Every year, companies all across the globe produce and dispose of billions of tons of industrial waste. No matter how smartly you discard the waste, it will still have some impact on the environment. Other than this, discarding or incinerating industrial waste can also be very costly. This makes it extremely important to take measures and reduce the amount of industrial waste generated in the first place. And while reducing industrial waste can be a challenging task, here are a few ways in which you can accomplish this goal:
Form a Green Team
A green team will be responsible for bringing innovative ideas to improve waste management and encourage adoption that will help reduce industrial waste. This will develop a sense of accountability among all the staff members and unify their efforts and help in achieving this goal. Your team will come up with various strategies that are aimed at effectively and responsibly managing waste while also ensuring the prosperity of your business.
Reduce Packaging Material
Packaging material is one of the major causes of unnecessary waste. You should consider redesigning your product packaging, which can help you reduce the amount of material used and thus minimize waste production considerably. Also, consider investing in more sustainable alternatives like recyclable and biodegradable packaging material.
Upgrade Process Equipment
You should consider investing in newer and more advanced equipment, and they are more likely to produce less scrap. You can look for bucket conveyors, bucket elevators, monorails, or other equipment that would help in preventing spillage and can result in significant reductions in waste volumes. For this, you would have to map out the waste generation points in your manufacturing cycle first and then pick equipment that will help you reduce or eliminate waste.
Other than investing in new equipment, also ensure that your existing machinery is on track with it maintenance schedule. For this, you need to run seal checks and stress tests on parts that encounter high-powered torque.
Make Use of a Waste Exchange Program
Something that you consider waste can be a valuable resource for another business. To ensure better and more efficient management of your waste, you should consider collaborating with such businesses through a waste exchange program. Both businesses can benefit from this while also making the most use of resources and reducing waste.
Minimize Water Usage
Water waste is significantly high in the manufacturing sector. However, it is still overlooked. To reduce waste production and become a more sustainable unit, wastewater must be reduced. Carefully note as to which processes and operations require the most water and come up with ways in which you can reduce water usage. Some of the ways in which this can be achieved are by making use of chemical drying agents, dry machining, reverse osmosis, or membrane biological reactor.
The perks of investing in sustainable waste management are endless. And you can avail all of these if you stick to the above-mentioned ways. This will help your business become more eco-friendly without compromising on productivity.