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Office Waste Management

Office waste comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes, from office paper waste to broken electronic equipment. This has a big financial and environmental impact for your business, which is where office waste management plays its part. It’s your responsibility to ensure your office waste has as positive an environmental effect as possible.

Whether you’re moving locations and preparing for a full office clear-out or just need regular collections of the daily rubbish you generate, a good office waste management plan is essential. Ensuring waste from your office is stored, removed, and disposed of properly is incredibly important.

Learn more about effective office waste management, including the different types, recycling, and disposal methods. Call 0800 211 8390 or contact us online to get a fast and free quote for office waste removal.

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Arrange office waste collection with Business Waste anywhere in the UK. Our nationwide network means we can easily get rid of your office waste whether you’re based in a city centre or countryside business park. We offer solutions for all types of rubbish and no job is too big or small for our team.

Enjoy free bins for your rubbish – just pay for office waste collection. Select the right number, size, and types of office bins you need for the waste you produce and ensure there’s an accessible place for delivery and pickup. Our licensed waste carriers will drop off your bins and collect them at an agreed time and date for smooth office waste removal.

Simply move your bins to the agreed pickup point ahead of collection time and ensure each one only contains the relevant waste type and is within any weight limits or max fill lines.

It’s possible to organise office waste removal on a daily, weekly, or fortnightly schedule, based on your specific needs. There’s flexibility, so if you only need some bins removing every fortnight but others daily, we can work out the ideal solution for you. Ensure all bins are filled within any waste limits too.

Get a free quote for office waste collection today. Our friendly and expert team are on hand to answer your questions and advise on the best office bins, sizes, and collection schedule for your business. Contact us online or call 0800 211 8390 today.

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Office bins come in a range of sizes to suit the variety of waste types your business produces. Most of the time you’ll have small office bins in the actual workplace to collect general waste and dry mixed recycling. This provides a convenient solution at the point where waste is created.

It’s likely your cleaners or office staff will then empty these at the end of the day into larger bins stored outside your office for collection. We can provide a variety of office waste bins to easily separate, safely and securely store your rubbish before removal and disposal.

Whether you just need an office waste bin for general waste or for something more specific like confidential waste, we can deliver the right solution for your needs. Explore the range of office bins available.

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  • Small wheelie bin

    A small two-wheel bin ideal for small offices or low volumes of general or recycling waste.

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  • 240L wheelie bin

    The standard wheelie bin size for general waste, cardboard, plastic, and paper recycling.

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  • 1100L wheelie bin

    This large four-wheel office waste bin suits offices generating lots of cardboard, paper, or general waste.

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Responsible office waste disposal is essential to ensure UK businesses uphold their legal and moral responsibilities when it comes to managing rubbish properly under the Environmental Protection Act 1990. This includes recycling, reusing, and repurposing as much as possible – rather than simply sending rubbish from your organisation to landfill.

Many types of waste produced in offices are recycled. Waste paper, cardboard such as delivery boxes, and dry mixed recycling (including metal drink cans and some food wrappers) are commonly found in office bins and are recyclable. Separating these materials and arranging recycling is the most responsible option for office waste disposal.

Not all office waste is recyclable. However, you must still ensure appropriate office waste disposal. We work on a zero landfill policy that aims to find alternative uses and disposal methods for your waste. For example, with general waste we may send it for incineration to create refuse derived fuel (RDF) rather than rotting in landfill.

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  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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Office recycling

Recycling in offices helps protect the environment, reduces the amount of rubbish you send to landfill, and how much landfill tax you must pay. Separating and sorting your rubbish into specific recycling bins for offices and arranging removal by licensed waste carriers is the easiest way to do this.

There are various types of waste suitable for office recycling. As well as providing appropriate bins, it’s vital you educate your staff on the importance of recycling as much rubbish as possible.

