With Canadian waste generation at an all-time high, the need for manufacturers and processing industries to adopt innovative waste management solutions is not just beneficial, it’s essential. Canadians produce 694kg of waste per person each year, the most per person in the world! This highlights the urgent need to develop more sustainable waste and energy management strategies.

Wrap More, Waste Less

One key strategy to reduce overall waste production is the use of automated packaging tools. Semi and fully automatic pallet wrappers not only increase wrapping efficiency but greatly reduce material waste when compared to manual hand wrapping. Here’s how:

1) Wrapping patterns are optimized to ensure the minimum amount of material is used without compromising load stability.

2) Film is pre-stretched to reduce the amount needed to wrap a single pallet, potentially saving thousands of dollars annually on stretch film.

For businesses already using automated machinery, a preventative maintenance program is essential to keep equipment operating efficiently, and to maximize useful service life. Facilities should also consider their packaging methods. For example, in some cases, strapping may suffice where pallet wrapping is being used, offering a simple avenue to reduce unnecessary waste.

Recycle Responsibly

Another strategy is to reduce overall waste through a comprehensive recycling program, which can play a key role in responsibly diverting waste from industrial facilities. An internal waste audit will determine a facility’s current ratio of mixed recyclables to general waste. An effective waste management strategy should aim for 60-80% of total waste output to be recyclable.

The most successful recycling programs make the process easy and engaging for their employees to follow. Start by communicating the importance of reaching sustainability goals. Offer clear and simple signage at recycling stations, and hold seminars to teach staff the best recycling practices.

Brighter Lights for Lower Costs

Another strategy is to reduce energy consumption and operational costs with a smart lighting system. These systems utilize sensors to activate bulbs only when people are nearby, and automatically adjust their brightness based on the available natural lighting. Add long lasting LED bulbs as opposed to traditional bulbs to provide more illumination, reduce energy consumption, and lower maintenance costs.

Implementing sustainable practices today is an investment in your company’s future success. Reducing material waste, minimizing energy consumption and improving packaging efficiency not only benefits the planet, but the bottom line.

Reach out to your Bunzl Industrial expert for advice on how to select sustainable industrial packaging products, equipment and innovations that ensure you get more – for less!