Develop a ‘WasteWise’ purchasing policy
A ‘WasteWise’ purchasing policy will help you minimise the amount of waste coming into your business and indicate your level of commitment to waste reduction for staff and customers.
Consideration should be given to the total costs associated with the life cycle of any given product rather than just the upfront costs. Taking a long term approach to purchasing specific products can result in a significant cost saving to your business. For example, it is better to pay more for a high quality product that has less impact on the environment than pay less for an item that will fail earlier and need to be replaced more frequently.
Consider the life cycle of your products
What happens at the end of their life? Could they be designed to be more easily upgraded or recycled? Could you use recycled rather than virgin materials in your products and production processes? Does the manufacturer provide a recycling/takeback service for the product?
Consider the packaging you use
Review the materials you use to package your products and how much waste this generates.
Wherever possible, design to reduce this and use packaging that can be reused or recycled to ensure it doesn’t end up in landfill. Could you offer to reuse/refill/recycle packaging from your customers? Promote any changes you make to your customers and the public, to keep you ahead of the game and give you an edge over your competitors. More support is available through Smart Packaging.
Review the packaging of products that you purchase
Discuss your concerns with manufacturers/importers and ask them to consider packaging that can be reused or recycled, particularly for high volume items.
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