Businesses and the Environment: A Quick Guide to a Harmonious Relationship

Man wearing orange-colored work gear in foreground, garbage truck in backgroundAustralia produces over 64 million tonnes of waste every year. More than five and a half tonnes of it is hazardous waste. The majority produced is commercial, and it’s putting Australia’s natural habitats at risk.

Construction and demolition businesses contaminate soil and cause asbestos pollution. Factories produce dangerous chemicals and mining leaves behind coal seam gas mining wastes (CSG wastes). Every industry produces waste products that threaten Australia’s wildlife and habitats.

Top 10 Pollutants

The top 10 pollutants that are impacting the environment are:

  • Soil contaminants
  • Asbestos
  • Waste from grease
  • Discarded tyres
  • Animal residues
  • Oil and water
  • Salts
  • Lead
  • Industrial treatment wastes
  • Oils

As Australia is home to 5 per cent of the world’s plants and animals, some of whom are already under threat of extinction from deforestation — keeping the environment clean is a matter of global importance.

What Ethical Business Owners Can Do

Making a commitment to being eco-friendly helps the planet; it is also good for business. It improves the reputation of a company and encourages customers to use its services, increasing the profit margin in the process.
Auditing the business to assess the impact that its activities have on the environment will help managers come up with a plan to reduce that impact.

Commercial waste removal services like Grasshopper, can take on the task of disposal for businesses. Services that follow ethical practices for various industries can also ensure organisations follow the law. They can professionally maintain and dispose of any commercial waste safely so that it doesn’t endanger wildlife. Emergency clean-up services are available in case of spills.

Setting up an environmental management system can help staff identify eco-friendly goals for the future and reduce pollution from daily activities. It is also possible to have a management system accredited by the government. This shows the public that the business cares about environmental matters and could give it the edge on competitors.
Pollution is a major concern in Australia, and new contaminants are emerging as industries progresses. With responsible planning, recycling and waste disposal, businesses can be in harmony with the environment.

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