How to Determine the Right Waste Solution for Your Workspace

How to Determine the Right Waste Solution for Your Workspace

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The UK generates around 30 million tonnes of household waste each year, and that’s not including waste generated by commercial businesses. From paper to food packaging and electrical equipment, we have a lot of waste to consider and contend with. If you’ve been tasked with determining the best waste solution for your workplace, it can seem like an intimidating task at first glance.

There are four easy questions you can ask to help figure out what kinds of waste solutions your business needs. Follow along and jot down your answers, and hopefully by the end of this post, you should know exactly what you need to create a clean, environmentally friendly workspace.

1.      What Kind of Waste Does Your Work Produce?

Not all waste can be thrown in the same bin. The types of waste your company or public area produces will influence which waste solutions you should consider.

  • General Waste refers to everyday garbage, such as gum wrappers, plastic bags, or broken pencils.
  • Recyclable Waste is waste that can be recycled. Paper, cardboard, and plastic are the most popular examples, but metals, such as aluminum, are also a possibility.
  • Electronic Waste refers to electrical or electronic waste items. This can include old batteries, broken office equipment, or old cell phones.
  • Confidential or Sensitive Waste refers to items that may contain sensitive information and should therefore not be disposed of in the usual way. This could take the form of old pay stubs, client account details, invoices, or internal memos.
  • Compostable Waste generally refers to food waste, such as unfinished sandwiches, fruits or vegetables, eggshells, coffee grounds, and soiled napkins.
  • Green Waste is waste produced by outdoor maintenance activities, such as grass trimming or raking leaves.

If your workspace has an eating area, compostable waste will probably be produced. If an outdoor maintenance crew looks after the grounds, they’ll likely need somewhere to dispose of their green waste. Does the company regularly go through electronic storage devices? If so, it may be handy to have an electronic waste bin. There are even collection options for outdoor smoking areas.

Figure out which kinds of waste are produced, and you will be able to determine what types of waste collection containers you’ll need.

2.      Where are the Places Where Most Waste is Generated?

This question will help you determine how many waste containers you need. Consider places where people naturally create or seek to dispose of waste. Reception areas are a common option, but cafeterias and offices also have their own requirements. If your workspace includes outdoor areas, consider outside collection bins to help keep the area clean and tidy.

You’ll also need to consider the size restraints of these areas. Are offices large and roomy, and able to accommodate a single, central disposal unit, or are they smaller and more suited for individual waste containers? Do outside walkways frequently cater to high amounts of traffic, or would a single collection bin at the start of a path suffice?

3.      Is the Waste Sensitive or Confidential in Nature?

Most waste will require no special consideration, but if your office or workspace produces waste that is confidential in nature, such as papers with personal information or old hard drives with company records, then you’ll need to consider containers that will keep the waste secure until it can be collected by the appropriate disposal service.

Look for secure, locking containers that will be inaccessible to the general public. For papers and documents, these bins will typically have only a thin slit in the top or side for deposit. This is to ensure that once dropped in, papers cannot be casually fished out.

4.      Do You Require Indoor or Outdoor Waste Solutions?

By this point, you should know what types of waste need to be accommodated and roughly how many containment bins you will need. Now, you’ll need to determine whether your collection bins should be designed for indoor or outdoor use. There are some models that can function in either location, but you’ll likely want to consider the look and purpose of each specific area.

For example, Alpha Waste’s Berlin metal bin is designed to function equally well indoors and outdoors, but the large tri-use design is best suited for high traffic areas. For a small indoor office, you might find the Luna metal bin to be more aesthetically unobtrusive and appropriate for the space.

Create a list of the places from Step 2 where you determined you would need waste solutions. For each area, write down the types of waste produced in each space, and whether the collection bins need to be indoor, outdoor, or both. Finally, record how many of each collection bin you will need for each place.

Congratulations – you’ve just created your very own, personalized waste solution plan!

When you’re ready to get things rolling, give us a call at 01634-838-540 or send us a message online. We’re happy to provide more information on our waste solutions, including indoor and outdoor waste and recycling bins.