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Greener Business: There’s an App for That

January 21, 2014

If you’re like most business professionals, you probably have an iPhone or an Android, which may also serve as your personal phone. Well, these nifty gadgets can be used for more than just checking email, updating a Facebook status, or Snapchatting with your colleagues. They can actually help optimize your business. Indeed, thanks to various apps, waste management is literally at your fingertips.

If waste management is important to you, here are list of green business apps you may want to check out.

Recycling Apps

  • iRecycle, an app developed by Earth911, gives you a list of recycling locations and opportunities in your neck of the woods. It also provides access to more than 1.5 million ways to recycle more than 300 different types of materials.
  • 1800Recycling can help you find drop-off locations to take care of your recyclables as quickly and as easily as possible.
  • RecycleBank allows you to earn rewards for recycling. It includes recycling reminders, among other helpful features, while also teaching you plenty of useful information about recycling.

Waste Management Apps

  • Site Waste Management Plan Checklist gives pointers on how to prepare a waste management plan as responsibly as possible. It helps you identify waste, waste-management options, materials needed for waste handling, as well as the ability to measure and monitor your waste after project completion.
  • Waste and Recycling Toolkit teaches you about the true cost of waste, offers tips on cost reduction and explains the basics of conducting an effective waste audit.
  • Reducing Solid Waste: Monitoring and Evaluation allows you to evaluate your waste-reduction program once it has been implemented and can help you gauge its effectiveness.

These apps, among others, will provide insight into the world of waste management, but what will you do with that information? Here are some apps that will help you track, store, and share what is most important to you.

Note-taking Apps

  • Evernote helps you take notes, save them, tag them, organize them, and even share them with staff. It also allows you to photograph, scan, and save objects in real life to share them with colleagues.
  • OneNote, which was born out of Microsoft Word, functions like a basic word processor–one that saves automatically and allows you to type notes anywhere, create and save notebooks and share those notebooks with others.

Communication Apps

  • OfficeChat lets you message colleagues and hold virtual meetings. It is free to use, but feature-heavy plans carry a cost.
  • Lua offers an interactive directory that allows you to instantly message, call and file- share with people in your network.
  • Cotap is a go-to app for data monitoring and analysis.

Waste management isn’t just about managing waste; it’s about managing waste efficiently and effectively. Given the number of helpful apps at your disposal, it’s never been easier to learn more about this process.

But don’t be afraid to learn more. “Apps are of course a great tool, but they don’t provide the comprehensive strategies that a good waste management plan requires,” Hazardous Waste Experts CEO Mark Hope said. “Hazardous Waste Experts can help you come up with even more ideas to reduce waste and improve your waste-management and recycling endeavors.”

Disposal of hazardous waste doesn’t have to be painful.