Unit 1: Business culture and responsibilities
Learning Outcome: 01
Task 1.1 Produce a report on ‘improving the sustainability within a business environment’ by ‘analyzing the benefits of keeping the waste to a minimum.
Waste is a resource that can lead to greater business productivity if managed correctly. There are many things you can do to manage your waste effectively. The three Rs – reduce, reuse, and recycle – can help you, the community, and the environment. Measure the amount of waste that is being collected from different sites. It is common to weigh the skips and convey the amount to an organization via bills from the waste management company, but smaller bins or collections of sacks aren’t weighed or recorded. Due to the reduction of waste at work, as a good corporate citizen, clients and customers can help to establish the image of the company.
Waste management is the process of treating solid wastes and offers a variety of solutions for recycling items that don’t belong to trash. It is about how garbage can be used as a valuable resource. Managing and handling waste is expensive and reducing the quantity of waste sent on to the lowland will bring giant savings in lowland tax. A lot of economical use of product means that reduced prices of buying new materials. The economic benefits of waste management are widely discussed all over the world but not practiced in some developing countries like Sri Lanka. However, although not familiar for Sri Lankans, waste management is an industry where the private sector companies engaged in collecting and managing waste and make profits contributing to the economy as well. One of the biggest waste management companies in the UK recorded revenues of £927.5 million for the financial year 2016.
Soil, water, and air pollution can all be a result of improper waste disposal and occurs when either of them becomes contaminated with hazardous materials. Not only does this contribute to the creation of greenhouse gas effects but also causes significant harm to marine and wildlife. Apart from this improper waste disposal can also have adverse health effects on humans as over the years it has been responsible for causing several diseases and in some cases even death. The dangerous effects of improper waste disposal are soil contamination which occurs when hazardous chemicals come into contact with the soil. These chemicals are absorbed by plants which are later utilized by other organisms including humans which as a result can cause disease or even death. Improper waste disposal can also interfere with the food supply as plant growth is impaired reducing the amount of food produced.
Employee motivation and morale:
For hazardous waste generators, the unsung heroes of your organization are the men and women that handle your company’s health and safety programs. For many companies, these are the people that are tasked with handling your hazardous waste streams. It is easy to marginalize these workers as “the people that take out the trash,” or “the folks that do the grunt work,” however the jobs that they perform are some of the most crucial in your organization. These workers impact not only the financial health of your company but also the lives of every employee in your organization. If they perform their jobs well, they can keep your company out of regulatory hot water and keep your employees safe, however, if they are not motivated, disengaged, or feel disconnected, the results can be catastrophic.
Task 1.2(a): Write a report on the agreed procedures for ‘recycling’
Recycling is processing used materials (waste) into new, useful products. This is done to reduce the use of raw materials that would have been used. Recycling also uses less energy and a great way of controlling air, water, and land pollution. Recycling is the process of breaking down and re-using materials that would otherwise be thrown away as trash. Many communities and businesses make it easy to recycle by placing labeled containers in the open for public use or providing bins for home and business owners who have curbside pickup. There are numerous benefits to recycling, and with so many new technologies making even more materials recyclable, with everyone’s help we can clean up our Earth.
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Recycling not only benefits the environment but also has a positive effect on the economy. Recycling is reported throughout human history but has come a long way since the time of Plato when humans re-used broken tools and pottery when materials were scarce. Today, there is a multitude of benefits that come from recycling as well as tons of items that can be recycled. Keeping recyclable and compostable materials out of the garbage is an excellent first step toward cost savings and improved operational efficiency. It is easy to set up recycling services for the most commonly generated materials, such as cardboard, mixed paper, bottles, cans, food scraps and plant debris. Many waste haulers collect these” standard” recyclables at a discounted rate or at no additional charge if a business or organization is also a commercial garbage collection service customer. For businesses engaged in the sustainability agenda, waste and recycling present a chance to innovate, streamline business operations and create cost savings. Recycling at work is a great way to increase your business sustainability and help to reduce climate change……..