Types of Trade Waste
Trade or commercial waste is defined as any waste that comes from property or premises that are solely designed for the purpose of running a business. It can include not only our shops and restaurants but also anything from schools and sports clubs to other educational establishments (such as universities) and entertainment venues. It normally doesn’t cover household, industrial or agricultural waste. It does though include waste that is produced in non-commercial premises from work such as building or gardening if the person carrying out the work is not the householder.
As you might expect, the type of waste produced by different industries is going to vary considerably. Pubs and supermarkets are produce a large amount of food waste for instance, while a retail store will have a lot of plastic and card to dispose of. A builder who is carrying out work on a home may well have waste that is collected in a skip and needs to be handled by a registered trade waste disposal service.
According to research, 27% of us leave something on our plate when we have finished our meal in a restaurant. In fact, the amount of food leftovers that has to be disposed of for restaurants, pubs, take-away businesses and hotels amounts to about 600,000 tonnes a year. This is not the only trade waste that this type of business produces, there’s the general card and packaging that all businesses are often overwhelmed with.
Supermarket and Shop Waste
Supermarkets and other shops have diversified in recent years and they produce a lot of trade waste. For our large stores this can be anything from food waste, with its accompanying packaging, including items that have gone out of date, card and plastic from deliveries, wood pallets, and everything in between. Large stores usually have substantial areas dedicated to waste disposal and have often taken the lead in sustainability in recent years.
Equally, our businesses produce a large amount of trade waste including paper and card as well as, on occasion, more hazardous substances. One of growing areas for disposal in recent times has been confidential waste which requires specialist services particularly when dealing with areas such as hard drives and safe digital data disposal. Then there is electronic or WEEE waste that needs to be carefully handled.
Go down any street and you’ll probably see a builder outside one of the houses doing some development or renovation work. The building industry can produce a large amount of bulky waste from bricks and mortar to timber and old appliances that need to be collected and disposed of correctly. In most instances this is done through skip hire which is then taken away to be sorted a specialist waste management team.
Event and Entertainment Waste
Any large entertainment or sporting event produces a terrific amount of waste that can include a wide range of items including drinking cups and plastic glasses, food wrappers and containers, flyers and programs. Corporate events where many different businesses gather also produce their own large amounts of waste that all needs to be handled properly and disposed of by licensed companies.
Different types of waste
Effective waste management depends on separating out the reusable from the recyclable and then the things that can be recycled from the least favourable option of sending to landfill.
- Food waste: On a small scale food waste can be used to make compost but on a larger one, including using anaerobic digestion, it can be used to create energy as well as valuable fertilizer for agricultural use.
- Paper waste: Recycled paper is now more prevalent and we are just as likely to buy products that have been pulped and repurposed than not. The cost and energy production involved in producing recycled paper is much less than beginning with virgin materials.
- Packaging waste: In the UK we produce a large amount of packaging waste including from cardboard and Styrofoam and plastic. The good news is that a large part of this can be recycled. Buying trade products that have less packaging is also a way of reducing this kind of waste.
- Electrical waste: Components from products such as computers and old fridges and cookers can be stripped out and reused. Dealing with electrical waste has been a growth industry in recent years and there are plenty of specialist waste disposal services that now deal in it.
- Building waste: The building industry is booming in the UK and all that waste has to be sorted and repurposed. From bricks and mortar to wood, glass and metal, over 90% of the waste found in your average skip can be recycled.
- Hazardous waste: This can cover a wide range of materials from brake and engine fluid disposed of in a garage to batteries, solvents and pesticides that can be used in the daily running of a number of businesses.
There’s no doubt that each business in the UK has its own challenges to face when it comes to dealing with trade waste management. For some it may well be just a case of sorting paper from plastics, while others might have more complicated waste disposal processes to deal with. All businesses, however, have a duty of care to process and handle this waste in an appropriate fashion and ensure that they use a fully licenced contractor to manage collections.
Find out a trade waste disposal contractor in your area.