How to recycle printer’s waste – the right way could cut costs for your print business

How to recycle printer’s waste – the right way could cut costs for your print business Did you know the UK is the fifth-largest print products manufacturer in the world? That also means we produce significant volumes of printer’s waste. Like any business, print companies are looking to reduce their costs. One key area they […]

Why is recycling IT equipment so important for your business?

Why is recycling IT equipment so important for your business?

 

Is your business committed to recycling IT equipment? It should be.

Did you know that 98% of your old PC can be recycled and re-used? Did you also know that your business mobile phone contains valuable metals which can be recovered?

As we all attempt to live more sustainably, it’s increasingly important that all businesses should be recycling IT equipment wherever possible.

 

Here are the 4 best reasons why recycling IT equipment is vital

 

  • Your business complies with strict WEEE waste rules

The disposal of old IT equipment is covered by the Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) legislation.

This WEEE waste must not be sent to landfill as it can contain such as PCBs, lead, mercury, and coolants which are potentially dangerous to people and the environment.

The regulations set our 14 different categories of WEEE waste. IT and telecommunication equipment form one of the categories.

This includes PCs, laptops, servers, mobile phones, tablets, calculators, printers, and routers.

Each WEEE waste category has its own rules for storage, dis-assembly, and disposal, and it must have the correct paperwork.

 

  • You reduce your landfill costs

Sending items to landfill is also expensive. You face landfill tax and gate fees. So, anything which reduces the overall volume of waste you send to landfill helps reduce your overall business costs.

 

  • Your business becomes more sustainable

Many customers now look at how eco-friendly businesses are before they decide to make a purchase.

Your business needs to operate in this environment and proves its credentials on sustainability.

Recycling your old IT equipment helps you do that

Some recycled equipment can also benefit charities here in the UK or projects in the developing world, showing your commitment to your community or supporting communities abroad.

 

  • You can protect your data

Recycling IT equipment also gives you the chance to ensure the data stored on hard drives is destroyed so that it cannot fall into the wrong hands and cause a data breach.

Simply deleting a file won’t mean someone cannot find it and retrieve it in the future. Shredding the drive, then mixing the metals with other shredded drives and sending that off for recycling is the best way to protect your business.

It also ensures your business is complying with the data protection rules in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Failure to do so can result in a substantial fine.

Make sure your waste and recycling company is like Venture Waste with…

  • Experienced, vetted staff
  • GPS-tracked vans for collections
  • Secure hard drive shredding facilities
  • Certificates of destruction 
  • Certificates to show the amount of IT waste recycled
  • Expert waste consultants

 

Can we help you? Call us on 0333 3600265 or arrange a call back Contact Us. See what services we offer for recycling IT equipment WEEE Collections.

Why it’s important not to let standards slip over confidential data disposal

Why it’s important not to let standards slip over confidential data disposal

Some days, we bring our A-game. Other days, we’re happy to let things slide a little…but that’s a terrible idea when it comes to your confidential data disposal.

One slip, like throwing out a document containing sensitive information without shredding it, could land your business with a massive headache and a large fine. For example, one London pharmacy was fined £275,000 after it left confidential waste in unlocked containers outside its site.

To avoid that, your confidential data disposal processes must be consistent, and your employees must adhere to them strictly.

 

What is confidential data?

This is data which contains any kind of confidential information which might identify someone – from names and addresses and email addresses to bank details, national insurance numbers, and personnel records.

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which governs the storage and processing of this data also includes IP addresses in this category.

 

What does GDPR say about confidential data disposal?

It says this data must be gathered in the correct way, stored securely, and processed and disposed of safely.

In other words, your business needs to have processes in place to ensure data is stored securely online and in physical documents.

A data controller must be appointed to oversee this.

If there is any data breach involving confidential data, this must be reported to the regulator within 72 hours. In the most serious cases, where there could be financial loss or risk to the people whose data was breached, they must also be informed directly by a business.

If the business’s processes fail, causing a serious breach, then it could face a fine of up to 4% of worldwide annual turnover, or two million euros. The fine limit for less serious breaches is 2% of worldwide annual turnover or ten million euros.

