Trade Waste Disposal
Back in the old days, waste used to be piled into one bin and sent to landfill where it was either left to biodegrade or was shovelled into a large incinerator. Places like quarry sites and large excavations were often used for this but as we became more focussed on sustainability and the health issues that arise out of bad practice, the foundations of better waste management became important.
Trade waste disposal has long been a major and growing problem for the human race. Recently the onus has been put on businesses to behave in eco-friendlier ways and to put into practice those processes that will make a difference. Not only does that mean reducing their carbon footprint but putting in measures that means they produce less waste and send more of it for reuse or recycling.
Trade Waste Management
Effective trade waste management depends a lot on what your business is involved with, that goes without saying. If you are a builder it will include having access to good skip hire that takes away the bricks, mortar, wood metal and glass and then recycles it properly. If you are a pub or restaurant, you will be recycling bottles and making efforts to turn food into compost or send it somewhere like an anaerobic digester that can turn it into energy. If you are an office, then your trade waste management will be more focused on paper and card or making sure print cartridges are properly recycled. Trade waste management across the UK is as varied as the number of different industries we have.
Who Requires Trade Waste Disposal?
It’s true to say that not all these businesses are the same and there will be specialist needs for almost every industry. That includes retail, hospitality, print and design, event management, research and development, and construction, to name just a few.
- Dry Cleaning businesses use hazardous chemicals such as perchloroethylene and waste needs to be carefully handled in this respect. A trade waste management company that can handle everything covered under the Hazardous Waste Regulations of 2005 is imperative for these kinds of businesses.
- Graphics and print businesses can produce a wide variety of waste including toner, cleaning rags, aluminium plates, electrical equipment and various chemicals that need to be separated and handled professionally.
- Educational establishments also need a more dedicated waste disposal service. For science classes there might be dangerous chemicals to dispose of as well as the traditional paper and plastic that is used in the administration office.
Trade waste disposal has grown as a service industry in the last decade or so as we work hard to make sure that what we throw away is handled in a sustainable way. According to EU statistics, the UK produced nearly 48 million tonnes of waste in 2012 and the services sector produces about 60% of this. It includes some 420,000 tonnes of metal of which only 52% was recycled and 3,327,000 tonnes of paper of which 86% was recycled. The good news is that the amount of waste that we send to landfill has decreased year on year as we find ways of recycling and reusing what we produce on such a large scale.
Zero Landfill Disposal
The need to better handle our waste has given rise to many trade waste disposal services that say they offer zero landfill disposal. That means they recycle or reuse everything they collect and use anything that is not recyclable for incineration and energy production.
Many waste disposal contractors nowadays provide a wide range of services and will have the capacity to deal with different types of waste including hazardous, clinical, commercial and industrial waste.