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On the cusp of the UK’s grand reopening, it’s easy to look forward and ‘hope’ ourselves back to normal. But let’s not waste the pandemic and the crucial lessons that lay within it for the business we operate.We’ve all been forced to take a deep, long hard look at our balance sheets over the past year and a half. The pandemic was a crisis that jolted all sectors, industries and workforces. Businesses retreated and defaulted to survival mode.

We had to ask ourselves; what’s essential or critical? Where are we burning cash and where are we wasting money? Therein lies the hidden gift of the pandemic, an opportunity to stop, rethink and re-evaluate the way we do business and discover where waste lies within our firms.

Re-visit contracts

There’s a fair chance that your business has changed significantly during the course of the pandemic. But did long-standing waste management contacts change in line with this?
Now is the time to question and re-evaluate the needs of your business and ensure that any waste management contracts are agile, fit for purpose and reflect the current business activity for now and what your business will look like in the near future.

Understand what is waste

Waste isn’t just bins and skips. Waste is everything from overordering, out-of-date and surplus stock, delivery packaging, ineffective contracts, rent on unused or misused square feet, incorrect equipment, inefficient sorting, separation or processing of waste. Waste is not just what goes in a bin, it’s anything, that goes to, well waste. Waste is a bigger picture and the pandemic put the spotlight on just how much of it lays in various parts of the average company balance sheet.
We shouldn’t waste a crisis and we should absolutely cherish the lessons from the pandemic. Understanding waste and where it lays in our businesses and how much it costs to manage is a crucial step in building a robust business ready for recovery. During the course of the pandemic, we saved our clients on average, between 20-30% on their waste management costs. If that’s the type of efficiency and saving you’d like to take forward into the next phase of recovery then contact our team.

GPT Waste offers a strategic review of your waste management requirements in order to identify environmental and cost benefits. Our approach has made us the UK’s leading independent waste management company. To speak to our expert team about your waste management requirements, call 0844 854 5000 or email