After storage and removal from your premises, methods of office recycling vary depending on the waste materials:

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  • WEEE waste recycling – electronics such as laptops, printers, and lighting equipment are broken down into their component parts. Then materials such as any metals, plastics, and glass are recycled separately.
  • Paper recycling – office paper waste is washed and mixed with water to create slurry, with materials added to make new paper or cardboard.
  • Cardboard recycling – cardboard is separated into boxboard and corrugated board, shredded, mixed with water and chemicals to make slurry. It’s mixed with pulp made from wood chips, filtered, dried, and pressed to form fresh cardboard.
  • Furniture recycling – like WEEE waste, furniture needs breaking down into separate material parts. Often this includes lots of wood waste, which is recycled based on its grade, sometimes used as biomass wood fuel or garden mulch.
  • Confidential waste recycling – first any confidential waste is shredded. It then follows a similar recycling process to paper, with pup deduced from the shredded papers’ fibres and mixed with new pulp to create paper.

Types of 
office waste

Busy offices create a range of commercial waste types. Some of these you may produce daily, others on a less frequent basis or only when it comes to moving offices. From small to large offices, it’s likely you’ll generate various types of waste however many employees you have.

Some of the most common waste types in the office and examples include:

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  • General waste

    Packaging, food scraps, and non-recyclable bits

  • Paper recycling

    Printing paper, notepads, and other office paper waste

  • Cardboard recycling

    Boxes for storage and packaging

  • Confidential waste

    Contracts, client documents, and sensitive information

  • WEEE waste

    Computers, tablets, and other electronics

  • Furniture waste

    Broken chairs, desks, and unneeded furniture when moving offices

  • Plastic waste

    Food and office supplies packaging, plastic cups

  • Sanitary waste

    Feminine hygiene products and sanitary waste from office bathrooms

  • Chemical waste

    Cleaning products for the office


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  • OFFICE How much waste do offices produce?

    It’s difficult to accurately estimate how much office waste is produced as it covers a wide variety of types. Research suggests that the average office worker generates around 900 grams of paper and cardboard waste, and nearly 2kg of solid waste (such as plastic coffee cups and food packaging waste) every day.

    Some studies claim that on average office workers use 50 sheets of paper each day for unnecessary printing. However, with a move to paperless offices and operations, this figure looks likely to fall.

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  • OFFICE What is workplace waste?

    Workplace waste is any kind of rubbish created in a workplace – often referring to an office. Types of waste that class as workplace waste are normally everyday items such as paper, packaging, drinks bottles and cups, printer cartridges, light bulbs, and electronic goods. Workplace waste is varied and can depend on the nature of your business.

  • OFFICE What are the main causes of waste in an office?

    There are various causes of office waste, many of which are easily avoidable with a few small changes and awareness. Some of the main causes of waste in an office include:

    • Excessive use of paper to print off documents that could be digital.
    • Using plastic disposable cups instead of reusable drinking bottles and mugs.
    • Over-ordering supplies that sit in storage and may become obsolete.
    • Poor inventory management leading to unused database records and files.
    • WEEE waste disposal, rather than fixing electronics.
  • OFFICE Why is it important to reduce waste in the workplace?

    Reducing office waste is important as it cuts the amount of rubbish you send to landfill. This is more cost-effective for your organisation as you don’t have to pay as much landfill tax. While recycling office waste is good, reducing the amount produced in the first place also reduces your costs for storage, collection, transportation, and disposal.

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  • OFFICE How do you manage office waste?

    Putting together and following an office waste management plan should help your organisation better manage its waste. It’s important your staff are aware of the plan and that it’s properly implemented. Some ways to better manage your office waste could include:

    • Start composting if you have outdoor space and the right bins to get rid of food scraps in a green way.
    • Move to a paperless office or restrict printing for essentials only (and set them up to print double sided).
    • Bulk buy coffee, tea, milk, and other office kitchen supplies to limit packaging.
    • Upcycle, sell, or donate any old office furniture rather than throwing it away.
    • Fix, recycle, or update any electronic equipment instead of buying more newer models.
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