While the waste generated by the transportation industry as a whole is extremely diverse, depending on the particular sub-sector in which both private and public sector organisations operate, it is the diversity that actually indicates what the best waste management strategy is.
Whether you are dealing with secondary materials such as concrete, plastics, and paint or primary materials such as steel, aluminium, copper, and fuels that have a high value and can be hazardous, managing the range of wastes in silos negatively impacts the efficiency of your organisation as a whole.
Logically, therefore, the more integrated and holistic your approach is to your enterprise’s waste streams, the more you can cut costs and effort out of all your other business disciplines.
This goes beyond looking at your waste in terms of the waste hierarchy. Clearly, wherever you can reduce, reuse, or recycle, your organisation benefits in terms either of reduced costs or new revenue streams. It’s a useful approach, but it’s tactical in nature, limiting the benefits you can pass through to your bottom line.