Compliance, waste minimisation and cost reductions. Without the cooperation and understanding of your staff, your waste strategy means nothing.
Pressure is increasing for businesses within the hospitality industry to meet demands of environmental procedure, compliance and corporate responsibility that are being set by both government and consumers.
While having direct benefit for both green thinking customers and our environment, this also has a number of benefits for the businesses undertaking these initiatives. Alongside government backed green financial incentives, compliant businesses are seeing a multitude of increased efficiencies and enhancements:
- Enhanced productivity
- Increased employee satisfaction
- Stronger businesses awareness
- Gaining sustainable accreditations
- Cost savings from waste segregation and decreased waste collections
Perhaps your business is in the process of overhauling future waste management procedure or has recently switched waste contractors. Whatever the case, investments in renewed waste processes make little sense if your employees do not understand or support their implementation.
The hospitality industry on the whole is seeing increasing moves towards the creation of senior management positions and teams to drive efficient and sustainable processes within all areas of their operation.
While this is by no means essential, it highlights the severity and recognition that the largest hotel and restaurant chain operators are applying to sustainable issues. There are still a number of effective ways in which your business can drive a sustainable waste strategy without direct investment into the creation of new teams or roles.
In order fully develop an effective waste strategy you need an in depth understanding of your site and your team.
In order fully develop an effective waste strategy you need an in depth understanding of your site and your team. These are wholly interdependent factors.
Understanding your site.
Stop guessing and identify what is really happening with your waste, where its coming from, how its stored and how your staff process it onsite (if at all). A waste audit can uncover breakdowns, expose areas of large waste production and confirm successes of your team.
Create benchmarks and measurable goals so that you can view your progress and motivate your staff. Ensure recyclable materials are not being mixed with landfill waste. Draw on expert knowledge to see where you can implement long term cost saving solutions and identify how you can obtain green accreditations in the process.
Remember that your site is your staff
It essential that as a part of any waste audit you get together with members from all teams within your business. Identifying the journey of your wastes from source to storage and collection will allow you to note challenges and develop more streamlined solutions.
Compile a list of shared ideas or top concerns in order to found the basis of your environmental policy from a perspective that will be individual to your business and team.
Making your solution individual to your business should motivate your staff to work together as a team for change. Many businesses even adopt incentives for staff for champion their green agenda.
See staff waste training as key investment
Accredited waste courses allow your employees to understanding waste, associated costs of waste, compliance and its environmental impact.
A business can invest heavily into waste audits, waste storage solutions and onsite waste processing technology. However without commitment of staff in implementing these solutions correctly, investments are seemingly devoid of purpose.
Professional courses, can be greatly beneficial in developing the skill sets of your employees. Such as those provided by the Chartered Institute of Wastes Management (CIWM).
Accredited waste courses allow your employees to understanding waste, associated costs of waste, compliance and its environmental impact. As well as how they can apply this knowledge to your specific site environment.
Contributing to the professional development of your team can be a greatly motivating investment from management teams. With time saved from inefficient waste handling or processing it can also lead to a number of additional benefits to service provision and image:
Up to date compliance
Positive corporate stewardship