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Last edited 19 Sep 2018
Waste management and recycling services
Recycling commences at the waste disposal level with segregation and containment of individual waste streams. Segregation, containment, transportation and processing of waste streams are can be provided as waste management services. Each part of this waste management and recycling process requires adequate equipments to optimise the whole process.
Segregation should start at the source with the use of recycling containers such as recycling bins or segregated bins. Recycling containers range from the ordinary office recycling bins to rigid containers for warehouses or even specially-designed containers for the containment of hazardous or clinical waste streams. Such containers facilitate the movement of waste to external containers or waste handling equipment.
However, there are some processes that do not allow waste to be segregated on-site. It is then the job of the waste management company to provide containers for the containment of mixed recyclables and to arrange for the waste to be segregated off-site.
With commercial and industrial waste management and recycling services it is impossible to have a one-size-fits-all scheme. The ideal waste management provider should offer a tailor-made service that minimises cost, increases recycling, eliminates waste to landfill wherever possible and minimises costs.
Waste audits are an important part of the process as they examine the whole production process and identify areas where cost savings can be made by the implementation of initiatives that rationalise and increase recycling levels.
These audits are conducted to understand each business process, such as:
- Types of waste.
- Volume of waste.
- Procedures of waste segregation and handling (if any).
- Utilisation of recycling containers (if any).
- Utilisation of waste handling equipment (if any).
- Current service levels and service scheduling.
- Volume of recycling.
- Overall current waste management costs.
To make the whole process even more efficient, organisations can handle their own waste on-site by using adequate equipment such as balers, compactors, shredders, roll-packers, drum or can crushers, etc. This equipment can process recyclable waste materials in a resalable format turning a cost into revenue.
Balers are compactors that can produce bales of 25kg to 650kg in weight and are one of the most cost effective types of equipment as they can cater for a wide range of recyclable waste materials including cardboard and plastic.
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