What is General Waste?
General waste typically refers to byproducts from both businesses and residential properties that cannot easily be recycled. As a result, they are often stored together prior to collection and disposal. Essentially, general waste bins function in the same way that the black bin outside your home does, though you should not store food waste within them. Common examples of general waste include certain forms of plastic (wrapping, packaging), metals (pots & pans), glassware and ceramics (crockery and mugs).
This is the same size as the one outside your house. Holds 3 - 5 bagsLearn more
A bit bigger than the one outside your house. Holds 5 - 7 BagsLearn more
A big bin, 4 wheels suitable to hold 10 - 12 bags. Can come with a lockLearn more
The most common bin, 4 wheels, can be lockable. Holds 15+ bagsLearn more
We produce general waste within our homes, but also within a large variety of businesses. For example, general waste is produced in the following industries:
Food service. Cafes, restaurants, bars and takeaways produce large volumes of general waste in a single day. For example, the ingredients they purchase from supermarkets will likely come in some form of plastic packaging or snack wrappers. Furthemore, some types of polystyrene packaging (takeout containers) are also considered to be general waste.
Factories. Factories are another key contributor to the amount of general waste we produce within the UK. This is because many of their base materials will result in some form of general waste being produced. For example, any surplus plastics, metals or glass used in the production process but not for the final product must be carefully disposed of.
Retailers. Retailers, predominately within the food service industry, also produce large volumes of general waste, namely in the form of plastic packaging. For example, according to a recent EIA (Environmental Investigation Agency) and Greenpeace UK report, supermarkets produce 12.billion plastic packaging bags for products such as fruit and veg each year.
Construction. Believe it or not, the construction industry also produces large volumes of general waste within their daily operations. While many believe that all waste associated with construction is hazardous, certain products such as wood, bricks, masonry and even wallpaper can be disposed of through a general waste bin.
Recent studies estimated that the UK produces around 43.9 million tonnes of commercial waste each year, the majority of which could fall under the umbrella of general waste. From this statistic, it’s believed that less than 50% of commercial waste is recycled.
Thankfully, when working with Divert – we’ll ensure that we dispose of your waste with the environment in mind. Unlike other waste disposal providers, we’ll treat landfills as a last resort – helping you play your part in taking care of the planet.
General waste is produced in large volumes across the UK every single day. As a result, it is the responsibility of businesses owners to put practical solutions in place that enable them to reduce the amount of general waste they produce. This could include:
Turning down single-use plastics or any products of that nature. Instead, companies should focus on sourcing sustainable materials for their daily operations.
Reusing products where possible, as opposed to disposing of them outright.
Ensuring all waste is segregated correctly and that all items placed within the general waste bin belong there and not in your recycling bin.
Putting together an effective waste management plan that allows business owners to minimise their impact on the environment through safe and secure waste disposal.
Despite common misconceptions, general waste does not have to end up at landfill sites. For example, some products can be taken to a specialist recycling centre. Alternatively, general waste can be taken to an energy recovery facility.
Businesses are legally obligated to store and dispose of their general waste safely and securely. Failure to abide by these regulations could result in heavy fines or even a prison sentence.
Storing general waste is relatively straightforward due to the simple fact that the products are not typically hazardous and will not present a threat to those who come into contact with them. However, you should ensure that they are stored safely and securely, per your company’s waste management plan. At Divert, we have a wide range of General Waste bins available. This includes:
240L Wheelie Bins. (Holds 2-3 sacks of waste)
360L Wheelie Bins. (Holds 4-5 sacks of waste)
660L Wheelie Bins. (Holds 10 bags of waste)
1100L Wheelie Bins. (Holds 15-18 bags of waste).
At Divert, we’re passionate about providing our customers with the skills, knowledge and tools they need to manage all waste produced at their facility – including General Waste. To achieve this goal, we will:
Help you put together an effective waste management plan that places a particular emphasis on sustainability and recycling.
Provide you with quick and easy access to free bins, which can be used to store waste at your facility before collection.
Ensure that all of your waste is disposed of safely and securely, away from overcrowded landfil sites.
Arrange for your waste to be collected on a regular basis. We offer daily, weekly and even monthly collections – depending upon how much waste you produce. Our collection schedules are flexible, meaning that we can alter them as your business grows and develops.
If you have any more questions about our services or want to get started, please don’t hesitate to get in touch today.