25 Nov The importance of waste management in reaching net zero
Incorporating sustainable waste management into businesses and communities is vital if the UK is going to reach its ambitious net zero goals. Despite its importance, this topic was somewhat dismissed during COP26. But unnecessary waste must be reduced as we strive for sustainability.
Following the climate conference, it has become clear that businesses must accelerate towards their net zero targets. And one effective way of doing this is by reducing waste and dealing with necessary waste responsibly.
So, why is sustainable waste management so vital in reaching net zero?
The importance of sustainable waste management
Poor waste management has huge implications on air and sea pollution, and overall climate change. In 2019, commercial and industry generated over 37.2 million tonnes of waste in the UK. Recycling rates in the UK are also much lower than most European countries having plateaued since 2013. Not only do these levels of waste impact the environment, but they also cause financial issues for councils and communities.
The main advantages of sustainable waste management are social, economic, and environmental. Sustainably disposing of waste helps to reduce pollution, and in turn, reduce risk to public health. Air and water quality improves, and the environment also benefits from reduced production and harmful emissions.
By choosing to dispose of your waste ethically, not only are you helping the eco-systems, but also your business.
How can it be incorporated into a business?
To start incorporating waste management plans you must first understand which areas of your business generate the most waste. A waste audit involves reviewing the current methods of waste disposal. From there, improvements can be made and businesses can start to reap the rewards of sustainability. Not only will businesses reduce costs by cutting out unnecessary waste, but they can also improve their environmental performance.
As net zero targets are nearing and a consistent stream of government legislation is appearing, businesses across the world are becoming more sustainable and transparent. But this is proving a greater challenge for multi-site businesses.
It is easy for larger businesses to slip into green washed tendencies through short-lived initiatives and less significant projects such as short-term recycling programmes. Multi-site businesses must find ways of being consistently sustainable on a larger scale. This can be achieved through a holistic strategy of operational changes, capital projects, employee engagement and accountability.
How can ESS help?
Becoming efficient is an essential step for the UK when reaching its net zero targets. This means that every aspect of a business must move towards becoming sustainable.
At ESS, we are passionate about getting our clients on the right track towards sustainability. We ensure that waste management systems are the most advantageous for your business, from both a financial and environmental perspective. We carry out a free audit, followed by a site survey. From there we can recommend which aspects of your business could improve.
Get in touch today to find out how we can help you on your journey towards sustainability.