Distribution and packaging companies need to plan how they handle the huge surge in business coming their way ahead of peak times throughout the year. With the increase in online shopping, these businesses are faced with a multitude of challenges, particularly when it comes to waste management.
The majority of warehouses are vast, which makes waste management in such centres extremely challenging. The mismanagement of waste can prove to be very expensive in terms of environmental and financial footprints, hence the waste management process for a distribution centre must be designed with great thought and attention to detail.
Early planning for the handling of waste ensures that the waste is disposed of quickly and efficiently with the optimal use of resources. Here are some of our top tips for distribution centres to manage a busy season, like Back-to-School, holidays or Black Friday.
- Start liaising early with clients about their seasonal ranges, offers, expected demand levels and any packaging and delivery promises they intend to make to their customers, which you will be expected to fulfil.
- Discuss and agree the schedule of stock deliveries to the warehouse and/or packing and distribution points.
- Liaise on the packaging requirements for different items to ensure that they reach the end customer safely, in one piece and representing the client’s brand as best they can.
- Calculate and pre-order all the packaging required.
- Estimate the amount of packaging that will need to be disposed of and consider how to handle waste materials.
- Work with a waste management company that complies with legislation and can take care of all your waste needs.
Waste management is necessary, not only from a convenience aspect, but also from a legal compliance perspective. Having a waste management plan in place also promotes sustainability.
Great savings can be made by working with a company that offers an entire bouquet of waste management services, not to mention the ease and convenience of a one-bin solution that leaves the hassle of sorting out recyclable materials to them.
When choosing a waste management services provider, ensure they have proper licensing and accreditation that ensures best practise to comply with The National Environmental Management Act, 1998. Waste management is the responsibility of every business and requires companies to comply with the Section 16 regulations to the National Environmental Management: Waste Act that was published in November 2020.
As an industry leader, and a division of Mpact Limited complies with all necessary legislation. However, driving sustainability and the circular economy lies at the heart of our business, so customers can also be assured that their waste is handled ethically and sustainably too.
It may feel like a big undertaking for companies to change waste management partners, which is why Mpact Waste Management offers free audits for businesses. We can keep up with your waste management needs because our approach is specific to your site. We create a waste management system that suits your business needs because we don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to waste management.
We come to you to assess your unique needs in order to tailor the best solution to suit your business. Complete an obligation-free form to book a free audit for your company.