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Recycling in the workplace

With many businesses now beginning to return to some kind of normality after the 3rd National lockdown, there’s no better time to ensure you have the appropriate commercial waste disposal and recycling measures in place.

In this article, we are going to help you to understand how to implement a successful waste disposal strategy, share effective ways to educate your employees on recycling, whilst also providing guidance on how Commercial Recycling can help you.

Establish your waste types

Depending on the type of organisation you are managing, you may find that you produce certain types of waste in larger volumes than others.

If a successful waste management strategy is to be achieved, it is vital you consider all the types of waste your business is generating.

For example, offices may need to consider general recycling and mixed black bag waste, restaurants will be producing a lot of food waste, packaging and glass waste, whereas the construction industry will be challenged with the disposal of inert wastes.

Once you are aware of the waste types and approximate volumes that you are producing, you can look into how to manage this waste. This may involve:

  • Different bin types and sizes
  • The use of skips or roros (check out our friends at AMS for more information)
  • Tipping at a local recycling centre
  • Regular, scheduled waste collections
  • One off waste collections or disposals

At Commercial Recycling, we’d be happy to help you decide on the best disposal solutions for the waste types that are specifically relevant for your business. Call our experts on 01202 331560.

Make it easy for your team

The majority of employees are likely to support recycling initiatives. However, the adoption and success of any schemes will often be determined by how easy they are made. Proven ways to increase recycling within the workplace include;

  • Use signage as reminders, especially when it comes to signalling the different types of bins you want them to use. If you don’t fancy making your own, you can buy affordable recycling stickers or signs online or from office supplies catalogues.
  • Place waste and recycling bins around the whole workplace, not just in the kitchen or lobby. The shorter the distance your employees have to travel to correctly dispose of their waste, the more likely they are to do so.
  • If possible, provide incentives or rewards to encourage recycling behaviour. Even some healthy competition between your team members could help.

Reuse where possible

Not all waste needs to be thrown away (at least not the first time it is used!). Two small ways that you can implement a reusable initiative are:

  • Suggest employees bring reusable bottles rather than disposal cans / plastic bottles. Even better, why not invest in some branded drinks bottles and distribute these to team members. Not only does this encourage sustainable consumption, but it’s free publicity for your brand if they use the bottles outside of work.
  • We’re all guilty of printing more than we need to, so the paper should be reused where possible. Start a scrap paper pile next to your printer which can be used for note taking.

Don’t let your bins overflow

You may have heard of the Broken Windows Theory – signs of disarray in a neighbourhood (such as a broken window) encourages more broken windows…

…Well the same goes for a messy working environment.

If you’re creating more rubbish than you either have the space for, or have provided waste containers for, you need to review your strategy. Not only will your employees respect the work space less, but it creates an unhealthy and potentially unsafe environment.

One solution that may be helpful is the new commercial wheelie bin and refuse bag service provided by our friends at Avon Material Supplies. They can provide a variety of bin types (or bags if you lack space) in a range of sizes. They will then collect the waste on a schedule that suits you, whether that be daily, weekly or fortnightly.

For medium – large scale one off clearances, we can provide a man and van waste collection. Our operatives will be with you in no time, and will clear up to 1 tonne of waste from your premises.

Trust recycling experts

Establishing contact with a licenced, reliable local recycling centre (such as us at Commercial Recycling) can help you take the stress out of waste management.

It’s our job to know everything there is to know about commercial waste disposals, so we would be more than happy to discuss your requirements with you.

As a fully licenced recycling centre, we are able to accept and process almost any waste type, including hazardous wastes. As such, we have a wide range of waste disposal and collection services on offer. We are confident that we will have the ideal recycling solution for you.

We also operate under a policy that ensures we divert as much waste as possible from landfill. This means that if you work with us, you can be assured that your waste is taken care of in the most efficient, sustainable ways possible.

To learn more, please feel free to call us on 01202 331560 or fill in our contact form.

 

Job vacancy: Yard Foremen

We are looking to recruit a Yard Foremen to join our busy team at Canford Recycling Centre.

Principle job responsibilities

Canford Recycling Centre deals with commercial, industrial, domestic and hazardous waste from a variety of customers from the general public, house clearance and local builders to multi-national waste companies.

This role will ensure waste is sorted efficiently in order to maximise recycling and revenue, and to reduce costs. The role will also include taking responsibility for the safe operation of the site and employees within this area.

