Trade Waste Information
Trade waste includes any waste that is produced within the confines of a business or because of its normal daily operation. This can include anything from paper waste produced by an office to building and construction waste that is put into a skip and leftover food or scraps that need to be processed into compost by pubs and restaurants.
Most councils run their own commercial waste service but there are also private companies that offer different waste disposal contracts of their own. Each business has the responsibility to make sure that its waste is dealt with sustainably.
Types of Trade Waste
Because of the broad nature of commercial enterprises such as retail shops, supermarkets and offices and organisations such as schools and hospitals, the range of trade waste is almost equally as diverse. There is the usual paper, card, glass and plastic which most businesses produce on a daily basis as well as more obscure objects including electronic devices, hazardous chemicals and materials, food, building and demolition debris, wood, metal and even garden waste. All of this needs to disposed of in a way that is sustainably and makes the most of reuse and recycling.
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Recycling Trade Waste
Much of the waste we produce nowadays can either be repurposed and reused or recycled. Businesses have a duty of care to make sure that they have the right processes in place for disposing of their waste in a sustainable manner. This will include cutting down on the waste they produce in the first place, finding ways to fix or refurbish products that can then be sold on or reused within the company and recycling waste such as paper, glass and plastic. The incineration of waste and putting it into landfill should be the last resort.
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Trade Waste Equipment
There is a wide range of trade waste equipment that can be used by businesses and waste disposal contractors. These include the large industrial size waste bins that we see outside office complexes every day to balers and compactors that reduce the size of waste so it can be better processed.
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Trade Waste Disposal
There are certain principles that both businesses and those involved in trade waste disposal adhere to nowadays. This revolves around what is called the waste hierarchy. Basically this means that businesses should primarily be focused on preventing waste occurring in the first place. Then they should make every effort to reuse rather than throw away. The next step is recycling, for instance, where paper is pulped and made into new paper, a process that is far more cost effective and carbon friendly compared to making it from virgin sources.
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Legislation and Trade Waste
As you might expect there is a fair amount of legislation attached to trade waste management, both for the business itself and the contractor handling the waste. This includes having a clear audit trail for the waste which can be checked by the local council or the Environment Agency. Waste disposal services need to have a licence to operate and all businesses, whether big or small, operating from an office or from home, need to follow the rules and act as sustainably as possible.
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Trade Waste Disposal Services
Some businesses will use council trade waste disposal services but they don’t have to. There are plenty of private firms which can offer traditional and more specialist services to local businesses. The onus is on the company to make sure that they choose a registered waste disposal service and maintain a clear audit trail of how their rubbish is handled. Waste disposal services can also give advice on how to reduce the amount of waste a particular business produces.
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