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Food manufacturing companies are faced with many challenges of which one is: how to reduce the amount of waste they produce during the manufacturing process. The average manufacturing enterprise produces enormous amounts of waste each month, which is alarming for any company looking to become more environmentally friendly. Thankfully, there are many ways that manufacturing companies can help themselves reach zero-waste goals and be more sustainable in their practices. In this post we’ll go over some tips on how to move closer toward becoming a zero-waste business! 

In order to get started with reducing your company’s environmental impact, it’s important to first understand what you’re currently producing as far as materials go. It could be helpful to create an inventory of all the raw materials that come into the factory on a monthly basis or even just have someone do a quick audit for you if you don’t have that information readily available. Doing so will allow you to identify which items pose more risk than others.

Another way to do this is by reducing the amount of material that is wasted during production processes, which can be done through better design, reuse or recycling. Manufacturing companies are one of the largest contributors to landfill waste. With better planning, the first R (Reduce) can kick the process in motion; your company can create a cleaner environmental plan that saves money on manufacturing costs. Then, look at how reusing materials can decrease manufacturing cost and produce less waste. Next, explore how designing products with recyclability in mind helps keep them out of landfills. Finally, some businesses have found success by processing their packaging waste, turning it into something new, like recycled plastic containers! It’s time to think out of the box and take the challenge of making your process more sustainable.

Reducing waste in a factory is of course an ongoing process. To make positive strides, you also need to identify where the most significant sources of waste are and work on reducing them. Inventorying your raw materials or designing processes that reduce wastage will be key steps for keeping production costs down while also making sure you stay environmentally conscious. 

An expert on waste minimisation can not only help you with impact studies  that can lead to reduced defects and over production, but can also get a sustainable solution for such waste. Wastage during transport or cooling storage that was either defect or miscalculated time frames of delivery or even just plain human error can come at a price that digs into your bottom line. We believe that our 3P’s are all of the same importance, and none is more important than the other. When you then plan your profits, care for your people, and your planet, we know that most business owners and or executive teams don’t always have an environmental specialist on board to help with the later; which brings us to the last point: 

Partner with a reputable waste management company to set up an efficient sorting and recycling process at the end of the process for your plant site. If you are serious about achieving zero waste, it is now more crucial than ever to get all the right stakeholders in place that will implement viable solutions in attaining your zero waste goals.

SmartMatta has helped dozens of successful companies achieve zero landfill status, and we’re ready to do the same for you. Partner with us today to learn more about how we can help your company take those first few necessary baby steps towards zero-waste manufacturing! The process may be long and arduous but we know that with enough hard work it can become a reality. Get in touch with an expert.

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