Strategic Implications of Current Small Business Waste Reduction Programs
The strategic importance of environmental awareness has received a great deal of recognition recently, but attention has centered primarily on residential or municipal recycling and waste reduction efforts. The small amount of research done on commercial waste reduction policies has focused on the altitudes and programs of large corporations. As governmental agencies impose waste reduction mandates on communities and corporations, many small businesses will be forced 10 adopt waste reduction programs in the future. In addition, a growing body of evidence suggests that environmental programs are associated with profitability, indicating the need for a more strategic approach 10 the management of environmental issues in order to effectively administer required programs. This study presents results of survey research indicating that small businesses are willing 10 commit 10 strategic waste reduction programs, but are concerned primarily with the convenience of such programs. Although convenience is frequently related 10 operating cost in small businesses, issues regarding the expense of waste reduction programs are of secondary concern 10 small business executives. The implications of these results are discussed, along with recommendations for small business executives, consult ants, and policy makers.
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