 

How should your business protect itself?

It needs robust cybersecurity to protect your computers and information held online in the cloud.

It also needs to ensure confidential documents and old hard drives are shredded to prevent data from falling into the wrong hands.

Outsourcing your confidential document shredding to a secure shredding company like Venture Waste makes so much sense.

Your staff are freed up to help customers, chase new business, and deliver your goods or services.

You get the peace of mind of shredding to the size of a dust particle, if necessary, by vetted workers at licensed facilities with 24-hour security.

You could also opt for on-site or mobile shredding at your premises, so your sensitive information doesn’t have to leave your site before the documents are destroyed.

Hard drive shredding means no clever hacker is going to be able to retrieve deleted files.

Your business is issued with certificates of destruction for every load which you can show to any regulator like the Information Commissioner as proof of its responsible attitude to confidential data disposal.

The paper and metals produced by the shredding are mixed with other loads and recycled, making your business more sustainable.

How would the UK government’s planned resources and waste strategy affect your business?

How would the UK government’s planned resources and waste strategy affect your business?

The UK government has ambitious plans to change the way England deals with business waste, moving towards a circular economy.

Its proposed Resources and Waste Strategy for England aims to bring the country into line with what’s already been happening in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

If this strategy is implemented, businesses and households will need to reduce the amount of resources used, recycle more, and re-use them wherever possible. The amount of business waste must be reduced, and innovative, creative methods need to be employed to achieve that.

Alongside that, there is the principle that the ‘polluter pays’. In other words, manufacturers and producers will bear more of the burden for dealing with waste they create.

The strategy also puts forward legal and financial incentives for businesses to do the right thing, and it says there will be better information about waste reduction and better recycling infrastructure.

 

What are the aims of the government’s strategy?

The government’s proposed strategy aims to eliminate avoidable waste by 2050 and work towards a doubling of productivity when using resources. 

It looks at eight areas:

  • How resources are managed and recovered
  • Changing consumer behaviour
  • Dealing with waste crime
  • Cutting out food waste
  • Making production sustainable
  • Promoting research and innovation
  • Measuring progress
  • What Britain’s role will be globally

 

 

What will you need to do about your business waste?

The proposed strategy is out for consultation. If the plan is adopted, you will need to review your business’s current waste and recycling arrangements to see if they match the strategy.

Simply having general business waste collections won’t be enough to comply with it. As a minimum requirement, you’ll need to make sure you have a food waste recycling service and a dry mixed recycling service in place.

You’ll also need to separate difficult to recycle waste from the other recycling so that loads are not spoiled by it.

The drinks industry would see a deposit return scheme for containers of drinks on the go such as bottled water and coffee. The government says its studies have shown this could boost recycling rates in this sector by 20%.

For retailers, this means looking at how you would deal with deposits in till operations. For manufacturers, there are the issues of storing returned bottles and cups and processing them.

The strategy aims to increase the packaging waste recycling rate to 70% by making packaging producers financially responsible for dealing with it, giving local authorities a useful new source of funding.

Businesses would also be encouraged to ensure their plastics were recyclable thanks to a tax on plastic packaging which is composed of less than 30% recyclable materials, the strategy says.

 

Will your business need help to get ready for the new plans? Call our experienced business waste consultants on 0333 3600265

Off-site shredding v secure mobile shredding – how does my business choose?

 

When your business decides it needs to destroy its confidential waste, there is something important you need to weigh up – off-site shredding v secure mobile shredding.

Your business must comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and ensure the data you hold about your clients and suppliers is treated responsibly.

What’s the best way to ensure your shredding regime achieves that goal?

Here’s our guide to off-site shredding v secure mobile shredding…

 

What is secure mobile shredding?

 

Often called on-site shredding, this is when a shredding company brings its van to your premises.

The van contains a mobile shredder and your documents are destroyed at your site.

You are issued with an immediate certificate of destruction and we take the shredded material away for recycling.

To ensure we can do our work securely, you’ll need a place at your site which cannot be accessed by the public. 

 

Why choose it?

