Waste management affects all of us continually; reducing waste is a key part of any green strategy. The easiest way to reduce our waste is to tackle it at its source, in our behaviour, and our purchasing.

It needs to be managed wisely: Rethink, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle waste as much as possible. This not only helps to save the environment, but also saves your business money (it costs your business money to collect all your waste. The more waste you reduce, the more you save.)

In a region, where there is a strong summer peak in tourism activities waste management requires special attention. Both, tourists and businesses have a role to play to keep the environment clean and follow an effective waste management regime.

Reduce your waste by changing your practices and those of your staff:

  • Monitor your stock control and ensure that you do not order excess material
  • Only buy the food quantity you require
  • Compost your organic waste, and try to avoid food waste
  • Print green; avoid unnecessary printing costs; only print documents when necessary, Avoid using colour ink when possible
  • Print on both sides (duplex setting)
  • Use recycled paper to print and old paper as a draft
  • Minimize disposable products, (carafe of water instead of bottle of water)
  • Operate strict recycling methods and ensure that all staff understand: which bins are used for which material, label or colour code bins to ensure this
  • Put your waste (packaging, cigarette butts etc) in a bin. Follow the Leave no Trace principles – www.leavenotraceireland.org
  •  Encourage your staff and visitor to pay attention to their waste

Change your purchasing behaviour:

  • Use refillable products such as ink cartridges and cleaning products
  • Buy rechargeable batteries
  • Try to repair instead of buying new
  • Buy recycled and recyclable products
  • Buy in bulk, cutting down on both cost and packaging

You can find further advice on the following websites:

Rethink waste NI: tips, actions to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle waste.  Downloadable information available.

WRAP, Envirowise: free, independent advice to UK businesses. This assistance enables companies to increase profitability and reduce environmental impact and waste management.

Recycle Now: gives detailed, information on what can be recycled and how, and where to buy recycled products.

Love food hate waste: provides advice to reduce food waste.

North West Region Waste Management Group: Management council group in Coleraine, Ballymoney, Moyle … have a look on your council website to discover more information about the collection day, etc.