Today we are very lucky to have a guest blogger on our website. Ruby Clarkson is a freelance writer who is passionate about our planet and the animals that we share it with. Read on to learn from Ruby about waste disposal costs.

The aim of every business is to keep costs under control, thereby maximising profit margins. These days, there is the added pressure that not only should costs be saved but measures should also have a positive environmental impact.

One area that tackles costs and environment impact is waste management and disposal.

Why Focus on Waste Disposal Costs?

More than 30 million tonnes of waste ends up in landfill every year in the UK. There not only has a huge detrimental environmental impact but the financial cost of disposing of waste for businesses is also high.

Landfill tax in the UK in 2019 is £91.35 per tonne and will rise to £94.15 per tonne in April 2020. IF you generate a significant amount of waste, this is a big number to factor into your budget.

The way you handle waste can also impact on your brand and reputation. Ineffectual, poor or mismanagement of waste can negatively influence the way your customers and potential clients view your business.

There are ways to reduce your waste disposal costs, obviously subject to the nature of your business.

Understanding Waste Management

Before you can look to ways to reduce costs, you need to understand what your waste is and where it comes from. 

Waste covers everything from the packaging to by-products of production. It also includes waste management systems, such as whether you are a large business using mains drainage or a rural business with a septic tank.

When you know the type, quantity, and source of your waste, you can identify areas where you can make savings.

Top tips to reduce waste disposal costs:

Elimination  –  going paperless is one way to cut out an entire waste stream. Or finding a way to use by-products, and recycling in-house is another option.

Segregation – Managing your waste by sorting it might enable you to realise opportunities.
Not only does this increase efficiency, it may also bring to light items that you can sell on to another business.

Baling – If your business produces significant amounts of waste, it can be turned into bales – using a compactor or baling machine – which enables you to weigh up the amount of waste your business creates. This helps you to be more efficient in your waste management.

Separation – Liquids should be completely removed from recyclable containers, especially aluminium cans and PET bottles. By doing this, you optimise the value of the containers while reducing the size of waste.

Compression – Dewatering organic matter through compression significantly reduces the weight and volume.

Reduction –  By making waste items smaller, they either become cheaper or it may give them new purpose.  Examples include:

  • reducing wooden pallets to chips or pellets
  • making organic matter into pellets which again can be reused, this time as fertiliser

Conversion – There is now much more technology dedicated to alternative sources of energy than there was many years ago. Food can  be turned into a fuel for biomass burners, as with a bio-processor, the volume of waste can be reduced by up to 80 per cent.

Find out more…

Waste disposal costs can impact your bottom line negatively if not controlled. Manage waste well and not only do you reduce costs but you might find revenue streams too.

Contact Green Element here to find out more from their experts.

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