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Zero Waste Week 4th -8th September

Zero Waste Week 4th -8th September

This week is Zero Waste Week, which is a national campaign aimed at helping householders, businesses and community groups increase recycling, reduce landfill waste and participate in the circular economy – in alignment with European recommendations and Directives.

For over 20 years WCRS has been helping businesses to improve their waste management practices through implementing tailored solutions which help customers to reduce waste and increase recycling and overall implement more sustainable practices within their organisation.

So why is zero waste an important topic? Every year approximately 48 million tonnes of waste is sent to UK landfill sites, including over 7 million tonnes of household food waste of which 4.4 million tonnes is deemed edible (Reported by Guardian 10th Jan 2017). With more and more reports of a rapidly diminishing landfill capacity in the UK and with increased media attention on issues surrounding waste, there is more emphasis on organisations to look at more sustainable solutions for managing their waste.

As well ensuring compliance with your legal obligations there are numerous benefits which can be realised by improving waste management practices:

• Rising cost of materials means using your resources more efficiently and reducing waste make good financial sense.
• Comply with the ever growing waste management legislation. By managing your waste more sustainably considering all options of the Waste Hierarchy you can be more confident that you are meeting your legal obligations.
• Customers and investors are becoming more and more aware of their environmental responsibilities and as such businesses have an opportunity to demonstrate a competitive advantage through more sustainable practices.

There are some practical steps which can be taken to implement a more sustainable waste management policy and gain some easy wins, as well as plan in some longer terms and strategic goals:

• Carrying out a waste audit within your organisation is a good starting point to identify opportunities to increase recycling and reduce waste.
• Once you have identified what waste is being thrown away which could be recycled or even better reused or reduced you can set about an action to plan to make improvements working with your facilities management team, waste management partner and supply chain network.
• A good waste management partner should be able to assist with advice and guidance in undertaking your waste audit and implementing an improvement plan, so pull upon the services and support your waste management partner for information and advice.

If you are going to do one thing this Zero Waste Week, take a look at the BIFM Good Practice to Recycling and Waste Management. This guide looks at the key drivers and the principles behind best practice, giving practical tips and considerations for facilities management professionals looking to improve their recycling, manage their risk and safeguard their organisation’s reputation.

Register by email to receive a free copy in the post from WCRS. Email victoria.muirhead@wisg.co.uk.

If you would like further information, advice or guidance on any aspect of waste management then please contact a member of our team on 0844 846 2000.

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