buyers will keep a savory environment for everyone, too.
4. Labels that are easily understood
Labels and signs must be easily understood. They can contain colors or symbols commonly understood by locals. In certain cities, colors and symbols used in the context of recycling are of the same standard. Surveys conducted by Toronto University show that the use of symbols and pictures caused a rise by 163 per cent in recycling in comparison with the use of signs containing only letters.
5. Creating a culture
Organizational culture is the main contributing factor for a change in the organization. It must be created from the top down with executives serving as initiators, sharing stories that they have done or experienced themselves along with accompanying feedback to set the tone. Besides, in the context of recycling program initiation, all components of the organization need to play a part, particularly those working on the site who best know the facts. Their role as a part of the program will be an incentive.
6. Setting objectives that can be realized
Objectives that can be realized work as an incentive on the part of the working team. While the auditors might give ample expert advice that should be followed, one should start with what is possible and gradually expand to other things. It is important to keep updating results so as to know exactly where the organization stands.
7. Communication is the key to success
Regardless of how much time has passed since the launch of the recycling program, it is still necessary to repeatedly remind people of the waste management method while result updating in a monthly meeting or an internal contest are recommended. What we should communicate on a regular basis includes
- Waste disposal spots
- Spots where certain types of waste must be disposed of with pictures for easy understanding
- Rate used for an exchange of waste, e.g. for money, for the sake of better motivation
- Other forms of feedback such as an assessment result to inform people about the result of their inputs
8. Educating members of the organization
Prior to the start of the recycling program, members of the organization should be provided with information so that they understand what effective waste management means. While the management is involved in creating a communication system and program updating, the staff should have a chance to express their views which would contribute to overall development.
Compiled by BLOG.SCGLogistics
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