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waste and premises management

Don’t let your business become a rubbish tip; let’s get to grips with waste management.

The world of premises management is often invisible; when you’re doing your job properly, it’s unlikely you’ll be noticed at all. It’s only when things go wrong that employees recognise the need for premises management.

This is particularly true of waste management, with the added proviso that it’s likely management teams will take notice when waste management goes wrong.

Waste management is not just the disposal of waste, though. Rather, it is about managing resources. Efficient waste management systems using recycling and with an eye on sustainability can help to cut costs.

Here are some of our best practical tips for getting your waste management policy right.

Top tips for premises and waste management

Make prevention your first priority

Prevention of waste is the easiest way to manage it. That means cutting down on unnecessary waste, perhaps by moving towards a “paper-free” workplace. It also means integrating an effective recycling framework to ensure that as much waste as possible is re-used where possible and recycled where it’s not.

Collaborate with management teams

Effective waste management is everyone’s job. That means you should be working closely with management teams to make sure everyone is on the same page. You can take the lead here, implementing systems for prevention, reuse, recycling and disposal of waste, but if you don’t get management onboard, they won’t disseminate that information and those policies and procedures properly to their teams, meaning your hard work will be in vain.

Focus on sustainability

Sustainability means having an environmental focus, but it’s also about efficiency. Companies that reduce their carbon footprint and the amount of waste they dispose of also tend to make significant savings in both areas.

This should be part of an overall strategy for reducing overall waste and the associated costs of collection and disposal, but it should also take into account buying trends, stock levels and overuse of materials.

Planning is key

You need a working plan in order to maintain an efficient waste management policy. A plan will guide all areas of your work and give you milestones where you can gauge progress and targets that will have real impacts on the business.

Break down your waste management strategy into discrete areas with realistic actions and outcome and work backwards from a 5-year goal.

Focus on mastery, but don’t expect recognition

As we said in our opener, when premises management goes well, it’s rarely recognised. Don’t expect plaudits or acclaim for implementing an efficient waste management strategy; it’s what’s expected from a business.

That lack of recognition shouldn’t detract from your goal of being a master at what you do, though. And there’s always room for personal development, growth and the chance to move onto bigger, better and more rewarding jobs in the future, as long as you can prove your effectiveness.

Make waste management a priority in your overall premises management strategy

Waste management should be your main priority when it comes to your overall strategy for premises management. If it doesn’t run smoothly, cracks will appear throughout. Businesses run best when management teams never need to think about waste, but if things go wrong, it can have a seriously negative impact.

Get this right and everything else will follow.

We have all the equipment you need for premises management

Whether you’re upgrading your premises management strategy or you’re looking to overhaul the system completely, Equip4Work has everything you need. From waste management equipment to flooring, barriers and signage, we’ve got the lot under one roof.

Take a look at our full range here and if you need help with finding the right equipment for your premises management strategy, talk to our Sales Advice Team who will be happy to help.

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Last Modified / Updated on: May 31, 2018 at 11:08 am