Supporting Circular Economy Businesses For A Sustainable Future

CIRCULAR BUSINESS MODELS RESHAPING INDUSTRIES

With resource scarcity and environmental issues becoming more pressing, the idea of a circular economy is increasingly seen as the way ahead for a sustainable future. ⁤⁤Unlike the traditional linear economic model, which follows a “take, make, dispose” pattern, a circular economy aims to boost resource efficiency and decrease waste by extending the life of materials. The success of this economic model depends on circular economy businesses that place a high priority on sustainability and innovation in their operations to contribute to the circularity model. ⁤⁤Like Nationwide Waste, businesses that follow the circular economy and prioritise sustainable waste management processes, can be supported in a number of ways. ⁤⁤Simple actions that can lessen cross contamination and produce higher quality, more sustainable waste outputs.

 

SUPPORTING CIRCULAR BUSINESSES AND WHY IT MATTERS

Utilising recycling, remanufacturing, reuse, and repair to keep goods and resources in circulation is the foundation of the circular economy concept. The creation and growth of a circular economy requires a multifaceted approach including a variety of stakeholders, such as policymakers, corporations, consumers, and industry leaders. As an innovative industry leader in waste management, a circular economy approach is at the heart of our business. The Nationwide team are experts in the development and implementation of sustainable waste management practices and simplifying this process for our clients. 

 

The availability of uncontaminated single-stream recyclable waste is a crucial element of creating a circular economy. Ensuring the effective collection and sorting of materials, resulting in high-quality recyclable outputs, creates less expensive waste that can easily be recycled into new goods. Businesses who focus on transforming these outputs are essential to the growth of the circular economy as they provide new goods and services that support sustainability objectives. 

 

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation supports the circular economy approach and the three pillars associated with transitioning to this model. 

 

Source: The Ellen MacArthur Foundation

 

THREE STEPS TO A CLEANER FUTURE

The circular model, which is based on switching to renewable energy sources, increases social, natural, and economic capital. Businesses and communities alike, should follow the three key principles that underpin a circular economy to work toward a cleaner greener future. 

 

  1. Redesign & Rethink Our Production Processes: Pollution and waste are outcomes of the way we produce items today. The likelihood of a design process having a detrimental effect on the environment increases with its age. Using new innovative technologies also contributes to reducing waste and pollution. 

 

  1. Reuse, Reuse, Reuse: Finding ways to reuse and recycle our waste is critical for a circular economy. Introducing greater innovation to guarantee that more of the items we produce are reusable, repairable, and remanufactured. Reducing the amount of still-useful items that end up as waste in landfills requires a heavy focus on sustainable resource recovery and recycling processes. Timber and wood recycling, for example, is an important strategy in the reuse and recycling approach which we can help your business to achieve. 

 

  1. Regenerate Precious Resources: Natural processes include little to no resource loss and are circular in their own right, such as the creation of carbon, oxygen, nitrogen and water. The circular economy supports a self-sufficient economic framework that preserves, enhances, and protects the environment. As a result, we take less from the environment and establish a sustainable path forward in which nothing is wasted.  

 

Partnering with Nationwide Waste and opening up conversations around creating a circular waste management approach for your business is key to ‘getting it right’. We are experts in waste minimisation and provide education, advice and strategies for our clients. Every business is unique and has a range of challenges when it comes to waste – we can help. Whether you require hazardous chemical removal or document shredding services, our timely and transparent services are ideal. Start the transition now and your business will be on the path to best practice and industry leading waste management processes.  

 

WHAT ELSE CAN WE DO? 

Cross contamination of recyclable materials can have an extremely detrimental impact on the waste management and recycling process. Plastic waste and microplastics, which can contaminate our waterways if not managed correctly, are a leading cause of confusion for many people. The Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) developed identification codes for several types of plastics to inform consumers about those that can or cannot be recycled.


 

Identifying each type of plastic and placing them in the correct bins can mitigate the cross contamination of waste allowing for higher quality output and less manual workload. A definition of each type of plastic is below:

 

  • PETE (or PET) – Includes water and soft drink bottles, meat trays, plastic fruit containers.

  • HDPE – higher density plastics such as bleach bottles, milk and laundry detergent bottles.

  • PVC – Unplasticised bottles including cordial and liquid soap bottles.

  • LDPE – Lower density plastic including garbage bags, shopping bags, chip packets, squeeze bottles, plastic wrap etc.

  • PP – Harder plastic bottles, bottle tops, butter, ice cream containers and similar. 

  • PS – Polystyrene coffee cup lids, cups, some medical disposables, styrofoam etc. 

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” 

Albert Einstein.

 

As consumers and business owners, seeking out other businesses producing products with recycled content and focusing on sustainability is the way to change the future. Buying preloved clothing from opp shops, repairing rather than buying new and upcycling will all support a circular economy. We work with our clients to provide a full scope of waste services from cardboard recycling collection services to liquid waste management and clinical waste bins collection. Preserving the environment and ensuring waste is managed to the strictest protocols and regulations is all part of our mission.     

NATIONWIDE WASTE’S COMMITMENT TO CIRCULARITY

Every day Nationwide connects businesses needing to recycle products with existing recycling businesses as well as emerging technologies. Often, these businesses often lack websites, marketing campaigns or sales teams. It’s our knowledge and networks that make these connections possible, delivering volumes to these amazing innovators who are developing the technologies of tomorrow. 

 

The type of exciting innovation we see is their ability to transform food waste into protein treats using insects, food waste converted to fertiliser using dehydrators, plastic waste reprocessed into oil or used directly as fuel. Wood and timber waste can be turned into mulch, used as an energy source (as pellets) and green waste composted. Grease trap waste management and grease trap cleaning provides valuable waste that can be used in compost or in Anaerobic Digestion for electricity generation. Nationwide fully supports circularity in any form and these are only a few examples of how the industry is responding to our waste management crisis to create a cleaner future. 

 

Our team’s core values include open and honest communication, continuous support, and creating opportunities for continuous improvement. Contact our team today to begin your path to a more environmentally friendly future and circular economy.

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