Everyone knows that recycling plays a crucial role in addressing climate change, but what other incentives exist for businesses looking to improve the sustainability of their waste management practices?
Sustainable waste management encompasses more than just recycling; it includes efficient waste collection, waste reduction strategies, and proper disposal techniques. In this broader context, lie a host of lesser-known advantages, often overshadowed.
From economic growth and environmental preservation to community unity and innovation, we’ll delve into the multifaceted impact of recycling properly and being more sustainable with your waste.
1. Protecting the environment
Sustainable waste management, at its core, means not sending any waste to landfill. Zero to landfill results in decreased pollution and the preservation of existing ecosystems. At Westminster City Council’s Commercial Waste Services (CWS), we’re proud to say that we send absolutely nothing to landfill.
2. Preserve existing resources
The adoption of a closed-loop waste strategy results in a reduction in raw material consumption which alleviates the strain on finite resources. Essentially, your waste is made into something new so we’re not having to use new materials!
When you choose to recycle with CWS, you effortlessly become part of a closed-loop waste strategy. Our process involves transforming your waste into something highly beneficial, such as generating electricity to power homes in London, or turning cardboard into Selfridges bags.
3. Fighting climate change
There are lots of ways sustainable waste management helps fight climate change, from preserving existing resources to avoiding waste being sent to landfills entirely, as referenced above. Not to mention, recycling facilities require energy for sorting, cleaning, and processing recyclable materials, so when waste management is done properly, this energy consumption is decreased. Improper or inefficient recycling, however, increases energy demand which in turn leads to higher carbon emissions, especially if the facility’s energy source is fossil fuels.
Here at CWS, we help our customers by providing single-stream recycling services to maximise quality and efficiency in the sorting process. View our full range of services here.
4. Saving money
Choosing our recycling services over general waste is a smart way for businesses to save some money. Our recycling options are budget-friendly, and cheaper than general waste disposal, which means recycling properly can cut down your waste management costs.
Our recycling services can be found here and cover all different streams so you can have peace of mind that no matter your industry, we can help.
Secondary benefits of sustainable waste management
Although all of these benefits are reason enough to adopt a more sustainable waste management approach, it is worth noting some other, lesser-known advantages.
- Innovation: The pursuit of sustainability acts as a catalyst for cutting-edge technologies. For example, we turn the waste that we generate into electricity for our collection vehicles.
- Economic improvement: Embracing sustainable waste practices creates new industries, and generates jobs in recycling, repurposing, and waste reduction sectors.
- Community growth: Sustainability creates a sense of unity and collective responsibility, ultimately strengthening the community. Just look at our fairer Westminster as a great example of this in action.
So, whether you’re a business looking to ignite change, or you’re planning your sustainable future, the journey begins here – and it’s easy. Adopt sustainable waste management today by getting in touch and we’ll help you take that step forward.
Download our guide to discover the benefits of sustainable waste management and take your business to new heights.