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Take the environmental test

By Linda Jackson on 17 September 2016

Take the environmental test

  Has your facility conducted a waste audit identifying the types and amounts of waste generated on-site; locations and reasons why they are generated; cost of disposal; and economical waste reduction solutions?

Have suppliers been encouraged to offer products with reduced or minimal packaging?

Have suppliers been encouraged to offer products with reusable packaging?

If you despatch products, have returnable and reusable containers or the use of fewer layers of packaging materials been considered?

Do you choose products that come in reusable packaging, concentrated forms or that are offered in bulk quantities?

Does a waste reduction program exist that outlines policies and procedures for dealing with waste and assigns responsibilities for all waste-related activities?

Is waste reduction training given to all employees? (Training should be repeated on a regular basis and should teach waste awareness, the impact of various food wastes on the wastewater stream and proper wastehandling methods.)

Are employees trained in the concepts of pollution prevention and how to perform their jobs in order to reduce waste and promote recycling?

Is metal, paper, glass and recyclable plastic segregated for recycling?

Are your packaging materials and other supplies made from recycled materials?

Are paper products such as toilet paper, paper towels, napkins and bags made from recycled paper?

Do you have recycling containers conveniently located in the employee eating area for empty beverage containers?

Have reusable trays, crockery and cutlery been substituted for disposable products?

Is the oil from frying in the canteen kept out of the drains and handled separately?