From going paperless to encourage your employees to cycle to work, there are many ways for businesses to reduce their carbon footprint and become more sustainable. Environmental responsibility is something that businesses of all sizes and sectors have prioritised in recent years and should continue to do so as the urgent need to protect our planet becomes clear.
Of course, one of the most critical steps that any business can take towards becoming more sustainable is to minimise its waste output. However, while producing zero waste on an individual level is one thing, this is almost impossible for businesses – even small enterprises.
For this reason, there’s one thing that every business hoping to become more environmentally-friendly needs – responsible waste management services. A responsible waste management service can ensure that all waste your business generates is taken care of safely and efficiently, helping you minimise your contributions to the UK’s growing landfill problem.
If you’re thinking of sourcing a waste management service, it’s a good idea to know precisely what services you can expect to receive. Here we share our guide to the waste management service companies could offer you – and why every business should utilise them.
As a business owner, you’ll know how busy working can be. From ensuring your employees are happy to ensure your clients are receiving the highest standard of service possible, it can often feel like there’s not enough time in the day to get everything done.
That’s why it is important to ensure that any waste management company you work with offers rubbish collection services. You don’t want to spend time in the day driving to and from your local recycling centre; the chances are you won’t have the resources to do so anyway.
This is especially true if you are dealing with a skip-full of rubbish or hazardous waste, as trained and experienced professionals should only deal with these. Established waste management companies should always offer flexible collection services to ensure that your business rubbish is disposed of safely, efficiently and responsibly.
As we discussed, it’s almost impossible for businesses to operate without generating waste. From broken electronic goods to food waste leftover from your employees’ lunchtime, businesses create sizeable volumes of rubbish every day without realising it.
It is, therefore, essential to ensure your company can recycle its waste responsibly. Waste management companies can assist with this by offering waste collection and recycling services designed to minimise the volume of waste directed to landfill.
When sourcing the right recycling services for you, you must ensure the rubbish removal company you hire specialises in commercial waste. After all, your business will likely produce large quantities of waste that must be separated and disposed of according to industry standards.
Established waste management companies will have the resources to recycle various waste types, including confidential waste, plastic, glass bottles, hazardous waste, clinical waste, food waste, paper, cardboard and more. Before hiring a waste management company, ensure they have the necessary experience to cater to your requirements.
You should also double-check which standards they are working to. All waste disposal services should comply with ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 industry standards to ensure that all rubbish is being separated and recycled safely and responsibly, which is something we pride ourselves on at Devon Contract Waste.
Many waste management companies offer equipment hire to help you manage your business’ waste on-site. This allows you to keep all rubbish stored away between collections and ensure that your business premises remain tidy and free from clutter.
There are many different equipment types available for hire, including:
While not all waste management companies offer to skip hire, many certainly do. Skip hire is useful for businesses expecting to generate a larger volume of waste than usual over some time; for instance, during refurbishments or renovations.
Skips are particularly useful in these circumstances, as they give your business somewhere to keep all waste away from employees and customers. However, they aren’t typically considered long-term waste management service as they can make it difficult for businesses to separate and recycle waste efficiently.
Another type of equipment that your business may benefit from is a waste compactor. Waste compactors are designed to compress rubbish into smaller bales to save space between waste collections.
If your commercial waste is collected by a company which charges by volume, then hiring an on-site waste compactor could be a great way to save money. This will also reduce the required trips between your premises and the recycling centre, a benefit which carries its environmental advantages.
In addition to offering recycling services and equipment hire, many waste management companies also supply a range of waste containers. From bins to hazardous waste drums, plenty of container types are available to make the waste disposal process as seamless as possible.
In fact, no matter what sector you work in, ensuring your business has plenty of waste containers is essential to ensure the efficient separation and recycling of all rubbish. Not sure what container types are available? Here are some of the containers commonly supplied by waste management companies:
No matter your sector, you will likely benefit from recyclable bags and sacks. These allow you to collect and separate a variety of dry waste types without taking up much room. If you don’t have space for a skip or on-site waste compactor, then bags and sacks may be your ideal waste storage solution.
Whether you need replacement food waste caddies for your restaurant or large wheeled bins for your hotel establishment, your local waste management company can supply the size and type of bin you need. Don’t forget to purchase the relevant recyclable bags for the type of bin you need.
As we mentioned earlier, your business will likely benefit from skip hire if you prepare for a refurbishment or renovation. Skips are ideal when your business is expected to generate a large volume of waste that it would not usually deal with and perhaps doesn’t have the infrastructure to dispose of responsibly.
If your business produces hazardous waste, then it’s essential to make sure you have hazardous waste drums to ensure its safe disposal. These must comply with hazardous waste regulations and should only be supplied by established waste management companies.
If you’re looking for a waste management company you can rely on to deal with your business’ disposable goods, then you needn’t look further than Devon Contract Waste. We specialise in the efficient, cost-effective and environmentally-friendly disposal of commercial waste in Exeter and beyond and are proud to offer a range of services for businesses nearby.
Whether you’re looking for a company to take care of your paper recycling, plastic recycling, hazardous waste recycling or glass bottles, we have the resources to assist you. In addition to our recycling services, we also supply various container types and equipment hire to help you streamline your waste management solutions.
Our Zero to Landfill promise means we go above and beyond to ensure that no waste ends up in Devon’s landfill sites, so you can rest assured that we’re the most environmentally-friendly option for all your rubbish disposal needs.
For more information about our range of services or our Zero to Landfill promise, please don’t hesitate to contact us at Devon Contract Waste today.