Prepare for waste handling changes
If your operations can be completed remotely, expect a lot less waste, but beware cutting down on cleaning unless you can shut down sections of your buildings.
you are likely feeling the pressure to consume more
Paper towels, napkins and wipe usage is likely to rise, and you may see a rise in kleenex consumption if staff can't stay home when they exhibit signs of illness or allergies. Despite the panic buyers, there does not appear to be a good reason to stockpile months worth of toilet paper.
You will likely see a spike in single-use items
The closure of dining areas pushes more food into to-go containers, which are more often than not overpackaged, non-durable and non-recyclable.
have you right sized your collection?
Most companies using wheeled dumpsters or totes are paying for 30-50% more pickups than they really need. Odds are you are paying for the hauler to pick up air.
Are you tracking your waste? (This will be interesting)
You've documented your waste streams, you have the measurement and analysis tools in place.
zero waste policies provide resilience
Businesses that have realized the long term cost saving benefits of a sustainable mindset are better prepared for disaster situations. With the side effects of a pandemic causing much more damage than the virus itself, sustainable businesses are finding that:
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