Whether you’re running a small cafe or a large construction site, choosing the right commercial bin can make all the difference in keeping your premises clean, organised, and smelling fresh as a daisy.

In this complete guide to commercial bins, we’ll explore everything a business needs to consider when weighing up their options — from the different types available to assessing if you actually need one in the first place.

What are commercial bins?

Commercial waste bins are large containers that are specifically designed for businesses and other commercial establishments to dispose of their waste materials. They come in a variety of sizes and shapes to accommodate the specific waste disposal needs of different types of businesses. Whether it’s for a small office or a large factory, commercial waste bins are a convenient and practical solution for keeping the premises clean and tidy, while also ensuring proper waste management and disposal.

Commercial Bins vs Standard Domestic Bins

You might be wondering why your business might need a commercial bin as opposed to your standard domestic bin. Well, a commercial bin is different from a standard domestic wheelie bin in several ways. Firstly, commercial bins are typically much larger in size compared to wheelie bins, allowing for the storage of larger volumes of waste.

Secondly, commercial bins are designed to be more robust and durable, as they are meant to be used by businesses and commercial establishments which generate higher volumes of waste and require more frequent collection. Commercial bins also often come with different features and options, such as lockable lids, wheels for ease of movement, and different types of liners or bags to accommodate different waste streams.

On the other hand, wheelie bins are typically smaller and are meant for residential use, where the waste generated is less in volume and less frequent in nature. So, while wheelie bins are a convenient option for households, commercial bins offer a more practical and efficient solution for businesses and commercial establishments.

What businesses might need a commercial bin?

A wide range of businesses and commercial establishments can benefit from using commercial bins. For example, restaurants, cafes, and food trucks generate a lot of food waste and need a large bin to not only dispose of it properly but to ensure frequent pickups to avoid issues such as rat infestation.

Retail stores, offices, and other businesses that produce a lot of paper waste can also benefit from using a commercial bin by reducing costs by disposing of waste in one go, while also improving hygiene.

Construction sites and manufacturing facilities also generate a significant amount of trade waste, including scrap metal, broken materials, and other debris, and need large bins to manage it efficiently. So, no matter what kind of business you run, if you generate a lot of waste and want a convenient, efficient, and eco-friendly way to manage it, a commercial bin might be just what you need.

Different businesses may require different types of bins based on their specific waste disposal needs and the type of waste they generate. In the UK, there are several types of commercial bins available, including:

Front-end load bins: Rectangular bins with a hinged door at the front for easy waste disposal. They come in a range of sizes and are ideal for businesses that generate a large volume of waste.

Roll-on/roll-off bins: Large containers that can be easily loaded onto a truck using a hydraulic arm. They are typically used by businesses and commercial establishments that generate a high volume of waste and require frequent collections.

Skip bins: Skips are open-topped containers that are typically used for construction and demolition waste, as well as for household waste during a renovation or clear-out.

Compactors: These are large, heavy-duty containers that use hydraulic pressure to compact waste, reducing its volume and making it easier to transport. They are typically used by businesses that generate a large volume of compactible waste, such as packaging or paper.

Recycling bins: Specialised bins designed for the collection and segregation of recyclable materials, such as paper, glass, and plastic. They are used by businesses and commercial establishments that want to promote recycling and reduce their carbon footprint.

How to decide on a commercial bin size

When it comes to deciding on the right size for your commercial bin, there are a few factors to consider. Firstly, think about the volume of waste your business generates on a daily basis. This will give you an idea of how big the bin needs to be in order to accommodate your commercial waste disposal needs. Keep in mind that having a bin that is too small will result in more frequent collections, which can be costly and disruptive to your business operations. On the other hand, having a bin that is too big can result in overpaying for a service you actually don’t necessarily need.

Another important factor to consider is the type of waste your business generates. Different waste streams have different densities, and some types of waste, such as paper or cardboard, can be compressed to take up less space. A small retail store that generates a lot of paper waste may need a smaller bin than a large restaurant that generates a lot of food waste.

Also, consider the physical space you have available to store the bin. Make sure that you have enough room to store the bin safely and access it easily for waste disposal. You should also take into account any restrictions that may be in place, such as height limitations or access restrictions, and make sure that the bin you choose will fit within these constraints.

Finally, think about your budget. The cost of the bin and the collection service can vary greatly depending on the size of the bin and the frequency of collection, so it’s important to choose a bin that fits your budget and requirements.

Commercial waste services in Bristol, Bath & the South West

ETM Recycling is an industry-leading provider of commercial waste services. From waste management to timely and efficient collections, processing, and disposal, we deliver the full spectrum of waste services to businesses in Bristol and the South West. Our bespoke service is tailored to the needs of your organisation, and we are able to accommodate a range of waste requirements and timescales. Whatever your sector, type of material, or rate of production, we have all the capabilities and expertise necessary to provide your total commercial waste solution. For guidance specific to your business and its waste output, get in touch with our friendly team.