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Opinion: Seeing the value in used appliances

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Ramco can remove and dispose of used catering equipment.

Organisational success and global sustainability are two key benefits of responsible catering equipment disposal, says Ramco business development manager, Paul Fieldhouse:

Genuine surplus, redundant or damaged equipment is quite a regular occurrence for businesses in the catering distributor sector. This comes to no surprise really; especially when you consider the incredibly high volumes of equipment being dealt with every day.

When catering equipment is no longer required by distributors, it becomes a burden on the business by using up valuable space, time and money; causing a significant increase in operational costs. This is often why businesses consistently fail to see the value in used equipment, resulting in millions worth of working appliances being thrown away every year.

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A managed asset disposal service encompassing the removal, storage, marketing and resale of surplus catering equipment is the ideal solution. Not only does this ensure that old equipment is removed swiftly and compliantly, but dealers will also be able to see the rewards of both effective asset disposal and integrating corporate social responsibility (CSR) into their business.

Asset disposal specialists will, where possible, provide a financial return on the catering equipment once it has successfully been re-sold. Obtaining the highest possible value on second-hand catering equipment is priority for disposal providers. This means they will, if required, refurbish and clean the equipment too; before marketing the items to a vast database of customers looking to procure quality second-hand goods.

Not just with respect to catering equipment, but also across a whole business; the benefits of reducing packaging and paper waste are not to be ignored. By limiting waste as much as possible, distributors can successfully streamline the business, improve efficiencies, conserve resources and ultimately reduce operational costs, helping a business’ bottom line. Making that little bit more effort to ensure efficient waste management is most definitely worth it.

Dealers can utilise a stronger eco-friendly profile to their advantage by incorporating these messages into their brand and overall marketing strategy. It is well-documented that today’s consumers are, whether B2C or B2B, more inclined to purchase from a company that integrates sustainability into its business operations and core values. If the considerable opportunity to increase a business’ brand awareness through implementing sustainability into its strategy isn’t enough, it is also widely reported that sustainable businesses can increase their sales by as much as 20%.

Ensuring that old catering equipment is disposed of correctly, to the point where it can be re-sold and re-used, has an invaluable effect on successfully mitigating widespread environmental concerns.

For years, most of the world has been stuck in the traditional linear economy paradigm; where we make, use and then dispose of our goods at increasingly fast rates. Many of the environmental concerns we face today can largely be attributed to this resource depleting system; which is why we’ve seen a recent shift towards ‘The Circular Economy’ approach.

With reducing waste, reusing and recycling at its core, ‘the circular economy’ allows us to see the value in used goods, simultaneously preventing short-term consumption. By rigorously adopting effective asset disposal, the catering/foodservice industry can lead the way as we see a general transition towards integrating ‘the circular economy’.

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Clare Nicholls

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