Proper waste management is about much more than just having a separate bin for general waste and recycling, especially for businesses that produce large amounts. We outline the different methods of waste management for different needs.
Recycling includes methods of waste management that allow the waste product or materials to be reused. In some cases, recycling may be a direct reuse of the still functioning parts of the waste product, but material recycling is also very common – where the raw materials are recovered from waste and used to make new materials, such as cardboard, glass or textiles.
While most of us use a separate recycling bin at home, for businesses, this often isn’t the most effective way to recycle. Using recycling machinery such as balers is a great way to manage waste – this involves converting recyclable waste such as cardboard and plastic into manageable bales.
These bales take up less room than non-baled waste and are easier for recycling companies to collect and use. If your business has a lot of cardboard waste or plastic waste, then you may even gain an additional source of revenue by using a baler, as lots of recycling companies will pay for your plastic and cardboard bales.
Organic materials will eventually decompose, whether that is garden waste or food scraps. Composting takes advantage of this process to create nutrient-rich manure. Organic waste is buried under layers of soil in a composter and left to decompose with the help of microorganisms in the soil.
The manure that is created from composting enriches the soil and increases its water retention, making it an ideal alternative to chemical fertilizers which can be harmful to the environment and wildlife.
Mardon RamPack Food Bio Processor breaks down food waste aerobically – with Oxygen and a special blend of microbes reducing the original volume by an impressive 80%. This fertiliser can then be spread directly onto the ground, or collected for disposal.
A landfill should be considered the last resort method of waste management. In a landfill, waste material that cannot be recycled is spread out in a thin layer across a low-lying area, and then filled over with a layer of soil, and additional layers of waste and soil are added on top.
For non-recyclable waste or where recycling isn’t an option, businesses can save a lot of space through the use of a waste compactor. This can also reduce transport collection fees, and help minimise potential health and safety risks due to trips and slips.
It is important to select the right method of waste management for your business needs and recycle as much of your waste as possible in the most efficient way.
If you are interested in improving the recycling or waste management practices in your business, then please take a look at our range of recycling machinery.