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Business waste reduction

Every business generates waste. Whatever kind of waste you produce, it will cost you money to dispose of. By doing nothing, your costs will continue to rise as the cost of managing waste increases. Businesses of all sizes can benefit from cutting waste and it doesn't cost the earth.

Top 10 tips for saving money:

  • Talk to your waste contractor or your council about recycling collections

  • Set up separate used cooking oil collections, food waste collections, or look into composting

  • Recycle your old electricals for free via the 123 Recycle For Free service

  • Ask before giving customers bags, disposable cutlery, or paper serviettes

  • Stock loose items where possible and avoid over-packaged products

  • Ensure staff have reusable mugs and glasses, not disposable cups

  • Reuse incoming packaging and boxes for outgoing deliveries

  • Use rechargeable batteries and refillable printer cartridges

  • Provide ‘doggie bags’ for customers to take their uneaten food home

  • Always print double-sided

How did they do it?

Watch inspirational case studies from a shop, a cafe and a factory about how they reduced their waste, and how it has helped improve their bottom line:

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Free guide

For full information about regulations, how to save money and listings for free support, download our guide Reduce Waste, Save Money

Did you know...

London produces around seven million tonnes of commercial and industrial waste per year, which is nearly double the amount that households produce.

Did you know...

All businesses in north London can have electrical items collected for recycling for free. Simply call the 1, 2, 3 Recycle for Free hotline on 0800 085 1050 to arrange your free collection today.

Need more inspiration?

Read our case studies to see what other businesses did to reduce waste and save money.