Are you an organisation considering outsourcing your waste management? This handy guide explains everything you need to know, including what waste management is as well as the benefits a waste management company can provide.

What is Waste Management?

Waste management refers to the processes involved in managing waste from cradle to grave. This includes the collection, transportation, disposal, recycling and monitoring of waste materials produced as a result of human activity.

Waste management encompasses all types of waste, such as household, industrial and hazardous. Waste can also be solid, liquid or gas, each of which have their own methods of management and disposal.

The whole purpose of waste management is to reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill.

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Benefits of Outsourcing Waste Management

Businesses in all industries and of all sizes produce waste. From construction firms and retail organisations to restaurants and IT support providers, all types of companies inevitably produce waste that needs to be efficiently managed.

Here are some of the main perks and benefits of outsourcing your waste management.

Comprehensive Range of Services

One of the main benefits of utilising a waste management company is that they offer a comprehensive range of waste management services, meaning that they can accommodate the various needs you might have.

They offer a variety of different sized skips, trade waste bins, refuse bins and grab lorries to name just a few examples, meaning that a complete service can be provided regardless of the volume and frequency of waste. Also, as you scale up or down, they can alter the services they provide.

Here at ETM Recycling, for example, we custom design and tailor our service delivery to meet your exact requirements.

Flexible & Reliable

Whether you require a simple weekly collection or a total waste management service for varying volumes of waste, waste management companies are flexible and can devise a solution to fulfil your requests.

Also, waste management companies take great pride in offering a reliable service. They understand that reliability is key for all businesses to operate, minimising disruption and removing all stress from you.

Environmentally Friendly

Outsourcing your waste management to a professional company ensures that your waste materials are disposed of in the right manner. The vast majority of waste management companies strive to recycle more than 90% of all collected waste, meaning that the impact your waste has on the planet is considerably reduced. This is achieved by their specialist recycling plants which are able to efficiently sort waste into relevant categories for recycling.

Also, by adopting eco-friendly practices, you can elevate your business’ image and status.

Safe Hazardous Waste Management

For businesses that handle hazardous waste, like asbestos, batteries, pesticides, low-level radioactive materials and solvents, it is strongly advised that you outsource your waste management. Regulations state that hazardous materials must be managed and disposed of safely and efficiently, and waste specialists can help to ensure you do just that.

Using the latest technologies in their hazardous waste facilities, they will be on hand to take the strain and negate the risks presented from dealing with hazardous waste management, from identification through to collection and treatment.


Outsourcing your waste management is a cost-effective solution that will cut your business waste and running costs. You won’t need to hire an in-house team of employees as all your waste disposal needs will be taken care of by the specialist company.

Also, as waste management companies manage the waste of many different organisations, you’ll be able to benefit from scale economies and cheaper rates.

Specialist Knowledge & Experience

Waste management companies live and breathe waste management. Not only will they have an array of specialist equipment, but they will also have had years of experience in safely disposing of waste. This means that you can benefit from their knowledge and experience.

For example, if there’s a certain type of waste that you’re not sure how should be managed, you can get in touch with your waste management partner. They’ll be able to point you in the right direction and ensure you dispose of it in the safest way possible.

Adhere to Compliance Standards

When using a waste management company, you can rest assured that you’re complying with the latest standards and regulations as they’ll be keeping up to date with any changes and updates.

Waste Management with ETM Recycling

If you’re a business in Bristol, Bath or the surrounding areas looking to outsource your waste management, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of the ETM Recycling team today.

We are a leading domestic and trade waste management company specialising in providing the highest quality waste management solutions to businesses of all sizes. We offer a comprehensive range of services, including skip hire, grab lorry hire, tipping, recycling, complete waste management and more.

With a whole host of certificates and accreditations, we work to a certified quality management system, ensuring excellence in all we do.

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