Written by Alesia Griesmyer of SELEE Corporation
Waste reduction, through reduce, reuse, and recycle programs, can have a positive impact on the economy—and your business
The zero waste or zero landfill initiative is becoming more and more popular in business. Companies can now become certified as zero waste to landfill (ZWTL) through third-party organizations. When I started my job at SELEE Corporation, I was told we had a new company initiative to achieve zero waste to landfill by 2025.
With a background in environmental studies, I had always been interested in protecting the environment through sustainable practices, but I had never been faced with such a large, real life challenge to completely change the way a facility thinks of and manages solid waste.
When you stop to think about how much trash we generate daily, just as individuals, it can be overwhelming. Considering this in the context of a business was even more daunting. Implementing change on such a large scale takes time and money; however, I learned that there are many opportunities to save costs and have a positive impact on other areas of the business in the process. I quickly learned that this was not just creating a process change but would require an entire cultural change for both the people working here and the way we do business.
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