BIFM South Region September CPD Event – Innovative Waste Management – Changing Behaviours

BIFM South Region September CPD Event – Innovative Waste Management – Changing Behaviours

29-09-16 14:19 BIFM

Nathan Gray from BIFM Corporate Member, Helistrat was the guest speaker at BIFM’s South’s September event. He shared tips on how to improve business efficiency, recycling revenue streams and corporate social responsibility opportunities in facilities management operations. He stressed that one of the core competencies of any business is to create and manage sustainable and closed-loop supply chains. He pointed out that as environmental issues continue to move up the corporate agenda, many companies face the pressure of streamlining their entire waste management programmes to maximise compliance. Nathan demonstrated how measurable operational and financial benefits have allowed organisations to organically grow using proven case studies across a number of industries.

Nathan went on to say that waste is a major environmental problem. One way of reducing waste sent to landfill is to recycle goods, but this behaviour is not universal so interventions need to be designed to promote recycling-related behaviours.  The cost of disposal is escalating and even general waste costs in excess of £100 per tonne. He reminded the members present about the  “waste hierarchy” which ranks waste management options according to what is best for the environment. It gives top priority to preventing waste in the first place. When waste is created, it gives priority to preparing it for re-use, then recycling, then recovery, and last of all disposal (e.g. landfill). The definition of waste is often misunderstood and the correct way to define it is “Any substance or object the holder discards, intends to discard or is required to discard".  Under a duty of care, waste producers must confirm that they have taken all reasonable measures to apply the waste hierarchy.

The four steps to changing behaviour recommended by Nathan are to make a compelling story about waste management, reinforce the story by showing compliance and success in managing waste, train and increase skills through exciting training or workshops and finally having good role models and leaders who lead by example. By walking your talk, you become a person others want to follow. When leaders say one thing, but do another, they erode trust - a critical element of productive leadership. 

Nathan completed his interesting talk by saying we must change our behaviour because we cannot afford to see climate change, deforestation or exhaustion of natural resources to continue through not managing our waste stream professionally and effectively.

We would like to thank Specsavers for hosting this event and providing refreshments and our speaker for sharing his knowledge and experience. 

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BIFM South Region is supported by Procore FM Consultancy and the Resourcing Group

Ian Fielder, chair of South Region thanked Colin for his very illuminating talk, Mike O’Horan who hosted the meeting and Procore and the Resourcing Group our regional sponsors. £57 was raised for the BIFM South nominated charity, Help for Heroes.

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