When it comes to business waste management, choosing the right company to work with is vital. Not only it is integral to the efficiency of your processes and your Corporate Social Responsibility, but it is also a legal requirement. Your Duty of Care states that you must make sure your waste is being dealt with in an ethical way, and only entrust your waste to a legal waste carrier. But with countless options on the market, how do you choose the best option for your business?

ETM Recycling is a leading waste management, recycling, and skip hire company established in 2010. Since our inception, we’ve been committed to helping local businesses develop their waste management procedures and boost their environmental responsibility.

In this blog, we outline some key factors to consider when choosing a waste management provider.

What Does a Waste Management Company Do?

Waste management companies collect, transfer, and dispose of all commercial waste produced by organisations and provide vital data to help improve their processes. A key part of their service is to work with businesses to develop effective waste management plans and formulate methods for reducing overall output where possible. A good waste management company might also offer additional services such as grab hire, skip hire, tipping, and even sell on recycled building materials. As a result, they are able to provide comprehensive waste solutions, tailored to individual business requirements.

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Importance of Finding the Right Waste Management Company

A waste management company is an essential partner for any business. Making the wrong choice and working with an unreliable company who can’t collect and dispose of your waste effectively can have severe implications for health and safety, brand reputation, and consumer loyalty. Not only that, but it’s also a legal requirement for businesses to choose a responsible, legally registered waste carrier. This is not a decision to get wrong.

The right choice will have a significant positive impact on many different aspects of your business. Not only will you save money on landfill tax and help preserve natural resources, but you will also boost your reputation with consumers and clients who are increasingly looking for eco-friendly values.

With the help of a committed, responsible waste management company, businesses can streamline their operations and develop better, more sustainable methods for managing unavoidable waste. That’s why the right company is crucial when it comes to upholding corporate environmental commitments.

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What To Look for When Choosing a Waste Management Company


As we’ve mentioned, it’s a legal requirement for you to entrust your waste to a legally registered waste carrier who will dispose of your waste responsibly. In addition to this, there are a wide range of accreditations and certificates waste management companies can gain to demonstrate their superior level of service.

ETM Recycling are fully certified by SGS and UKAS to ISO 14001:2015, the Environmental Management Systems Standard, and verified by EXOR, the SSIP accredited contractor competence assessment scheme. In addition to this, we’re SafeContractor approved and have gained the SSIP certificate, demonstrating our commitment to upholding best practices when it comes to health and safety. Finally, we’re fully registered with the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme. That means you can rest easy in the knowledge that our fleet of vehicles exceed safety, efficiency, and environmental standards.

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Type of Waste

Think through what services you need from your waste management company; the type of waste you produce is likely to be a key determinant. If you produce large volumes of metal waste, for example, you’ll want to look for waste management companies who specialise in scrap metal recycling and offer rebates as part of the service.


Does the company in question have all the equipment and facilities necessary to deal with your waste effectively? The waste industry is always on the move, so it’s important to make sure your prospective waste carrier is working with the latest technology and processes, and has the capacity to provide you with an efficient, streamlined service.

Our £4 million, state of the art Materials Recovering Facility (MRF) means we’re working at the forefront of the recycling industry. Processing 150,000 tonnes of construction and commercial waste per year, our zero waste to landfill plant ensures we can consistently meet and exceed our clients’ expectations.

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Price is likely to be one of the first things you consider when searching for a waste management company. Be wary of opting for the cheapest option without interrogating the quality and breadth of their services. We’ve already outlined how integral a good waste management company can become to your business’ processes and reputation. Remember, a waste management company is no longer good value for money if it’s letting your business down.

But whilst price isn’t king, it’s still incredibly important for businesses watching their bottom lines. So, shop around, get some quotes from different companies to compare, and make sure you choose a company that is able to balance a fair price with premium levels of client care.

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Everyone can say they’re good, but not everyone can back it up. Use reviews and word of mouth to ensure the company you work with has a reputation for excellence and reliability. It’s also worth checking out previous clients and case studies to make sure the company has experience providing waste management solutions of the type and scale you require.


A good waste management company will be able to supply you with data about your business’ production of different types of waste and your rate of recycling. This data can provide valuable insights, helping your business identify trends and develop strategies for targeted improvement. For that reason, it can be an integral part of successful waste management.

At ETM Recycling, we use a weighbridge system to track all materials that enter the MRF, allowing us to provide our clients with full waste records and recycling reports. These reports can be as simple or as detailed as required, and can be supplied in spreadsheet form to allow businesses to present and interpret the data in their own way.

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As a business, reducing the impact of your activities on the environment is central to your Corporate Social Responsibility. For that reason, it’s important to consider sustainability when looking for a waste management company, and ensure you choose someone who delivers on their commitments.

ETM Recycling was established with the environment in mind. Our goal is to help businesses across the South West minimise their reliance on unsustainable disposal methods. Currently, we’re diverting 98% of all waste we handle from landfill, and remain committed to innovating and developing our processes in any way we can to keep this figure rising.

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When you choose ETM Recycling, you can feel confident that you’re working with a business at the cutting edge of waste management. We provide a comprehensive range of services to our clients, helping them achieve their environmental goals and enhance all aspects of their business’ operations.

Contact us and discover better waste management today!

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