Some improvement ideas under the heading Attacking waste -
If you want know what material goes to waste, speak to the group that dispose your waste.
1. Review process waste, determine cause and whether it can be better managed
In a manufacturing environment there may well be a legitimate reason for the waste material so consider whether it can be recycled or sold to an organisation that can make use of it. Examine ways of reducing waste by the way material is handled, stored, issued, stored during use and consumed by the process. In a service process waste may be the excessive use of hardcopy, printing consumables, etc and many so-
For Further reading refer to The Seven Wastes -
4. Inappropriate processing
5. Unnecessary inventory
6. Unnecessary motions
2. Consider using the 5 S’s to reduce waste and time spent retrieving data or materials
The 5 S’s are often considered to be no more than a good housekeeping set of rules developed by the Japanese and partly responsible for the recovery of the Japanese economy during the fifties and sixties. If implemented properly the 5 S’s should result in a culture that prizes efficiency, orderliness and the ability to find / retrieve every item of inventory either physical or electronic.
The 5 S’s have been translated into the English language as
Sort; sort was is usable from that which is not usable
Set in order; locate tools, materials, facilities intelligently, i.e. frequently used close to work area, less frequently used not so close
Sweep clean; maintain a clean work environment
Standardisation; maintain a set of visual and non-
It should be noted that in Europe the 5 S are often referred to as the 6 S -