A recent Unilever study shows that a third of consumers are now choosing to buy from brands that they believe are doing social or environmental good. To put it simply, being aware of your company’s environmental impact and striving to make it more sustainable could, in addition to helping the world as a whole, potentially translate directly into profit. The same study supports this by revealing that the Unilever brands that have integrated sustainability into both their purpose and products are growing 30% faster than those that aren’t.
One of the simplest, most cost-effective ways to instantly make your business more eco-friendly is to invest in a waste compactor machine. Waste compactors, like those found here, help the environment in numerous ways long-term, but they could also benefit your company on a day-to-day basis too. Here we look at three key reasons why a waste compactor might be a good idea for your business.
#1: More Efficient Recycling
Automatic recycling balers save time and effort by compacting all your recyclable materials into solid blocks. There is no need to sift through mounds of cardboard, plastics and metals, separating them accordingly; the machine does all the work for you.
Compactors are simple to use, and require practically no staff training prior to operation. They can be loaded by hand, and with one simple push of a button will compact all of the many items inside into one big chunk. Compacting recyclable waste into standalone bales also makes it easier for recycling companies, who will also pay for them, to collect.
Some smaller compactors are even portable, ensuring maximum efficiency and flexibility at all times. Portable compactors are perfect for business with reduced space or that don’t produce a huge amount of waste.
#2: Reduce Carbon Footprint
It goes without saying that recycling is good, and any company that takes the initiative to set up and maintain a recycling system is on the right path. Waste compactors take this up a notch, not just by increasing recycling efficiency but by reducing auxiliary carbon emissions too.
Because the sheer volume of waste is far smaller once it’s been compacted, it will require fewer trips to transport all of the material to landfills or recycling centres. Fewer trips of course equates to fewer mileage, and thus fewer greenhouse gas emissions from the vehicles used for transportation. What’s more, the non-recyclable waste you produce will, when compacted, take up less space in landfill.
And, as previously mentioned, a company making a conscious effort to reduce their carbon footprint is likely to be more popular in the current environmentally-aware consumer market.
#3: Improve Sanitation on Your Property
We’ve all seen businesses, restaurants and venues with overflowing bins outside. Sometimes extra rubbish is even piled up on the floor too. This is not a good look for any company, and suggests laziness or negligence. Standard bins, which of course also have a tendency to fall over and spill their contents everywhere, are made obsolete by waste compacting units, which remove waste pile-up and make premises look far more clean and presentable (compactors in general also take up less floor space than bins and skips).
Furthermore, compactors also eliminate many common hygiene and safety issues caused by waste storage on site. Leaking liquids, trip hazards, vermin infestation and even stealing are all potential problems faced by standard bins on any property, but are instantly eliminated by using waste compactors. With a legal obligation to ensure employees and others remain safe on company property, proper waste storage and disposal is vital, and waste compactors make this far easier to achieve.