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A general waste bin collection service is needed by 99% of businesses in the UK.

It’s the most common type of waste service, and typically your company will need at least 1x 660L or 1100L wheelie bin collected weekly or fortnightly.

At WasteManaged we provide industry-leading perks such as free bins, free delivery, competitive prices, and we don’t charge for excess weight! – just a simple bill that doesn’t vary each month.

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What goes into general waste bins?

General waste bins are designed to accommodate non-recyclable waste that cannot be easily sorted or recycled. Here are some common items that can be disposed of in general refuse bins:

  • Non-recyclable plastics
  • Soiled paper and cardboard
  • Styrofoam and polystyrene
  • Disposable diapers and sanitary products
  • Small amounts of broken glass and ceramics
  • Small quantities of non-hazardous chemicals
  • Non-recyclable packaging materials

What cannot be put in general waste?

While general waste bins accept a wide range of non-recyclable items, certain materials should never be placed in them. These include:

  • Recyclable materials
  • Hazardous waste such as chemicals, batteries, and electronic waste
  • Medical waste, including sharps and biohazardous materials
  • Liquids and oils
  • Paints and solvents
  • Asbestos-containing materials
  • Construction and demolition waste

How do you dispose of general waste?

General waste needs to be disposed of in a responsible manner.

Typically, a licensed waste collection company collects the general waste bins and transports the refuse to a suitable disposal facility.

The waste is then processed, often through incineration or landfilling, ensuring compliance with environmental regulations and minimising any potential harm to the environment.

We aim to send as little of our customer’s waste to landfill as possible which also eliminates the cost of landfill tax.

We’re an environmentally responsible service and take pride in our recycling initiatives.

Which businesses need a general waste collection service?

A wide range of businesses benefit from general waste collection services (in fact, 99% of businesses need it), including:

  • Restaurants and cafes
  • Retail stores and supermarkets
  • Offices and commercial buildings
  • Manufacturing facilities
  • Hospitality establishments (hotels, resorts, etc.)
  • Educational institutions
  • Healthcare facilities

Regardless of the type of business, it is essential to establish a proper waste management plan and engage with a reputable waste collection company to ensure compliance with regulations and maintain a clean and safe environment.

Front of shops and cafes on high street

Can you put food waste in a general waste bin?

Food waste should ideally be diverted from general waste bins and directed towards separate food waste bin.

In fact, if you’re a business located in Northern Ireland, Scotland, or Wales it’s now law that you must have a dedicated food waste bin if you throw away more than 5KG of food a week.

It’s also expected that England will follow suit soon. So we recommend getting a food waste bin now.

By segregating food waste, businesses can contribute to the production of compost or biogas, reducing your environmental impact.

What colour bag should general waste be disposed of in?

While colour coding may vary depending on local regulations and waste management policies, general waste is commonly disposed of in black or dark-coloured bags.

These bags help distinguish from other waste streams, such as food waste (which is usually put into clear biodegradable bags).

General waste black bin bags

Can you put cardboard in a general waste bin?

In most cases, soiled or contaminated cardboard should be placed in general waste bins – such as used pizza boxes.

However, it’s important to prioritise recycling whenever possible.

Clean and dry cardboard boxes can be recycled separately, reducing the volume of waste sent to landfill or incineration.

How much does waste disposal cost in the UK?

The cost of waste disposal services in the UK can vary depending on several factors, including the location, type of waste, bin size, and collection frequency.

The quickest way to get a price for what you need is to use our instant quote tool.

What bins do you need for a general waste collection service?

At WasteManaged, we provide your general waste bins for free.

The most typical sizes are the regular 660L and the larger 1100L 4-wheeled wheelie bins.

Depending on the size of your business you may require multiple bins.

1100L general waste wheelie bin

General waste facts and statistics:

  • According to the UK government’s waste data, in 2022, the UK generated over 221.0 million tonnes of waste, with commercial and industrial sectors contributing significantly.
  • Efficient waste management can reduce costs for businesses by minimising landfill tax disposal fees and maximising recycling opportunities.
  • Implementing proper waste segregation practices and engaging employees in waste reduction initiatives can significantly enhance sustainability efforts and environmental performance.

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General waste bin collection is a vital component of effective refuse management for businesses across the UK at locations such as London, Newcastle, Manchester, Leeds, Inverness & Glasgow.

By understanding what can and cannot be placed in general waste bins, exploring alternative waste disposal options, and collaborating with reliable waste collection services, businesses can play their part in creating a cleaner and more sustainable future.

Make an informed choice by selecting a reputable waste management provider that offers tailored solutions to meet your specific requirements.

Together, let’s work towards a greener and more environmentally conscious society.

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