Retail Waste Management: Streamlining the process

carboard boxes (retail waste) outside of a shop

When you’re running a busy shop floor, the last thing on your mind is your waste management. However, if not done right, it could be costly for your business. Here’s our top tips for making sure your store’s waste management is as efficient as it can be to help you save your business time and money.

Make the most of equipment

With all the boxes from stock deliveries, it’s likely that you’re going to see some cardboard building up in your stock room. The bulkiness of the material can make it incredibly hard to manage. One of the things you can implement to manage this waste more efficiently is to invest in a baler or compactor. These pieces of equipment work by compressing the waste to make the most of your space.

You could even add our SmartTrash technology onto your compactor to make the most out of the equipment. This will monitor exactly how much waste is in your compactor and alert your waste carrier that you’re ready for a collection. Taking the time and hassle out of your waste management.

Reduce your waste generation

The first step you’ll need to take if you’re looking to streamline your waste management process is to reduce the amount of waste you’re generating in the first place. By switching to reusable bags, using less packaging and avoiding overstocking, your retail business can cut down on the amount of waste it’s producing. If your business can cut down on the amount of waste its producing, you’ll be able to cut down on your waste management costs. There will be less waste to handle, streamlining your waste management process and reducing your costs.

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retail waste outside of a shop

Increase your recycling rates

Recycling is another important aspect you’ll need to look at if you’re trying to improver your retail business’ waste management. Most of the common materials found in a retail setting, such as cardboard and plastic, can be easily recyclable. Therefore, it’s important that you’re recycling as much as you can. By having separate recycling bins in your shop, you can make sure that none of your recyclable materials are contaminated by non-recyclable materials. For example, keeping your food waste out of your recycling means that none of your recyclable materials can be contaminated with food particles. This means you can recycle even more of your waste, cutting down on your waste costs and boosting your environmental credentials.

Consider pallet recycling

It’s likely you’re going to have some pallets sitting around from your deliveries. But, it’s what you do with them afterwards that matters. Working with your suppliers to ensure that any pallets that are delivered are returned and recycled for reuse is an easy way to streamline your waste management process. You can even generate a bit of extra income by recycling your used pallets. This not only means that you can get rid of unused pallets but also helps to generate some extra revenue.

Educate your employees

While implementing new strategies to streamline your retail waste management plan is an important step, you need to make sure your staff are on board every step of the way. Employees should be trained on how to operate any waste management equipment you decide to use as well as how to properly dispose of each waste material they come into contact with. Providing clear instructions and visible signage is an easy way to ensure there are no grey areas when it comes to the correct waste disposal procedure.

Contact us

Looking to streamline your retail waste management process? Our team of experts at Flame UK can help you maximise your store’s recycling and provide regular reporting to ensure complete compliance with all legislation and environmental standards. Contact us today to find out more about how Flame UK can support you when managing your retail waste.

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