There has been a lot of conversation on waste management in recent years. Many people wish to know the role that they can play in the whole conversation. The conversation is essential for retail stores and retailers as commercial avenues are some of the significant contributors to waste in landfills.
It can also be beneficial for stores to partake in commercial recycling. We have listed some ways that retailers may benefit below:
1. Helps Reduce Waste Management Costs
Regardless of your processes’ efficiency, there will be some waste in your facility. It can accumulate over time and create a lot of problems in storage. Setting up a waste management system and recycling your waste can help you save money on storing your waste. Trash disposals also require you to set up a system for pick-ups as you send your trash to landfills. If you implement a recycling program, you will require less frequent trash pick-up, thus lowering the overall costs for your business.
2. Sell Recyclables to Other Stores/ Companies
Even if you’re not cutting costs, there are ways for you to benefit from recycling by making more money. There are recyclables in every business that holds a lot of value, and your retail store can get money for them when sold.
Before you can set out to sell some of these recyclables, you must collect them and categorize them, so you’re more organized.
The categories are as follows:
● The Paper Category
This includes scrap paper or any office paper that you have lying around. Many stores use paper to pack breakables; thus, you can outsource it instead of dumping it.
Metal is a valuable material; scrap metals like aluminum, copper, and steel are all recyclable and may also generate a profit.
Suppose you have any old electronics lying around. In that case, you can also sell these to scrappers, as many of these electronics contain elements and devices that many retailers and other industries may use.
3. Lengthier Product Cycles
As a retailer, you can constantly reuse assorted products for your benefit. One of the major things you can do is create multiple uses of one kind of material. If you’re a clothing manufacturer, scraps of fabric can be woven into clothing key chains, scrunchies, etc. You could also replace things like single-use plastic with a multi-use glass alternative. Applying this kind of commercial recycling can increase the length of product cycles so that you have less need to buy newer materials which will help cut costs.
4. Follow Regulations for Waste Recycling
The growing awareness amongst people and governments means that your customers are also likely to consume consciously. You must follow the rules set by the government and governing bodies for commercial recycling to continue your business. Furthermore, failing to do so may affect your repertoire, and your customer clientele may no longer want to be in business with you for not following specific rules. Thus, be sure you’re not violating any major laws, such as mandatory recycling laws, landfill bans, and hazardous disposal practices.