With the festive season fast approaching, it’s time to gear up for a time of cheer, goodwill, and (unfortunately) a little more waste than usual. From office gatherings to end-of-year inventory adjustments, the festive season can lead to a surge in commercial waste. But there’s no need to be a Grinch about it. In this blog post, we’ll share five practical ways to prepare your commercial waste for the Christmas period, all while keeping things easy and eco-friendly.
1. Take Stock of Your Waste
Before the holiday hustle and bustle takes over, pause for a moment to understand what types of waste your business generates. Sort them into categories like recyclables, non-recyclables, glass etc. It’s a bit like tidying up before the in-laws come to visit…
2. Educate Your Team
Encourage your staff to be mindful of their waste habits during the holiday season. You don’t need to be the “Waste Police,” but a gentle nudge towards responsible waste practices can go a long way. Consider sending out reminders or even hosting a casual chat about recycling and its benefits.
3. Make Recycling a Breeze
If your workplace doesn’t already have a recycling program, now’s a good time to start one. With 360 Waste Management, you can receive a free waste audit and have your tailored commercial waste management plan set up for you!
4. Say “No” to Waste, Not to Fun
Single-use items can pile up during the holidays, especially at parties and gatherings. Swap out disposable plates, cups, and cutlery for more eco-friendly options. Not only does this help reduce waste, but it also sets a positive example for your team and clients.
5. Handle Glass Waste with Care
As your business gears up for the festive season, you may find yourself dealing with an increased volume of glass waste. Ensure that it is handled responsibly, whether through recycling or other sustainable practices such as reusing or repurposing.
Bonus Tip: Plan for Holiday Collection Changes
The holidays might bring changes to your regular waste collection schedule. Stay in touch with your waste management provider to ensure your waste is collected on time. This way, you can focus on the festivities without worrying about overflowing bins.
In a nutshell, getting your commercial waste holiday-ready doesn’t have to be a daunting task. By understanding your waste, gently educating your team, introducing recycling, reducing single-use items, and handling glass waste with care, you’re taking a step in the right direction. It’s all about making the holiday season a time of celebration, not a time of excess waste. Let’s keep it simple and sustainable!