Key Components of Your Business’ Solid Waste Management System

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Key Components of Your Business’ Solid Waste Management System

January 13, 2022

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Key Components of Solid Waste Management for Businesses

Commercial and industrial facilities generate massive amounts of waste that typically ends up in Australia’s landfills. Instituting proper waste management procedures at a facility and council level ensures the waste doesn’t overwhelm our landfills and is processed, recycled and handled more sustainably.

When it comes to Australia’s commercial and industrial sectors, understanding the importance of solid waste management can drastically reduce the cost of improperly disposed waste and its impact on our environment.

5 Ways to Solve Waste Disposal Problems

There are 5 essential steps in the waste lifecycle:

  1. Waste generation
  2. On-site waste management
  3. Waste collection
  4. Waste transfer
  5. Waste processing and disposal

No matter where your company falls, understanding the steps before and after can help you optimise your solid waste management processes. In this article, Wastech Engineering explains how businesses and major councils alike can contribute to more sustainable waste management processes in Australia.

Waste Generation

Waste generation happens everywhere: households, commercial facilities, industrial sectors. Solid waste management is only as actionable as a company’s awareness about the types and frequency of the waste they produce. For example, an office may primarily generate paper waste, while a restaurant creates food waste, and a construction site generates rock waste. What kind of waste do you generate and process?

On-Site Waste Management

On-site waste management addresses how a company stores the particular types of waste they produce. Having a skip bin on-site may not be the most suitable solution for the kind and volume of waste a given company generates. If you find that your skip bin is overflowing long before collection day, you may need a more advanced on-site waste management solution, like a baler. Balers compact recyclable materials into blocks, reducing the volume of waste.

Waste Collection

The next step in the waste management process is waste collection. During waste collection, garbage trucks (transfer trailers) come to a facility and collect the waste from garbage cans, recycling bins and skip bins.

Waste Transfer

After the transfer trailers collect the waste from facilities around Australia, they bring it to a waste transfer station. This is one of the most critical steps for council-level decision-makers because modern waste and recycling equipment can sort and handle waste more effectively.

Waste transfer stations sort and consolidate waste from various sources so it can be transported to the proper facility. For example, a disposal vehicle arrives at a waste transfer facility with mixed waste and recyclables. The waste is unloaded and moved through a sorting system to separate garbage, different recyclables, hazardous waste, etc. Then, it is reloaded into the appropriate transfer trailers and taken to a facility for processing and disposal.

Waste Processing and Disposal

When the transfer trailers arrive at the appropriate facility, the facility then must process and dispose of the materials. For instance, paper waste goes to a recycling facility for processing. Garbage goes to a landfill. Hazardous waste goes to a special facility for safe disposal and storage.

Having proper waste processing and material recovery facilities is the most critical stage of solid waste management. If materials aren’t processed correctly, and facilities lack proper waste and recycling equipment, then it discredits all of the previous steps to crush, compact, sort and transport the waste.

Get More Recommendations to Improve Solid Waste Management

There you have it: 5 ways to solve waste disposal problems at your facility or within your industry sector. From companies looking for waste reduction solutions to waste transfer stations in need of more suitable equipment, Wastech Engineering can help. We provide quality, efficient waste and recycling equipment to streamline crushing, depackaging, sorting and handling massive amounts of waste in Australia.

If your company is interested in custom waste management equipment, set up a consultation with Wastech Engineering by calling us on 1800 465 465 or find more information online.

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