Why Don’t More Businesses Recycle?

It’s a good question, especially considering the results of a survey taken last year that concluded more than a third of UK citizens actually backed a system of fines or taxes for businesses that don’t take responsibility for their waste.


For many, the traditional way of getting rid of waste has been to send it to landfill, however as tighter waste regulations and controls come in this practice is becoming increasingly costly.


Here at Central Waste Liverpool we never send waste to landfill. We provide regular, flexible, reliable business waste recycling services across Liverpool and Merseyside.

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It leaves most businesses with three options:


  • Get your recycling collected regularly by a licenced waste collection service such as Central Waste Liverpool.
  • Take it to a recycling facility that handles business waste.
  • Trade it, because some waste products can be exchanged or traded with others through apps like the waste exchange or can be donated, offered cheap, or simply reused like packaging materials.


Benefits analysis of business recycling:


There are a number of benefits for businesses that do recycle their waste, and of course there are some barriers too.


The advantages of recycling  business waste:

  • Environmental  – Recycling waste results in less landfill and impact on the environment.
  • Reputation and responsibility – People are increasingly looking at the ethics of a business before becoming a customer.
  • Reducing costs – Managing and handling waste can be costly, while reducing waste brings financial savings.
  • Legal obligation – There is a legal responsibility for businesses to ensure compliance in their waste disposal.


The disadvantages of recycling waste:

  • Creating space – A business needs to collect and separate its waste for recycling and this requires dedicating space on the premises.
  • Recycling costs – For most business waste, there is a cost for collection and recycling (although this is often less than landfill tax).
  • Changing culture – It can take time and effort to shift company processes and people’s attitudes to recycling requirements.


What are the current blockers to business recycling?


Increasingly, the focus looks to be on finding ways to reduce waste in the first place. Clearly there are enormous local, national and global benefits to business recycling in the UK, but that doesn’t always mean adequate systems exist that make it straightforward.


Most businesses will still refer back to the three principal ways of dealing with their waste and seek the best option for their specific waste requirements. But there are still many influences as to why many businesses still don’t recycle their waste products:


It is inconvenient to recycle – One of the biggest reasons for businesses not to recycle is that people still think it takes time and effort to do so.


No incentive to recycle – There are clearly benefits to recycling, the biggest is potential cost-savings, but there seems to be more stick than carrot when it comes to business recycling. For instance, there is a lack of sufficient domestic recycling services from local government and more needs to be done to provide businesses with clear, tangible incentives to recycle.


Paying to recycle – Most businesses generate a lot more waste than domestic properties do, which means they have to pay for it to be collected. The cost/benefit of paying for a waste carrier to collect it requires a waste policy. Just putting in the skip instead is seen as the easy option.


Sourcing a suitable waste carrier – Many businesses consider it difficult to find a reliable waste collector, or don’t know what services they can offer their business.

Here at Central Waste Liverpool we provide regular, flexible, reliable business waste recycling services across Liverpool and Merseyside.

Get in touch for a free quote for your business recycling.


What is Corporate Social Responsibility?


One big way that businesses are changing their attitudes and overcoming the practical and cultural reasons for not recycling their waste is investing into Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). In particular this means being seen to do their bit for minimising their waste production and their impact on the environment.


Creating a company recycling and waste policy is a first step in this process and it lets customers see they are committed to operating in an ethical, progressive way. In effect CSR is as much about practical common sense to waste management and recycling as it is to commit a business to being a responsible organisation. 


Companies will look at ways they can improve their operations through either reducing waste, reusing it, trading it or disposing of it in a safe and legal manner. If it can be done in a way that saves landfill, reduces environmental impacts, makes positive internal culture shifts and saves money too, then the question of why don’t businesses recycle should be at the very top of an organisation’s business goals. Regardless of how a business deals with waste it must still comply with the duty and care for business waste

How Is Commercial Food Waste Collected in Liverpool?

For a business involved with food production, the issue of waste collection will feature high on your priorities. We take a look at what your options are for food waste collection and disposal in Liverpool and what it means for your business.

Does Liverpool City Council collect food waste?

For all business owners the advice of Liverpool City Council is pretty clear: ‘businesses have a duty to organise their own commercial waste removal and recycling’.

At present there is no provision from the council to offer food waste collections either commercially or domestically. This means the decision for organising what happens to your food waste is the responsibility of the business owner alone.

Currently, Liverpool Streetscene Services Ltd (LSSL) provides a paid for commercial waste service. This includes most types of commercial waste but, importantly, this does not include food waste like cooking oil waste, dairy produce, animal feed, out of date supermarket produce, and cafe and restaurant waste.

Do I need a licence for my business’ food waste?

