What are the Different Types of Recycling for Businesses?

by | Aug 12, 2019

No business is the same, which is why it’s important to be able to choose different business services and processes to suit your needs. When it comes to recycling, the type of recycling bins you choose will naturally depend on the kind of materials you use and need to recycle. In this blog post, we’ll discuss two different types of business recycling – single-stream recycling and dry mixed recycling.

Single-stream recycling

What is single-stream recycling?

If you generate a lot of the same sort of waste in the form of plastic, aluminium foil or cans, cardboard, paper, or plastic, single-stream recycling is the simplest way to recycle. Simply collect recyclable material in a single bin and your waste services provider will do the sorting, cleaning, and recycling on your behalf.

Why add single-stream recycling to your commercial recycling strategy?

It’s hassle-free

Remove the complexity of bin systems and sorting when time and resources are at a premium.

It affects your bottom line

By reducing your landfill contribution, you will automatically save on taxes and increase your profitability over time. Adding recycling under your list of sustainable business features is also a strong marketable point – one that can secure new customers and work towards retaining your old ones.

Save space

Keep your workspace and business premises uncluttered by collecting these items in a single bag or bin for collection by your waste management team.

Do your bit for the environment

Single stream recycling increases the likelihood of recycled containers being re-used, which is good news for the environment.

Saving money by implementing single stream recycling

As a Quick-Service Restaurant, much of Crest Maze’s food is served in cardboard containers. Despite this, the restaurant’s previous supplier had the Crest Maze using general waste and single-stream recycling bins. Out of interest, the client requested a quote from Smarter Business to see if he could make a saving.

Since the restaurant uses a lot of cardboard, we were able to determine that a card-only bin would better suit Crest Maze’s needs and would end up being cheaper than using a mixed recycling bin.

Dry mixed recycling

Your business may be recycling already, but many businesses are unaware that adding a dry mixed recycling bin can help them save significantly on waste collection and disposal.
Businesses of all sizes tend to generate significant paper, cardboard, aluminium can, and plastic waste. When it comes to your waste management approach, it’s what you do with it that matters.

What is dry mixed recycling?

Dry mixed recycling takes your clean, uncontaminated waste and uses the recycled materials to turn it back into useful items. Your waste management team will have the infrastructure to collect and process these items, responsibly disposing of your cans, newspapers, office waste, and packaging.

Here’s how dry mixed recycling benefits your business

It’s simple

The closest thing to your home recycling system and an easy way to be compliant.

It’s ethical

Recycling your waste boosts your business’s environmental profile – something close to the heart of your customers. Dry mixed recycling reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills. It also creates new products, eliminating the need for new raw materials.

It’s cheaper

Dry mixed recycling is cheaper than general waste removal and your business stands to save through reduced cost on other bins through proper segregation and on landfill tax. By saving money, you have the opportunity to augment other areas of your business that increase your profitability.

The advantages of Smarter Business Waste Management for your business recycling

  • Fully personalised account management solution – speak to the same person if any issues or queries should arise.
  • Your dedicated account manager is best-equipped to advise on exactly what your business needs to make the most of high-performance, environmentally-friendly, and cost-effective recycling options.
  • We represent a massive waste supplier portfolio, which means that we can place companies with the most suitable supplier.
  • We offer a full suite of business services – energy, water etc. – to gain further savings and maximise efficiencies.
  • The waste management team at Smarter Business have the expertise and in-depth industry knowledge to advise your business around its best and most cost-effective options for commercial waste recycling.
  • From container requirements to your collection schedule, we can tailor an efficient and hassle-free waste management package for you.

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