Which Commercial Waste Service Do You Need?

Waste comes in different sizes and shapes. Because of this, a business that is looking to reduce its waste management costs, implementing a carefully considered and comprehensive waste and recycling management plan is important.

Depending on the type of industry, various waste services are available from T2 Environmental:

General waste

This refers to all waste streams that cannot be reused or recycled, but do not come under hazardous wastes. Soiled containers, food wastes (if there is no organics bin), tissue paper, plastics that cannot be recycled, plastic packaging etc. come under this category.

Different kinds of hazardous wastes

All waste that is harmful to the environment and to public health comes under hazardous waste. All hazardous wastes should be safely collected, treated and properly disposed of according to law. There are separate hazardous waste streams like:

  • Liquid wastes: including paints and dyes, organic sludge, laboratory chemicals and acids, oils and greases, resins and inks, detergents and wash water, solvents, latex etc.
  • Clinical wastes: and medical wastes including sharps waste and cytotoxic waste that require tamper and puncture resistant containers for disposal. Surgeries, clinics, veterinaries, laboratories etc. can use this service.
  • E-wastes: or electronic wastes that include broken or discarded electrical appliances, electronic devices, cables and mobile phones, fax machines, scanners, batteries, etc.

Commingle or separate?

When it comes to recycling, smaller businesses often choose commingle, where all recyclable materials go. This includes all paper and cardboard, plastic containers, glass, metal scraps etc. But for industries producing more waste in a single category – like lots of paper and cardboard waste, or plenty of glass wastes – separating recycling is better.

Separate bins for all of these streams are available and this reduces the possibility of recycling centres being unable to sort the materials. For example, glass shards can be dangerous for a paper mill and can cause the equipment to stop working.

One thing to remember is that shredded paper cannot be put in the paper/cardboard bin, but instead goes in the organics bin.

Green waste: For industries producing a lot of plant waste – soft twigs, leaves, and small branches – a separate green waste (or garden organics) bin is useful.

Organic (food) waste: Food industries benefit by having a separate organic waste service so that the food scraps, vegetable and fruit peels, coffee grounds etc can be composted instead of sent to landfill. These can either be composted on site or sent to a treatment plant for composting.

At T2 Environmental, we focus on helping Australian businesses identify their waste streams and manage them efficiently. This can decrease operating costs, reduce the company?s carbon foot print and help us move towards a ‘Zero Waste to Landfill’ goal. Call us on 1300 578 707 to set up a comprehensive waste management plan.

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