Planning proves powerful for Solid Waste Management

Solid Waste Management (SWM) can begin with setting out a few recycling bins. That will capture some paper, plastic, and aluminum cans that otherwise piles up on a landfill.

With planning, SWM offers a business far more than that. More recycling can reduce trash removal costs. Recycled material can be sold.

Setting goals for waste diversion means more waste diversion will occur. This reduces trash disposal costs while increasing the value of recycled and reused materials.

Strategic space

How can your organization claim these benefits? It begins with the power of planning.

Waste diversion activities will require at least a small dedicated space. After blueprints are approved, it may be too late to initiate an efficient SWM process. Repurposing a closet or hoisting an awning beyond the loading dock won’t make recycling appealing or efficient for any employees.

While claiming financial benefits, companies can and should celebrate their recycling success. Corporate sustainability efforts demonstrate a commitment to efficient resource use. They show that an organization cares about the community and the environment. Employees can share in this pride.

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Alexa Stone
LEED AP, Sustainable Facility Professional, Envision Sustainability Professional - - Alexa has more than 25 years of experience in sustainable and Smart Cities development. Her strategic planning work has served local, state, and federal government, higher education, and private industry. Alexa founded ecoPreserve in 2009 as a team of 3 and has grown the company to over a dozen of the brightest sustainability and project management professionals in the industry.
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