CHAPTER - 3
Waste Minimisation Benefits
1.2 Waste Minimisation Benefits
1.2 Waste Minimisation Benefits
The benefits of Waste Minimisation can be summarised as follows:
Waste Minimisation leads to better efficiency of production, which means more output of product per unit input of raw materials. This helps improve the financial performance of the industry.
Lower Treatment Costs
The ultimate goal of waste minimisation is to minimise the generation of emissions and waste. Thereby the amount of waste and emissions that need to be treated is reduced as are associated costs of waste treatment and disposal.
Conservation of raw material and energy
Given the increasing cost of raw materials and the growing scarcity of good quality water, no industry can afford to use these resources inefficiently. Waste Minimisation measures help in overcoming constraints posed by scarce, or increasingly costly raw materials, chemicals, water and energy.
Better access to finances
Today, sound environmental management is a pre-requisite to any financial aid proposal. Financial institutions are ever more concerned about problems of environmental degradation. The projects for which loans or financial aid are sought are increasingly scrutinised from the environmental perspective. Application of Waste Minimisation Assessments projects a positive environmental image of the borrower and thus improves the accessibility to finance
Increasing consumer awareness of environmental issues has brought about a need for the companies to demonstrate the environmental friendliness of their products and manufacturing processes, particularly in international markets. The emergence of ISO 14000 certification procedures further accentuate this need. By adopting the waste minimisation approach, many of the market requirements are met and a company's ability to compete and get access to the "green market" increases.
Green labelling, Eco labelling, Environmentally Friendly Products
Waste Minimisation minimises the amount and toxicity of waste and emissions and renders products more agreeable from an environmental standpoint. The direct effect is that the pollution load on the receiving environment is decreased thereby improving environmental quality.
Better compliance with environmental regulations
Minimising or eliminating the wastes and emissions generation makes it easier to meet existing environmental regulations and standards, and reduces the environmental impact of the industry.
Waste Minimisation not only improves the environment outside the industry but also improves shop floor working conditions. Keeping the industry clean and free of waste and fugitive emissions, spilled water and chemicals not only reduces the likelihood of accidents but ensures retention of the workforce and further motivates the employees to keep control on leaks and material losses.
As public awareness on environmental protection is growing each day, it becomes more and more important for the industry to respond and react to the questions and demands posed by the public. The environmental profile of a company is an increasingly important part of its overall reputation.
Adopting waste minimisation is a proactive, positive measure and can help the concerned company build public's confidence regarding its environmental responsibility.