Waste not, want not

Posted on 23 Nov 2009 by The Manufacturer

Manufacturers have just six weeks remaining to sign up to a free initiative that could help them unlock thousands of pounds in cost savings.

Rethink Waste, run by sustainable business experts Envirowise with support from manufacturers’ association EEF, will show companies how they can make significant savings by changing their approach to dealing with waste.

Three online modules will take businesses through the key steps of collecting benchmarking data, developing an action plan and then implementing a waste-saving strategy. Participants will also have access to a virtual factory tour, audiocasts and an exclusive web conference.

Envirowise experience has shown that manufacturers taking action to reduce waste and improve their resource efficiency can save up to £1,000 per employee. Across the UK, around £500m could be saved annually.

Envirowise production specialist, Michael Savage, says: “Rethink Waste provides an excellent opportunity for manufacturers to improve their resource efficiency and make cost savings in a planned and measurable way. But with the deadline for registration fast approaching, companies need to act quickly if they want to take part in the initiative.”

Says head of environment at the EEF, Gareth Stace: “Free initiatives such as Rethink Waste offer a practical and accessible route to resource efficiency and we are encouraging our members to take part.”

Manufacturers can register for Rethink Waste before 31 December 2009. Registrations can be made at www.envirowise.gov.uk/rethink.