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Club closes the loop

Sending zero waste to landfill is a key objective for many UK companies as they aim to become more sustainable and efficient.

At this year’s RWM in partner-ship with CIWM exhibition, Saica Natur launched its Zero Waste Club, and members of the team were on hand to advise visitors on the simple but effective steps that they could take to achieve their zero waste objectives.

The club gives members access to best practice advice, easy waste minimisation reporting, simple in-house process improvement tips and peer networking.

Much of this information will be available to members though a dedicated online Zero Waste Club portal. They will also have the opportunity to learn more about the successes of other club members who have instigated new practices through case studies uploaded to the portal.

Simon Dymoke, UK managing director of Saica Natur, says: “Working towards zero waste is a demanding task, but Saica believes that it is something that almost all companies can achieve.

“The scheme will help companies to reduce landfill by instigating new behaviours and processes, identifying opportunities for improvements in performance and putting in place renewable energy alternatives for the remaining residual fraction.”

Obtaining zero waste operations is within the grasp of many UK businesses. Supported by policymakers and industry as the next step in the development of the country’s sustainable economy, the club can help businesses to put in place cost-effective and easy-to-use processes. Many of these can be achieved without external help or resources, leaving only the more stubborn aspects and those that require specialist processing assistance.

Saica Natur is also inviting members to take part in its Roadmap to Zero Waste scheme. This provides advice on key markers and pathways to maximise recycling, then reduce and divert residual waste away from landfill.

The company’s specialists will help businesses to start new behaviours and processes, recommending and providing the right on-site equipment and identifying and putting in place sustainable recycling services and outlets for residuals.   

The club aims to close the recycling loop and educate members on how to achieve this.

It need not be a timely or financially draining process - a few simple measures can be employed by all companies, from retailers through to caterers. Then all will be on the pathway to zero waste.

For more information on the Zero Waste Club, visit: www.b2b.naturuk.saica.com

Top tips to zero waste

  • View waste as a valuable resource - not something you pay someone to landfill. Currently at £64 per tonne, the cost of landfilling waste will rise each year, making it expensive and detrimental to the environment.
  • Know what you have - look through the waste your business produces so you know what you are dealing with and how it can be used. Chances are this waste could be given a new lease of life given the opportunity.
  • Track and manage - track where the waste is going and manage recycling efforts to make sure recycling is seen as a necessity.
  • Get staff involved - achieving zero waste needs to be a company-wide commitment. Do not make recycling and waste sorting a job that employees have to do, but make them realise the benefits of their actions.  l Zero waste is a journey - not just a programme that, once realised, can be forgotten about. It needs to continue and be constantly improved on.
  • Keep in mind the 3Rs - reduce, reuse and recycle.

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