Are waste companies really committed to waste reduction?

With the looming recession taking its toll on businesses, sustainable waste management experts, Envirovue, highlights the importance of long-term waste reduction, and the malpractice of large-scale waste management companies and reveals how the waste management sector represents an essential component in revitalising the economy. 

Adapting to external challenges

With the current uncertainty placed on the UK’s economic landscape, external pressures such as high energy prices and broader inflation will result in businesses becoming even more mindful of how and where their money is spent.

These external factors will continue to pose challenges. Therefore, it’s important industries recognise how sustainable waste removal will benefit their Net Zero and financial goals in the long run.

Evolving with sustainable waste technology

Businesses across the UK produce a significant amount of industrial waste, which comes as no surprise considering the sheer scale of these sectors.

Why must industries producing such high volumes of waste evolve with waste technology? Essentially, by adopting a digital approach, businesses will be able to keep track of their waste and the respective carbon emissions, encouraging the reduction of their carbon footprint through intelligent routing and waste reduction.

Long-term waste solutions to save costs

With the standard-rated landfill charge increasing from £96.70 in 2021 to now £98.60/tonne (+2%), it’s estimated that landfill taxes will accumulate to a huge £660 billion during 2022-2023. This growth highlights the need for businesses to drive waste away from landfills and instead towards eco-friendly alternatives.

Waste reduction or waste volume?

For large-scale waste services such as Biffa and Veolia, it’s worth raising the question of whether these companies focus on committing to long-term waste reduction solutions or monetary gain from customers generating high volumes of business waste. Waste management company, Biffa, focuses heavily on internal efficiencies, financial results, and the number of collections in its annual report. However, the report doesn't highlight long-term waste reduction results or business cost reduction.

Choosing a waste company

Key qualities to look for when finding the right waste management company include ensuring the company has relevant industry sector experience, environmental transparency, reliable customer support, detailed case studies, and is Environmental Agency registered.

In most instances, attempting to segregate different types of waste for recycling without professional assistance would be highly time-consuming, highly costly, and inefficient. Leaving business waste to a trusted waste management service can be a much more cost-effective and time-saving solution.

Daniel Redfern, Director of Envirovue said, “with the emerging recession, it's a turbulent time for businesses and its important industries start to think about how implementing a waste reduction process could alleviate any potential financial concerns that come with an economic downturn.

“Many businesses only think about large-scale companies when it comes to considering a national waste management partner. However, as an outsourced waste service, we know that sustainable and long-term waste reduction solutions are crucial to the success of a business, especially in the current climate. The best result should allow the maximum amount of waste to be recovered and recycled for its purpose and offer sustainable solutions to reduce the overall amount of waste in the long run. Overall, waste reduction should be seen as a key factor for driving economic resilience not only for businesses but for the economy.”

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