In a nutshell, yes. Liverpool City Council regularly review the practices of businesses that produce food waste and conduct checks to ensure that businesses have a signed agreement in place with a licensed waste carrier.

Business are legally required to have this documentation that proves they have a valid refuse agreement in place.

Cooking oil waste has further legislation involved with it, as simply disposing of it down the drain will likely result in legal action taken against the business.

How do I store commercial food waste?

The guidelines for food waste storage are straightforward. It must be done safely and securely:

• Stored in a secure place
• Use containers that prevent waste escaping
• Clearly label containers by waste type
• Use waterproof lids to prevent spillage and contamination.

A food waste carrier will provide the right amount of containers for the type of commercial food waste you produce. These can either be wheelie bins for single use materials as well as mixed materials. For liquid waste, lined recycling bins can be provided to ensure spillages and leaks are prevented. Bin sizes vary, from smaller 240 litre capacities to much large 1100 litre ones depending on the size and needs of your business.

What happens to my food waste after it is collected?

The process for most food waste recycling involves transporting it to a facility that can safely break down the food through something called anaerobic digestion. This breaks the food down into component parts and enables it to be converted into fuel. Imagine a giant compost involving microorganisms, heat and oxygen which work together to speed up breaking down the chemicals within foodstuffs.

What this does is to ensure that food waste doesn’t get into the sewage or contaminates other forms of waste, like landfill. The byproduct of properly processing waste food provides additional fuel which can be used as a power source for the national grid.

Cooking oil collection has even more benefits. Not only will a waste carrier collect it, they will often pay businesses to do so. This makes cooking oil collection a must for restaurants, chip shops, fast food outlets, cafes and hotels.

A reliable waste carrier will be able to recycle cooking oil and convert into biofuel. The oil then becomes a cleaner form of fuel, better than diesel with reduced emissions. It is also a huge part of the UK’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gases and its renewable energy policy.

What are the environmental benefits of food waste collections?

In 2018 food waste in England accounted for over 10 million tonnes, all of which has to be dealt with somewhere. While it is logical to assume that food is biodegradable, decomposing food produces huge amounts of CO2 and Methane, all of which contributes to global warming if not dealt with properly.

Reducing landfill has become a hot environmental topic. Not only are landfills unsightly and smelly, they also risk contaminating groundwater through a toxic liquid byproduct of landfill waste called leachate.

Any company associated with food production has to be aware of the best method to dispose of it. In the case of cooking oil it can be financially beneficial, as well as for the environment which is already straining to cope with world’s waste demands.

Having a reliable and easy way of organising your commercial food waste is a huge benefit to your business. It is the most sustainable and cost-effective method of managing a waste product that can harmfully impact the environment. Choosing the right waste carrier can ensure your business is both sustainable and ethical.

How is Used Cooking Oil (UVA) Recycled into Biodiesel?

Here at Central Waste Liverpool we buy waste cooking oil from hotels, restaurants and takeaways across Merseyside and recycle it into biodiesel.

A licensed waste cooking oil (WCO) collector will make sure all your used cooking oil is refined into biodiesel – a green fuel helping to reduce lower greenhouse gas emissions for diesel vehicles on the roads.

Your oil goes through several processes before it can become biodiesel – from grading, cleaning and filtering to the chemical reaction of transesterification. Transesterification of vegetable oils, animal fats or waste cooking oils is the process behind recycling oils into conventional biodiesel.


The Cooking Oil to Biodiesel Recycling Process

Once our driver has collected the used vegetable oil (UVO) or animal fats from your commercial kitchen, the oil is taken to a used cooking oil recycling centre.

Firstly the oil is cleaned and filtered as part of the pre-preparation for biofuel refineries. The UVO or used animal oil is assessed and graded for quality, focusing on the colour and clarity of the oil, which will indicate how long it will take in the recycling process. Central Waste Liverpool pay top prices for high quality used cooking oils.

The oil is cleaned and sieved to remove food and other solid waste, this usually happens in a large tank. Inside the tank the oil is heated which helps to separate out the smaller debris and impurities which settle at the bottom of the tank, these can also then be removed from the oil. Once it has been cleaned and filtered in the tank the oil is distributed into a larger filtering system, until it meets the specifications required by the biofuel refineries.

The oil is now almost ready to be fully converted into biodiesel. A dedicated biodiesel refinery will finish the process. Here the transesterification process is carried out and the oil is converted into biodiesel.

Waste oil should always be collected by a registered and licensed carrier like Central Waste, a reputable company who will recycle or dispose of your oil in the correct manner. By disposing of your oil this way you be complying with regulations, you will also contribute to a greener environment and generate some income for your business in the process.