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7 Steps From Waste Management To Resource Management

Almost every company or organization does something about waste management. But if we look at all our material flows with a broader and integral view, there is much more to be gained. Waste Management Sheffield discussed seven steps from waste management to resource management.

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Waste management is often driven by cost savings. The less waste you have to process, the less it costs. But what if we move towards value creation and work towards new revenue models from our material flows? From this perspective, waste - and broader materials - become part of the core business of the company and therefore valuable instead of worthless. Valuable because:

  • You make a waste or residual flow a product that you can use in your own business or can sell to your customers and therefore have to buy less at the front and possibly earn something from it;
  • Flow exchanges with your neighbors in the same business park with additional economic and ecological benefits;
  • You retain ownership of your products, materials and raw materials so that you are assured of your required materials and that they will continue to deliver something to you as a company in the future;
  • You significantly save on raw materials by circularly designing your product and preventing your packaging or cutting waste in the production process as much as possible.

And all of them can also be linked to an inspiring marketing story! With waste separation, you simply do not distinguish yourself as a company anymore, no matter how nice and practical your waste bins are.

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But how do you as a company or organization of waste management go to resource management? These seven steps explained this:

1. Map out your material flows

Look in every part of the chain (purchasing, production, sales, use, end-of-life) what goes in and out of flows. What are the volumes, composition of materials, costs and revenues from the material flows, continuity of the flows, etc. If you have mapped material flows well, you can look at where there are business opportunities. Where is the value loss? That is precisely where the opportunities for value creation lie!

2. Create value creation

The core of a circular economy is that more than just financial value is created in the core business, so economically, ecologically and socially. This is often a dilemma, because a positive impact on the one can have a negative impact on the other. In short, learn to balance!

3. Close cycles

Which cycles with a positive business case can you conclude as a company and provide a 'higher-quality' solution in a circular economy (compared to the current situation)? Is this possible internally in your own organization, on the business park where you are located, in the region, chain or branch you are in? Of course it is often easier to start with a cycle in your own organization or the surrounding environment, than to enter into a complex, large-scale chain collaboration and realize value cycles with different material flows. But as always: start somewhere! For example, there is a machine on the market that converts paper into toilet paper. "Throw a piece or forty sheets into the device and wait about thirty minutes. At that time the paper is cut, dissolved in water, dried and rolled up into a perfect toilet roll. "Unfortunately, the required machine is still too pricey for this, but fortunately developments are fast!

4. Purchasing: Is it necessary at all?

Of course, raw material management is not just about the back of your company, but about the front, about purchasing. Particularly if you are going to develop your product based on circular design strategies and organize your operations in a circular manner, you will significantly reduce your resource use.

5. What is your minefield? Work together!

We cannot emphasize it enough. You can not just realize a circular business management as an organization. You need other parties for that. Each party is potentially a sales market for your material flows or just have the material flows that you need. In the future, we will no longer mince in the regular mines, but for example at your customers, at companies in your own or other branch, at partners in your chain, at companies in the neighborhood, and so on. If you have mapped material flows and also looked at where business cases can be realized, outline the landscape of relevant stakeholders.

6. Preserve the value of your materials

We realize too little what risks are involved with our raw materials. Are we perhaps dependent on raw materials that will run out in a short period of time, or that originate from unstable countries, or that lose their quality? One way to get a better grip on this is to retain ownership over your raw materials. Thomas Rau is a forerunner of this principle and will soon launch a platform called Madaster; through material passports an identity is linked to raw materials so that they keep their value constantly.

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7. The right (wo) man for the job

When we talk about resource management instead of waste management, it makes sense that this requires a different approach. It does not belong under the 'facility management' box, but is about creating new business propositions and create vacancy 'innovation manager'.

Arthurs Waste Management Sheffield

With the help of Arthurs Waste Management Sheffield solutions, you can manage and recycle your waste, reduce your impact on the environment and keep your ecological reputation intact.

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