How small businesses are setting the recycling trend for large corporations

21st Jun 2019

Here at QCR we rent and sell machines to all manner of businesses. We often get asked what sectors we target but for us the answer is everyone. Any business however small or large can benefit from QCR’s recycling and waste reducing equipment.

Whilst we have a customer list consisting of both independent small businesses and large corporations, it is the small businesses that set the recycling trend for the corporations.

The answer is not set in stone as to why this is but our equipment is designed to save businesses money, therefore those with a turnover lower than that of a corporation are likely to want to save money across the company. A large business may not prioritise saving money on waste on the same level as a small one.

Waste is an area where substantial savings can be made, especially if volumes are high and there are recyclable materials like cardboard and plastic involved. The most expensive waste management systems will involve waste containers like bins and skips. This is because the collection costs are so high. Once a year, Landfill Tax increases get passed to the customers from bin companies. Bins and skips are very poor for segregating waste as well so the added labour costs to segregate the materials back at the waste management depot also get passed back to the customer.

Renting a baler allows businesses to reduce the quantity of bins or skips, which then saves on these expensive collection costs. You can rent a recycling baler from QCR from as little as £15 per week – when you think the average cost of a single recycling bin lift is £10, the savings are obvious when there is more than one bin. A skip will cost far more than £10 per lift as well, due to the sheer volume of waste they can hold.

There are of course big national companies that have switched on to the idea of using balers instead of bins for recycling. One of the UK’s largest pub chains recently came on board with QCR and a H3 cardboard baler is being rolled out across nearly 300 pubs. This company is taking control of its green credentials with up to 100% of cardboard being baled and recycled. Loose cardboard is no longer overflowing into other waste streams or costing the group thousands of pounds per year in collection costs.

Walk round a retail park however, and you will find many national corporations only using bins and skips for their waste. Do they make so much money that waste isn’t an issue to them? Or are they just not aware of the downfalls of bins and the positives of balers? We cannot know for sure. What we do know is small businesses are regularly switching to QCR and lowering their bin quantities in order to save themselves money on waste.

Pubs, restaurants, garden centres, suppliers, food producers, retailers, manufacturers, leisure centres, football stadiums, recyclers and holiday parks are just some of the business sectors that use QCR balers. The majority of these consist of single sites or a business with one or two locations. Many of these have space constraints – pubs, bars, restaurants and hotels in particular. Waste areas at these venues are often cramped in an unattractive outdoor yard that can sometimes be on public display. Small businesses need to be wary that if they have a waste area full of mess on public display that they could be judged by customers whereas the more established corporations won’t attract as much attention in this regard.

As QCR balers handle all cardboard boxes, you will know longer find you have waste containers overflowing into other waste streams and on to the floor. The baler could also be placed inside due to the small footprint of these machines. A whole area could therefore be emptied or turned into something more useful like a staff sitting area.

Balers can also be located closer to the source of waste than bins. Many of our balers get placed next to the kitchen area in restaurants and hotels to prevent monotonous walks outside to the bins – over time this will save crucial labour hours.

The general need to save money, space and time across a small business is likely to be the main reason why they are setting the trend for larger corporations. With regular worldwide reporting on the need to be greener to help our planet, all our larger corporations have a degree of responsibility to recycle efficiently. We’re hoping in the not too distant future we’ll see recycling machines everywhere.

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