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General Waste

Our Advice

General (or “Residue”) wastes should consist of all wastes that cannot be segregated for recycling and recovery. This is the waste stream which is and will be taxed and therefore its cost will rise faster than other segregated waste streams. To manage your future waste costs you should aim to minimise general wastes.

How would it be collected?

Collect method will depend on the space you have and how much general waste you generate. We can provide bags, wheelie bins and larger containers to suit your needs with collection frequencies arranged to minimise the time that this waste stream is on your site.

How is general waste recycled?

General waste cannot be recycled and is mostly still taken to landfill. The better option for wastes that cannot be recycled is to deliver them to a Energy from Waste (EfW) plant where it is used as a substitute fuel to generate electricity. We would always look to ensure this route is used wherever possible.

General waste fact

On average, each person in the UK throws away their own body weight in rubbish every seven weeks.

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Food Waste

Our Advice

If your business generates food waste then it’s a great place to start recycling and saving money. Take that step and think about how you can segregate your food wastes and we will do the rest.

How would it be collected?

Food waste is heavy and dense and therefore a two wheel wheelie bin is typically used for collections such as a 120 lite or 240 litre container. These bins don’t take up much space and are similar to the bins you probably use at home. We can arrange collection frequencies to match your business needs.

How is food waste recycled?

The most common process used is called Anaerobic Digestion (AD) which is a natural process that biologically breaks down organic material to generate large amounts of biogas, which is a combination of methane and carbon dioxide. It works in a similar way as the good old-fashioned compost heap at the end of the garden, only on an industrial scale and in the absence of oxygen, so we can capture the biogas that’s made rather than letting it be lost to the atmosphere. The resulting gas is used to drive engines that produce electricity and the fully digested liquid is turned into bio-fertiliser for farming and agricultural use.

Food waste fact

Roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tonnes — gets lost or wasted.

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Glass Waste

Our Advice

Glass is one of easiest waste streams to segregate and recycle and if your business uses glass cullet you should always recycle it.

How would it be collected?

Glass is usually collected in small wheelie bins such as 120 and 240 litre. Businesses that generate larger volumes of glass such as hotels sometimes use a glass crusher to reduce the size of the glass and make it more economic to collect. This also reduces the noise levels during collection.

How is Glass waste recycled?

Glass is often washed or floated to remove labels and straws and then crushed. If the glass is to go for re-melt into new glass it will first be sorted into its colours using an optical sorting process. Otherwise the clean crushed glass can be used as a secondary aggregate in the construction industry.

Glass Waste Fact

Glass is one of the few waste streams that can be recycled time and time again without loss of quality

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Hazardous Waste

Our Advice

Technical and hazardous waste disposal can be a minefield of legislation and procedures. Our complete service offering ensures full legislative compliance for your business.

We ensure that your hazardous waste is collected, treated and dealt with safely and efficiently.

How would it be collected?

Small quantities of hazardous wastes are collected using lockable containers (or IBC’s) which would be provided by us. It is important that all hazardous wastes are identified and listed prior to collection to comply with legislation and a full on site chemist service can be provided where necessary. Larger quantise can be collected by tanker (liquids) or by sealed and lockable container or vehicle body.

How is Hazardous waste recycled?

Hazardous wastes include many different types of wastes including asbestos, WEEE (waste electrical and electronic equipment), batteries, chemicals, contaminated soils, adhesives, paints, infectious and radioactive wastes.
There are several different types of treatment processes to render these wastes safe for recovery or reuse, but some hazardous wastes must be destroyed and this is usually means of high temperature incineration.

Hazardous waste fact

When you innocently dispose of your old battery in the rubbish or when you dump oils in the drain, you’ve contributed to the already large amount of toxic waste in the environment.

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Cardboard Waste

Our Advice

Most of the deliveries of goods to your business probably come in a cardboard box, and so it makes sense to segregate your cardboard for an easy recycling route. Cardboard will also fill up your bins so storing your cardboard separately makes economical sense for more than one reason!

How would it be collected?

Smaller quantities of cardboard can be flattened and secured with recycling tape prior to collection. If your business generates larger quantities of cardboard you might consider a wheelie bin or renting a baling machine in order to keep your cardboard tidy and increase its value.

How is Cardboard waste recycled?

Because cardboard is a relatively light material it will usually be bulked up and baled before being transported to a paper mill where it is turned into a mulch and then made into recycled cardboard products.

Cardboard Waste Fact

In 1817 in England, Sir Malcolm Thornhill produced the first commercially made cardboard box although they required significant labour to produce. Early in the 20th century, cardboard boxes replaced wooden crates and boxes, being lighter and more practical.

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Paper Waste

Our Advice

Waste Paper is used as a secondary fibre in the making of new paper and paper products, and can be used a multiple amount of times, by adding more fibre to the mix.

Paper is a very good waste stream to recycle because is saves trees but be careful as there are many different grades of waste paper. However, mixed papers can be recovered by paper merchants and mixing the grades might just make paper recycling viable for your business.

How would it be collected?

Waste paper can be collected in sacks, wheeled bins and larger containers to suit the volume generated and the collection frequency required.
Please refer to our section on Confidential Waste if you need paper documents destroyed or shredded or if they fall under GDPR regulations.

How is Paper recycled?

The paper is bulked up and is taken to a recycling plant where it is separated into types and grades. The separated paper is then washed with soapy water to remove inks, plastic film, staples and glue.

Water is then added to turn it into a slurry and then by adding different materials to the slurry, a variety of paper products can be created, such as cardboard, newsprints or office paper.

