It’s one thing to handle your waste management responsibly as an individual, or even as a large corporation that has vast resources. But it’s another thing to handle waste management responsibly when you’re a small business trying to make ends meet and trying to grow. Packaging waste, paper and receipts, and office supplies that no longer work can all begin to build up. You may find yourself short on storage space as well as lost when it comes to waste management. How do you keep your workspace from becoming cluttered while still being environmentally conscious? Here are a few tips:

Have a Waste Audit

A waste audit is a way to see exactly what waste management issues you have, what the biggest problem points are, and what you can do about it. You might have your waste management company perform a waste audit or you could use an app to take stock of your waste yourself. Often, changing up your waste management plan can feel overwhelming, but a waste audit can help you figure out what you need to do and where to start.

Commit The Whole Business To Recycling

Get your employees in on it, too. You might simply have one store, with a storefront and an office where you do your work. While recycling in the office is important, it’s also important to recycle in the storefront and throughout the whole business. Have a meeting with all employees to train them in recycling and make it a requirement to working for your business. Whether managers, cashiers, or the owner yourself, recycling should run through the whole business.

Go Reusable

When stocking the kitchen of your small business, it’s easy to fill up on single use items: paper plates, plastic cups, plastic cutlery are all cheap. However, the cost can build up when you have to constantly refresh your supply. It’s better to have reusable mugs, plates, bowls, and silverware. It’s also better for the environment and your waste management. And because you can wash them, you won’t need to buy in bulk and may have more room in your kitchen cabinets to store them. Reusable mugs with your business’s logo on them also makes for great branding.

Look For Local Collectors to Help

In Brazos Valley, especially when you’re outside of Bryan or College Station, it can be hard to find waste management collectors to meet both your trash and recycling needs. It can be harder still to find ones that pick up more plastics than simply #1-2. But that’s exactly what you can find with Brazos Valley Trash Valet & Recycling. Because we accept all materials co-mingled, we can easily accept plastics #1-7 throughout Brazos Valley, making your job easier.

Need to get started with trash and recycling services? Contact BV Trash Valet & Recycling today to sign up for a monthly subscription of weekly trash pickup and complementary recycling services.