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With more people than ever before opening a business, knowing your legal responsibilities in regards to business waste management is key.

Fail to disregard waste appropriately and risk being accused of bad practice, polluting the environment, or annoying locals and neighbours and receiving hefty fines.

To help you navigate waste removal as a UK business, we’ve put together this complete guide. So, grab a coffee, and let’s get started!

What are my waste responsibilities?

According to, all UK business owners must:

  • Keep business waste to a minimum by doing everything you responsibly can to prevent, reuse, recycle and recover waste.
  • Sort and store waste safely and securely
  • Complete a waste transfer note for each load of waste that leaves your premises
  • Make sure the waste carrier is registered to dispose of waste
  • Not allow the waste carrier to dispose of your waste illegally

There are several ways you can take action in waste management, and these responsibilities are important when it comes to maintaining your organisation’s waste map.

With waste management services always on hand to offer friendly advice, we know that it all begins with encouraging your colleagues to unite with you on the mission.

But let’s first take a look at some ways you can encourage less waste in the workplace.

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How to make the most out of your waste management services

Getting others involved and following an action plan is the best way to start tackling business waste.

By creating a green team in-house, you can advocate someone to communicate with a waste management company, such as WasteManaged, organise the best day for refuse collection and find out more information on what can be recycled and how.

Waste management services can help provide labels for different bins in common areas and offices as an aid for people to see how they need to separate their waste, encouraging colleagues to be more mindful of their disposal habits.

Holding monthly meetings with the entire workplace, emphasising the importance of their efforts, could be extremely beneficial also, offering incentives to those who work hard to separate or minimise their waste.

Staff visits to a recycling plant or a zero-waste shop, often help to highlight their contribution to waste and show how a small change to their consumer habits could make a big impact on the waste they produce.

Why should I use waste management services?

At WasteManaged, we currently provide waste disposal for over 20,000 businesses around the UK, and this includes general waste, food waste, and recycling.

As a waste management service provider, we help companies across the country become more sustainable and eco-friendly by explaining how to effectively label waste bins and organize waste removal collections.

It was estimated that in 2020, the commercial and industrial sectors generated 33.8 million tonnes of waste and we believe that this figure could have been significantly different had the correct segregation of waste and recycling been highlighted in workplaces around the nation.

So making it obvious to colleagues how they should separate their waste is an important responsibility for businesses when working with waste management services. As the saying goes, knowledge is power!

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Types of waste services

Waste management services available include general waste collections, mixed recycling collections, glass recycling, food waste recycling, and clinical waste removal.

The most popular service is a combination of general waste and recycling waste collections. Most businesses will need this covered.

Then, depending on the type of business you operate, you may need an additional bin for either food, glass, or clinical waste. A restaurant, for instance, will likely want food and glass bin collections too.

Reducing your waste services costs by adopting the ‘Five R Culture’

To ensure you are abiding by UK law, saving money, and reducing the chance of being fined when it comes to business waste, you must always refuse, reduce, reuse, repurpose and recycle. So how can this be achieved?

Say no to single-use items

Refusing to use single-use plastic, such as straws, cups, and carrier bags offers the biggest opportunity for change in the workplace, and by refusing, you are effectively cutting down on the waste your business produces.

Reducing waste can seem like a huge feat for many businesses, but just making small changes, such as encouraging employees to only print what they need or buying in bulk, can have a small yet great impact on the waste you produce, as well as save a company money in the long run.

Re-use materials

Reusing products or packaging where possible is another technique to cut down your environmental impact as a business, and a straightforward way to do this is to encourage colleagues to use reusable coffee mugs rather than single-use, disposable cups.

You could also use engaging signs in the disposal areas that make employees think twice about what they are about to throw in the bin!

Repurpose your business waste

Think outside the box and re-use items as a business. Finding alternative uses for products really forces people in the workplace to get creative.

What could something you’re about to throw away be used for? Could it be used as a penholder on the desk, or can you use plastic packaging as reusable food containers?

Planting these seeds can have a dramatic effect on the amount of waste your business generates and is something waste management services like ourselves love to hear about! We often think the whackier the re-purpose idea, the better!

Recycle your commercial waste to reduce your carbon footprint

If you’re serious about reducing your environmental impact and carbon footprint, you have a moral responsibility to recycle as many products and items as possible as a business.

Recycling saves energy, helps keep materials out of landfills, and provides raw materials for the production of new products. When waste cannot be prevented, recycling is the next best option.

Whether it is food waste that is turned into valuable soil amendment or a plastic bottle that can begin a new life as another important liquid holder, recycling is something we offer as one of our waste management services.

Why use us as your waste management services provider?

As you can see, the responsibilities of business waste management are not overly complicated and can actually be incorporated into the workplace to create a more positive environment for all.

We provide waste management services to sites in Glasgow, London, Cardiff, Belfast, Newcaslte, Durham & all across the UK.

At WasteManaged we provide just the service you need, with

  • Fixed, no-nonsense monthly pricing
  • No excess weight fees – and we’re the only UK collector to do this
  • Exceptional customer support to ensure you’re always getting a service you love – if you’re not getting what you want from us, we’ll fix that for you

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