Cost Effective Waste Management And Recycling Services

waste-management-recyclingHere’s an interesting article on waste management and recycling by guest blogger Felipe Bazon. After reading this you should check out this little guide on going paperless at work.

Recycling commences at the waste disposal level with segregation and containment of individual waste streams. Segregation, containment, transportation and processing of waste streams are parts of waste management. Each part of the waste management and recycling process requires adequate equipment to optimise the whole process making it even more profitable. (image attribution: akeeris)

Segregation should start at the source with the use of recycling containers like recycling bins or segregated bins. Recycling containers range from the ordinary office recycling bins to rigid containers for warehouses or even specially designed containers for the containment of hazardous and clinical waste streams. Such containers facilitate the movement of waste to external containers or waste handling equipment.

There are certain production processes that don’t allow the waste to be segregated on-site. It is the job of a waste management company to provide containers for the containment of mixed recyclables and arrange for the waste to be segregated off-site.

With commercial and industrial waste management and recycling services it is impossible to have a one-size-fits-all scheme due to numerous reasons. The ideal waste management provider should provide a tailor-made service that minimises cost, increases recycling, eliminates waste to landfill wherever possible and maximises costs.

Waste audits are an important part of the process as they examine the whole production process and identify areas where cost savings can be made by the implementation of eco-friendly initiatives that rationalises and increases recycling levels.

These audits are conducted with the purpose of understanding each business process such as:

  • Types of waste
  • Volume of waste
  • Procedures of waste segregation and handling (if any)
  • Utilisation of recycling containers (if any)
  • Utilisation of waste handling equipment (if any)
  • Current service levels and service scheduling
  • Volume of recycling
  • Overall current waste management costs

Based on these findings waste management companies can tailor their services accordingly to each organisation.

To make the whole process even more profitable organisations can handle their own waste on-site by using adequate equipment like Balers, Compactors, Shredders, roll-packers, drum or can crushers, etc. These types of equipment can process recyclable waste materials in a resalable format turning a cost into revenue.

Among the most used waste handling equipment are Balers, Compactors and Can crushers.

  • Balers are compactors that can produce bales of 25kg to 650kg in weight and are one of the most cost effective pieces of equipment an organisation could own. Because they can cater for a wide range of recyclable waste materials including cardboard and plastic.
  • Compactors are very similar to balers. They can compact waste streams from ratios of 4:1 to 10:1 dependent upon the compaction force and type of wastes being compacted.
  • Can crushers also know as drum crushers are designed to reduce metal waste to a fraction of their original size reducing costs with disposal.

To sum things up to verify the quality and standard of waste management and recycling procedures companies should have their processes and procedures in accordance with ISO 9001 and 14001 accreditation and other quality management bodies.

Waste management solutions and recycling services information and resources provided by MT Waste Management Ltd.

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Kimberly Sim says March 6, 2014

Great article on the key advice when it comes to recycling in the workplace, I do think having the right facilities and processes is one aspect but also how staff are engaged is just as important or any schemes will not be successful. Also thinking about where the waste is coming from in the first place and including procurement in any review to see where the production of waste can be reduced will also save you money.

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