Paper Waste Fact

The amount of waste paper sent to landfill each year would fill 103,000 double decker buses. However, paper is still one of the most recycled materials in the UK, and over 2/3 of it is recycled.

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Plastics

Our Advice

Plastics have become one of the more difficult materials to economically recycle. The collapse of the Asian market has highlighted the lack of plastics reprocessors in the UK. Plastics are both light and have many different grades, which often make recovery and recycling very expensive. You will need to have a significant quantity of one grade of plastics to develop a financially viable process although smaller quantities of plastic bottles may be able to be included in Mixed Recycling collections (see our section on Mixed Recycling). However, if your business is generating significant quantities of plastic wastes WMR Waste Solutions retain the services of an expert plastics consultant whom we can put you in touch with.

How would it be collected?

Waste paper can be collected in sacks, wheeled bins and larger containers to suit the volume generated and the collection frequency required.
Please refer to our section on Confidential Waste if you need paper documents destroyed or shredded or if they fall under GDPR regulations.

How is Plastic recycled?

When plastic bales or shredded/granulated plastics arrive at the recycling plant they would quality checked and either added to a load for export or approved to enter the re-melt process as appropriate. Some lower grade plastics such as plastic bags or film would generally only be used for low-grade applications, such as bin liners, because of the contamination effect of the printing ink, making it only suitable for dark colours, such as grey or black.

Plastic Waste Fact

Plastic is Forever. It is not bio-degradable. Can you imagine that since plastic was invented, everything that has ever been made from this material still exists? In around 700 years they will start breaking up. Plastic does not decompose or biodegrade and get absorbed by nature. Plastic will eventually “photo-degrade” – which means they will turn into little toxic bits of themselves.

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Confidential Waste

Our Advice

Fundamentally, personal information relating to an individual, cannot be disclosed to a third party, without the prior permission or authority of that person. For this reason, the 1984 Data Protection Act was introduced to protect an individual’s data, but only covered printed data from a ‘data machine’. This was followed by the stricter 1998 Data Protection Act, which covered all other forms of data including hand written.

The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect in the UK on 25th May 2018 and strengthens the protection and empowerment of EU citizens’ data privacy. The UK government has also confirmed that it will continue to be enforced in UK law even after Brexit.

The new requirements also include the right for individuals to request the deletion of their personal data in a timely manner, and additionally require all businesses to demonstrate compliance with the GDPR. Many companies are now looking for additional security when disposing confidential waste, such as paper documents or electrical and electronic equipment such as hard drives.

WMR Waste Solution can assist you by selecting the right process to suit your needs and alleviate any concerns you may have.

How would it be collected?

All documents and electronic equipment/hard drives etc deemed confidential by any business will need shredding, although confidential wastes are often first held in special sacks with secure and identifiable tags. The average in-house shredder only produces strips which can be easily put back together. It also cannot deal with digital information stored on hard drives, which needs to be degaussed by passing it through a powerful magnetic field or destroyed to a government-approved level. Therefore, on-site shredding has become more popular, where business representatives can watch confidential materials being destroyed before receiving certification to cover the whole process.

How is Confidential waste recycled?

Once confidential paper materials are shredded they are bulked up and baled ready for transportation to a paper mill where they will follow the process already described with our Paper Recycling page. Other shredded storage media such as hard drives are bulked up and sent for destruction at an incineration plant or Energy from Waste (“EfW”) facility.

Confidential Waste Fact

Types of martials typically considered to be confidential waste include: Personnel files – including CVs and application letters; Financial records – such as order forms, invoices, bills and statements; Health records – including notes by medical professionals; Social care records – such as letters, reports and photographs; Criminal Records; Business cards; ID badges/Security passes; Letters, memos and other items containing names and addresses; New business proposals; Business plans/Contracts; Used notebooks/diaries; Product samples or profiles; Research data; and Photographs.

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Mixed Recycling

Our Advice

Having the ability to mix recyclates together in the same sack or bin/container significantly improves their economic viability. However, it is really important that you take measures to ensure that materials included in mixed recycling are not contaminated. Contaminated loads are a serious problem and threaten the withdrawal of these services by the collectors, who in turn are being back charged by the processors who cannot process these increasingly contaminated loads. Already most processors have banned all plastics except plastic bottles and even this market is under pressure.

Our advise would be to start with easily identifiable materials such as plastic bottles and drinks cans and then add other materials once you have achieved a satisfactory acceptance level.

The new requirements also include the right for individuals to request the deletion of their personal data in a timely manner, and additionally require all businesses to demonstrate compliance with the GDPR. Many companies are now looking for additional security when disposing confidential waste, such as paper documents or electrical and electronic equipment such as hard drives.

WMR Waste Solution can assist you by selecting the right process to suit your needs and alleviate any concerns you may have.

How would it be collected?

Mixed materials can be collected in all the same ways as general waste with sacks and wheeled bins the most popular. The mixed recycling materials usually accepted are paper, card, cans glass and as mentioned above plastic bottles.

How is Mixed Recycling recycled?

Bulked loads of mixed recyclates are taken to a Material Recovery Facility (MRF) where sorting equipment uses the density of materials to segregate them and air knives to move them onto conveyor belts to separate storage areas ready for onward transmission to the various reprocessors.

Mixed Recycling waste fact

A recent report by the BBC concluded that last year over 100,000 tonnes of mixed recycling ended up in landfill sites because it was too contaminated to be processed through MRF’s.

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