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.

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


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

Who needs a 1,100 litre wheelie bin?

Letting you know what wheelie bin you need

A 1100 litre wheelie bin

The largest bin we supply is the 1100 litre wheelie bin.

The capacity of the 1100 litre wheelie bin is approximately 12-15 bin bags full of rubbish so, as you can imagine, this size of bin is intended for businesses that generate rather a lot of waste.

It’s not a great idea to go for a large wheelie bin just to cut down on the number of collections you need.

Even if it makes sense at the time you’ll soon find out that, left too long, a bin will start to smell and become unpleasant.

So how do you know what size of wheelie bin to opt for?

When we first begin to work with a new customer we consult with them to find out about their waste disposal habits and to advise them about what size bins to get, how often to arrange waste collection and other factors that will help them to make waste disposal as easy and seamless as possible, while also maximising their ability to recycle and to comply with all waste disposal and recycling legislation.

So in fact, you don’t need to know up front whether you want a 1100 litre wheelie bin, a 240 litre wheelie bin or anything in between – we will design the best solution for you.

That said, if you have been in business a while you are likely to have a good idea about your waste disposal needs and that’s great too.

Details about the 1100 litre wheelie bin

The 1100 litre bin is made from plastic/polymer just like your wheelie bin at home, making it light and easy to manoeuvre on its four casters. It also has a hinged lid and a brake control.

Capacity: 1100 litres
Weight: 65 kg
Width: 1,375 mm
Height: 1,460 mm
Depth: 1,075 mm

The 1100 litre wheelie bin is designed to collect and dispose of most waste types, including general waste, dry mixed recycling, single waste stream recycling (ie. paper, card and plastic) and compactable industrial and commercial waste.

Most organisations require more than one bin, in order to collect recyclable materials and general waste separately.

If you generate large amounts of waste then a minimum of two 1100 litre wheelie bins are likely to be needed.

Of course that also means that you will need room to accommodate them.

If you don’t have room for multiple 1100 litre bins don’t worry – part of our role at Central Waste is to design a waste disposal process that works for you in all aspects.

Whether you need two or three a 1100 litre wheelie bins collected every other day, or just one of our smallest 240 litre bins emptied more infrequently, contact us any time for a free, no obligation quotation, complete with our price promise.

The hassle free way to use the right types of bins

We can supply you with the best

Different types of bins

It is now a legal requirement that all waste that ends up at landfill be pretreated, prior to disposal; this means that recycling must take place, which means that sorting must take place prior to this.

At Central Waste we handle all of this, meeting all of the legal obligations for our clients’ waste disposal.

All that we need from you, in order to make this happen, is that you use different bins for different waste.

Now we know that using the right types of bins isn’t always as simple as it sounds.

Deliberations about ‘what can go where’ when it comes to types of bins can eat into our valuable time at home as well as at work.

At Central Waste we take the work out of it for you.

Yes, we need you to use different bins for different waste but we do our best to make this as intuitive as possible for you.

Positioning and collection of different bins for different waste

We begin all of our contracts by assessing the amount and type of waste currently being produced by a site and then advising on the types of commercial waste bins required and the rate of collection.

We can provide strategically placed bottle bins, waste cooking oil collection, collection of cardboard and even confidential shredding services – all the time making recycling and waste disposal as easy as possible for you.

Commercial waste bins available

Types of bins we supply include wheelie bins from 240 litres to 1,100 litres to hold most types of general waste and recycling.

All are supplied clearly labelled for your convenience and collected regularly at a time to suit you.

For larger waste, such as may be produced by construction sites and similar, we also supply roll on roll off skips and waste compactors.

Naturally, when hiring these larger types of bins, we are able to provide a full audit trail, so that you can prove legal compliance.

Any types of bins for almost any purpose

Whether you operate a small city centre office or a number of large construction sites, our job is to ensure that your waste is disposed of in a legally compliant manner that is minimally labour intensive for you.

We will supply all the commercial waste bins you need, making recycling in the workplace easy.

You can feel good about your environmental impact without time spent on waste disposal eating into your day.

Which Commercial Recycling Bins Do I Need?

The Importance of Business Recycling Bins

Commercial recycling bins

If you are setting up or refreshing your business’ waste organisation plans then this handy guide will help you decide which type of commercial recycling bins you will need.

You’re going to need office recycling bins and outdoor waste bins and you’re going to need to know what to put where.

We’ve put together this short guide for you to clarify what you need to know. Have a quick read of our Central Waste guide to commercial recycling bins and you’ll have everything you need to get going.

Which Outdoor Commercial Waste Bins Do I Need?

Here in Liverpool commercial businesses are responsible for their own waste. Many of them, from SMEs to the largest brands, contact Central Waste to ensure that waste is regularly removed in a compliant way.

When they do, there are a range of outdoor waste bin options:

240L Wheelie Bin

The smallest option. This bin is smaller than a standard sized domestic wheelie bin and suited to a small organisation generating light waste or food waste.

This bin is suitable for general waste, dry mixed recycling, glass, compact industrial and commercial waste. Crucially, this is the one bin that we recommend for collecting food waste. If your business has that requirement you will require one or more of these as a commercial recycling bin. Similarly, if you require a dedicated glass recycling bin – as an indoor or office recycling bin for your kitchen, for example, this is the best option.

360L Wheelie Bin

A standard sized wheelie bin, this outdoor waste bin can contain 4-6 bags of waste.

This bin is suitable for general waste, dry mixed recycling, compactable industrial and commercial waste.

660L Wheelie Bin

A larger option, this bin is operated on 4 casters and has a brake control.

The 660L bin is suitable for general waste, dry mixed recycling, single waste stream recycling (paper, card and plastic), compact industrial and commercial waste. Depending upon your requirements you may need more than one of these commercial recycling bins for different uses.

1100L Wheelie Bin

Our largest option for organisations producing a lot of waste, this bin is operated on 4 casters and has a brake control.

It is suitable for general waste, dry mixed recycling, single waste stream recycling (paper, card and plastic), compact industrial and commercial waste. Depending upon your requirements you may need more than one of these commercial recycling bins for different uses.

Why Central Waste for Commercial Recycling Bins?

Whether you require daily collection of large commercial recycling bins or a less frequent service for small office recycling bins Central Waste Liverpool will offer you a competitively priced, convenient service to meet your needs.

We collect at a time of day and a frequency to suit you and we are committed to recycling as much of the waste that we collect as we can.