Organising waste management
As owner of the waste, a company must manage the organisation of its own waste management with a few exceptions. Waste management within a company covers waste identification, sorting, storage and transport to a suitable waste collection point. Mapping the current status of waste management will initiate waste management organisation in the company.
Mapping the current waste management
Companies should determine the waste they generate as well as the means to reduce the amount of waste and its harmfulness. The municipal waste management regulations must also be determined.
In its simplest form, mapping the current situation of waste management means determining the amount and quality of waste generated by the operations and determining the measures to process them. You can also outsource mapping and the entire waste management organisation.
You can start with simple checklists that help you determine whether the company generates hazardous waste, waste that should be avoided or waste that can be utilised.
Waste storage and transport
Municipal waste management regulations address waste storage and transport. The general instruction is that waste must be stored in suitable containers and the containers must be placed in suitable locations so that emptying them does not cause damage to the environment or other activities.
Waste transport is organised with a waste management service provider that holds the necessary permits. The company handing over waste for transport is responsible for the waste being what the company has claimed it to be.
Drafting waste management instructions will clarify waste management issues within the company. Waste management instructions will detail what should be done with waste and where it should be taken, as well as who is responsible for waste management or a certain section of it. Personnel must be aware of issues related to waste management in order for waste management to work in the best possible manner.