The right waste management provider will steer your organisation towards a sustainable, innovative waste management strategy.
The nexus of that strategy should be a drive to find the most environmentally responsible route, with preventing, reducing and reusing waste being the foundational pillars.
So what should you expect from your waste management provider?
- A legally compliant service offering
Recently, we touched on the pivotal pieces of legislation that serve to bolster waste management in South Africa from a regulatory perspective. Your waste management provider’s service offering should be fully compliant with these.
- Ethical business practices
Good governance, transparency and social impact are key to doing good business. An ethical waste management provider will walk the talk; their values will permeate every aspect of their business. These values should include open and honest communication, and a commitment to providing quality services.
- A sustainable service offering
The circular economy hinges on sustainable waste management. Whether it’s exploring a product’s lifecycle or following a process from beginning to end, your waste management partner should be looking for ways to reduce any negative environmental, social or financial impact.
- Accurate data reporting
Open and transparent reporting is instrumental in gauging how your organisation is managing its waste. A good reporting system shouldbe easily accessible, and provide both qualitative and quantitative information that allows you to monitor the progress of your waste removal.
- Diverting waste from landfill
Zero Waste to landfill is a key principle within the circular economy – and it’s not only about complying with the regulatory framework. The fact of the matter is that South Africa’s landfills are under severe capacity constraints. This, coupled with the duty of care on organisations to act responsibly in managing their waste, means that waste should be diverted from landfills as far as possible.
- Efficient and versatile transport solutions
This can be a catch-22; you need to transport your waste, but doing so means contributing to air and noise pollution. There goes all the hard work you’ve put into reducing your organisation’s carbon footprint! An innovative waste management provider will first focus on reducing the amount of waste produced, on-site composting and reusing – and where waste has to be transported, help find sustainable solutions that divert the waste from landfill and present efficient transport solutions to do so.
And some nice to haves …
- Innovative solutions and new tech
Disruption in waste management means that current solutions go far beyond traditional methods. As we inch towards a circular economy, we need to first look at how we can prevent waste, then investigate means to reduce waste, and lastly look at waste as a valuable commodity. Some innovations in this sphere include composting biodegradable waste for use as bio-fertiliser, turning waste into bricks, and even reprocessing waste into energy.
- Carbon footprint reporting
Data analytics, such as CO2 emission rates, are key to working out the most environmentally friendly and economically effective way to manage your organisation’s waste.
- Social impact
It’s good to get the job done – but it’s better to get the job done with a waste management provider that values the customer and wants to improve the quality of life in the communities in which it operates. After all, waste management is all about environmental impact and improving human health and safety.
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