We all have a duty to do our bit for the planet, but did you know that recycling and reducing waste could also save your company money? We asked Lauren O'Connor, from industrial tool supplier Zoro, to share her insight into how reducing waste can cut business costs.

If you’re one of the 90% of tradesmen who currently don’t recycle their work-related waste (Recycling & Waste World), then you might want to give serious thought to changing your ways it could save your business a fortune. Here, I'll share three simple ways businesses can reduce, reuse and recycle their waste, and explain a bit more about how sustainable practices can save you money in the long run.

Plan carefully and avoid over-ordering

One of the simplest and most effective ways to avoid creating excessive waste is to be as careful as possible when sourcing and ordering your materials, so you don't order more than you need. This will mean you have less excess material at the end of a job, and it will also help to stop overspending on unnecessary materials. Less excess at the end of a project will free up skip and bin space, so you'll save money on waste disposal, too.

Reducing waste Reuse your waste materials

Wherever possible, you'll want to find ways to reuse off-cuts and waste materials: this will both reduce waste and cut the amount you spend on new supplies. You could even try liaising with other businesses to see whether they could find a use for your off-cuts, and vice versa.

If you find you have a lot of waste packaging after deliveries, try asking your suppliers if they'd like to reuse this, as many will reuse items like boxes, bulk bags, or pallets.

Be seen as an eco-conscious business – and increase trade


The public is becoming increasingly aware of environmental issues and, as a result, they’re much more likely to hire eco-conscious companies. So, cultivating a reputation as a sustainable organisation can work wonders when it comes to attracting new clients, too.

Recycling and reducing waste can have a whole host of benefits, so it’s well worth having a look at your own waste policies to see what you can do — it could just save you some money. For more information please visit www.zoro.co.uk




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