Commercial Recycling

We promote a zero waste to landfill policy, which not only aids the environment but also benefits businesses, by turning what was once waste, into a valuable resource for the planet. To organise your businesses recycling call 0800 211 8390 – We provide free recycling bins.


What is commercial recycling?

Recycling is the process of turning waste into something new so that the materials involved can be used again and again. The process is sometimes referred to as ‘closed-loop’ recycling, as the materials go full circle without causing any damage to the environment. In fact, when we recycle, we are protecting the planet in several ways:

    We are reducing the need for new materials to be sourced.
    We are reducing our carbon footprint.
    We are reducing our reliance on landfill sites and other more dangerous forms of waste disposal.

Commercial Recycling

Commercial recycling is particularly important, as businesses often produce large amounts of waste.

What can be recycled?

In the last decade alone, we have seen a steady rise in the popularity of commercial and personal recycling as society becomes more environmentally conscious. However, many people are often confused as to what items can actually be recycled.

The following items can be recycled:


    White and coloured paper
    Soft-covered books
    Post-It notes
    Magazines & Newspapers


    Juice cartons
    Takeaway boxes




    HDPE – milk bottles
    LDPE – supermarket shopping bags
    PET – drinks bottles
    PP – butter containers
    PS – takeaway packaging
    PVC – cling film

Green Waste

Some types of glass


WEEE Waste

    Electric devices

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Why should my business recycle?

The benefits of recycling are clear and numerous. Firstly, recycling has a positive impact on the planet, particularly due to the fact that it reduces the need for landfill sites. Landfill facilities worldwide are becoming increasingly scarce and are often overflowing with waste and debris. Whilst they may seem like a quick-fix solution for your waste disposal needs, they cause long-term damage.

For example, the UK alone produces around a staggering 200 million metric tonnes of waste in a year, with a large proportion of this waste finding its way onto a landfill site. However, this waste will take hundreds, if not thousands of years to decompose naturally. For example, a single plastic bag can take up to 1,000 years to decompose. Furthermore, the process of decomposition releases a string of harmful gasses into the air, which contribute to the destruction of the ozone layer, global warming, and can even cause harm to human life.

Furthemore, items that could be easily recycled – such as plastic – often find their way into the ocean when not properly disposed of. Studies have shown that:

    There are 46,000 pieces of plastic in every square mile of the ocean
    Around 8 million pieces of plastic end up in the ocean every day
    100,000 marine animals die each year as a result of plastic pollution

Therefore, we all carry a social responsibility to recycle wherever possible – within both our personal and professional lives. Thankfully, government initiatives are being put in place to make recycling not only more widespread but mandatory. There is an EU target for the UK to recycle 50% of all waste produced in 2020, though there is still further work to be done.

While not all waste can be recycled, the UK has plenty of technology on hand to safely and consciously dispose of our waste when necessary. At Business Waste, we used advanced waste management technology to help our clients deal with all forms of waste produced. Furthermore, businesses that exercise a zero waste to landfill policy and recycle have reported a significant increase in their reputation.

Recycling Companies

What is a waste recycling company?

A recycling company is a business or organisation that can take care of all of your commercial recycling needs. They will provide you with expert advice on how to store and organize your waste before collection, access to recycling bins, and will then ensure it is safely collected, transported, and disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner. For example, at Business Waste, we promote a zero waste to landfill policy and will always operate with this goal in mind.

Targets for recycling.

As mentioned previously, the UK and EU governments have determined several targets for recycling in the coming years. This includes:

    A shared target for 65% of municipal waste to be recycled each year by 2030
    A shared target of 75% of packaging waste to be recycled each year by 2030
    Encourage people to move away from landfills by promoting other forms of waste disposal.
    Enforcing bans on landfilling separately collected waste
    Reducing the usage of single used plastics and similar items
    Raising awareness of the importance of recycling in everyday life

What are the Five Rs of Recycling?

Many people often think of the recycling process as being straightforward. After all, you are only being asked to ensure you put your waste in the appropriate bins. However, there are more steps to the recycling process than you may initially realise.

They are known as ‘The Five R’s Of Recycling’. You should ask yourself these questions before you throw a product away or send it to a recycling plant.

The 5 r's of recycling

    1. REFUSE means no longer purchasing products that can damage the environment. For example, if you work in the food service industry, you may decide to refuse single-use plastics and opt for a more environmentally-friendly product instead. This will decrease the demand for this kind of product, allowing a better alternative to take its place.

    2. REDUCE is again fairly straightforward. As a company, it is your responsibility to seek environmentally friendly alternatives to products that may be damaging to the environment. However, when the purchase of such a product may be unavoidable, you can try to reduce the amount that you purchase and use. Only buy what you need, when you need it.

    3. REUSE encourages you to reuse a product as opposed to throwing it away after a single-use. It also encourages you to purchase products that can be used numerous times. For example, switch any single-used plastic cups in your office to reusable glasses.

    4. REPURPOSE encourages you to find alternative uses for a product you otherwise would have thrown away. Too often, landfill sites are full of single-use products that, realistically, could have been used several times over before disposal. For example, an old food container can be cleaned and used for storage.

    5. RECYCLE refers to the final step of the process, whereby an item is taken to a recycling plant to be given a new lease of life.

Recycling Collections

A recycling collection is when a business or company hires waste disposal experts to collect their waste and dispose of it on their behalf. This can help companies save valuable time and money, whilst ensuring that we are all working towards a brighter, greener future.

Commercial Recycling Bins

There are a variety of different bins you can use to keep on top of your recycling. This includes:

Wheelie Bins

Our Wheelie bins are easy to move, lockable, and perfect for dry mixed recycling. Available in various sizes, and can be collected daily, weekly or fortnightly dependant upon your needs.

recycling wheelie bins

Front-end/Rear-end Loaders

Front and rear end loaders can also be used to handle your dry mixed recycling. They are especially useful if you are producing high volumes of waste and have the space for a permanent unit on site.

recycling roll on off

Compactors/Recycling Balers

A recycling baler is designed to simplify the recycling process by compressing these materials into blocks. This means the materials are much easier to store, transport, and process.

recycling compactor

Recycling Costs

The costs of recycling will vary depending upon the amount of materials you need to recycle and how frequently. However, investing into develop a strong waste management strategy will save you valuable money in the long run, especially as customers tend to favor companies with strong environmental policies and aims.

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What can Business Waste do for you?

At Business Waste, we understand that you don’t have the time to waste on separating your recyclables and offer an efficient and knowledgeable service to help solve both your recycling and waste management issues. We utilise our years of industry experience and cutting-edge waste management technology to offer our clients a high level of service across the UK.

Call today 0800 211 8390 for a free no-obligation quote and consultation to find out how Business Waste can help your business.

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