Our guide to Waste Management
Waste management, an often overlooked aspect of our daily lives, plays a crucial role in protecting our environment and fostering sustainable practices. It encompasses the collection, transportation, processing, and disposal of waste materials, ensuring their proper handling and minimising our impact on the environment.
Different types of Waste Management
Waste management encompasses a wide range of strategies and techniques to effectively manage waste streams. Here are some key aspects of effective waste management:
Waste Segregation: The first step in waste management is segregation, separating recyclable materials from general waste. This allows for efficient recycling and significantly reduces the volume of waste destined for landfill.
Recycling: Recycling is the process of converting waste materials into new products, reducing the need for extracting raw materials from the environment. This not only conserves resources but also minimizes energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
Composting: Composting is the process of organic matter breaking down into nutrient-rich soil amendments. This method diverts food waste from landfills, preventing methane emissions and producing a valuable soil conditioner.
Waste to Energy: A facility that recovers the energy within the waste by combusting the leftover materials to create steam in a boiler, which is converted into electricity.
Hazardous Waste Management: Hazardous waste requires specialised handling and disposal due to its potential to harm human health and the environment. Proper hazardous waste management protects public safety and prevents environmental contamination.
How Much Does it Cost to Dump Commercial Waste in the UK?
The cost of dumping commercial waste in the UK varies depending on the type of waste, quantity, and disposal method. For general waste this typically costs from £80 to £150 per tonne. Recycling and composting services also have associated fees, but they often provide cost savings.
Some waste types can even be free of charge to tip in such as scrap metal. At McCarthy Marland’s disposal sites we can take commercial waste to be tipped in. If you would like to know more about our prices for tipping please get in touch!
Tips for Minimising Waste Costs
Conduct a waste audit: Identify the types and quantities of waste your business generates to develop a targeted waste reduction plan.
Implement recycling and composting programs: Encourage employees to segregate recyclable materials and compost food waste.
Purchase reusable products: Reduce disposable items, such as water bottles, cups, and utensils, to minimize waste generation.
Fix and repair equipment: Prolong the lifespan of equipment to reduce waste from discarded items.
Choose eco-friendly packaging: Opt for recyclable or compostable packaging materials to reduce the environmental impact of waste disposal.
Efficient waste management is not just about minimising environmental impact; it’s also about saving money and reducing operational costs, such as choosing a local Waste Company to reduce transport costs and emission’s. By implementing sustainable practices and engaging employees in waste reduction efforts, businesses can reap the environmental and financial benefits of effective waste management.
If you would like to speak to a member of our team on to how to improve your waste management get in touch today! 0117 941 2555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org