How Your Retail Store Can Effectively Deal with Waste

April 1, 2020

More than ever, each business has a duty to take
reasonable care of the waste it produces. Society is rightfully moving towards
stronger regulations to fight climate change. Waste can also directly harm
people in various ways.

Although every business has to deal with
leftover materials in some form, waste is a particular issue for those in the
retail industry, as deliveries – both inbound and outbound – will feature an
abundance of plastic packaging and cardboard. Any waste needs to be dealt with

To ensure your retail business abides by the regulations that govern its disposal of waste and employees are safe from harm, here is a quick guide to follow:

Review Your Facility

To begin with, closely examine your facility.
How is your business set up to deal with waste? What type of supply chain do
you have in place? Perhaps solving your waste problems could be as simple as
having recyclable containers that are easily visible within your office space.
Or do you need to make other, larger changes?

You can also take a deeper look at your current
product line. If it’s possible to switch to recyclable products, this will help
to reduce any unnecessary waste.

Utilize the Right Machinery
for Recycling

The right machinery, in a nutshell, is a baler.
What is a baler exactly? Well, it can help to condense a wide variety of waste
materials that you throw its way, including plastic, paper, and cardboard.

Using a baler comes with a number of benefits:

  • Recycling helps to comply with
    government regulations
  • It saves a lot of time compared
    to dealing with waste manually
  • A baler is relatively simple to
  • Expenses are reduced due to there
    being less need to dispose of waste
  • Your company appears
    eco-friendly, which is a selling point for your customer base

Do your research as to what baler options are
available on sites like Here you’ll be able to find the machine that fits the specifications
and requirements of your business.

Go Paperless

Considering the world is becoming ever more
digital, going paperless shouldn’t be too painful for your business. Going this
route is, obviously, a useful method for reducing waste.

To ensure the transition to a paperless world is
a seamless one, there are various steps you can take, including everything from paperless meetings to having all
communication done through email and online chat software.  

Reduce Packaging

If you can reduce the need for packaging, it’s
one of the best ways to eliminate waste before it becomes a significant issue.

For instance, if you run a t-shirt business,
there’s no need to use plastic to keep each shirt packed and organized. 

However, you will mainly be dealing with waste
that is sent to you by suppliers. In this case, see if there are alternative
suppliers that place an emphasis on sustainability, as they will attempt to
avoid using unnecessary materials when possible. The result: you will have less
packaging to recycle and dispose of.


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