Waste, both personal and professional is simply unavoidable. For example, think of how many things you throw into the bin each day after use. Now think of how many items you throw away each week. When you look back, you are sure to realize that you throw away many more items than you’d expect – often without a second thought.
However, in the same way in which we are personally responsible for finding ways to ethically and responsibly throw away our waste, companies must also find effective waste disposal and collection methods that minimize their impact on the environment, especially in relation to trade waste.
What is trade waste?
As a result, trade waste is produced every day, by a wide variety of companies across numerous sectors. This includes:
Hospitality facilities (Restaurants, bars, cafés)
Education facilities (Schools, universities)
Leisure facilities (Cinemas, theatres, museums)
Healthcare (Hospitals, medical centers, dentists, veterinary practices)
Shops (Supermarkets, clothing retailers)
What industries produce trade waste?
Pharmaceutical waste, or medical waste, is the waste produced by healthcare facilities, such as care homes, hospitals, doctors’ surgeries, or pharmacies. They produce high amounts of waste that must be carefully disposed of, particularly as medications are often controlled substances. Pharmaceutical waste can also include used dressings, expired medication, and sanitary waste.
Packaging waste is produced by the vast majority of companies. It often includes a variety of materials, including cardboard, paper, and glass. Thankfully, the vast majority of packaging waste can now be recycled, due to government initiatives and increased awareness of the importance of recycling.
Construction waste is the waste produced by builders and construction workers or those within similar industries. It covers a wide range of materials, including wood, metal, paint, plasterboard, bricks, and tiles. Again, a large amount of waste produced in construction can be recycled.
Electronic waste refers to any electrical goods or products that are thrown away by companies or individuals. This includes WEEE products, such as IT equipment, electronic tools, lighting equipment, and batteries. These products need to be safely and securely disposed of.
Food waste, whether this refers to waste produced by hospitality venues, or the waste that accumulates in your staff room. Food waste makes up a large portion of landfill sites worldwide, therefore it is also important that you find safe ways to dispose of any organic food waste your company produces.
Trade Waste Disposal
What happens to trade waste?
Thankfully, it has never been easier or more cost-effective to ethically dispose of your waste. You can keep on track of your waste disposal costs by organizing for a company to collect your waste, ensuring that it is safely disposed of as opposed to being sent to a landfill site. For more information on our trade waste collections services, get in touch today for a free quote.
Despite this, a large amount of trade waste ends up in a landfill site. Disposing of waste in this manner is far from ideal, as landfills harm the environment. This is due to the fact that the waste takes several years to compose, releasing harmful gasses such as methane, which are key players in the destruction of the ozone layer. For example, if a plastic bag ends up at a landfill site, it will take between 500- 1000 years to decompose.
Whenever you take waste to a landfill site, you will have to pay a landfill charge. The cost of this will vary depending on the amount of waste you need to dispose of. On average, it will cost you just under £100 to leave a tonne of waste at a landfill, though the price can also vary depending upon the materials you are dropping off. For example, potentially hazardous materials are more costly to dispose of, due to the risks associated with handling these materials.
Trade Waste Collection
How do you store trade waste before collection?
Ensure waste is stored in a secure place.
Use appropriate containers for each type of waste. This is particularly important in relation to liquid waste, as you need to ensure nothing leaks/spills.
Label all waste. This is useful for both waste collectors and any staff, ensuring that waste is put into the appropriate bin.
Ensure waste is covered/use a lid to stop waste accidentally falling out of the bin or blowing away. This also ensures that waste is not damaged by rainfall.
Trade Waste Bins
We will supply free trade waste bins for business. We do not charge a rental fee or bin delivery fee, also as part our service we will also supply free waste transfer notes and an annual duty of care.
The most common trade waste wheelie bins are;
To view all our trade waste bins and containers click here
Trade Waste Leglislation
A waste license is necessary if you are going to be transporting business waste in any capacity. It does not matter whether you are simply transferring some rubbish from a job to the skip in your car, or have been given the responsibility of transferring large amounts of company waste, doing so without a license is illegal.
This licence costs £244(+Vat) initially and lasts around three years. However, you can renew your licence for just £164.
In addition to a lisence, you need to ensure that you follow waste disposal regulations. Companies are bound by law, known as ‘Duty of care’, to properly dispose of their waste, this includes ensuring that the waste is safely stored, transported, and taken to the appropriate facility. These actions should be carried forward with the intention of causing minimal impact upon the environment. This means you should:
Securely store waste, particularly any potentially hazardous or liquid waste.
Clearly label all waste.
Separate waste appropriately.
Ensure your waste is taken to a recycling center or landfill by a licensed waste carrier.
Keep track of all waste, making notes of when it has been collected.
How can you reduce trade waste?
UK’s households produce around 4.5 tonnes of food waste each year, according to a recent study by the government’s waste advisory body. This does not factor in the food waste produced by companies or businesses, meaning the overall figures will be much higher. As a result, you must find ways to effectively reduce food waste. One way in which you can do this is through composting. If you work in hospitality, you could also consider donating leftover food at the end of the day to local charities or food banks, as opposed to throwing it away.
Plenty of surplus materials can be repurposed or reused in other capacities, and often do not need to be thrown away. For example, if your company is manufacturing a product and you have lots of wood leftover, why not contact a local furniture company to see if they need any extra supplies? You can also donate any leftover materials to charities or people within your local area.
With technology continuing to advance, many companies have decided to go paperless- after all, most information can now be shared quickly and easily online without the need for paper. Whilst it may not be possible to go completely paperless within your company, you should try to limit the amount of paper you use. In addition, always recycle your paper.
Make smart purchases.
Another way in which you can more effectively handle your waste is by purchasing no more materials than you need. Pay attention to the kind of materials that you often buy too much of, and limit your future purchases accordingly. You can always order more at a later date, should you need it. This can also help save you money in the long run.
Furthermore, when possible, you should make a conscious effort to only purchase products that can be reused multiple times before you need to dispose of them. Though it may be cheaper initially to purchase ‘single-use’ products, you will end up spending more money over time and damaging the environment as a result.
Encourage your employees to take part.
Another effective way of minimizing trade waste is by encouraging your employees to do the same. For example, if you were to introduce an in-house recycling scheme, you can encourage employees to be more mindful of how they dispose of waste both at work and at home thus inciting positive change.
In conclusion, proper trade waste disposal is vital to secure a better, brighter future for our planet. Whilst it may not be possible to recycle all kinds of trade waste, there are plenty of ways to reduce the amount of waste we produce and ensure it is safely disposed of – thus minimizing the effect your business has on the planet.