Cutting the amount of waste your business has to handle is the most cost-effective and environmentally-friendly method of dealing with waste.
There are a number of areas you could focus on:
- Look for easy wins - seemingly trivial changes can produce significant savings, such as printing and photocopying double-sided, refilling printer cartridges, switching off lights and electrical equipment, and using rechargeable batteries.
- Procure carefully - buy only what you need, control stock and streamline processes across departments. Buy equipment in bulk to reduce packaging and consider the product's durability and lifespan - replacing equipment less often will reduce the waste you create. See our guide on buying sustainable goods and services.
- Review your processes - ensure that equipment and materials are used efficiently and packaging is kept to a minimum.
- Product design - keep the amount of materials you use in products to a minimum. See our guide on eco-design for goods and services.
- Packaging design and use - make sure you use as little packaging as possible to achieve an adequate level of protection for your products.
- Use advice about resource efficiency from a range of organisations.
WRAP Northern Ireland
Resource Efficient Scotland
Adopting a strategic and systematic approach is the best way to achieve significant reductions in the amount of waste that your business produces.
In this guideline
Business benefits of reducing, reusing and recycling waste
Choosing a waste management option
Treating and composting biodegradable waste
Recovering energy and producing fuel from waste
Disposing of waste
Separating and storing waste