How to Reduce Waste in Your Facility

How to Reduce Waste in Your Facility

We’ve all heard the three Rs: reduce, reuse and recycle. Those last two get a lot of hype, but what about that first one? Reducing waste is one of the best ways you can save time, money and the environment. Maybe your facility already uses eco-friendly products like alternative fiber paper products or recycled resin trash bags. That’s a great start, but being sustainable extends beyond environmentally certified products — it’s about changing behaviors and being mindful of your impact on the earth. Ahead are three key areas in which to reduce waste and renew your commitment to a more sustainable workplace.

Time and Labor

The first way to reduce waste is by lessening the amount of time it takes to complete a task by ensuring your employees have the right cleaning equipment for the job. Make an upfront investment on cleaning equipment now to save time and labor down the road. The right equipment will boost productivity without sacrificing the quality of the work. As an example, the Proteam GoFree backpack vacuum cleans 30% faster than a corded backpack and 5x faster than an upright vacuum. The time saved could be worth far more than the cost of the equipment.

Excess Product

When you use more of a product than you need, you’re not only hit with a higher price tag (with absolutely no return or value), you’re also creating excessive waste that could end up in a landfill or our water systems. Consider these two examples:

  1. The Wrong Size Can Liner If you purchase trash can liners that are too large — more than three or four inches of overhang — you’re paying for a product you simply don’t need. Now, if cost isn’t enough to persuade you, consider how those unfitted can liners look to others: unattractive and messy! A messy trash receptacle can cause the surrounding area to look unkept. Read up on these three steps to find the perfect trash can liner to get your best bag.
  1. Incorrect Chemical Dilutions If your facility uses concentrated chemicals for cleaning, you may conclude that it’s easy to overuse them. However, more isn’t alway better. Using a higher ratio of chemicals than necessary wastes product and poses dangers to the surfaces you’re cleaning, and the environment. A chemical proportioning system helps predict your inventory needs and free up shelf space. It also ensures chemicals are adequately mixed by controlling the dilution at pre-set ratios, providing the perfect balance of chemicals to water for safe and proper cleaning without the waste.

Energy Consumption

The right lighting products, like LED bulbs, will help you reduce utility costs and save energy. Under normal usage (8-12 hours per day) LEDs will last for years — maybe even decades! They burn much cooler and use 90% less energy overall, making them a smart choice to cut costs, wasted energy, and unsustainable practices. As a bonus, the long-lasting bulbs mean less time spent changing them, and a lot less waste going into the landfill.

If that isn’t enough to convince you, we have a few more reasons, too. Find out the top five reasons LEDs are better for your facility.

Earth Month is a good time to revisit old and start new sustainable initiatives at your facility. Focus on waste reduction related to time/labor, excess product, and energy consumption. At HP Products, we can help you make eco-friendly and business-savvy choices this April, and beyond!

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