How QCR has helped organisations reach their waste goals
21st May 2019
Every organisation that produces a high enough level of waste to warrant a commercial bin or more, ought to have a waste goal. If this is a new concept to you then here are some questions you should consider:
1. What waste are you putting in bins?
2. What is happening to this waste when it is collected?
3. How much are bin collections costing?
4. Are staff members spending too much time on waste handling?
5. Are bins taking up too much space in a particular area of the premises?
6. Are your green credentials as good as they can be?
7. Have you ever considered an alternative to bins?
Lots of questions but all important - some lead into others as well. You might only put general waste in your bins, in which case you have little choice but to use them. If you are using more than two though you could seek a cost saving solution, with a bin reducing general waste press.
If you are still in a scenario where everything is mixed together in bins like general waste, cardboard, plastic and anything else, then all seven of these questions need to be raised. To put it bluntly, if this scenario is happening then it needs to change. General waste and recyclables should not mix. It is not eco-friendly as you are likely to be sending re-usable materials to landfill and with more materials in bins, collections will be expensive.
Bin costs are constantly on the rise thanks to yearly increases in landfill tax and a worldwide determination to recycle as much as possible. QCR’s fixed term rentals and outright purchase options are not affected by this.
QCR has helped organisations to answer all questions. A free site survey is always a great starting point. One of our team will come along and make suggestions based on what waste you produce, where you put the waste, volume and cost.
How your company can hit its waste goals
Waste goals can be split into goals to help the business and goals to help the environment. Thankfully QCR make both happen at the same time and it is not hard to achieve.
Introducing recycling and/or waste reducing equipment to your organisation can make a huge difference. During the free site survey, it will become clear whether your organisation requires a baler for packaging materials such as cardboard and plastic, or a waste reducing machine such as a glass crusher, general waste press, can crusher or EPS compactor. Some organisations use more than one machine.
A QCR baler will divert all of your cardboard and plastic packaging from bins into the baler. Whole cardboard boxes can be placed straight into the baler chamber, they are crushed and when the baler is full the material is tied together and turned into a bale. This dense bale can then be stored and is ready for a recycling collection. The same applies to plastic. Our balers vary in size so they are perfect for any business that needs one.
Businesses are able to heavily reduce their bin quantities with no cardboard and plastic entering them. Some are even able to remove bins altogether if all they really produce is recyclable waste. You are also guaranteeing that up to 100% of waste is getting recycled if you ensure all cardboard and plastic enters the baler. A well-made bale will not break and is totally ready for recycling, whether that is in the UK or if being exported.
Compare this with loose recyclables in bins. These can overflow into different waste streams, they can fall out of a full bin and they can get lost in windy weather. Essentially you cannot rely on loose, binned waste to be fully recycled; despite the fact most organisations place these materials into recycling bins.
We want to change the mind-set of businesses, getting them to step away from using bins and instead use machinery which will tick those green credentials and save money. On top of this there are additional benefits…
Balers will save your organisation labour hours. You have probably seen staff members’ flat-packing cardboard and tearing large streams of plastic in order to fit as much into bins as possible. Also your bins may be a walk away from the key workspace. These minutes soon turn into hours and it proves a distraction for staff who are not doing the job they are paid to do.
A baler is flexible enough and small enough to be located wherever you want them to go. It makes sense to position it as close to the main working area as possible. Balers also handle whole materials so no flat-packing or tearing is required.
QCR has also helped to save space and create new areas that were otherwise occupied by bins. Freeing up car park spaces is a common occurrence as many businesses find there is no room to place voluminous bins anywhere else. Designated waste areas can also be turned into new seating areas when bins are removed.
One last benefit is QCR offer free equipment trials so you can try before you decide. Sound good? Get yourself a free site survey today and we will visit your organisation at your convenience.