Unpacking waste problems: strive to follow the three Rs of sustainability

Thursday, 11 March, 2021

From ingredients to paper goods and cleaning supplies, most of the items that your business purchases will arrive in some type of packaging. To reduce packaging waste, strive to follow the three Rs of sustainability.  

Unpacking waste problems and the three Rs of sustainability
REDUCEREUSERECYCLE
  • Ask suppliers to minimize their packaging, using just enough to protect ingredients en route.
  • You can also order in bulk when possible, so you have fewer cartons and less plastic wrap to dispose 
  • Instead of single-use packages and wraps, ask for refillable or reusable containers like plastic crates, wooden pallets, and tarps.
  • Once containers are empty, set them aside in a designated space until the supplier can pick them up again. 
  • Check with your supplier and council to see which materials can be recycled and how they should be cleaned and sorted. Then train staff accordingly, making sure they know recycling is important.
  • You can make the process easier by designating collection areas.
  • Arrange for pickup or drop-off of materials on a regular basis to keep your business clean and uncluttered.