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Waste Minimisation ‘Tips of the Trade’ Emma Burlow 15 th September 2004. Objectives. To understand the true cost of waste To identify opportunities and quick wins To get your waste minimisation and recycling programme moving with simple communication tools Where to get more help.

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objectives
Objectives
  • To understand the true cost of waste
  • To identify opportunities and quick wins
  • To get your waste minimisation and recycling programme moving with simple communication tools
  • Where to get more help
what is waste minimisation
What is waste minimisation?
  • Reduction of waste at source
  • Reduction in the hazardous nature of waste
  • It is NOT external re-use/recycling, (part of waste management)
  • Includes water, energy, time – all resources
  • Less waste = more profit
the waste hierarchy
The Waste Hierarchy

Highest Priority

  • Elimination
  • Source reduction
  • Re-use
  • Recycling
  • Treatment & disposal

Lowest Priority

making the business case the bottom line
Making the Business Case – The Bottom Line

Turnover £500,000

Profit (@approx 10%) £50,000

Energy/Waste Cost

(@ approx 4% of T/O) £20,000

Savings potential

(approx 20%) £4,000

Represents increase in profit of 8%

Equivalent turnover increase £40,000

the industrial office
The industrial office
  • Quality and Customer Satisfaction are ‘buzz’ words
  • Initiative fatigue
  • Blue Frighteners / White Folders
  • Staff keep head down
  • Tied up capacity
  • Short term goals
  • Mountains of waste
the evolved office
The evolved office
  • Ecosystem view
  • The right information in – the right solution out
  • Cyclical – comes back round
  • Staff rewarded for their input
  • Flexible capacity
  • Long term goals
  • Nothing is wasted
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MUDA
  • Muda = waste, purposelessness and futility
  • Identify this in your workplace e.g.
  • Time
  • Paperwork
  • Human resource
  • Storage space
the 5 whys
The 5 Whys
  • Ask the 5 whys to determine the underlying cause of the MUDA
  • Ask the actual people doing the job down the chain
  • E.g. Bad coffee / triplicate!
mapping a day in the life of the office
Mapping – A Day in the Life of the Office
  • ½ hour brainstorm
  • Visual
  • What happens
  • Who is involved
  • What the Muda is
  • Suggestions for improving your day
who is responsible
Who is responsible?
  • Cleaning?
  • Waste collection ?
  • Recycling ?
  • Communication?
  • Purchasing?
  • Buildings?
innovate
Innovate

"Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons."Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949

where to put the effort
Where to put the effort
  • Which wastes are easiest to eliminate or reduce?
  • Which will need more work?
  • Who do we need to help?
  • How do you compare with other offices?
benchmark office
Benchmark : Office
  • Uses approximately 7 reams of paper per person per year
  • Recycles 100% of all paper
  • Produces around 200kg of waste per staff member per year
  • Achieves an overall recycling rate of 60-70%
  • Uses approximately 7.7m3 (7,700 litres) of water per person per year
tips for success
Tips for Success
  • Networks vs hierarchies
  • Dispel myths and reinforce wins
  • Inclusion and encouragement
  • Patience and perseverance
  • Innovate and use humour
  • Reward the activists
  • Use a consistent approach
quick win tips
Quick win tips
  • Buy a scanner
  • Remove the bins
  • Buy drinking glasses and mugs
  • Reward staff with instant savings
  • Ban printing of email
  • Join the Mayors Green Procurement Code
  • Stationery amnesty
  • Centralise purchasing
linking
Linking
  • Link environmental initiatives to others to give them more weight

E.g. Recycling – donations to favourite charity

Cycle to work day – to health promotion

Green Purchasing – to cost reduction exercise

cracking the hard nuts
Cracking the Hard Nuts
  • Water torture - drip feed
  • Convince the unconvincable
  • Reward the quick joiners
  • Concentrate on small victories
  • 7 steps to selling
  • Revert to trickery…..
what do you stand to gain
What do you stand to gain?
  • Well motivated staff
  • Better morale
  • Charity donations
  • Improved PR
  • Supply chain improvement
  • Cost savings
  • Space savings
summary of envirowise assistance
Summary of Envirowise Assistance
  • Environment and Energy Helpline

0800 585794

  • Free site visits (waste min)
  • Free Publications
  • Workshops & seminars
further help
Further Help
  • Envirowise Helpline - 0800 585794
  • Website - www.envirowise.gov.uk
  • Green Officiency GG256
  • Mayors Green Procurement Code

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