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Dry Mixed Recycling

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Dry Mixed Recycling (DMR) refers to recyclable products that are free from potential contaminants, such as food waste or oils. This means that they can be stored together before disposal instead of segregated into separate bins and containers. This is a great time-saving venture for businesses that produce large volumes of waste but can also be used within residential properties.
Typically, you can store the following items in your Dry Mixed Recycling Bins:

Plastics such as drinks bottles, containers, shampoo bottles, yoghurt pots.

Cardboard such as cereal boxes, packaging and boxes used to transport goods.

Paper such as receipts, documents, newspapers, magazines and journals.

Metals such as tin cans and food containers.

Commercial Wheelie Bins for Dry Mixed Recycling

240 L Wheelie Bin

240 l wheelie bin for commercial waste

This is the same size as the one outside your house. Holds 3 - 5 bags

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360 L Wheelie Bin

360 l wheelie bin for commercial waste

A bit bigger than the one outside your house. Holds 5 - 7 Bags

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660 L Wheelie Bin

660 l wheelie bin 4 wheels commercial waste

A big bin, 4 wheels suitable to hold 10 - 12 bags. Can come with a lock

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1100 L Wheelie Bin

1100 l wheelie bin 4 wheels commercial waste

The most common bin, 4 wheels, can be lockable. Holds 15+ bags

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Frequently Asked Questions

How can Divert help with Dry Mixed Recycling?

At Divert, we can help businesses of all sizes tackle their waste in an efficient and eco-friendly way. To do this, we will:

Provide you with access to free storage bins.
Put together a waste collection schedule specifically tailored to both the waste you produce and the running of your business.
Ensure that your waste disposal strategies comply with all government guidelines and regulations.
Dispose of your waste in a way that leaves a minimal impact on the environment. For example, all waste that we collected will be diverted away from landfill sites.

For more information, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Who produces Dry Mixed Recycling and Why?

We all produce some amount of DMR waste in our daily lives. However, here are some examples of where this waste is produced in high volumes.

The Food Service Industry. Large volumes of DMR are produced at food service venues such as restaurants, cafes, bars and takeaways. This could come in the form of drinks cans or clean food packaging waste.

Offices. Offices produce large volumes of Dry Mixed Recycling Waste each day, namely in the form of paper or cardboard packaging waste. However, they also produce plastic and metal waste in their cafeterias or communal dining spaces.

Factories. Factories, or places where products are manufactured, also produce large volumes of DMR waste, as this is a natural byproduct of their daily operations. For example, they may discard large volumes of surplus paper, card and plastic.

Schools and Educational facilities. Schools and educational facilities such as colleges, universities and nurseries also produce large volumes of Dry Mixed Recycling waste. This is because paper and cardboard are often used within the classroom in the form of worksheets or crafts materials. They also produce plastic and tin waste in their dining areas.

Retailers and Supermarkets. Retailers, supermarkets and grocers also produce large volumes of Dry Mixed Recycling Waste every single day – typically in the form of packaging and storage materials.

How much Dry Mixed Recycling do we produce?

In the UK alone, we produce large volumes of Dry Mixed Recycling waste every single year. For example, we produce:

Over 12.5 million tonnes of paper.
7 million tonnes of cardboard.
6 million tonnes of plastic.

Despite this, it’s estimated that less than half of the waste produced within the UK is recycled effectively (45%) – meaning that many Dry Mixed Recyclables are sent to Landfill sites.

Dry Mixed Recycling: The Facts

It takes 24 trees to make one tonne of paper. Globally, we throw away 85 million tonnes of paper each year.

Right now, only 45% of the plastic products used in the UK are recycled. However, plastic waste can take up to 500 years to fully decompose when sent to a landfill.

Metal products, such as aluminium, are easy to recycle. In fact, it’s estimated that around 75% of the aluminium ever made is still in production today. Furthemore, it takes the same level of energy to make one new can as it would to recycle twenty.

How can we reduce Dry Mixed Recycling Waste?

There are various ways to reduce the amount of Dry Mixed Recyclable waste we produce.

Focus on better waste management. Incorporating better waste management practices into the daily running of your business can help you to reduce the amount of waste you produce. For example, you could look into heightening workplace efficiency so that fewer materials are needed to get the job done. Furthemore, you should also ensure that you have a strong waste management plan in place and that each employee receives appropriate waste disposal training.

Reusing products. Another way in which you can reduce the amount of DMR waste you produce within your business is by reusing products where appropriate. For example, you can reduce the amount of paper waste you produce in both schools and offices by using both sides of the paper.

Source sustainable products. Using sustainable products within the workplace is a great way to reduce the amount of waste you produce. For example, you could seek alternatives to single-use plastic, such as water bottles.

How should Dry Mixed Recycling be stored?

While you do not have to separate your dry mixed recycling products, you must ensure they are clean and dry. To achieve this, you may need to clean some products before disposal, especially if they were used to store food. You should also ensure that you use a secure storage option. At Divert, we have a wide range of waste disposal options available. This includes:

Wheelie bins.
Skips.
Balers & Compactors.

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