Guide

Process efficiency to cut waste

Introduction

Waste is an increasing problem for businesses as disposal costs rise, tighter legislation is imposed and it becomes more difficult to find facilities that accept waste. By analysing the causes of waste within your business processes and taking a systematic approach to eliminating them, your business can keep waste problems to a minimum.

Lean Thinking and Six Sigma are business management techniques that can help streamline workflow, deliver quality improvements, and increase efficiency and profitability in all kinds of businesses.

Reducing waste and becoming more efficient often go hand in hand. However, there are times when you may need to decide between reducing the amount of waste you generate and making your processes more efficient.

This guide shows you how you can use Six Sigma and Lean Thinking to make your processes more efficient and reduce waste. It describes how to identify the cost and causes of waste, and make process improvements which are effective long-term.