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Save money by reducing waste

Producing waste is a result of using materials inefficiently and costs your business money. The costs are twofold - you'll be wasting money on unused materials and you also have to pay disposal costs. Although you can sometimes use waste as a resource and save money, it is more efficient to reduce waste in the first place.

"Resource productivity" means extracting the most value from resources, making the best use of renewable resources and minimising waste produced. It has the potential to drive down costs by reducing waste and pollution and will create opportunities for growth through process and product innovation.

This guide will show you how to minimise the waste you produce in the course of your business processes and the methods that are available to reduce waste through design - eg packaging that can be reused or recycled.

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