DS Smith launches How To Guide to efficient resource management
13 April 2016, News release from DS Smith Recycling
DS Smith has launched a How To Guide promoting best practice and ways to generate the best value from recycling and waste management.
The publication There’s Only One Way features a step-by-step guide to help businesses implement a long-term programme of waste prevention, reuse and recycling. It follows a comprehensive roadmap of the steps that will help businesses be more efficient with their recycling, and to retain the value of the resources they’re throwing away in their ‘waste’.
Tim Price, Marketing Director of DS Smith Recycling, said: “This guide will be a useful addition for any business looking to overhaul its resource management. Recycling should be easy, practical and streamlined, and it is important to get this message across.
“By encouraging waste producers to follow the waste hierarchy starting with prevention, reuse and recycling, businesses can start to see their waste as a resource and start to think about these resources in a circular supply cycle.”
A circular economy is an alternative to the traditional linear economy, which is characterised as ‘make, take, use and lose’. Instead, a circular economy ensures that resources are kept in use for as long as possible, so that the maximum value can be extracted from them while in use. Materials are reused or recycled at the end of their life, to form new raw materials that are used elsewhere in the circular economy. We call this Supply Cycle thinking – a distinct change from a linear economy’s supply chain.
“It’s important to review production processes,” said Tim Price. “How are raw materials purchased, and how are they handled once they come into your business? Don’t just consider waste at the point you produce it: are you losing money by generating too much waste? Understanding what you produce will show you the resources that you can still use. Are all materials necessary?”
The guide covers the key aspects firms need to consider, including waste audits, understanding where materials come from and where they go, the importance of collating data and setting resource management objectives.
“DS Smith helps customers get the best value from their recycling and waste management services through less waste, less cost and less complexity,” added Tim Price. “For example, it’s about understanding what is in your bin and how much is actually waste. Too many businesses have unused capacity in their bins and are paying to have fresh air taken away.”
In addition, the guide gives practical advice on the importance of engaging with different stakeholders and ensuring legal compliance as well as communicating achievements internally and externally.
To download a copy of There’s Only One Way, click here