Waste management means the collection of waste and protection of the environment in accordance with the principle of sustainable development. In particular it involves prevention of waste creation or limiting the amount of waste and their negative impact on the environment, as well as recovery or disposal of waste.
Companies producing or capable of producing the waste during work processes, should create action plan, design and conduct activities, that:
- prevent waste or limit the amount of waste and their negative effects on the environment in the manufacture of products, during and after the end of their useful life,
- provide consistent with the principles of the protection of the environment recycling system,
- creating waste disposal facilities in accordance with the principles of the protection of the environment.
Importance of waste management
Waste management is important for protecting the environment and public health by preventing pollution and reducing the spread of disease. It also conserves natural resources by reducing the need to extract new raw materials and conserving energy used in the production of new products. Additionally, it can create jobs and economic opportunities through recycling and waste-to-energy initiatives. Overall, effective waste management is crucial for promoting sustainability and preserving the planet for future generations.
Waste management in lean
In the context of lean manufacturing, waste management involves identifying and eliminating waste in all aspects of the production process. This can include reducing unnecessary movement, overproduction, waiting, defects, excess inventory, overprocessing, and unused talent. By reducing or eliminating these forms of waste, lean manufacturing aims to improve efficiency, reduce costs, and increase customer satisfaction. This is often accomplished through the use of tools such as value stream mapping, Kaizen events, and visual management systems. In addition, lean manufacturing principles also encourage recycling and reusing materials to minimize waste.
- Morrissey, A. J., & Browne, J. (2004). Waste management models and their application to sustainable waste management. Waste management, 24(3), 297-308.