 

Your sensitive documents don’t have to leave your site before they are destroyed, giving you peace of mind that the information included in them cannot be accessed and the data protection rules breached.

You can even watch them being shredded.

This is therefore a good fit for accountants, financial advisors, banks, law firms, dental practices, GP surgeries, opticians, and care providers.

An industrial-sized shredder is used which shreds thousands of document pages in minutes, a far quicker option than getting a member of staff to feed an office shredder by hand.

 

What is off-site shredding?

 

Your confidential waste is sent in GPS-tracked vans to secure facilities where vetted staff destroy it.

You are then sent a certificate of destruction and your waste is recycled.

The premises used for shredding are licensed and have 24-hour security. The staff used to transport your waste are vetted too.

 

Why choose it?

 

If you don’t produce sensitive waste such as medical records or accounts, this could well be the best fit for your company.

Many businesses find this is a cost-effective option for them as it helps you comply with GDPR and frees up your staff to do other things. Think about how effective your business could be if you had more staff chasing new business or dealing with customer enquiries.

Some businesses also don’t have secure areas where secure mobile vans could carry out shredding, particularly those which are home-based or micro-businesses.

 

Need help with the off-site shredding v secure mobile shredding decision?

 

Our experienced waste consultants are happy to advise you on the best fit for your business.

Call us on 0333 3600265

It makes sense for your business to shred everything – and here’s why…

Want to save your business time and money? It’s time to shred everything…

The days of separating your confidential waste should now be over.

The benefits of taking the decision to shred everything are obvious and here are the three main reasons you should do it… 

 

1. Your staff won’t have to spend hours separating out confidential documents

Forget sorting through bags of documents. Your staff have better things to do! 

Their time is your money.

They could be chasing new business, dealing with your clients, or getting your vital administrative work done such as preparing your books.

It also means they won’t have the burden of deciding what is and isn’t confidential information. 

The risk of human error is reduced.

If all your documents are going for shredding, you can rest easy knowing that all your data is protected.

While you are waiting for them to be shredded, you can store them in lockable cabinets for extra security.

 

2. You’ll keep your business reputation safe and comply with GDPR

Many data breaches begin with information on a discarded document. 

There is also the threat of someone retrieving deleted information from old hard drives or removable media such as USBs or SIM cards.

When businesses suffer a data breach, there is an inevitable loss of trust which goes alongside that.

Your brand’s reputation could take a major hit if your business is at the centre of a breach involving customers’ bank or card details.

Of course, there are also financial consequences – not least the prospect of a substantial fine under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The upper limit for serious breaches is 4% of annual turnover or twenty million euros.

Customers and suppliers who suffer a financial loss because of a breach may also decide to take action against you to recoup those funds, too.

Shredding these documents and hard drives allows you to avoid this threat. You also receive a certificate of destruction which proves your business acted responsibly.

 

 3. You’ll make your business more sustainable

When you send documents for shredding, the waste is mixed with other paper waste, then recycled.

When hard drives are destroyed, the shredded metal is also mixed with other shredded metal waste and sent for reclamation and recycling.

Your business receives notification of how much was recycled from your waste, helping you prove your business is sustainable and helping all of us in the UK reach our recycling targets.

How can you choose the right shredding company?

Look for a business just like Venture Waste with…

  • Vetted and experienced workers
  • Shredding facilities with 24-hour security
  • GPS-tracked vans
  • Certificates of destruction
  • Expert waste consultants
  • Excellent recycling rates

Will your business take the decision to shred everything?

If you need advice on how to implement this policy, send us a message and we will get someone to give you a call.

Take a look at our shredding services here

 

The 10 facts about food waste every business owner needs to know

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Does your business produce food waste? 

It’s one of the areas which is now most scrutinised by the government and the public, with large-scale efforts over the past few years to reduce the amount of food waste the UK produces.

Farms, growers, food manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, and hospitality businesses all need to look at their surplus food and waste figures.

As we strive to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and increase recycling or re-using of waste, businesses must become more sustainable and look for innovative solutions.

