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The art of waste; Why mastering it will save your firm thousands

By 2021-02-26March 2nd, 2021No Comments

Waste is the unavoidable by-product of doing business. While the vast majority of us are making significant progress in reducing waste, there still will be, inevitably, waste to dispose of. But maybe there’s a trick, a skill or an art form that firms are using to reduce the significant cost of waste management and disposal?

Art and waste? Really?! Ok maybe it’s an unlikely matchup but we like to think there is an art to which the most waste-efficient firms have mastered. At GPT Waste Management we see the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to waste management processes. Below, we’d like to share some of the most common areas of waste cost inefficiency in UK firms today.

1. Let that which can be recycled, actually be recycled.

Sounds easy? But tell me, how many times have you looked at a piece of art and thought “I could do that!” In fact, when we conduct our free initial waste assessments, one of the leading areas of unnecessary cost comes from a failure to separate and prioritise elements of the overall waste that can be recycled. Our staff look through the entire production process and are able to pinpoint the areas, and the corrupt processes, that see recyclable products head to the landfill.

2. The right bins on site.

Conducting an audit on your firm’s waste output is essential in understanding where costs might be running into the tens of thousands unnecessarily. The extremely simple principle of having the correct bins on-site, in the right areas can significantly reduce waste disposal charges. Simple, like a minimalist art piece.

3. Wastage

How much are you paying for things you don’t really need? Herein lies the art of the audit! Our audits and waste management implementations net, on average, a saving of 25-30% on the annual cost of waste management. If that’s money you’d like back on your bottom line we are on hand to assist.

4. Masters of scale.

Over the past 5 years GPT Waste has moved over 50,000 tonnes of waste per year and we’ve overseen more than 2 million individual waste movements. As the largest and leading independent waste management provider in the UK, we’ve mastered the art of waste management. In short, we understand the fundamentals of efficiency and we implement these daily in organisations across the UK.

5. Cross-contamination.

An artist would never mix paints that don’t match. One of the biggest areas of significant waste costs stems from contamination, or simply mixing of waste. Food contamination is the leading culprit in the UK of waste contamination. It renders the waste ‘untouchable’ for many of the most cost-efficient streams of recycling and disposal. Simple, but yet effective measures put in place by our team can lead to a fundamental shift in the costs of disposing of waste.


As a leading independent provider of waste management, GPT Waste offers an independent and bespoke approach in an ever-changing market place, providing expert guidance, recommendations and documentation to ensure our clients are satisfied with our efficient and cost-effective approach.

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 our expert team about your waste management requirements, call 0844 854 5000 or email info@gptwaste.com.