When it comes to waste disposal, it’s really easy and convenient to throw rubbish into the bin and forget about it. However, hastily discarding waste might have negative repercussions, such as having to pay more for additional waste collections due to a lack of space and overflowing bins. We’ll walk you through some simple steps in this blog to help you maximise the space in your waste bins and save money!
1. Separate Waste Types
Recycling is an important part of protecting the environment as less waste will be sent to landfill. Glass, paper, plastics and more can be recycled and used again to create new products and materials. Recyclable items and general waste should be separated and placed within their respective bins. By combining both recycling and general waste in the same bin is not only damaging to the environment, but it will also end up costing you more. You bins are much more likely to overfill and there’s a good chance you will require extra general waste collections. Segregating your waste and recycling correctly is a far more cost-effective practice.
2. Break Down Cardboard Boxes
Cardboard boxes can be easily broken down to save room in your waste bins. Throwing away constructed cardboard boxes takes up valuable space that may be used for other materials. Breaking down cardboard boxes will help cut down on the number of waste collections required, saving you money.
3. Use Both Sides of Paper Sheets
It may not seem like much, but using both sides of a sheet of paper while writing or printing can save up to 50% on paper waste. “Surely using paper is fine because it can be recycled?” you might think. The manufacturing of paper, on the other hand, is not so innocent. Paper production involves deforestation, the use of large amounts of energy and water, as well as a large amount of air pollution, and with more and more being done across the country to reduce carbon footprints, save trees, and be more environmentally friendly in general, using less paper will help you achieve your carbon neutral goals.
4. Label Bins Clearly
When aiming to save space, clearly labelling bins is a simple yet beneficial task. Your employees will be able to easily identify which bin their waste belongs in by recognising which container is which (e.g. General, Recycling, etc.). This will result in a significant reduction in excessive waste build-up in a single bin.
5. Reuse Plastic Bottles
Do you have any empty bottles lying around on your desk or in your bag? Consider reusing these bottles instead of throwing them away! Rather than getting a fresh cup, grab one of those bottles and refill it! You will save a significant amount of space in your waste bin and reduce the number of collections by doing so.
6. Reuse Parcel Packaging
When receiving parcels at your workplace, instead of disposing of the parcel bags, store them away and have them ready to be reused when it’s time to send a parcel yourself. Parcel bags cannot be recycled so more often than not, will end up going to landfill. By reusing parcels bags, not only are you saving space in your bins, but also helping reduce the amount of waste affecting the environment.
7. Take a 360 Waste Management Waste Review
By taking a FREE 360 Waste Management Waste Review, we can analyse your waste and tailor our services to suit your specific requirements. As well as this we can provide you with suitable bins at no extra cost, you just pay for your collections.
8. Do Not Overfill Your Bins
All waste bins have a weight capacity for health and safety reasons. If your bins exceed the weight limits your waste maybe refused on collection and you may need to pay for additional pick-ups. By correctly disposing of general commercial waste and recyclable waste, and in-time for collections, you will save money and space without the worry of overfilling.
9. Arrange Your Waste Appropriately
Where you can, arranging your waste appropriately can be an extremely effective way of saving space within your waste bins. Placing the heaviest items at the bottom of the bin and slotting the smaller items between and above will allow you to really maximise the space available within your waste storage containers.
10. Try Refillable Ink Cartridges
Run out of ink in the printer? Time to throw the old ones away and buy the new? Wrong! The majority of modern printers are compatible with refillable ink cartridges. By using and refilling refillable ink cartridges, not only will you be saving space within your waste bins, you’ll also be saving money!