Waste management. Reuse and recycling in commercial buildings
The main slogan of Waste management is “Reduce, reuse, recycle”. The concept itself appeared in 1970 along with an understanding of the importance of environmental protection. Fifty years have passed since then, and the slogan served as the key to understanding the life cycle of any item, equipment, real estate through reducing the negative impact on our planet.
Each company using a sustainable development strategy seeks, first and foremost, to reduce the amount of waste, as well as minimize the use of other resources for the production of products and services. If the waste still remains, it is most preferable to reuse it, and if this is not possible then all the accumulated garbage must be recycled.
Each property is unique, and there can be no single solution for waste management for all. In order to develop a waste management strategy, it is necessary to go through the following stages:
- First of all, understand all types of garbage produced by the building.
- Next, consider ways to optimize resources. For example, the transition to the use of professional detergents reduces the number of plastic containers at times, moreover, such tools are more economical
- At the next stage, it is necessary to consider the possibility of reusing products, raw waste, tools, equipment. For example, biowaste from production can be used for heating, office paper can be used on both sides.
- Well, at the last stage, find the optimal opportunity to recycle everything that cannot be reused.
It is also worth considering the possibility of restoring obsolete assets. For example, restoration of furniture. Instead of recycling computers, add to existing facilities, memory, etc.
Thanks to this model, the amount of waste can be reduced to almost zero. In addition to minimizing the environmental impact, waste management helps to significantly reduce costs and create a modern competitive enterprise and increase the value of the property.