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Recycling and waste management ‘how to’ guide published

Recycling firm, DS Smith, has published a roadmap for companies wishing to achieve more efficient recycling and waste management practices.

Recycling firm, DS Smith, has published a roadmap for companies wishing to achieve more efficient recycling and waste management practices.

The step-by-step guide aims to help waste producers follow best practice for building a long-term sustainable recycling and waste management programme.

Key areas

The guide covers the key areas that companies should consider when managing their waste, including:

  • Taking stock of current practices: conducting a waste audit to gain insight into where materials come from and where they end up, and whether bins are being used efficiently
  • Setting objectives: engaging with staff and stakeholders to set goals and benchmark performance
  • Creating an action plan: procuring a trustworthy waste management provider that can provide full transparency and best practice support with reducing waste
  • Engaging colleagues and customers: communicating goals and progress effectively
  • Measuring and managing data: using checkpoints on site alongside other data to ensure that progress is measured in an effective and flexible manner.

Tim Price, marketing director at DS Smith Recycling, said: “This guide will be a useful addition for any business looking to overhaul its resource management. Recycling should be easy, practical and streamlined, and it is important to get this message across.

“By encouraging waste producers to follow the waste hierarchy starting with prevention, reuse and recycling, businesses can start to see their waste as a resource and start to think about these resources in a circular supply cycle.”

Production processes

According to Price, reviewing production processes is particularly important for waste management practices to be effective.

“How are raw materials purchased, and how are they handled once they come into your business?” he added. “Don’t just consider waste at the point you produce it; are you losing money by generating too much waste? Understanding what you produce will show you the resources that you can still use.”

Duty of care

Responsible waste management is moving up the agenda for businesses, particularly for SMEs, with a national ‘Right Waste, Right Place’ campaign targeted at SMEs due to start this year

The campaign follows the launch of a new duty of care code of practice for businesses, which was published by the Environment Agency in March 2016.