Ross Simons | 05.03.23

Are you throwing money in the Skip?

Did you know that in the UK 275,000 tonnes of plastic is used and disposed of each year? To put it another way, that’s roughly 15 million plastic bottles every day!  Or were you aware that 12.5 million tonnes of paper and cardboard are used each year – it takes 24 trees to make one tonne of newspaper!

As a business, you may be responsible for disposing of tonnes of waste through normal business activities, this could be through manufacturing or even just paper waste through office activities.  Crates, wheelie bins, water and gas pipes, PVC window frames, plastic bottles and PVC film account for a high percentage of plastic waste.  Packaging, boxes and packing materials, office waste such as shredded paper account for the majority of paper and card, whilst in metal drinks cans and scrap metal is often thrown away without a consideration of cost.

In a world where recycling has been a buzzword for the past twenty years it also recognised that everything is a commodity.  If you are a business that is creating high volumes of waste each year, you may wish to consider the options of paying for your waste disposal.  Whilst it will be very difficult for a household to create enough waste to monetize, many businesses are now considering using different routes to not only dispose of the waste, but to look at options to recycle the waste for revenue generation.

Organisations such as local authorities, utility, glazing, construction, warehouse and retailers should all be considering of the option of selling the commodity they have often ignored.  All products sold in the UK has to be packaged and distributed at least once and all of these products need to be protected in transit, the majority of these are protected through cardboard.

Samson Containers are one of the UK’s leading providers of Waste Containers for all different sectors.  We can assist in providing waste containers of all different shapes and sizes to work within your organisation, to collect recyclable materials with a view containing the materials for easy collection.  There are many UK wide organisations that will pay for all types of waste, has your business looked into this opportunity?

There is of course a green angle to recycling, for all of the different materials that are thrown away on a daily basis.

Did you know that recycled paper produces 73% less air pollution than if it was made from raw materials?  All glass is recyclable and there is no limit to the amount of times that it can be used – glass that is thrown away ends up in landfill and will never decompose.

Do your bit for the environment and you could even be generating a revenue stream too.