Have you ever thought how much waste your business sends to the landfill? The textile industry, for example, sends over 92 million tons of textile waste each year. YIKES! As commercial business and industries continue to expand, companies are trying to do their part in preserving the environment and protecting the planet. When you use a responsible waste management service provider and strive for zero waste, you can significantly reduce the risk of pollution, equaling a cleaner environment with healthier communities.
But, like any good businessperson, you are asking yourself, is this necessary and how much is this going to cost. “Going green” looks good on paper, but how can we really do it cost effectively? Well, let’s step back a bit and look at how your expenses for waste has increased. Waste disposal expenses have risen progressively by greater than 28-percent over the last 10 years. By having your organization send less material to the landfill and recovering value from waste commodities, “going zero” makes it possible to decrease your business environmental footprint and improve its financial health.
At VLS, we promote a zero-waste mindset to focus on protecting the environment. Zero waste involves minimizing the materials we deposit into landfills through sustainable waste practices. Our mission is to recycle or reuse as many waste products as possible in order to help organizations get closer to or obtain zero waste certification.
To become a zero-waste business, and to be certified, at least 90% of your company’s discarded materials must be diverted out of the landfill. At VLS, we pride ourselves on the broad range of services we offer. While some companies need to employ the services of several different service providers to help a company become compliant, VLS can assist with just one team – helping each step of the way. Our vast knowledge and industry expertise allow us to use innovative waste-to-energy and recycling techniques for waste processing. As you go down the road to Zero Waste – here are some things to consider:
What Is Your Current Waste Stream Management?
To begin, take a step back and look at what you are currently doing in your organization.
- Analyze your waste sources and the volume of waste your business is generating. Establish a baseline number to track how your waste is decreasing over time.
- How are you collecting the waste? Make sure the right collection container is in the right spot for optimal convenience.
- If this is way too much for you to do, just ask our team! VLS can perform an expert audit of waste in your facility and/or business. Our audits include an in-depth analysis of waste generation, management, sources, along with accumulating, sorting, weighing, and recognizing items to be recycled or reused.
How Are You Going To Reduce Your Organization’s Waste?
To become a zero-waste organization, you need to take the information you learned in the waste stream and create a plan on the best way to move your waste out of the landfills. The next step is creating a waste management plan and getting your team to buy into the reasons why this is important is the next best step.
As an example, our Brent facility manufacturers alternative engineered fuel from industrial plan trash and other dry materials to help our customers achieve their zero-waste goals. We use the by-products of waste incineration to generate fuel, heat and electricity while avoiding landfills. Our waste-to-energy process results in zero ash. Just one innovative solution we are doing to help our customers get to their zero goals.
Zero-waste is not just a about reusing and recycling – it is the whole mindset for your organization. Who who wouldn’t want a residual to be the community and organization we live, work and grow to be cleaner and filled with less waste? Long-lasting sustainability as well as zero waste is the best way for companies to get the most value from their waste streams.
Like anything, don’t go down this road alone – partner with an expert. VLS offers you a one-stop shop experience and sustainability partnership. As nationwide waste experts to a variety of industries, VLS is able to provide reuse, recycling, and waste removal programs fitting your business needs. Call us today to continue or kick start your zero waste journey.