As environmental awareness in today’s communities increases so does the importance of the environmental practices of corporations in regard to their business performance. This is primarily due to pressure put on the corporation by its customers, partners and employers as well as tightening environmental regulations. The competitive benefits of an environmentally friendly image are also not to be spurned. Essentially, a company cannot afford to neglect its environmental practices as the negative impacts from doing so could potentially be disastrous.
On of the most cost-effective ways for a company to develop their environmental practise is to develop its waste management as this will have an immediate impact on the environmental impact caused by the company. Due to the various economical guidance measures in place (such as the waste tax) it is often more economically sound for corporations to develop their waste management to be more environmentally friendly.What follows is a brief overview of the various issues that need to be dealt with when improving corporate waste management practises
Before starting to formulate a proper waste management plan for a company it is necessary to survey the existing situation. This initial survey should include things like the amount and types of waste produced the available resources and the existing state of waste collection –and sorting. Once this has been completed a waste management plan can be drawn up. It should include a concrete list of actions to be taken to improve waste management such as waste collection, waste containers, waste transportation and personnel training.
Once a proper waste management plan has been formulated it still has to be implemented. In this phase it is very important that the entire staff of the company is committed to the implementation process. It is advisable to appoint a person who is responsible for the implementation of the waste management plan. It should also be noted that improving the waste management of a company is not a short-term project; it takes time for people to learn the new waste management –and sorting practises and learn to regard them as an integral part of business. Additionally, the existing waste management practices should be continually improved and any changes to legislation noted and acted upon.
A well functioning waste management can best be achieved by carrying out a thorough initial survey, interviewing personnel and drafting a waste management plan as a communal effort in the company. Experience has shown that personnel are more committed to implementing the waste management plan if they have been involved in making it from the start, for example through workgroups.