Most UK households actively participate in recycling, but how well are we doing as businesses? Approximately a quarter of the UK’s waste comes from businesses, so it is essential that companies adopt the phase reduce, reuse and recycle.
There are many benefits for businesses who actively manage their waste. It goes further than just the environmental benefits, which alone is a significant motivating factor. It could also reduce the cost of your waste management as well as reduce your carbon footprint.
There are also less tangible benefits including improving your environmental credentials and therefore, your reputation, as well as boosting staff morale and positively influencing your company culture.
The cost of recycling
Business recycling does come at a cost and the amount and type of waste will impact the cost of recycling as well as your location and the suppliers serving your area. However, even though recycling comes at a cost you may find that you end up with an overall reduction in your waste management costs.
Reducing the amount of waste going to landfill will minimise landfill tax rates and waste disposal gate fees. You may also be able to reduce the frequency of collections, or the number of bins, which will save money on your waste collection costs.
What can you recycle?
There is a wide range of materials that a business can recycle including:
- Paper including shredded and confidential waste
- Tins and cans
- Food waste
- Electrical equipment
- Printer cartridges
To recycle all the above, you will need the correct bins and facilities for your staff to sort and manage the waste. It will also depend on what your business does to which recycling is the most appropriate and cost-effective to put in place.
Setting up the best contracts for waste and recycling?
Like most business contracts, waste and recycling contracts can vary widely. You will need to ensure that you find a company, or companies, that offer all the services you require at the service level you need.
You will need to negotiate a service contract with your suppliers of choice. It is essential you get a fair contract that delivers the services that you need on the terms that are right for you.
We have seen some unfair or biased practices in the waste industry, particularly in hazardous waste (clinical and hygiene waste). We have helped many companies resolve or navigate their way out or through these contracts. It is essential that you understand what you are signing up for and what your rights are.
At TEQ Group, our experienced team have worked with many businesses and suppliers to get the right contracts in place and to reduce the cost of waste management.
What we offer
We can help you with cost reduction and price comparison on waste and recycling to find the best supplier for you based on price, service and requirements. We can also provide advice on how to increase your recycling levels, reduce your waste and increase staff engagement.
We can remove the pain of changing supplier, seeking out the best deal and ensuring that you get a fair contract. We can review the contracts that you have and make suggestions where we think you can get a better deal.
If you want to find out more about how we can help your business get the best contracts and deals contact TEQ Group today on 01423 815299 or click the button below and we’ll be happy to offer some advice.