Envirowise Good Practice Guide – The Key to Reducing Waste Costs

This Good Practice Guide was produced by Envirowise

Achieving cost savings and other benefits from adopting a systematic waste minimisation programme depends on regular measurement and analysis of the resources (raw materials, energy, water, packaging,

Achieving cost savings and other benefits from adopting a systematic waste minimisation programme depends on regular measurement and analysis of the resources (raw materials, energy, water, packaging, etc) used by your company and the wastes it produces. This Good Practice Guide explains how a measuring to manage programme can help your company save money by improving the management of its processes to become more resource efficient. Measuring to manage can also help your company to improve its environmental performance and to identify opportunities to increase throughput without the need for major investment.

Taking regular measurements and analysing data will help you to:

  • reduce the true cost of waste to your company;

  • determine the base-line against which to judge the progress of your waste minimisation programme;
  • identify cost-effective opportunities to prevent and reduce waste;
  • control your process(es) more effectively;
  • set improvement objectives and targets;
  • determine progress towards your targets and set new ones.
  • The Guide, which is applicable to companies of all sizes and from all sectors of industry, describes:

    • how to gather relevant data;

  • techniques that can be used to analyse your collected data;
  • how to make use of the information to achieve cost-effective improvements to reduce waste and resource use;
  • the use of key environmental performance indicators;
  • the link between measuring to manage and environmental management systems.
  • Ten industry examples illustrate the cost savings and other benefits that can be achieved by companies of all sizes and types by adopting a

    measuring to manage programme.

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