Here are our top 10 facts about businesses and food waste

1.  The UK government plans to introduce a requirement for waste businesses to report annually on food surpluses, and its proposed resources and waste strategy says businesses should participate in initiatives to reduce avoidable food surpluses.

2. The UK food industry wastes 1.9 million tonnes of food waste every year, the waste campaign WRAP says. This ranges from farmers and growers to restaurants, wholesalers, manufacturers, retailers, and food service companies.

3. 250,000 tonnes of the wasted food are still edible – that’s 650 million meals. This surplus food is often thrown out because of a short shelf-life, labelling errors, or over-production. This happens at every stage of the process from farm to table. In retail alone, up to 110,000 tonnes is still edible. The UK government’s waste hierarchy says people and livestock must be fed with it before it is used for composting or energy generation. Disposal must be the last resort.

4. A total of 9.5 million tonnes of food waste was generated by UK households and businesses in 2018, with a value of more than £19 billion. That waste is associated with 25 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.

5. Surprisingly, 40% of food waste in the hospitality industry is in the form of carbohydrates – 21% of that is from potatoes, 12% is bread, and 7% is pasta. All those bread rolls on the table and bowls of chips?

6. Between 2007 and 2018, the UK saw food waste after the farm gate reduced by 15%. This follows several large-scale initiatives to prevent this waste.

7. Food manufacturers reduced their food waste by 350,000 tonnes between 2011 and 2018, that’s a drop of 21%. Retail food waste dropped by 5% over the same period.

8. Businesses increased the supply of surplus food to charities between 2015 and 2018. Charitable food redistribution increased by 180%. That equates to 21,000 tonnes or 50 million extra meals.

9. Sending food waste to landfill is an expensive way of dealing with it as landfill taxes are around £89 per tonne and you’d also have to pay gate fees. It also creates the build-up of gases such as methane in landfill sites which can be dangerous.

10. Food waste could be generating energy instead. Anaerobic digesters can turn it into green energy, as bacteria break down the organic matter without oxygen and generate a biogas which is trapped and used to generate heat or power.

 

Does your business need advice on handling its food waste send us a message and we will get you a quote sent out.

Is your business disposing of hazardous waste in the UK? Here’s what you need to know…

disposing of hazardous waste

If your business is disposing of hazardous waste in the UK, you must comply with strict regulations or face a substantial fine.

So, it’s time to consider tapping into the experience of expert waste consultants who work regularly in this field.

Before you consider disposing of hazardous waste, you must understand the composition of your waste and its classification.

How to identify hazardous waste

Waste is hazardous if it is a threat to the health of humans or to the environment.

Your business has a duty of care to the public, your staff, and the environment. You must avoid allowing it to harm anyone or cause pollution.

Hazardous waste includes…

  • chemicals, including brake fluid or print toner
  • asbestos
  • solvents
  • batteries
  • non-edible oils
  • pesticides
  • equipment like fridges and freezers containing ozone depleting substances

It must be stored separately to non-hazardous waste.

How should it be classified?

Hazardous waste must be described and classified to ensure it is stored correctly, moved in the right way, and sent to the correct facility for disposal.

Each class of waste has a classification code, helping waste management and disposal businesses to stay within the law when they transport it or process it.

So, you must note the names of the substances contained in it, how it was produced, and where it originated.

What else do you need for haz waste disposal in the UK?

You’ll need a correctly filled-in consignment note so that your waste carrier will be able to move it and take it to the processing plant.

There is different paperwork for waste destined for export, and for waste which has been imported.

If you’re a building contractor, you will also need a consignment note for asbestos removed from a residential property.

Then, you’ll need to use a licensed, reputable company to transport and dispose of the waste.

There are different certifications for different types of waste, so make sure you ask to see those which are relevant to your waste.

Ensure they are using a licensed facility as your business remains responsible for disposing of the hazardous waste correctly even after it leaves your site.

If you fail to do this and waste is dumped or handled improperly, you could face a large fine and substantial clear-up costs.

Don’t attempt to handle this kind of waste yourself.

It’s not worth the risk to your health or to your business.

 

Do you need help disposing of hazardous waste in the UK? Contact us today and we will be able to give you a quote.