Zero Waste Week

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This week is Zero Waste Week. If you haven’t heard of it before, Zero Waste Week is an annual campaign committed to reducing landfill. Its key aims are to help everyone in our communities, including individuals, businesses and groups, to do more to lower the amount of stuff we throw away.  This is mainly through repairing, reusing and repurposing. Or if necessary, through recycling.

What Happens to Waste?

While less of the waste we produce ends up buried in the ground than it used to, some of it still does. It can also end up at the bottom of rivers, seas or oceans. Some of it is incinerated, used to produce energy or fuel, or disposed of in other ways. A lot of waste is recycled, but not all of it. The recycling process itself can also use up a lot of energy. So one of the best things we can do for the environment is to avoid the need to throw things away in the first place. And ethically, it’s painful to think that while massive amounts of food, water and other products are being discarded, there are millions of people throughout the world struggling to access enough food, clean drinking water or secure shelter.

Throwing Stuff Away is Easy

It’s easy for those of us in a consumer society to simply put something in the bin when we’ve had enough of it. However, it’s estimated that 90% of raw materials used in some manufacturing processes turn in to waste before the end-product even leaves the factory. In addition, 80% of manufactured products get discarded within six months of them first being used. While these figures, quoted in 2005 in the book Rubbish!: (Dirt on our hands and crisis ahead) are debateable (and have hopefully improved since the book was written), they highlight just how wasteful our society can be.

Individual Responsibility

We can all do our part to reduce waste and there are lots of small things we can do. One of the easiest things is not to buy too much in the first place, even though those multi-buy offers at the supermarket often look just too good to refuse. From composting to avoiding packaging to finding new uses for things rather than putting them in the bin, little changes can make a real difference. Even if your individual impact is minimal, it makes you feel good to be saving money, reducing waste and putting a little less strain on the environment. And some of the things you can do are actually quite good fun.

HPS and Sustainabilityenvironmental sustainability

At HPS we’re big on reducing waste and improving environmental sustainability. As well as being one of the core benefits of our products and services, sustainability is also important to our employees, stakeholders and our brand as a whole. Many of our customers, from large organisations such as Unilever and P&G, to smaller concerns such as craft wineries, have sustainability deeply embedded within their culture. Our pigging solutions are a great fit, because they go a long way towards eliminating flush waste of residual liquids in pipes. And the amount of liquid they save from being disposed of is significant. It depends on the process, but pigging systems save product, water, cleaning agents, chemicals, transportation costs, labour, electricity and more. So pigging has a positive environmental impact.

A Growing Campaign

While Zero Waste Week isn’t going to solve the complex problems associated with excessive waste, most people will agree it’s a step in the right direction. The campaign started in 2008 and has steadily been gaining popularity ever since. Its ongoing success looks set to continue this year. By mid-morning on Monday 5th September (the first day of the campaign), the hashtag #ZeroWasteWeek was already trending on Twitter! What’s more, although it started in the UK, Zero Waste Week is now very much international and takes place in a range of countries.

Apart from thinking it’s a great idea, please note that HPS is not affiliated in any way with Zero Waste Week. We do however do our best as a company and as individuals to keep waste to a minimum. This includes the systems we provide.

Reducing Waste in Liquid Processing

If your company processes liquids, implementing a pigging and product recovery solution could save massive amounts of waste – increasing yields and profitability as well as helping towards your environmental sustainability goals. To find out more about pigging and liquid product recovery systems, please contact us.