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Waste Reduction and Recycling: What Manufacturing Facilities Should Know

Waste Reduction and Recycling: What Manufacturing Facilities Should Know
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The field of industrial waste material management has evolved immensely over the past few years. Manufacturing facilities particularly are one of the top contenders for waste generation. Therefore, the way that they handle their waste is crucial. Many organizations are embracing innovative ways of managing the waste. The good news is that, since manufacturing facilities are the top producers of waste, they also hold remarkable scope and potential for waste reduction and recycling.
Straight from gathering data to creating a waste management policy to implementing waste reduction and recycling initiatives on the manufacturing floor, there are a few steps involved. This article guides manufacturing facilities with best recommendations to reduce and reuse waste for optimized operations and increased production.
Waste Reduction Tips
It would be not possible to completely get rid of waste generation, but a manufacturing facility can definitely substantially minimize the waste generated by implementing the following tips.
•             The first and foremost step to reducing waste is checking the nature and quantum of waste generated in your manufacturing facility. Survey the trends of waste generation in your facility. Which segments produce the most waste? For instance, some facilities may find that overstocked inventory is a top waste generating area while some may find packaging section to be the main culprit. Next determine what type of items are being cast of as waste the most. For some facilities it could be paper, but for some it might be plastic. The answers to these questions can help you tackle waste management more effectively.
•             Waste examination as described above can help you create a solid program with clear targets towards recycling and waste handling. Create a committee exclusively for waste management to properly execute this plan. Get your employees on board. Their participation can make the manufacturing floor a safer, sustainable, healthier and more efficient workplace. You can even reward waste-reduction efforts by employees to encourage more such efforts.
•             Adapt a closed-loop manufacturing approach for it’s a proactive way of dealing with operations. You can effectively keep track of your inventory and successfully use reused materials in the production cycle. It helps create an effective and efficient manufacturing process which really comprises lean manufacturing. Lean manufacturing techniques can not merely help your facility turn green but more profitable also.
•             observe and stop the use of unsafe materials. Such materials are especially difficult, costly and dangerous to cast out. Choose non-hazardous materials wherever possible.
•             Implement the policy of recouping and reprocess. You would be surprised about the quantum of material which can be restored from waste with the help of various methods such as filtration, electrolysis, centrifugation, reverse osmosis etc. Such materials can commonly be used again which helps reduce the usage of new material and saves your business a lot of money.
Recycling Tips
Most of the manufacturing facilities are responsible for removing good quality materials as waste due to negligence. Such materials can often be conveniently recycled. For instance, a majority of plastics, metal, paper, glass, electronics, textiles etc., can be recycled. There is an array of recycling equipment available such as industrial shredders for recycling paper, wood, rubber, plastics etc. The tips listed below can help you approach recycling at your manufacturing facility strategically for better results.
•             conduct a detailed inspection to understand the nature of materials being dumped frequently at your facility. Then, identify the areas which are top disposers of these waste materials. Find out the recyclable materials. This will help you create a solid strategy to effectively implement recycling projects at your manufacturing facility.
•             Create a recycling team under the waste management committee. Call for all your employees and encourage them to contribute towards the organization’s recycling goals through recognition and rewards. This will help your manufacturing facility attain its recycling goals sooner and more efficiently. You could also ask for their suggestions to improve the process as per the needs of your facility.
•             arranging is an important step which should be carried out mindfully earlier the actual recycling process. Make use of recycling containers for collection. Label them clearly and place them in a way that they are quickly accessible by the employees. Don’t shy away from using the trial and error method. It will help you understand which type of placement of these bins works best for your facility. Proper sorting ensures that the recyclable items reach the suitable place. Assign personnel to track these bins.
•             contact with the local recycling organizations. Cooperate with them. Many of these organizations usually give free counseling on how your facility can adapt the best appropriate recycling approach as per your needs.
•             Make it a point to continually monitor and look for improvement opportunities in your facility’s recycling process. No system is perfect and as time passes, you will mostly discover areas with scope for improvement. You can also conduct a reviews survey among your employees to get a clear picture and ask for their ideas for betterment. This tip will help you enhance your recycling initiatives.
Given the vast nature of manufacturing facilities, implementing waste reduction and recycling programs may seem daunting. Nonetheless, the efforts dedicated toward improved waste management strategy and recycling can gain dual benefits – environmental and financial.
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