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As the UK marches towards the goal of opening up after a long and difficult lockdown, we are finally rallying with optimism about life getting back to normal. While our businesses, industries, workplaces and workforces were pressure-tested to the extreme over the past 12 months, it’s a feeling of unity and hope that’s gathering momentum across the country.

As we saw at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, industries and workplaces needed to rapidly adjust to significant change. Drops in retail footfall, headcount in offices, changes in waste type and volume under existing contracts, the list goes on.

While we can be proud of the way we all adapted, did our part, hunkered down and pulled together, we are now facing another period of adjustment as we take the next steps on the pathway to normal. 

Our commitment to our client roster remains unwavering, the GPT team are here to assist our clients in returning to what the new normal looks like for them. As we are experiencing this shift we’ve compiled a list of our top tips to ensure your existing waste contracts are fit for purpose and ready for the welcome return of normality;

1) Is your current waste management agreement suitable for the changes that lay ahead in market conditions? We saw this issue on a large scale at the beginning of the pandemic. The huge shift in workforces and the changes brought about by a national lockdown meant many waste management contracts needed adjustment. Now, as we return to normality many contracts stand in need again of review

2) Does your current waste contract financially make sense? And more importantly, are you paying too much for the operation of your current waste contract? On average, our team has saved our clients 25 to 30% on costs by improving the efficiency of their waste streams. The last 12 months have decimated budgets and business profitability. We’re committed to helping our clients uncover savings and free up capital currently locked up in operational costs.   

3) Is there enough flexibility in your waste contract to support your business and not expose it to excess costs as you return to work? As we move into each phase of lockdown easing, firms are likely to require flexibility to manage costs and resources and they’ll face changing market conditions too. Rigid contracts are potentially, fiscally unsuitable and can hinder margins and profitability in this delicate time of recovery. 

Should any of the points above resonate with you then our team are well-placed to offer the right guidance, consultation and advice ensuring your waste management policies are robust, environmentally sound and as cost-efficient as possible. 



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