Hints & Tips
The 5 big things you need to know about commercial waste!
“What kind of service is the best for my business?”
The key things to bear in mind when organizing your commercial waste contract are:
- Will my waste be collected at a time that suits my business (will I be expected to come in early to get bins out? Will my waste be collected often enough so I don’t have overflowing bins?)
- Can I keep rubbish out of sight and out of mind? (Can I organize extra collections if needed – will I get the size of bin I want to keep everything unobtrusive)
- How much will it cost?
If you can find a waste company that answers all 3 questions the way you want them answered then you have the right kind of company.
“How do I save the most money?”
Typically, the best way to save money is to have as much waste as possible collected as infrequently as possible. It’s much cheaper for us to empty a big bin once a week that to empty a small bin 5 times a week. To take advantage of this fact you need a fairly big back yard to put your waste in.
Another fact to bear in mind (especially if your business is a little bit out of the way) is that bin lorries drink petrol very thirstily. It’s comparatively expensive for a waste company to come out of their way to empty your bin, whereas if they’re passing your door anyway then their service is much cheaper. If you are flexible about the days your waste is collected on then you might be able to save a bit of money.
The best way to save money, though, is to throw away as little as possible. The less waste you generate the less often we’ll have to call to empty your bins and that will save you cash. Try to reduce waste as much as possible go to www.wrap.org.uk for advice.
“Which bins do I need?”
We’ll be very happy to talk this through with you, but the following questions are the ones that really count:
- How much waste do you generate per day or week?
- How big a space have you got for your bin?
- Do you need to keep your bins secure? You might produce confidential or hazardous waste; you might not want other people or businesses using your bins; you might be worried about rodents or other pests.
- What’s the access like at my business? Is there a locked gate that needs opening? Are your bins behind your business on a poorly-kept road? These kinds of questions might determine the kind of bin that you need
Because Tom White Waste collect “co-mingled” (mixed) waste, you don’t need separate bins for recyclable and non-recyclable materials. Everything can go in together and we’ll sort it out for you at our end.
“How do I change supplier?”
Lots of commercial waste companies do their best to lock you in to a long term contract without you noticing it. They know that you don’t think about waste all that often and you might not read the small print in detail. It’s not unusual to have to give 90 days notice if you wish to change contractor. It’s also not unusual to be asked to sign some paperwork that, unbeknownst to you, automatically renews your contract for another 12 months.
The first thing to do, then, is to check your paperwork to see when your current contract expires and how much notice you need to give. Then make sure that you send in your notice in writing to your current contractor in good time.
Whatever you do, don’t just cancel your direct debit – chances are that your current supplier will keep on invoicing you without collecting your bins and you will have to pay twice.
“Why should I care about recycling my commercial waste?”
There are two reasons to care about recycling.
Number one: we all know that it’s the right thing to do ethically.
Number two: your current and potential customers may well be more inclined to do business with you if you have good green credentials. We’ve all seen how businesses love to promote their environmental policies (people like Marks and Spencer or Coca-Cola will take out full page ads just to let people know about a change to their green policy). You can benefit by shouting about what a good, green business you are.