The UK produces 400 million tonnes of waste every year – keeping waste collection services working hard! Strategic business waste management saves time, effort and costs. It also ensures that waste is dealt with in a responsible, cost-effective manner.
Stay on the clean side of the law
Your business needs to follow the EU Waste Framework Directive, a legal framework which covers the transport, collection and disposal of waste. Today’s complex legal requirements regarding business waste can make for an expensive, time-consuming chore.
Under a Duty of Care, organisations are required to:
- Ensure that waste is recovered or disposed of without endangering human health
- Prevent causing harm to the environment
- Take appropriate measures to encourage the prevention or reduction of waste production
- Encourage the recovery of waste by means of recycling or re-using
If your business has an annual turnover of £2 million or more and handles more than 50 tonnes of packaging material, you will fall under the ‘obligated’ packaging producer category. And example under these frameworks is the pre-treatment regulations, which require that businesses pre-treat any non-hazardous waste sent to landfill.
Along with legal requirements that need to be met, there are also operation considerations when disposing of business waste, such as bin sizes and collection frequencies. Businesses need different types of bins in different sizes to households. They also need to ensure secure waste storage and decide on an optimal emptying frequency.
If these elements are not working in sync, this can cause serious disruption to your day-to-day business – and cost you a lot of money!
Considering legal obligations and operational issues, many businesses choose to outsource their waste collection services.
Businesses who can benefit from waste collection services
Although almost all businesses produce waste of some kind, certain industries produce types of waste that are more difficult to dispose of. Using a professional waste collection service will ensure that your waste is disposed of legally and correctly, without you having to worry about it.
Examples of business waste that’s more difficult to get rid of includes:
- Hazardous waste – chemicals, aerosol cans, pesticides, X-ray waste, toxic waste
- Clinical waste – drugs, sharps, pharmaceuticals, dental waste
- Old or broken electrical equipment – mobile phones, hard drives, appliances, computing hardware
- Industrial waste – chemicals, scrap materials, wastewater, manufacturing by-products
- Office waste – stationery, disposables
- Retail waste – packaging, disposables
- Catering waste – food waste, disposables
Some of the industries that should consider professional waste collection services include:
- Property management companies
- Large offices
- Medical facilities
- Care homes
- Golf clubs
- … and any business looking to outsource their waste collection so that they can focus on more pressing business needs.
Top tips for better business waste collection
- Conduct a waste audit to identify the kinds of waste you produce and how much of it
- Contact a licenced commercial waste collection consultant to discuss your waste collection needs
- They will recommend relevant services and find you the best price
- You will enter into a waste collection contract
- Ensure that your business waste is separated in placed into the correct bins
- The bins must be made accessible to your commercial waste collection service provider
- Ensure that your bins are not overfilled or overweight – if this is happening often, you may need to chat to your consultant about a more frequent service
- Clean your bins regularly
Fun fact: a bit about the waste collection services classic – the wheelie bin!
Who invented the wheelie bin?
Bet you’ve never spared much of a thought for the omnipresent, mundane wheelie bin… but did you know that the modern plastic wheelie bin was invented in Slough in the late 1960s?
A Health and Safety Inspector spotted the invention and saw its potential to reduce back injuries long-suffered by waste collection services workers, who would have to lift the wheel-less, heavy metal bins that were common at the time.
Professional waste collection services
The waste management team from Smarter Business specialise in waste disposal, recycling, recovery and reduction, giving you one less thing to worry about so that you can focus your efforts on more important areas of running your business.
Ready to rid yourself of your rubbish? Get in touch with a Smarter Business Waste Manager for a free consultation.