Job particulars

  • Hours: Contracted hours – 52 ½ hours per week average. Monday to Friday 7.00am – 5.30pm, Alternate Saturdays 7.00am – 12.00pm. Half hour lunchbreak unpaid
  • Pay Rate: Basic rate £11.50 per hour – Equates to annual salary of £31,395.00. Overtime rate £17.25 (Time and a half)
  • Additional: Foreman Allowance £135.33 per month (Guaranteed). First Aid Allowance £50.00 per month (Subject to holding or gaining FAW qualification). H&S Allowance £50.00 per month (Subject to holding or gaining IOSH/NEBOSH qualification)
  • Location: Canford Recycling Centre, Arena Way, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 3BW

Reporting relationships

  • Reportable to: Area Operations Manager
  • Responsible for: Approximately 10 staff (Machine operators, labourers & agency staff)

Key responsibilities 

  • Completion of daily paperwork including:
    • Daily Site Diary
    • Load Inspections
    • Permits to Work
    • Induction of Agency staff
  • To ensure waste is sorted efficiently in order to maximise recycling/recovery rates, reduce waste to landfill, and therefore maximise revenue and reduce costs. To visually monitor incoming loads and contact the weighbridge to let them know about any mis-description of waste, or undeclared additional items which could be charged to increase earnings (tyres, gas bottles, paint tins, etc). Oversee incoming customer vehicles use the site safely, and are quickly off loaded.
  • Help maintain and operate the site in accordance with the Environmental Permit, Working Plan and Fire Prevention Plan. To monitor litter and ensure the site and its environment are maintained in a clean and tidy condition.
  • Book outgoing transport for the movement of waste and ensure that all vehicles are loaded promptly.
  • Maintain a high level of awareness for Health, Safety, welfare and security matters, and lead by example taking a pro-active approach to ensuring best practice and compliance. Oversee the health, safety and welfare of employees, customers, contractors and visitors whilst they are on site including completing Permits to Work and monitoring the use of PPE in line with Company Policy.
  • Identify any training needs in liaison with the Area Operations Manager. To carry out Tool Box Talks, and ensure regular communication with site staff to encourage feedback and share new ideas. Assist with staff disciplinary meetings.
  • Report all accidents, near misses and damage using the company reporting procedure.
  • To ensure customer queries and complaints are dealt with promptly and professionally.
  • Ensure that mobile and static plant is operated in a safe manner in compliance with company procedures. Oversee completion of ‘Daily Plant Check Sheets’ by machine operators, report any defects and to ensure defects are recorded and rectified, then file when completed.
  • Any other duties as requested within your skills and competency as required by the Company.

Skills, knowledge and experience

  • Basic understanding of waste recycling operations, health and safety, plant and vehicles.
  • Aware of the legal requirements relating to waste operations. (Training can be given)
  • Understanding of basic logistics in order to optimise the operations.
  • Ability to work as a leader and team member.
  • First Aid at Work Certificate, or willing to go on a first aid course.
  • Health & Safety qualifications (NEBOSH, IOSH, etc), or willing to work towards a qualification.

How to apply

If you know of anyone who might be a good fit for the role please send CV’s to enquiries@commercialrecycling.co.uk.

What is Inert Waste?

Commercial Recycling are operators of large waste disposal facilities which are ideally suited to many sectors, including the construction industry. As such, we typically accept and process over 250,000 tonnes of inert waste each year!

But what actually is inert waste? Read on for the answer, plus more useful information regarding inert waste recycling.

What is inert waste?

Inert wastes are types of waste that are unreactive (biologically and chemically). This means that when inert waste is disposed of, it either takes an extremely long time to decompose or doesn’t decompose at all.

What are some examples of inert waste?

Inert wastes are typically produced during construction activities. The most common types include:

  • Concrete
  • Rubble
  • Sands
  • Clay
  • Soil
  • Chalk

Do you have waste materials that you’re unsure are inert? Call our helpful team on 01202 331560.

Is inert waste dangerous?

This type of waste does not pose a threat to the environment, animals or human health and will not affect the quality of water sources it may be in contact with.

The main issue inert waste poses to individuals and businesses is what to do with. Because it does not decompose (or takes many years to do so), it can become problematic as it takes up a lot of space.

Can inert waste be recycled?

Yes, inert waste can be recycled. At Commercial Recycling, we actually recycle over 90% of the inert waste that is tipped with us.

One of the primary ways that we do this is by recycling the materials back into quality construction aggregates. For example, we produce recycled 6F5 Crushed Concrete for trench fills and Type 1 Recycled for road and path construction.

Where can you dispose of inert waste?

Currently, we have a site in Dorset and another in Somerset, which are able to accept inert waste.

Our inert waste disposal facilities are:

Pro Tip – Save time by picking up aggregates from us when you’re already onsite tipping inert waste at Canford Recycling Centre.

Transporting inert materials to our sites

All of our sites benefit from easy access, hard-surfaces, automated weighbridges and wide turning spaces making them ideal for various vehicle types including vans, cars with trailers, tipper trucks and grab lorries.

