Published 05 Jan 2022
Importance of disposal logistics
The disposal of waste is associated with high costs and a lot of effort for many companies. Therefore, well-thought-out concepts with clear goals are required, which show what needs to be improved in the area of waste disposal logistics or what needs to be done at all. Use the templates in this manual section to take stock and identify opportunities for improvement and optimization.
Waste management and disposal as a task in the company
Disposal has grown in importance in recent years. The following influencing factors were important for this development:
• Rising disposal costs due to dwindling landfill space and acceptance problems for waste incineration
• Increased environmental awareness of the population and companies
• Environmental compatibility as a competitive factor
• Stricter legal framework
• More and more products that have to be disposed of
In the course of business performance, industrial companies produce products that are neither used in their production nor other areas of the company. The collective term waste is usually used for these products. Waste disposal is a central task of corporate waste management.
Waste disposal within the meaning of the law is the recovery and disposal of waste. It encompasses the task areas of waste recovery, also known as recycling (obtaining materials or energy from waste), storage and the necessary measures for collecting, transporting, treating, storing and finally disposing of residues.
The tasks of disposal logistics
Various goals are pursued in disposal logistics. This includes:
• Disposal of waste
• Avoidance/reduction of waste
• Organization of the company's disposal system
• Evidence of disposal for dangerous goods
How is a distinction made in disposal logistics?
Various criteria can be used to distinguish which type of disposal logistics is in place:
• The orderly disposal of waste (movable property)
• The orderly disposal of exhaust air
• The orderly disposal of wastewater
• Complete or partial recycling (recycling)
• The recycling of packaging and means of transport (empties)
Disposal logistics or recycling logistics
It should now have become clear: Disposal logistics is an integral part of all production processes. The main focus is still on the removal of production residues, but especially in times of steadily rising raw material prices, attention is increasingly being paid to using a large part of the raw materials used for profitable purposes through clever recycling. The early involvement of appropriate specialists, also from the field of disposal logistics, at the production planning stage is now the order of the day. Further tasks will be added, legal requirements can change and changed production methods will require new disposal solutions. The variety of tasks in disposal logistics will probably increase rather than decrease in the future and transform the area into circular logistics. *