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Factory Waste

Manufacturing is important for any economy as it produces essential products for various purposes and creates jobs. However, a natural by-product of any manufacturing plant is factory waste. There are concerns over the amount of waste factories produce every year, so it’s vital everything possible is done to reduce, recycle, and reuse such waste.

More than 40 million tons of industrial waste are produced in the UK each year – with factory waste accounting for a significant amount of this. While the types of waste generated in factories vary depending on the plant, manufacturing processes, and sector, lots of it is recyclable in one way or another.

If you run a factory, it’s your responsibility to ensure all waste generated is stored, removed, and disposed of appropriately. Discover more about factory and warehouse waste management services from anywhere in the UK with Business Waste or contact us online or call 0800 211 8390 today for a free quote.

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Factory and warehouse 
waste management

Factory waste management options for your factory or warehouse largely depends on the size of your premises and waste materials you produce. Having a factory waste management plan in place is essential to ensure everything is stored safely and securely before it’s collected and disposed of.

Examples of storing factory waste include:

  • Oil waste – store waste oil from your manufacturing operations in large oil collection drums and barrels, with a secure lid.
  • Cardboard waste – usually stored in a standard wheelie bin in sizes from 120 to 1100 litres. A front-end loader or baler can hold and compact larger amounts when you have space.
  • Plastic waste – use standard colour-coded wheelie bins to separate any recyclable plastic waste from other types and encourage recycling.
  • Scrap metal – skips can hold different amounts of metal waste, or a large roll on roll off provides a static option for high volumes of waste metals.
  • Hazardous waste – store and dispose of hazardous waste separately to prevent contamination. Recommended disposal methods vary depending on the exact material. When recycling hazardous waste, ensure you comply with the principles set out by Strategy for Hazardous Waste Management in England (2010).
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A factory waste management plan is essential to store waste safely and securely before collection

Factory waste 

After you’ve safely stored the waste from your factory in relevant bins and containers, you can arrange collection by a licensed waste carrier with Business Waste. Our zero landfill policy means we try to divert as much as possible away from landfill, encouraging recycling and reuse where we can.

Methods of warehouse and factory waste disposal also vary depending on the type of material. Some examples of factory and warehouse waste disposal can include:

  • Oil waste is taken to an oil recycling plant. Here it’s dewatered, filtered, distilled and refined to be reused.
  • Metal waste can go to scrap metal processors, where it’s melted down and remade into new products. Normally these are construction materials or new drinks cans.
  • Plastics are also melted down and recycled, usually to make new plastic bags. Sometimes it’s converted into eco-jewellery, makeup bottles, or interior furniture parts.
  • Hazardous waste must undergo chemical, thermal, biological, or physical treatment before safe disposal or recycling.
  • Cardboard gets sorted, shredded, turned into pulp, cleaned, dried, and formed into new sheets of cardboard for a variety of uses.

Factory waste 

Many factories produce high volumes of different waste types and require a variety of bins for safe and secure storage. We can deliver free bins to your factory or warehouse that suit every kind of waste you produce – you simply pay for collection.

The right factory or warehouse waste bins will depend on the kinds and amount of waste you generate. Large factory waste bins including balers that condense waste are often preferred when you have space, as these may be more cost-effective and suit fewer collections. Smaller warehouse waste bins can accommodate less common waste types.

Explore popular factory waste bins to safely store a range of rubbish your operations produce.

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  • Waste drums

    Safely store a variety of liquid and hazardous waste with waste drums and barrels of different sizes.

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  • Roll on roll offs

    These huge, static waste containers can hold up to around 440 bags of waste – but ensure your factory has space for one.

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  • Compactors

    Reduce the volume of cardboard, plastic, general waste and more in your factory or warehouse with a compactor.

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Factory waste 

Get rid of all types of waste your factory or warehouse produces with Business Waste. We can deliver free bins to your factory anywhere in the UK. Simply let us know the types of bins and containers you need and how many – or speak to one of our experts who can advise based on your operations.

Then arrange and pay for collection of your factory waste to ensure proper disposal. Our licensed waste carriers can collect your rubbish on a daily, weekly, or fortnightly basis. They’ll then transport it to a relevant nearby facility for any required treatment and sorting before it’s recycled, incinerated, or disposed.

Wherever possible we try to avoid any factory waste ending up in landfill for a positive impact on our planet. Our flexible contracts mean you can arrange delivery and collection of various factory waste bins for an effective and cost-efficient solution for your business – whether you need regular pickups or less frequent collections.

Contact us online or call 0800 211 8390 to arrange warehouse and factory waste collection today. If you have any questions, our friendly and expert are on hand to help and can provide a free quote tailored to your business.

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How does factory 
waste collection work?

  1. Select your free bins

    It’s quick and easy to organise commercial waste collection for your business.

    Simply start by telling us the:

    • Type of waste you need removing
    • Size of bins you require
    • Number of bins you want

    We’ll provide you with a free quote.

  2. Arrange delivery

    When you’re happy with the type, number, and size of free bins, tell us when you need your bins delivering.

    Let us know about any access issues where you want the bins delivering – such as locked gates, access codes and times. We’ll get you up and running in no time.

  3. Fill up your bin

    After the free bins arrive at your chosen location, fill them up with the agreed waste type.

    Make sure you remain within any weight limits for the specific waste type and bin size.

  4. Get your business waste collected

    We’ll arrange waste collection at a time and frequency to suit you and the amount of waste you have.

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What is 
factory waste?

Factory waste is any waste produced from industrial activities, such as manufacturing. This can include everything from by-products created during manufacturing processes, to simply packaging waste from boxes and wrapping of goods. Factories and warehouses produce a myriad of different types of waste, each unique to their own operations.

It’s important that every piece of factory and warehouse waste is correctly disposed of. Failing to do so can harm both human health and the environment, especially with any hazardous waste – as it could be corrosive, toxic, ignitable, or radioactive.

Common factory waste examples include:

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  • FACTORY How does factory waste affect the environment?

    Factory waste that’s hazardous, contains toxic waste or chemicals, can pollute soil and water if thrown into landfill or disposed of improperly. This can leach from landfill and pollute nearby water sources, harming any animals and humans that use it. Chemical and toxic materials can also destroy soil fertility and contaminate crops.

    It’s essential that your factory arranges appropriate hazardous waste collection to protect the environment.

  • FACTORY How does factory waste affect humans?

    Exposure to hazardous waste in a factory can affect humans by increasing the risk of cancer, respiratory, and other diseases. For this reason, it must always be stored in appropriate bags, bins, and containers relevant to the type of hazardous waste. The correct PPE should be worn and policies followed to further minimise any risk.

  • FACTORY Why is factory waste neutralised?

    Factory wastewater may contain acids that can pollute water, causing harm to fish and other organism. Therefore, any factory wastewater and other liquid waste must be treated – often neutralised – before it can be reused in any form. Learn more about liquid waste management.

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