All businesses (and individuals) produce waste. How it is dealt with is something that all businesses should be aware of and deal with in a responsible and safe manner.
There are many different types of waste management solutions on offer, and the right waste disposal arrangements for your business will not only be good for the environment but will also save you money.
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Facts and figures
The type and amount of waste varies depending on the nature of the business, but according to WRAP (the Waste Resources Action Programme – a charity that works with businesses and governments to help the sustainable use of resources), business waste accounts for a quarter of all waste created in England. It’s not surprising when you consider the different sorts of waste produced:
- Food waste from restaurants and supermarkets
- Glass waste such as bottles and broken glasses from restaurants and the hospitality sector
- Dry mixed recycling, the waste that can be recycled if it is not contaminated
- Clinical waste including excess pharmaceuticals, swabs and bodily fluids from hospitals, dentists and tattooists
- Hazardous waste – those products that pose a potential risk to public health or the environment, including batteries, cleaning chemicals and solvents
- Washroom waste such as nappies and sanitary products
- Secure document waste which has been shredded to preserve confidentiality
- General waste – all the stuff that can’t be recycled such as food packaging, mixed items like laminated card, and contaminated items
Responsible waste management is not only good for the planet and the environment, but there are laws around the disposal of waste that all registered UK businesses are required to adhere to. Those that don’t can face excessive fines.
How to deal with waste at work
The Duty of Care legislation, which outlines the rules by which companies must abide, also has a waste management hierarchy. The preferred option is to reduce, followed by reuse, recycle, energy (meaning converting waste into energy), incineration and lastly, the most common but least preferred option, landfill.
A good starting point for any business is to conduct an audit to find out the type and quantity of waste created. A business waste management service (such as Tidysite Skip Services) will then be able to provide you with the appropriate size and type of bin, and collect it for you. You will need to get your staff on board to make sure they are using the bins efficiently and correctly, and finally you’ll need to fill out, sign and store waste transfer notes.
Eco-friendly and cost-effective solutions
Clearly, the best options for the environment are to reduce, reuse and recycle. As part of an audit, businesses can look at ways to improve all of these. Paper can usually be reduced by not printing unnecessary documents, and by using cloud-based storage. Food waste can easily be avoided, for example if restaurants ensure correct storage, manage their menus efficiently and offer leftover food to local charities.
Finding a waste management service
Do some research to find the right company for your needs. Ensure they have experience and are right for your requirements. Some, for example, will not deal with hazardous waste. If you need document shredding, make sure they will do so securely.
Get in touch now for a free audit, and we’ll prepare a bespoke waste management solution that’s right for you.