A company's operations should aim at material efficiency and reducing the amount of waste. As owner of the waste, a company is responsible for organising its own waste management, with a few exceptions. Waste management in a company covers
transport to an appropriate waste collection point.
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.
In its simplest form, mapping the current situation of waste management means determining the amount and quality of waste generated by your operations and determining the measures necessary to process them. 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. You can also outsource mapping and your entire waste management organisation.
Waste storage and transport
The storage and transport of waste is regulated by the Waste Act and Decree. The general instruction is that waste must be stored in suitable containers and that the containers must be placed in suitable locations so that emptying them does not cause damage to the environment or human health.
Companies can purchase waste management services from the company of their choosing that has the necessary permits. The selected waste management service company handles waste transport and the appropriate waste containers. 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. The 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. The personnel must be aware of issues related to waste management in order for waste management to work in the best possible manner.
Sorting waste and recycling
Waste must be sorted and treated in accordance with the valid legislation and regulations. Hazardous waste may not be mixed, for example, and special care must be taken in the treatment of hazardous waste. Waste management companies can provide information on sorting waste and the possibilities of sorting various types of waste.
Waste transport and dealership