Residency Waste Recycling for Your Business
When we talk about business waste, we’re not just talking about office waste and leftover food. There are companies like care homes and block management agents who also need to think about the waste produced at their sites. Often when it comes to residencies like these, waste is removed by a private company. But, in today’s day and age, we need to make sure that we are working with a company who will transfer and recycle our waste effectively.
Residencies can produce several different waste streams such as food, paper and cardboard, glass and plastic waste. Just because there isn’t as much WEEE or hazardous waste, doesn’t mean your business couldn’t benefit from professional, environmentally friendly waste removal.
Working with Fresco Environmental can help you to reduce the amount of waste going into landfills, and make your care home or residency block more environmentally friendly. If you start making a change at one site, you can expand your total waste management plan to all of your residency blocks and create a positive impact on the environment.
We are already taking a step in the right direction with household recycling. The waste recycled from English households in 2017 has risen to 45.2% from 11% in 2000, which is great. But, there is still more to do to reduce waste, and when you work in block management or care homes, you can make sure that you are diverting your waste away from landfills and it is being recycled.
Types of Domestic Waste
Care homes and residency blocks produce domestic waste such as paper, cardboard, plastic, glass and food. These can come from various sources such as homeware, food and packaging. Rather than disposing of it all in one general waste bin, you need to encourage your workers and residents to separate their waste properly for recycling. Make sure you have the right resources to dispose of these materials correctly; otherwise, they could end up in the wrong waste streams and impact your recycling goals, and more importantly, the environment.
A lot of the waste we produce at home is similar to the waste produced in an office. So block management companies and care homes can recycle and dispose of their waste in the same way as office buildings, warehouses and similar. Fresco Environmental work with each company on an individual basis, so we can provide a service based on their needs. We don’t have a ‘one-size-fits-all’ mentality and create a total waste management plan to optimise your recycling.
Why You Should Recycle Waste
How does recycling waste help the environment exactly? As a business, you need to recycle your waste to divert it from landfill sites. The more we reuse, recycle and reduce our waste, the less excess materials we produce and discard, filling our landfill sites and creating dangerous emissions. If we can reuse or recycle products, we burn fewer fossil fuels and have a less negative impact on our planet.
The more waste we send to landfills, the quicker they fill up and risk contaminating more of the environment such as the sea, land and animal habitats. The faster landfill sites are filled, the more natural environment such as forests are cut down to make room for more waste disposal. We can also destroy these environments to create products; for example, the mass cutting down of trees for paper and wood for consumers and businesses removes nature and replaces it with barren land.
Disposing of Waste
It is the law that we have to separate our waste. Under the Waste Regulations of 2011, you must recycle your paper, cardboard, metal, glass and plastics unless it is technically or economically unfeasible. The aim of this is to recycle and reuse waste rather than send it to landfill sites. This is better for the environment and general public, as if certain foods and hazardous waste are thrown into landfills they can cause emissions, which in turn can cause long-term health problems for people.
Your residents should have bins where they can recycle their waste. If they only have a general waste bin, they are less likely to separate their waste when it comes to disposing of it in the larger, communal bins. Fresco Environmental can provide you with wheelie bins to help make separating waste streams easier, as well as Front End Loaders, compactors and balers based on your specific needs. As a company, we handle everything from start to finish; all you need to do is encourage your residents and workers to separate their waste correctly. From there, you can leave it down to us to collect your waste and recycle it, diverting it away from landfill sites and helping to protect our beautiful planet.
If you want to learn more about how we can help you in your unique situation, then check out our website. We are a family-run business with a wealth of experience in the waste industry with a mission to keep as much waste away from landfills as possible.