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Guide To

Factory Waste Disposal

Factory Waste Guide

If you work in, run or own a factory, you’ll have seen for yourself the eye-watering amount of waste the industrial sector can create. From packaging to faulty products, drummed chemical waste to old machinery, you’ll know that waste can mount up from all corners of the factory floor, harming productivity and health and safety in the process.

But it isn’t until you look at the level of industrial waste nationwide that you see the true extent of the issue. For instance, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) found that annual industrial waste production stood at a staggering 24.2 million tonnes – the equivalent of around 600,000 six-axle lorries or 66 Empire State Buildings – and that only half of all waste is recycled.

Needless to say, industrial waste is a huge issue facing both industry and environment alike. But if you know how to dispose of it responsibly you can achieve optimal levels of productivity, protect the environment and comply with all waste disposal legislation.

Use our interactive guide below to ensure you appropriately dispose of or recycle your industrial waste at all times.

Alternatively if you would like help & advice with your factory waste, Envirocraft can help. We are specialists in all types of waste disposal services giving you complete peace of mind, contact our team to find out how our services can help your company today.

For nationwide waste management services get in touch for free on 0800 030 6014

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    Production Line

  • 1. Hard Plastics (Recycling):

    Hard plastics like polystyrene are recyclable. At Envirocraft’s waste management centre, we sort through your waste products to ensure nothing goes to landfill. See more about our waste clearance services here.

  • 2. Soft Plastics (General Waste/Specialist Recycling):

    Unfortunately, polyethylene such as plastic bags aren’t easy to recycle. This is because it can jam the recycling machines at waste management facilities, so you’ll need to dispose of soft plastic as general waste. However, dedicated soft plastic recycling channels can also be used, if you have the means.

  • 3. Cardboard Packaging (General Recycling):

    Cardboard and other paper-based products can be recycled through regular channels. But note, shredded paper isn’t accepted as a recyclable material and must be disposed of as general waste.

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    Loading Area

  • 1. Wooden Pallets (General Recycling):

    If your pallets break, you can recycle the wood. Remember to take your waste wood to a dedicated recycling centre, such as the one right here at Envirocraft. Contact us today for more information.

  • 2. Faulty Products:

    Quality control means you’ll have faulty products to dispose of, too. Carefully assess what the product is made of and try to recycle as much material as possible to cut costs and protect the environment. And here’s how Envirocraft can help: we ensure no waste goes to landfill - everything is recycled or reused. Check our commercial waste clearance services here.

  • 3. Metals (Specialist Recycling):

    Recycle any old or waste metals on your factory floor. You can either find a use for them in creating your products, or send them to a waste management centre. There your metals will be sorted and recycled appropriately.

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    Manager’s Office

  • 1. Files & Documents (Confidential Waste):

    Documentation is a crucial part of any workplace, but can become cumbersome in time. As your files contain confidential information, remember to dispose of them safely. Envirocraft offer a confidential waste disposal service to do exactly that - contact us today to find out more.

  • 2. Computers, Printers and Televisions (WEEE Recycling):

    You can’t throw your old computers or screens into the general waste. You must recycle all electrical items through the appropriate WEEE recycling channels. Here at Envirocraft, we offer a comprehensive WEEE recycling service for your old electrical equipment.

  • 3. Printer Toner (Recycling):

    When your printer runs out of toner, don’t simply throw your cartridge in the bin. These cartridges are in fact recyclable, but only 15% of cartridges throughout the country are currently recycled. Be sure to protect the environment and recycle your used toner cartridges.

  • 4. Food (General Waste):

    Food is considered general waste. You can dispose of it as you would any household item, but you could also compost it to save the waste from going to landfill.

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    Outdoor Area

  • 1. Chemicals (Hazardous Waste):

    Tankers and drummed waste is hazardous - you must dispose of it responsibly and comply with all relevant legislation. Envirocraft can safely transport your drummed waste to our dedicated facilities. Here, we’ll ensure the environment is protected at all times, and issue documentation to show you have appropriately disposed of your hazardous waste. You can book our services here.

  • 2. Old Machinery (Hazardous Waste/Specialist Recycling):

    Forklifts and other old machinery contain hazardous waste materials such as batteries, and so require hazardous waste disposal. Envirocraft offer professional hazardous waste disposal services at locations throughout the UK. The metal body is also recyclable.


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