How To Save Money On Business Waste 

21 October 2022

It’s 2022 which means that, if you do some serious digging, you can probably find a handful of businesses out there that produce zero waste (or at least something very close to true zero). However, this is very much the exception to the rule and, for the vast majority of businesses out there, waste and the processes involved in disposing of it are yet another headache to add to an already long list. 

That doesn’t need to be the case, though! With all the legislation changes coming into effect, the rapidly increasing cost of materials and the shortage of skilled staff, getting rid of your waste shouldn’t be one more thing weighing on your mind – or your business’ wallet.  

To help you figure out the right waste solution for your business – as well as a couple of ways to cut the costs involved – we’ve compiled a short list of tips designed to help you streamline your waste disposal. 

Tip #1 – Measuring Is The Key To Success 

If there is one thing we can all learn from bakers, it’s that numbers and precision are not to be overlooked. 

Knowing how much waste your business produces in a given time period will help you gain a clearer idea of what kind of system you should have in place to dispose of it.  

Not only does the quantity affect the costs of removal, but measuring your business’ waste production will also let you know how frequently you need to dispose of it and how you can cut costs by setting up either one-off collections or scheduled, periodic removals.  

Tip #2 – Waste Audits: Figuring Out A Way Around The Numbers 

Audit is one of those words that will have most business-owners breaking out in hives the moment they hear it but fret no more: a waste audit is nothing more than a review of the ways in which you’re currently handling your waste, conducted in order to make way for improvements in key aspects. 

Not only will you gain a professional perspective after a thorough review of your current methods, but many commercial waste management companies can assess the waste your business produces and offer suggestions on how to process it most effectively. As an opportunity to identify cost-saving steps your business can take, waste audits should definitely not be skipped. 

Tip #3 – The Broken Recycling Record 

At this point I’m sure everyone and their mum are tired of hearing about recycling, but we really are just going to keep preaching! 

It goes without saying that recycling our waste hugely benefits our planet and creates opportunities for objects to be adapted and reused in other forms, but how is recycling going to help you

Well, because it costs less! We know not every business will be able to take this tip on board but for all of the ones out there who produce recyclable waste, considering setting up a recycling removal will save you some pretty pennies. 

Sending your waste to landfill can often seem like the most practical solution, as it requires very little preparation and you get to skip all the sorting and separating process. However, this is often one of the pricier options for waste removal companies, so it might be worth assessing your waste and figuring out how much of it can be recycled. Not only will you save your business some money, but you will also be helping the environment. 

Tip #4 – Identifying Business-specific Waste 

Like we said, every business produces its own specific type of waste: while managing food waste will always be one of the highest priorities for anyone with a hospitality business, construction business owners will be more focused of getting rid of heavy materials, such as concrete and wood. 

Taking the time to identify the most recurring materials in your waste will provide you with a clearer idea of which ones you can more easily reuse, reduce or even fully exchange. On top of that, it can also help you set up different collections for recyclable materials instead of throwing it all into the landfill pile, cutting costs yet again.  

Tip #5 – Get Your Team On Board 

Waste has never been a one-person job so why make it solely your responsibility?  

Getting your team involved is key in reducing the volume of waste created. By making sure everyone is receiving up-to-date training, not only will you help develop a sense of shared responsibility but directly cut costs as well. 

At the end of the day, managing our waste and where it ends up is vital if we have any chance of keeping our planet the way it is, so make sure your team members are aware of the importance this plays in the running of your business. 

With everything on their plate right now, construction business owners need to find ways to save both time and money and that is precisely where PAL Hire comes in. Forget sourcing your own equipment and save yourself endless hours spent on the phone – with PAL Hire, you have access to the UK’s largest network of equipment hire depots, meaning that every single item you need, we can find. 

One call to PAL Hire unlocks the ability to focus on project, as we look after every aspect of the hire: from the booking, to checking ETAs (to triple check equipment arrives when you need it) to collection, when the hired in equipment is no longer needed or the needs to be moved to your next project.  

Start your days off hassle-free with PAL Hire, a partner by your side to simplify your life.  

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