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Stress on inventory management to cut industrial waste

LACK OF recognition, absence of reward and punishment and de-motivation of the employees were the major factors for growing industrial waste. Apathetic attitude of the employers towards the welfare of the employees also led to the employees not using their skills for reducing material waste in the industrial production.

india Updated: Mar 15, 2006 00:21 IST

LACK OF recognition, absence of reward and punishment and de-motivation of the employees were the major factors for growing industrial waste. Apathetic attitude of the employers towards the welfare of the employees also led to the employees not using their skills for reducing material waste in the industrial production.

Senior official at the National Productivity Council (NPC) told HT that there was an urgent need for changing the conservative principles of age-old production management for exploiting the maximum value of production materials and to reduce the quantum of industrial waste for a pollution free environment.

The official further said that the use of substandard and cheap raw material, lack of quality specification, improper storage facilities and undesirable purchases also led to rise in the industrial waste.

Industrialists often make huge purchases of raw materials apprehending their scarcity in the future, without having proper storage facility.Most of the ill-stored raw material turn into waste by the time it could be used for production, and is thrown away.

This type of storage was not advisable, the official said.

Besides, it was observed that the production units used the mismatched capacity of equipment, ill-maintained machines, outdated technology, untrained workers and poor production designing, which increased the waste rate and threatened the environment .

The official said the industrial waste could be minimized by adopting Inventory Management and Improved Operation, which included the purchase of fewer toxic materials, implementing employees training, improving the storage and material handling system. Stress should be on equipment modification to avoid release of excessive waste .

He said the industrialists should install closed loop systems for direct recycling and segregating toxic and non-toxicwastes and should participate at the waste exchange process with other industries.

However, he said that industrialists alone can not introduce measures to contain the industrial waste till the government and the bureaucrats and various legislations permitted them togo ahead in containing the huge waste-discharge.

Awareness among people was also an essential factor in maximizing waste minimization process. Above all, adequate funds and efficient technology needed to be ensured for taking a leap in protecting the environment from the industrial waste,he added.

First Published: Mar 15, 2006 00:21 IST