For any business producing a steady stream of waste or more, having an efficient waste management solution in place is essential for a variety of reasons, none more so than helping the environment.
In an age where waste plastic is a talking point across the world and carbon emissions are constantly being monitored, it is important to manage waste properly, when possible.
Sending as little waste as possible to landfill should be a key aim for businesses as it will help the environment, which in turn will help businesses save money amongst other benefits. Of course there are waste streams which cannot be recycled and will be sent to landfill like general waste but recyclables should never be sent to landfill sites (there is one UK wide problem here however, more on that later.) You could either segregate your recyclables and general waste into bins or you can continue to bin your general waste but use recycling equipment to recycle waste instead of bins.
Recycling balers allow businesses to turn loose materials like cardboard and soft plastic into bales which recyclers will then collect for a small charge or for free. Just using bins means voluminous recyclables always run the risk of overflowing into the general waste as there is a space limit. Yearly landfill tax increases mean waste management collection costs will always be likely to rise as well. Recycling equipment is therefore a much better option than recycling bins. Using fewer bins also means fewer trips on our roads for high carbon emitting bin lorries.
Having a competent waste management system in place also means you will be helping the country to reuse waste products like cardboard and soft plastic. Not doing this simply means paying more money and pointlessly sending recyclable products to landfill which helps nobody. Having a good system in place is relatively simple and there are businesses that will help by supplying equipment like recycling balers and segregation systems like plastic bag stands.
With the recent Chinese ban on imported plastics now taking its toll in the UK, businesses that produce a lot of soft plastic will likely see a rise in bin collection costs due to the extra labour hours (segregating plastics) required after collection unless an alternative system is in place. Having a baling system and bag stand segregation system in place will not only help to save businesses money but these separate bales of clear and coloured plastic will be recycled properly, helping the environment.
On to the UK wide problem mentioned earlier. Many UK councils do not offer commercial recycling bins at present so small businesses which do not generate enough waste to require bins from waste management companies have no choice but to put recyclables in with the general waste. Plastic milk bottles are arguably the biggest problem here with tea and coffee being consumed across most businesses every day. Unfortunately with no council recycling options in place, many have their hands tied unless they take them to a recycling centre themselves – something a business in this situation should not have to do.