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The Eight Steps To Reduce Waste - Step 2

Welcome to week 2 of our 8 week series on how to reduce waste in your business. In our first week, we looked at how to conduct a waste assessment in your workplace. If you haven't gone through that article already, you can do so by clicking here now. This week we'll be talking about now to create a waste reduction action plan. We'll be discussing what a waste reduction plan is, why you should consider one and how to create one. Panda Environmental have a number of services that can help you to implement a waste reduction plan. Click here now to find out more.


What is a waste reduction plan?

A waste reduction plan is a responsive plan to the waste assessment that you have already created. By conducting your waste assessment, you should have a fairly strong grasp on which areas you're struggling with. Perhaps when you did (or had) the assessment done it was noted there was a lot of food waste that could be diverted from your garbage. If that's the case then a waste reduction plan will help you to organize a way to go about solving this problem. Creating a waste reduction plan can take from a few hours to a couple of weeks depending on the size of the business and number of people involved.


Why is a waste reduction plan important?

Some people may say that rather than implementing and organizing a waste reduction plan they would rather just jump right into new initiatives, and it's great that they have the enthusiasm, but in order to see the best results from your efforts you'll want to keep your initiatives organized. This will help ensure that your new ideas run smoothly and there's a reference for co-workers to go to if they have certain questions about your new waste management efforts. Panda Environmental can help you with a number of your waste reduction needs. Click here now to view their services.


How to put together a waste management plan

There are a few ways you can put together a waste management plan, but there are always a few standard rules you should follow. Here's a list of what we believe are the most important aspects of putting together a waste management plan:


1. Identify your opportunities

This is definitely the most important aspect of putting together a waste management plan. Take some time to go through your waste assessment and find out which areas you're struggling with most when it comes you waste. Like previously mentioned, if you're seeing excess food waste in your garbage, brainstorm how you could potentially cut down or divert that type of waste from being sent to landfill.  Maybe there's a lot of plastic cutlery in that waste that you could cut down on by purchasing reusable utensils, or maybe a lot of the waste is compostable, but you don't yet have a compost bin. Over time changes such as these tend to go a long way. Also, take the time to dig a little deeper. Maybe certain products you purchase are non-recyclable but there are  recyclable alternatives that you could implement. Be sure to go as in depth as possible to ensure you plan works effectively.


2. Establish timelines and responsibilities

Once you've decided the on the changes you would like to make and how you are going to implement these changes. Some initiatives may be able to begin right away, but others may take a little while longer, particularly if you have an obligations with suppliers that you want to change. You'll also want to establish responsibilities to certain personnel so that each particular aspect of the plan has a leader. For example, you may want to put someone in charge of training all staff on the new initiatives that you're planning on putting in place. Someone else may be required in contacting suppliers to discuss more environmentally friendly alternatives to the current lineup of products you use. Keeping things organized will help give you the results you are looking for.


3. Organize your plan

Now that you have your opportunities identified and you've organized a timeline, divided up the responsibilities, organize your plan into a binder, make posters to place around your workplace to remind your co-workers of the new plan, do whatever you think will work effectively to help your new initiatives effective. Here's an example of an organization chart you may want to use:







Food Waste

  • Purchase utensils for break room
  • Start an Organics Recycling Program
  • Purchase Organic Bins
  • Initial cost of utensils
  • No more paper utensils will need to be purchased
  • Staff time cleaning utensils
  • New utensils
  • New bins

Chris. K

Paper Waste

  • Place paper recycling bins around the office

  • Use both sides of paper where possible

  • Cost of paper bins

  • Less paper will need to be purchased

  • New bins

  • Staff time emptying bins

Samantha. R

Printer Ink

  • Refill ink rather than purchasing new cartridges

  • No more cartridge waste

  • Refilling is cheaper option

  • Staff time having cartridges refilled

John. H


Once you have everything organized you'll be ready to move on to the next step in reducing waste in your workplace. Panda environmental can help you come up with a waste reduction plan that works for you. Click here now to learn more. Be sure to check back every week for the next installment of our 8 part series on how to reduce waste!


The Eight Steps To Reduce Waste:

The 8 Steps To Reduce Waste:

1. Step 1 - Conducting A Waste Assessment

2. Step 2 - Creating A Waste Reduction Plan

3. Step 3 - Reducing In The Workplace

4. Step 4 - Reusing In The Workplace

5. Step 5 - Recycling In The Workplace

6. Step 6 - Sustainable Purchasing

7. Step 7 - Energy Efficiency

8. Step 8 - Other Concepts & Tools


Panda Environmental provides professional waste removal solutions that are designed to be efficient and effective waste removal techniques that both add value to the client and help the environment. We offer many types of recycling and composting methods that are designed to keep waste out of landfills, and reduce the waste removal cost for our clients. Click here to view a full list of our services. Panda operates across Southern Ontario. Our exact service area depends on the type of waste removal.


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