Office space

How to dispose of office waste

This article will lead to simple steps into how to dispose of/reduce the use of commercial waste within the office space and its benefits to your business.

Types of commerical waste

Any waste produced by the business is classed as commercial these include:

  • Paper, Cardboard
  • Cans, Food wrappers
  • Glass and Metal

The company have a corporate responsibility to dispose of their wastes correctly.

What are the main causes of waste in an office?

Excessive use of paper – look at using email effectively to enable your business to cut down on paper.

Too many employees – sometimes, the workspace can be overcrowded, meaning an increase in waste.

Overproduction produces more unnecessary copies that manufacture more waste.

office waste disposal

How to handle waste disposal

Waste management is vital to maintaining a clean workspace; there are various ways of how your business can handle this:

Legal responsibilities for commercial waste

Businesses are responsible under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to safely contain and dispose of all waste you produce; commercial waste duty of care.

It is an offence to dispose of commercial waste in domestic bins or at a household waste centre following the Waste Duty of Care Code of Practice.

Why is it important to minimise waste in the workplace?

Shifting methods of waste disposal can bring a range of benefits:

  • Allows to save money.
  • Cut waste disposal costs.
  • Improve reputation among customers, supppliers and shareholders.

How much can my business save by reducing waste?

The nature of the business depends on how much money you can save by managing waste disposal.

Using fewer raw materials can save money and potentially reach new markets.

Inefficient use of raw materials costs between 5 and 10% of total turnovers.

Prioritising on purchasing reusable goods – ultimately leads to saving money on supplies and purchasing new items less frequently.

Why do we need to manage waste?

  • Solid waste can release harmful greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, polluting natural ecosystems.
  • Improve human/animal health.
  • Legal requirements