If you or your contractor cannot travel to one of our sites, then through our friends at Avon Material Supplies we can arrange for tipper trucks or grab lorries to collect the inert waste from your site.

Contact Commercial Recycling today

If you have any queries about disposing of inert waste with Commercial Recycling, don’t hesitate to contact us on 01202 331560.

Recycling Solutions for the Construction Industry

Commercial Recycling is a privately owned business that provides affordable waste disposal facilities and services to construction businesses across Dorset and Somerset.

Our aim is to help construction businesses, including main contractors, sub contractors and tradespeople to benefit from convenient waste disposal solutions that save money and ensure high levels of their waste is recycled and not sent to landfill.

We accept and process over 6000 tonnes of construction waste per year. With over 90% of all construction waste received being recycled.

For waste disposal prices, please visit our prices page.

Read on to learn why Commercial Recycling and the facilities it operates should be your go-to for construction waste disposal.

Specialist inert waste disposal

Inert wastes are undoubtedly one of the most common types of waste found within the construction industry. At Commercial Recycling we offer highly affordable disposal for common inert wastes such as:

  • Concrete
  • Hardcore
  • Rubble
  • Broken bricks
  • Soil

If you can’t, or simply don’t have the time to bring your inert waste to us, we highly recommend the inert skip hire, grab lorry and tipper truck hire services provided by our friends at Avon Material Supplies.

Did you know – Wherever possible, we recycle the inert waste tipped with us back into materials that are used in the construction industry. For example, we produce 6F5 Crushed Concrete for trench fills and Type 1 Recycled for road and path construction!

Hassle-free, speedy tipping

Both of our recycling centres offer:

  • Smooth surfacing throughout (our Wimborne Recycling Centre has just been reconcreted)
  • Wide turning spaces
  • Automated weighbridges
  • Clear signage
  • Convenient opening hours Monday to Friday (Somerset) and Monday to Saturday (Dorset)

Because of this, our sites are suitable for all vehicle types including vans, lorries, pickups, and cars with trailers that may be used to bring waste to us for disposal.

Our automated weighbridges are manned by experienced, helpful operators. This means that the process of weighing in is quick and easy so you can be on your way home or back on site in no time.

Wide range of other waste types accepted

We also accept a variety of other commonly produced waste by-products of construction projects. These include:

Can’t see the waste type you’re looking for? It’s highly likely that we are able to accept any waste types that you produce, so please feel free to give us a call on 01202 331560 to check. You can also view our full waste disposal price list for more information.

Hazardous waste specialists

There will undoubtedly be times when you’re working on a site and will come across some expected or unexpected hazardous waste. As you will know, due to its risks to health and the environment, all hazardous waste MUST be disposed of legally at a fully licenced facility, such as Commercial Recycling.

We have a dedicated in-house hazardous waste team who are onhand to provide advice and assist with permits.

Common types of hazardous waste that our construction clients trust us with the disposal of include:

Did you know – In certain cases, our hazardous waste experts can conduct site visits to assess your hazardous waste in situ.

Learn more about hazardous waste disposal with Commercial Recycling.

Please notehazardous waste disposals must be pre-booked by calling us on 01202 331560. This ensures that we are ready to safely dispose of the waste, and that we can prepare your paperwork in advance.

Trade accounts

If your industry sees you regularly producing waste that is your responsibility to dispose of, why not enquire about our trade accounts? These net monthly credit accounts offer great rates for customers that tip with us often.

To apply today, call 01202 331560 or email accounts@commercialrecycling.co.uk.

Did you know – If you set up a credit account with us, we can set you up with an Avon Material Supplies account at the same time! This makes it even easier to dispose of waste, buy aggregates, order skips etc.

Alternatively, we accept cash and card payments onsite too.

Pick up aggregates while you visit

We’re not just a waste disposal site. Conveniently, you can also collect a range of recycled and primary construction aggregates at our inert facility which is also located on the same site as our Wimborne Recycling Centre. Some of the most popular construction aggregates we supply include:

  • Recycled topsoil alternative
  • Sharp sand / grit
  • Building sand
  • Type 1 limestone
  • Type 1 recycled
  • 6F5 crushed concrete

You can pick up these aggregates (and more) in bulk bags or loose loads by the tonne whilst you’re onsite. Just give us a call beforehand so that we can ensure the aggregates are ready for you when you arrive.

Learn more or contact Commercial Recycling

If you would like to learn more about any of the waste types we can help with, please feel free to browse our website, call us on 01202 331560, or email enquiries@commercialrecycling.co.uk.

We pride ourselves in offering comprehensive, affordable construction waste disposal services, so hope to see you soon!

Don’t forget to keep an eye on our LinkedIn or Facebook for important service updates.

