The world will celebrate its 52nd Earth Day on April 22. First recognized in 1970, Earth Day is an annual reminder for businesses, governments, and citizens to take a step back and re-evaluate the ways each impacts our earth. There are plenty of ways to celebrate Earth Day: hosting a trash clean-up, volunteering to plant trees, cleaning up community spaces, donating to charities that support environmental responsibility, and more.
For businesses, Earth Day also marks an important time to look at waste management processes for potential improvements. Here are four actions your business can take to dispose of waste more responsibly this Earth Day and beyond.
1. Educate yourself on current waste and recycling laws
The dangers of climate change are becoming increasingly clear. This has led many municipalities to pass new bills and laws to help slow the Greenhouse Effect. For example, California SB 1383 changes the way businesses must dispose of their organic waste. Failure to comply with this new law will be punishable by fines. Business owners should stay up to date on these changing laws—both state and federal—to stay compliant, avoid fines and reduce greenhouse gases.
2. Conduct a waste & recycling audit
A waste audit can be performed by an internal team member or contracted out to a waste management consultant. Learnings from these audits can also lead to cost-savings on disposals by uncovering ways to dispose of or reuse waste more efficiently and responsibly.