6 Ways To Reduce Waste In Your Business

Businesses need to abide the corporate social responsibility that they swore to follow, and this put them under so much pressure. One of the things people expect companies to do is to lead their communities when it comes to waste reduction, which most of them fail to do so.

Given the processes involved in businesses, it’s not surprising that they generate a lot of waste every day. It’s true that it’s an inevitable part of running a business, but there are ways to minimize this.

These ways require businesses to change a lot of its methods and processes. It’s challenging to make those changes at the beginning, but they’re worth the hassle. Not only that applying these changes can make businesses more responsible towards the environment and their local communities, but they can also save money.

If you’re now wondering what those ways and things you need to change to reduce your business’ waste, here are six of them:

1. Enforce Waste Segregation

Make segregating waste a policy in your workplace. This means labeling every bin, informing employee about it, and giving out infractions if an individual fail to dispose waste in the proper bin. 

When you label every bin, it’s also easier for the rubbish collectors to sort out your waste. People from and other rubbish collection companies will definitely thank you for segregating your waste as it becomes easy for them to send most of your waste to recycling plants, which basically reduces the amount of trash that gets to landfills.

2. Default Double-Sided Printing

If there are certain printed documents that you won’t have to give as official letters and memo from your business to your clients or suppliers, for instance, then make it a default rule to practice double-sided printing internally.

This means that if you’ll have printed documents that will be only seen in your office, then there’s no need to use a single paper per print. You can also reuse a piece of paper if its other side is still blank. 

3. Reduce Packaging

If you’re in the wholesale or retail sector, sit down and do an audit of how you’re packing your products. Is there a way for you to make your packaging eco-friendlier? Can your reduce the amount of packaging that you’re using?

Packaging is one of the biggest contributors to waste. After all, most packaging are single-use, made from plastic, and only end up in landfills.

To reduce your waste, you can either use recyclable packaging or don’t even use packaging at all if possible.

4. Avoid Single-Use Cups

Your workplace might have a well-stocked pantry and coffee station for your employees. However, are you still using disposable paper coffee cups? If you do, you may want to discourage its use and encourage your employees to bring their own mugs. 

Just think of all the paper coffee cups that you no longer need to throw out at the end of every working day if the people in your workplace have their own mugs. Not to mention it’s an excellent way to make your workplace fun as this can encourage people to bring in more of their personal items in the office.

5. Don’t Print Emails

Don’t print emails if you don’t have to! The same holds true for any announcements or business documents that are already available in your local network or online.

If you don’t have a local network or don’t use online messaging tools, you need to consider having one for your business. By doing so, you can reduce the amount of paper and printing that goes into company announcements that you would’ve otherwise physically posted on your bulletin board.

Plus, when you switch to a digital form, it can also get easily seen by all your recipients, as it’s hard for them to miss out any notification on their phone or computers. Hence, you’re not only reducing waste, but you’re also making your communication protocols more efficient.

6. Shop From Local Farmers’ Markets

This tip applies to your business if you’re running a food shop or a restaurant. If there are local farmers near your business, it’s advisable that you get your supplies directly from them.

Most local farmers don’t use wasteful farming methods, so by extension, you help the environment by not doing business with companies that don’t care about their effects to the world. Also, these farmers often don’t depend on commercial machines, fertilizers, and pesticides that only add to your carbon footprint. Moreover, buying from them means you’re supporting food sources that give off less pollutants and waste to the environment.

If there’s no farmers’ market near you, you might want to consider growing some of your ingredients instead.


In paper, many of these changes are minimal. However, they can still be challenging to implement in your business as most people are resistant to any form of change.

Nonetheless, if you get them implemented and your people follow them regularly and religiously, these can create a significant impact on the environment of your local area through reducing the waste you generate. 

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