Five steps to resource productivity and responsible waste management

Resource Productivity and Responsible Waste Management

Five-step guidance

This toolkit, featuring a five-step plan for greater resource productivity and responsible waste management, is taken from Business in the Community’s (BITC) Lifting the Lid on Waste Guide. It sets out the opportunities that rethinking resource and waste can bring. Practical steps to begin your journey to eliminating avoidable waste and turning ‘waste to wealth’.

The toolkit includes advice on:

  • how to get internal buy-in
  • how to understand your waste streams
  • developing a coherent waste strategy with bold goals and targets
  • working with your waste management supplier
  • collaborating to create wealth from waste.


There has been a recent change in public awareness of the negative consequences of our ‘throw-away’ economy. There is now a strong desire for a less wasteful and more circular culture. Business and governments are now looking at value creation and an increase in levels of innovation and ambition.
For further reading on this, visit the websiteUK government’s Waste Strategy for England.

Recognising that we all have a responsibility to change and to work on greater resource productivity is a starting point. Responsible waste management is also of key importance. Many businesses have targets for zero waste to landfill and have successfully increased recycling and reduced waste.
But collectively we must go further and faster if we are to reverse the damage we are doing. Reduce resource use and turn waste into wealth.
Download the toolkit, greater resource productivity and responsible waste management to find out more.


Business in the Community is innovating to sustain and repair our planet

Frequently Asked Questions

Business in the Community believes engaging in nature stewardship and adopting a circular economy approach are critical elements of a fair and inclusive transition.

You can download BITC’s report, “The Right Climate For Business: Leading a Just Transition,” to gain insights and recommendations on how to build a sustainable and resilient future that benefits both people and nature. The report focuses on achieving net-zero emissions.

The manifesto sets out our vision for 2030 – a key milestone for a just transition. Targeting businesses and policymakers, it identifies priority actions for businesses across our Seven Steps for Climate Action and five key areas where policy support is critical.

Find out more and download the Manifesto – Our Route to a Net Zero Climate Resilient Future

A Joint Statement of Demand (JSD) approach recognises that collective purchasing power can drive innovation and investment, accelerating a shift to a sustainable future—a future that BITC sees as a net zero, nature-positive economy where people and nature thrive.

Business in the Community (BITC) is leading an exciting initiative as part of the Interreg North Sea Region ProCirc Project, creating Joint Statements of Demand (JSDs) for office furniture, electric vehicle chargers (ESVs) and professional clothing. A JSD is a shared set of asks that procurers commit to include in future tenders.

Learn more about the JSDs BITC is co-ordinating, Circular Professional Clothing, Electric Vehicle Chargers and Office Furniture.

In a circular economy, products, services, and infrastructure are designed to maximise value and minimise waste. This reduces demand for precious primary resources, lowers carbon emissions, and regenerates our natural environment. There are direct business benefits too. These include better supply chain management, reducing business risk relating to environmental damage and, finding new commercial opportunities.