Waste and Recycling


In accordance with our sustainability ethos, we work within the waste hierarchy to ensure our approach to waste and recycling is to first reduce, then reuse, then recycle.

Recycling

90% of most business waste can be easily recycled, at a lower cost than general waste. Dry mixed recycling includes paper, card, plastic, and metal. These must be free from contaminants, such as construction, food, or garden waste, before they are recycled.

Paper and cardboard

Paper makes up 80% of office waste, so reducing printing and paper use is one of the easiest ways to help the planet. Cardboard boxes are flat-packed, taken to a facility to be pulped, then made into new cardboard products. For large volumes, we can arrange a cardboard baler on site.

Confidential paper and data

Confidential paper is shredded and pulped at a BS15713-accredited secure destruction facility or on site option, then processed into new, closed loop office paper. If data is stored on hard drives or USB sticks these are also shredded, then incinerated to produce energy. You will receive a ‘Certificate of Destruction’, confirming paper and data have been shredded and disposed of securely.

Glass

Glass is 100% recyclable and can be recycled endlessly without loss in quality or purity. Recycling glass requires less energy than creating new glass. 

Food

Food waste includes fruit and vegetable peelings, tea bags, coffee grounds, bones, shells, plant waste. When rotting in landfill, food releases methane which has a greater global warming effect than carbon dioxide. Recycled food is anaerobically digested and converted to renewable energy, used to power the National Grid.

Waste coffee grounds are taken to a bespoke recycling facility and converted into biomass pellets and briquettes, a sustainable fuel alternative.

Coffee cups

In the UK, an estimated 2.5 billion coffee cups are thrown away every year. Just 1 in 4 cups gets recycled because it’s difficult to separate the plastic coating from the cardboard. We can take cups to a specialist facility that separates the plastic from the cardboard.

Other items

We can also recycle batteries, toner cartridges, and waste electrical and electronic equipment.

Waste

Although we always encourage recycling wherever possible, we provide a zero to landfill service. Waste that can’t be recycled is sent to an energy-from-waste facility, where it is incinerated, converted into clean energy, and exported to the National Grid. Flue gases are converted to clean gases then discharged safely into the atmosphere. Incinerator bottom ash, another by-product, is used as an aggregate for building roads.

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