The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Regulated Waste

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Improper handling of waste can have very costly impacts for food retailers.  Best practices to implement include setting up distinct collection sites and a corresponding organization system for stores to temporarily store regulated waste streams before they are sent back to the DC for processing or waste vendors.

regwasteAfter assessing nearly 700 grocery stores through the Grocery Stewardship Certification, we’ve found that there are opportunities for better compliance standards and more employee training in almost every store we’ve visited.  Improper disposal of regulated waste can come at a heavy cost, as regulatory agencies increasingly target retailers for noncompliance of regulated waste disposal laws. Sources of regulated waste at grocery stores can be found in products sold on shelves or equipment used in stores, such as fluorescent tube lamps.

Working with the GSC can help you train your employees to properly dispose of regulated waste and to establish procedures to regularly survey the backrooms of each store.  Check out our most recent The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Regulated Waste to learn more about how you can better manage waste.

Engaging your employees and educating them on the impacts of maintenance tasks is one of the many benefits of enrolling in the Grocery Stewardship Certification.  Please email us at gsc@manomet.org to learn more about how your store or grocery chain can get started!