Easy changes to reduce your business waste costs.

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Your business’ waste might be at the bottom of your priority list, but it could be costing you more than it should. The UK generated over 222 million tonnes of waste in 2018 and disposing of this waste could become costly. Here’s our top tips to help you reduce your business’ waste costs.

1. Is your waste worth anything?

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Things you are throwing in your waste bins may be worth something. One of our customers, Magnet Expert, was able to send their polystyrene waste to make moulded chairs, car seats and even used in car production. This managed to bring their waste disposal costs down by around 35%.

Pallets are also a great way to bring in some extra revenue for your business. Pallets are often used to store or transport goods. The price of pallets varies depending on their size, availability, and strength, the better the pallet, the more they’re worth. We can help you recycle any used pallets and restore them to a better quality to help you gain a bit of extra income for your pallets.

2. Could you change your collections?

If you’re not managing your waste collections properly, you could be paying for too many collections or being charged for overweight or heavy bins. If you’re not separating your waste, investigate getting a separate collection for each waste stream. For example, separate bins and collections for glass, food waste and recyclable materials. This can help to reduce the weight in your general waste bin, helping you to avoid those pesky overweight bin charges.

3. Could a compactor help?

Using waste management equipment is a great way to help cut down on the costs of the waste your business generates. Compactors reduce the volume of your waste by squashing your waste into a smaller amount, removing any air or liquids in the materials.

By compressing your waste, you can extend your bin storage even further. This cuts down on the number of waste collections you need. This also a great way to help you reduce your carbon footprint by cutting down on the emissions from the vehicles used to collect your waste.

A food waste bin outside. These bins can be used to reduce business waste costs.
A line of small bins on the side of the road. Each bin is a different colour to represent a different waste stream. Separating waste can reduce business waste costs.

4. Are you using the right bin?

An easy way to cut down on your business’s waste costs is to check your bins. If your bins are too big, you could be paying for collections of a bin that’s only half full. If they’re too small, you may be paying for too many collections. By checking your bin size, you can make sure you’re paying for the right amount of bin storage to suit your business’s needs. If you know you’re going to be generating a lot of waste, it may be more beneficial to hire a skip so you’re not overfilling your bins.

5. Take advantage of technology

Using technology can be a great way to reduce your business’s waste costs. SmartTrash technology can collect data from your compactor to work out the best time for your compactor to be emptied. It will also alert your waste carrier that you’re ready for a collection. This will help you by making sure you are only paying for waste collections when you absolutely need them. By cutting down your waste collections, you can reduce your carbon footprint, helping you meet sustainability goals while cutting down on costs.

6. Reuse and Recycle

Reusing and recycling items could be the key to reducing your business’ waste costs. Before throwing things in your bins, check if they can be given a new life in a different area of the business. By reducing the amount of waste you’re producing, you can cut down on the costs of having this waste sent to recycling sites. This is also a great way to stop your waste from ending up in landfill.

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We know that finding the perfect waste management solution can be a difficult task. Our team of experts at Flame UK are here to help you develop the best waste management strategy for you. Contact us today to find out how we can help.

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