5 Steps for Optimizing Waste Management at Your Warehouse
BY Erich Lawson
Warehouses are mostly very vast. This makes waste management in such buildings extremely challenging. Besides, waste management mistakes can prove to be very expensive in terms of environmental and ﬁnancial footprints. Hence, the waste management process for a warehouse must be designed with great thought and attention to detail. Early planning for waste handling ensures that the waste is disposed of quickly and eﬃciently with the optimal use of resources. Also, while planning new construction or renovation of the existing building, waste management planning should be prioritized. Listed below are 5 steps to optimize warehouse waste management.
Analyze the current scenario
The ﬁrst step is to get a detailed picture of what your current waste management situation looks like. This will help you identify problem areas and eventually develop relevant solutions. A proper analysis will help you avoid the consequences and hassles of under-sized solutions. For instance, investing in machines that have insuﬃcient capacity to handle the amount of waste generated by your warehouse would mean wastage of valuable resources like time, eﬀorts, and money.
Sort the waste at the source itself
One of the best and the cheapest way to handle waste is sorting it directly at the source. Precious man-hours are saved as the time spent on handling waste is reduced. Transportation costs are cut down. You need not pay a treatment fee to the waste management company if your waste is correctly sorted. With digitization, the process of sorting waste has become relatively simple. The sorting process can be simpliﬁed for your staﬀ by placing marked bins at easily accessible points in the warehouse. The staﬀ only needs to place the right type of waste into the right bin and the rest of the process is automated.
Invest in the right equipment
Selecting the right waste management equipment is extremely important to avoid unnecessary hassles and expenses. Identify the types of waste produced in your warehouse so that you can make the right choice for waste management equipment. With the advancement in technology, waste management equipment has evolved tremendously. It is easy to operate and maintain. For instance, garbage compactor or trash compactors. It will help reduce waste and make it feasible to handle.
Train the employees
Provide relevant training to all the employees regarding the process of waste management. Conduct training workshops designed as per the various departments of waste management. Correct training can equip employees to handle waste management more eﬃciently. Make the process easier for employees. This can be achieved with some simple practices. For instance, place clear signboards which indicate the waste handling protocol.
Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle
Conduct audits to identify the opportunities for reducing, reusing, and recycling waste. Packaging materials are a great example in terms of cutting down waste and associated expenses. By reducing the packaging weight, companies can save a lot of shipping costs as well as the energy involved. Wooden pallets can be easily reused in the warehouse. Businesses can also adopt the concept of returnable product packaging for certain packaging materials which are extremely expensive to manufacture. By making it easier for the customers to return such packaging material, companies can reuse it several times and reduce expenses as well as the amount of waste generated.
Warehouse waste management, if done correctly, can prove to be highly beneﬁcial on a lot of fronts. The key is to plan early, pay attention to detail, identify the bottlenecks, and implement the appropriate solution. It is also important to continually review the entire process as your business grows and transforms to ensure that the process remains optimized.