Total Waste Produced Across UK Industries

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Waste management is of utmost importance in any sector, but at times entrepreneurs fail to consider its importance when setting up their own business operations. In conjunction with Reconomy, who specialists of waste management, we take a closer look at how different businesses operating in different industries go about disposing their waste. We also take a look at the cost implications, taking into to account the UK as a whole. 

Success in any business requires a targeted focus on the core business activity which subsequently generates the profits, while peripheral operational costs should be minimised. Effective management of waste makes for one way to reduce unnecessary costs, with the implications thereof entailing working with a waste management company that will endeavour to create a much more reliable, bespoke waste collection-routine which better meets the needs of your business –this of course after drawing up a profile of your business to calculate the amount of waste your company generates. 

How much waste was produced by different industries in the UK this year? 

- Commercial waste: 15 million tons 

- Industrial waste: 13 million tons 

- Construction, demolition and excavation: 121 million tons (over 60% of the UK’s total waste) 

Mining, agriculture, forestry and fishing: 27 million tons  

About 202.8 million tons of waste in total was produced this past year, making for an increase of 4.6% from the previous decade. 

A breakdown of the waste produced by sector (including food waste) as well as how this is costing them as an industry in the UK reveals the following: 

The Restaurant And Pub Sector 

Approximately 925,000 tons of waste is produced each year by the UK’s food industry, including 199,100 tons of food waste alone, while the pub industry produces waste which amounts to 873,000 tons per year, of which 173,000 tons is food waste. 

Annual food waste management costs in these sectors amounts to £3,500 per ton. 

The Hotel Sector 

The hotel sector has an annual expenditure of £318 million on food waste, which amounts to 79,000 of the 289,000 tons of the total waste produced. 

The Healthcare Sector 

About 121,000 out of the 170,300-ton total is waste produced by the health sector from food, costing £230 million to manage annually. 7% of all this waste is recycled. 

Tackling Food Waste 

Businesses could reduce their waste through better management of their core business operations contributing to food waste, such as scaling down restaurant menu sizes in line with customer consumption volumes, reducing the sizes of portions, stocking food only as required, as well as donating unconsumed food to charities and shelters. 

Government Action 

The British government aims to become a zero-waste economy. Consequently, it has issued responsibilities to businesses to keep their waste to a minimum, sort their waste and store it properly, and complete waste-transfer notes when the waste leaves the premises. 

If you’re looking to hire a skip, only certified waste carriers should be made use of if you ever and they are then to be reported to Crimestoppers should they be disposing of your collected waste illegally and in a way that carries the potential to damage the environment. 

Work To Waylay The Waste

Naturally, waste will still exist in all industries. The aim however is simply to deploy all resources possible to ensure we get full value out of all the products we consume.

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