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Last edited 23 Nov 2018
Facility waste management services
Historically, waste management was a fairly simple process for large shopping complexes and commercial office towers. Ensuring that the floors were clean and waste removal occurred as scheduled was all it took. The implementation of recycling procedures (as a result of the improved technology and capabilities of waste processing companies) was a game changer and provided facility managers with an environmentally responsible option.
Now, the recycling processes for any given facility can be much more involved, especially for large facilities, such as office towers or shopping centres that may have hundreds of independent business entities.
While there is mounting pressure and moral responsibility to treat the environment well, it is still up to building managers to make the environmentally-responsible choice and seek out a waste management company that sees the world in the same light.
Much of the created waste for a facility is recyclable and some forward thinking waste management companies even have the capabilities of turning collected recyclables into new products. This method of thinking has made some waste management companies redefine what their service's encompass and has allowed facilities to achieve sustainability goals. These companies now work hand-in-hand with their clients to engrain the recycling mantra throughout the core of their client's daily processes and work with managers to recycle as much as possible and keep waste out of landfill.
Upon contacting a company that has the capabilities to act as a waste management company and recycling centre at the same time, a plan should be customised for you. The first step is to complete a full recycling audit on the facilities. There also needs to be a consultation meeting to identify the current collection and storage processes of the facilities waste. This involves assessing everything from the waste disposal units to the storage and loading area where waste will eventually be gathered and removed.
The idea is for the waste management representative to fully understand how waste is dealt with so they can make suggestions to improve the process. This means improved efficiency in order to be more environmentally and economically responsible.
If the waste management company that services your facility and processes the waste has a hand in the manner in which the facility organises and collects said waste, both parties will benefit. The collection company can be as efficient as possible as waste is already organised and separated into groups that they can readily process, which in turn enables them to provide a more efficient and cost effective service. Waste management organisations can even provide custom containers and waste collection units to maximise the recovery of your discarded materials.
Essentially, a custom waste management program is put in place. Their years of experience in the industry can help facility managers improve diversion rates and operate more cost effectively. Ongoing training and monitoring of the designed programme helps achieve maximum potential, as every facility is unique and has it's own set of issues to deal with.
Since both the collector and the client are working together, it is important to find a company that you can trust and rely on. Not only is trust imperative with scheduled maintenance, but trust on their thoughts and opinions on operation procedures can be invaluable as well.
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