Waste management can quickly become a complicated issue for business owners. If you’re leading a new start-up, you might have to adapt quickly to make sure your actions are compliant with regulations, cost effective and environmentally friendly. Many comprehensive waste management companies such as Green Plan-it in the Midlands offer a variety of recycling solutions for dealing with each type of waste typically produced by businesses, so ideally you will be able to find an all-in-one solution that’s suitable for you. Each waste stream can be dealt with as follows.
Almost every single business will create a certain amount of general waste that needs to be collected regularly and disposed of. Having said that, you may be able to recycle a higher proportion of that waste than you originally thought, minimising the amount that goes to landfill sites. Commercial waste collection companies sometimes offer free audits and consultations to help you do more of this.
Once you are able to identify materials that can easily be recycled, you should have a system in place within your business to ensure all employees can help organise your commercial waste properly. Non-confidential papers can be recycled along with card, plastic, glass and many types of metal. These may be sorted on-site, or collected together to be sorted later.
As a business, you will almost certainly be dealing with a certain amount of confidential data. This may be concerning your customers, your own employees, or the finer details of your actual business including financial information, IT systems and even your security systems. Whatever the case, paper records may need to be regularly shredded under the Data Protection Act after a certain amount of time, and other information should be securely disposed of on a regular basis. CDs, hard drives and other items can also be collected through confidential waste disposal services.
For non-confidential disposal of computers and other electrical items, WEEE regulations are in place in the UK to ensure businesses and individuals can dispose of these items responsibly and efficiently. If you’re buying new replacement equipment, most retailers must offer the option to have your old technology collected and recycled free of charge. If this does not apply or isn’t practical, you may choose to hire a waste disposal company that offers collections for electronic goods.