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Waste Streams

Between Waste Cost Reduction Services (WCRS) and our sister company Windsor Waste Management we deal with any waste anywhere in the country. The most common waste streams and technologies we deal with are outlined below:

Covid-19 Waste *NEW

In light of the Covid-19 situation WCRS has seen a demand for a fool proof approach to managing PPE waste, where PPE waste is handled and treated as clinical waste, giving peace of mind and confidence that potentially contaminated waste is dealt with in the safest and most secure manner. PPE waste generally consists of disposal face masks, gloves, aprons and cleaning materials such as tissues and wipes from a potentially infected area. For further information on managing Covid-19 waste and for details on our Premium PPE waste service, click here.

Mixed recycling

Mixed recyclables include paper, cardboard, soft plastics (bottles, containers and packaging), drinks cans and cartons, and coffee cups. WCRS sends these materials to materials recycling facilities that use a combination of manual and automated sorting technology to separate the recyclables into different waste streams. The materials are then baled and sent on to reprocessors to re-enter the manufacturing process.

Single stream recycling

Where customers generate significant quantities of particular recyclable materials such as cardboard and plastic packaging, the most cost effective and efficient way to recycle these is often by separating them on-site. We can provide labour support on customers’ sites to facilitate this. Single stream materials are then baled and are sent to reprocessors to re-enter the manufacturing process. Read about our recycling trading division through which we can sell your recyclables and return you a rebate.

Food waste

Food waste is biodegradable and when deposited in landfill creates methane, an extremely powerful greenhouse gas with 25 times the global warming effects of carbon dioxide. Food waste is also a valuable form of energy and if separated can be sent to alternative technologies to capture this. WCRS works with over 50 anaerobic digestion (AD) plants and composting facilities that generate compost used to fertilise farm land and in the case of AD plants, also generate energy.

Confidential waste

WCRS provides safe and secure data destruction for our customers. This includes on-site and off-site shredding with the shredded materials being recycled and sent to paper mills and other manufacturing operations.

*NEW Ship2Shred – Shredding Solution for Home Workers

With more of the UK workforce adopting remote working practices in light of the Covid-19 crisis, it’s essential that businesses ensure any confidential waste generated at home is dealt with responsibly. Ship2Shred offers a simple, safe and cost effective solution for managing your homeworker’s confidential documents. Click here for further information.

General waste

Even if customers recycle as much as possible, there are always materials that can’t be recycled. These might include dirty food packaging, crisp bags and sweet wrappers, tissues, polystyrene and floor sweepings. These materials can be sent to Mechanical Biological Treatment Facilities or Materials Recycling Facilities to extract any recyclables that haven’t been captured separately. Remaining materials can then be sent to an incinerator or gasification plant to generate energy from waste. Alternatively, these materials are sent to landfill but we aim to provide zero waste to landfill solutions to as many of our customers as possible.

Hazardous waste

WCRS works with over 40 hazardous waste service providers across the UK. We provide a full service including identifying, packing, labelling, transporting and disposing of all types of hazardous waste. We identify the most environmentally compliant and cost effective route for all hazardous waste, aiming to recycle, recover, treat or reuse wherever possible. Where this is not feasible, we dispose of hazardous waste in designated hazardous waste landfill sites.

Waste electrical and electronic equipment

WCRS provides solutions for all types of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) including computers and IT equipment, large appliances, small appliances and mobile phones. Where safe, secure and viable, we aim to send these for repair and reuse but where this isn’t possible, WEEE is recycled at specialist treatment facilities. Recognising the negative impacts and publicity around WEEE exported abroad, WCRS ensures that all of our customers’ WEEE remains in the UK.

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