This waste register:
As a business, it is important to track the waste that is generated by your operational activities. A waste register can help you to do this, as it is a tool that can be used to track and better manage waste generation and disposal.
The register can tell you the amount of waste that is being produced and discarded over set periods. There are several reasons why having a waste register is a good idea. Firstly, it can help you ensure that you are disposing of waste correctly, it can alert you to recycling opportunities and helps prevents pollution.
Tracking waste can also help you identify problem areas and find ways to reduce or eliminate waste.
The best way to track waste is to use a combination of methods, including observation, measurement, and documentation. Observation is the first step in tracking waste. Look for areas where there is a lot of waste, or where waste seems to be accumulating.
Once you have identified all the sources of waste, break them into individual streams and document the amounts and disposal methods.
Appropriate (colour-coded) storage containers relevant to the types of wastes generated should be made available to use, this will make waste collection and tracking easier.
Where possible, the purchase of materials and goods should target those that generate less waste and materials that can be recycled.
This can include the use of recyclable products; some examples are:
The reduction of waste can be achieved by using recyclable or reusable products such as those listed above. In addition, the purchase of products and services should always be aimed at those that generate less waste.
Preference should be given to contractors who remove their own waste products when they complete a job, e.g. some maintenance contractors may collect used oils and greases they generate and remove them when they leave the worksite. Where possible, equipment components from equipment maintenance activities should be refurbished, so that they can be re-used.
Where possible, all waste materials should be recycled and collected by certified recycling contractors. Procurement should always focus on recyclables over non-recyclables. Good waste management is very important for every business because it helps protect the environment and the health of people.
There are provisions in this register for: