BIFM updates good practice guide to recycling and waste management

by Brianna Crandall — February 1, 2017 — A newly revised Good Practice Guide exploring the key drivers and principles behind recycling and waste management best practice has been published by the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM).

The Good Practice Guide to Recycling and Waste Management, sponsored by Waste Cost Reduction Services (WCRS), offers practical tips and considerations for FM professionals looking to improve their recycling and waste management strategy.

With consumer expectations, climate change and the depletion of natural resources all pushing sustainability to the forefront of business operations, this informative guide considers the “Green Agenda” and good environmental practice as well as the extensive legislative requirements in this now tightly regulated and publicly scrutinized area.

BIFM research and information executive Annie Horsley said:

Businesses are under increasing pressure from all directions to ensure their waste and recycling practices stand up to scrutiny and FMs are at the forefront of helping to reduce an organization’s impact on the environment, meet legislation and manage waste in the most cost effective way.

The principles of good practice and sustainable waste management include economic value, environmental value and social value; by embracing these principles and taking a proactive approach there are significant savings to be made — demonstrating compliance should involve much more than simply ticking a box.

Tony Windsor, managing director at WCRS, added:

Facilities management professionals have an increasingly complex challenge when it comes to their recycling and waste management operations and practices. Not only has waste and recycling become increasingly regulated over the last decade, but — as part of CSR (corporate social responsibility) — organizations are realizing the true value of taking a more effective approach by relying on an expert and experienced waste management partner to keep them ahead of the game.

WCRS are pleased to be working with BIFM and supporting the Good Practice Guide, providing an invaluable reference of the current issues and considerations for all FMs across all sectors of industry.

The Good Practice Guide to Recycling and Waste Management is available for BIFM members to download, or for non-members to purchase, from the BIFM Good Practice Guides Web page.