Reducing waste from manufacturing operations can help the environment and your business by:
- Saving landfill space and improving environmental quality
- Reducing operating and waste disposal costs
- Generating revenue from recycling and reusing materials
- Demonstrating a positive image to your neighbors and customers
It is critical that applicable environmental and other laws/regulations are followed in implementing waste reduction activities. For example, operations in the USA that accumulate certain quantities of hazardous waste are required to periodically report to EPA on their waste reduction measures, and there are federal/state regulations that govern certain types of materials destined for recycling.