Industrial Waste Disposal Tips for Site Managers

In industrial settings, waste disposal is a critical aspect of operations that can really make or break efficiency. 

Not only does efficient waste management contribute to cost savings and improved sustainability credentials, but it also ensures compliance with key regulations. In this article, the Brown Recycling team is going to be providing 10 essential tips for site managers to improve efficiency and compliance in industrial waste disposal.

  • Conduct a waste audit

We’ve covered waste audits in detail in a previous blog, and you can see the article here. In summary, a waste audit allows you to assess the types and quantities of waste generated by your industrial processes and helps identify opportunities for waste reduction, recycling and proper disposal.

At Brown Recycling, we’ve been carrying out waste audits for companies throughout Staffordshire, Cheshire and the Midlands for decades, so we’re well-equipped to help you streamline your operations. There is no cost for this service. 

  • Implement waste minimisation strategies

Think about ways to minimise waste generation at the source through process optimisation, material substitution and employee training. By adopting lean manufacturing principles, you can significantly reduce waste whilst also improving operational efficiency. 

Once you’ve carried out a waste audit, identifying areas where you can minimise waste generation in the first place will become more apparent.

  • Segregate waste streams

Proper segregation of waste streams is crucial for efficient disposal and recycling. If you haven’t already, establish clearly labelled bins or containers for different types of waste, such as hazardous chemicals, recyclable materials and non-recyclable waste.

With our complete waste management service, we can advise on and supply the right containers for every waste stream, and for every volume of material. And we can also identify opportunities for generating revenue for you from your waste such as scrap metal and other recyclable materials.

  • Invest in recycling infrastructure

If you want to really boost your green credentials, set up recycling programs for materials like paper, cardboard, plastics, metals and electronic waste. 

You can also partner with local recycling facilities or waste management companies like Brown Recycling to ensure proper collection, processing and recycling of these materials. We can create a schedule that works around you, so everything clicks into place with your operations.

  • Stay on top of changing regulations

Industrial waste disposal is all about compliance, so stay informed about the local and national regulations governing it. Make sure that your waste management practices comply with environmental laws as well as permit and reporting requirements, and regularly review and update your procedures to adapt to any changes in regulations. Take professional advice from a reputable waste management provider and help ensure you avoid actions and fines for non-compliance.

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  • Train employees on proper handling

Provide clear and comprehensive training to employees on the safe handling, storage and disposal of any and all industrial waste. By emphasising the importance of following procedures, using personal PPE and reporting any incidents or spills promptly, you can save time in the long run by minimising accidents and mistakes and ensuring your team stays safe too.

  • Utilise reputable waste disposal services

Partner with reputable waste disposal companies that are certified and licensed to handle specific types of industrial waste. With Brown Recycling, you can be sure our disposal facility adheres to all regulatory requirements and follows environmentally responsible practices. That’s why so many companies in manufacturing and other industrial sectors choose us to handle their waste.

  • Implement hazardous waste management plans

Develop detailed hazardous waste management plans for the handling and disposal of hazardous materials – considering the proper labelling, containment and transportation of the waste – as the regulations surrounding this sort of disposal are very strict.

  •  Monitor and track waste metrics

If you really want to know if your waste management efforts are working, you need to start tracking important waste metrics. Establish key performance indicators (KPIs) to monitor waste generation, recycling rates and disposal costs, and regularly track and analyse waste metrics to identify areas for improvement. This way, you can ensure that your operations keep getting more efficient over time.  Your waste management provider should be able to provide key data as part of their reporting.


  • Bake it into your culture 

The most effective way of making large-scale changes to your waste management is by making it part of your company’s ethos. Foster a culture of continuous improvement and sustainability by asking for feedback from employees, conducting regular reviews of waste management practices and implementing innovative solutions to reduce waste and improve efficiency.

Here at Brown Recycling, we’re waste management experts. If you’re interested in learning more about how we can help you ensure your waste management is as efficient as possible – and to check you are also getting the maximum possible value out of your recyclable wastegive us a call. We’ll be happy to help.


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