 

10 facts about commercial recycling

At CRL, we work hard to support national recycling efforts by helping businesses achieve cost effective, long-term recycling solutions. Although Dorset’s recycling rates are among the top 10 in the country, there is still lots for us to learn and improve on. As such, we wanted to let you know 10 surprising facts about recycling, and how our recycling centres can help.

  1. Around 80% of items sent to landfill could have been recycled

Yes you read that right, only 20% of the items in landfill should be there.

At Commercial Recycling, we aim to divert as much of the waste we receive from landfill as possible. In fact, in 2020 we successfully diverted over 90% of waste from landfill.

This means that if your business tips with us, you can feel proud to be doing your bit to reduce the 80% of waste that unnecessarily ends up in landfill.

2. About 70% of the waste that is created by commercial offices consists of mixed paper products

So when you’re next thinking about printing a document off, just take a second to think whether you really need to. If it’s necessary to have a paper copy, make sure you recycle it afterwards.

Don’t forget – this also includes card products. Cardboard waste is almost impossible to avoid nowadays, with the rising propensity to order online leading to excess packaging inevitably going to waste.

As business owners, you can facilitate paper and card recycling by providing waste paper bins around the office that then get emptied into your larger recycling bin for tipping with us at Commercial Recycling. We offer great mixed dry waste recycling rates.

3. It wasn’t until 2012 that the stricter commercial recycling legislations that we are now used to came into place.

It seems hard to believe that it was less than 10 years ago that the Controlled Waste Regulations that businesses must now operate by came into effect. These regulations ensure that business operators must:

  • Use a registered waste disposal facility / waste carrier
  • Where reasonable do their bit to prevent, reuse or recycle waste
  • Complete waste transfer notes
  • Follow strict, separate hazardous waste disposal legislation

If you would like to learn more about your responsibilities as a business operator, visit gov.uk or feel free to call us on 01202 331560. We want to make the process of commercial recycling as easy as possible so would be happy to help.

4. Recycling = Energy

Did you know that recycling a single can provides enough energy to power a TV for 3 whole hours?! Of course, waste that ends up in landfill offers no such benefits.

At Commercial Recycling we regularly invest in new technologies to help waste recovery, one such being ‘EfW’ (or ‘Energy from Waste’). This means that a proportion of the waste we recycle is used to create power for the National Grid, providing energy for our local homes and businesses.

5. Construction, demolition and excavation activities generate 61% of the UK’s waste.

This may be surprising to some, however at Commercial Recycling a large portion of our client-base is from the construction industry. As such, we offer a wide range of disposal services suitable for this type of waste.

As part of our Zero Waste To Landfill initiative, where possible we also recycle construction waste back into materials used in the very same industry. For example, we create Recycled Type 1 aggregates that are used for road and pathway construction.

6. The first bottle bank was opened in 1977

Recycling glass is second nature to most people nowadays, but it wasn’t until the late 70s that bottle banks were introduced. This is shocking, as it takes A MILLION YEARS for a glass bottle to naturally decompose.

Don’t forget, for commercial glass waste such as uPVC windows, we offer a low-cost window waste disposal service.

7. Employees of small businesses say recycling boosts company culture

Recycling being a part of work culture has been reported to boost staff morale, making them feel as though they’re a part of something positive. Especially as most individuals are accustomed to recycling at home, following this through into the workplace is a natural progression that fosters a positive work culture.

8. Most laptops are never recycled

Did you know that laptops and other electronic devices can be recycled? This is known as WEEE (Waste Electrical Electronic Equipment) recycling. Recycling this type of waste can have incredible benefits when it comes to EfW, with statistics showing that 1 million recycled laptops can power 3600 homes!

If your business is refreshing its technology, talk to us today about affordable WEEE recycling. For smaller amounts of WEEE waste we also offer waste disposal boxes. We’ll deliver an empty box to you, fill it with your WEEE, and we’ll collect it when it’s full!

9. It takes just 25 large plastic bottles to make a recycled jacket

If your employees drink bottled water, let that sink in! How many jackets could be made per week? If you want to make sure that the plastic waste your business produces goes towards initiatives like this rather than landfill, take a look at our mixed plastic recycling service.

10. In total, Commercial Recycling recycled 79,581.04 tonnes of waste in 2020

This is all thanks to local businesses using our waste disposal and collection services.

Contact our team for help with recycling

If all this talk of recycling has got you inspired to improve your business’ waste management, we’d be happy to help. Commercial Recycling is a leading waste disposal company covering Dorset, Hampshire and Somerset. We have 2 recycling centres, one near Wimborne and one near Shepton Mallet.

With convenient opening hours, we cater for businesses large and small that need to dispose of almost any waste type. To help you even more, we can offer complete waste management solutions. Contact us today to discuss your recycling needs.

 

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