Advice on waste segregation for businesses

It’s commonly accepted that waste segregation to increase recycling is better for the environment, but did you know it can save you a lot of money too?

As a business owner, you have certain responsibilities that you need to adhere to, this means you must have a suitable waste disposal solution in place, which where possible ensures as much of your businesses waste is recycled.

Businesses using commercial waste collection services must ensure their chosen suppliers have valid waste carriers licences and only use licensed disposal facilities

Key points to consider when disposing of commercial waste

Transporting waste yourself to a licensed disposal facility

If you haven’t arranged for your waste to be collected you will need to dispose of it yourself in a manner that is compliant with appropriate legislation. To learn more about the laws that govern waste disposal, please visit: www.gov.uk/managing-your-waste-an-overview

It’s good to know… recycling centres and commercial waste disposal sites offer lower rates to tip single waste streams such as wood waste, garden waste and inert spoil.

Therefore if your business does not pre-treat its waste effectively or have a waste segregation process in place it will need to pay a higher ‘mixed waste’ disposal rate and does risk its waste being rejected for containing items that cannot be placed in general/mixed waste. For example, plasterboard waste cannot be placed in a mixed waste container because by law it must be disposed of on its own.

Best practices on pretreatment of waste  

Businesses must pretreat their waste, this means it must go through the following stages before being disposed of:  

  • A reduction in volume or,
  • A reduction in its hazardous nature or,
  • Facilitated its handling or,
  • Enhanced its recovery.

My waste is collected, how can I pretreat my waste?

Changing legislation, coupled with a shared desire of businesses and waste collection organisations to reduce disposal costs have resulted in better, easier pretreatment solutions.

Nowadays it’s common for a business to have separate waste containers and dedicated collections for general waste, food waste and dry mixed recyclables.

In addition to adopting a multi waste container solution, businesses can further reduce their waste disposal costs by implementing some or all of the following actions.

  • Training staff on the importance of recycling, what waste items can be recycled and where recycling containers are located.
  • Placing awareness signage and information around the business to inform staff, visitors and customers what the businesses recycling strategy is.
  • Setting up new disposal points for other less known recyclables such as printer cartridges, coffee cups, electrical items etc.
  • Implementing a dedicated food waste collection service.

For further guidance please visit: www.wrap.org.uk/content/how-recycle-work

Knowing your waste types

To help you to increase recycling levels in your business it’s important to know what types of waste can be recycled. Listed below are common waste types that can be recycled. Although these materials are recyclable we recommend you check with your waste collection supplier prior to placing any of these items in your ‘recyclables’ bin.  

Recyclable Materials:

  • Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Plastic
  • Metal tins and cans
  • Aluminum trays
  • Food and drink cartons

Does your business produce hazardous waste?

Hazardous wastes must be treated correctly because of the risks they pose. To help you to determine if your business generates any hazardous wastes, below we have outlined some of the most common forms of hazardous waste.

Hazardous Materials:

  • Asbestos
  • Chemicals, eg brake fluid or print toner
  • Batteries
  • Solvents
  • Pesticides
  • Non edible oils
  • Equipment containing ozone depleting substances, eg fridges
  • Hazardous waste containers
  • Paint
  • Hazardous WEEE

For further help please download our Hazardous waste brochure.

Contact Commercial Recycling for your business waste disposal requirements

Need more advice on waste segregation or would like to arrange your waste to be disposed of in an environmentally friendly way? Call our team on 01202 331560 or contact us here to receive more information.

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