Editorial: Sustainability resolutions for the new year

December 2018: What are your sustainability goals?

 

Sustainability is no longer a ‘nice-to-have’ – it’s something that consumers and shareholders expect and should be an integral part of any company’s long-term business model. Achieving the triple bottom line (economic, social and environmental benefit) is now a priority for businesses, governments and communities alike. But this is only possible with proper sustainability planning in the first place. Here’s how to get started:

 

Take stock of where you are now. Understand your waste streams and identify opportunities to better manage that waste. A professional waste audit can help businesses identify and quantify key sources of waste generation. For communities, it’s about making the right choices about consumption and waste generation in our everyday lives.

 

Have a clear idea about what you want to achieve. All goals – big or small should be SMART – Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-bound. Whether it’s improving recycling habits or increasing diversion rates, commit to your goals by documenting them.

 

Understand what you need to do, then do it. In other words, what are the specific actions needed to achieve your sustainability outcomes? What are the resources needed that are lacking? What is the plan to acquire these resources? Who is responsible for the delivery of these goals?

 

Read more to take action against your waste streams. 

 

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