Waste Information


Residual Waste (also known as General Waste) is the term we use for materials that are not easily recyclable. At Simply Waste we do not send anything to landfill. The residual waste we collect is used to create energy that is then used to power homes and businesses locally. Next time you turn on something electrical think about where that power is coming from; it may be from your bin.

Residual Waste can include things such as hard plastics, sweet and crisp wrappers, polystyrene, soiled food wrapping, CD’s, hand towels, pens, bubble wrap, padded envelopes and green waste.

Dry Mixed Recycling

Dry Mixed Recycling is made up of four base materials; cardboard, paper, plastic and metal (aluminium or tin). These various materials in their many forms can be mixed together in one container that will be sorted at a Materials Recycling Facility.

There are restrictions on some items such as hard plastics and material that has come into contact with food, chemicals or oils. We can provide a comprehensive guide to what can and can’t go into your bin. Some of the more common items you would find in a Dry Mixed Recycling bin would be plastic bottles, paper, cardboard boxes, plastic bags, food cans, newspapers, magazines and cardboard packaging.

Glass Recycling

Our Glass Recycling service lets you recycle mixed glass bottles and jars, significantly reducing the weight of your residual waste stream. Glass Recycling is usually used in conjunction with our Residual or Dry Mixed Recycling services and compliments the waste management system of any business that produces glass waste. As the waste industry moves toward a greater focus on container weights this service is a real benefit to businesses that produce glass. The ‘per kilo’ price of glass is significantly cheaper than that of Residual Waste.

When glass is recycled it returns to life as either more glass bottles and jars or it is turned into an aggregate that with other materials is used to build roads.

Food Recycling

Food Recycling is a great way to lessen the impact that your business activities have on the wider environment. Did you know that for every tonne of food that goes into landfill, four tonnes of Green House Gases are released into the atmosphere as it degrades? The process of recycling food produces power, fuel and compost that is used widely in the agriculture industry. Ideally suited to businesses that produce a lot of waste food, our bins can be used to dispose of plate scrapings, offcuts, meat, fish, primary packaged food, dairy products, fruits and vegetables to name a few things.

The thought that one day food that you have disposed of may help grow food you will eat in the future is pretty special. This is circular economy in its truest sense and a great example of how when given the opportunity, waste can have a positive impact on our lives.

Hazardous Waste

Hazardous Waste is most easily defined as a material or substance that could be hazardous to humans, animals or the environment. The opportunity to recycle or reuse hazardous items is unfortunately few and far between. The more hazardous the material the more likely it isn’t recoverable usually resulting in it either being deep buried or incinerated.

Some common types of Hazardous Waste are batteries, WEEE (Waste Electric and Electrical Equipment), asbestos, solvents, paints and fluorescent lights.

Clinical Waste

Clinical Waste is a service used to collect waste from washrooms and scientific and medical premises. Clinical Waste includes things such as sanitary waste (also referred to as Offensive Waste), sharps (also classed as Hazardous Waste), medicines, bandages and surgical waste.

Confidential Waste

Material that requires secure disposal or destruction to safeguard the information contained on it can be disposed of using a Confidential Waste service. Shredding of sensitive paper documents can happen at your place of work or at a dedicated shredding facility. The service also extends to the destruction of CD’s, hard drives and portable memory devices.

Specialist secure containers can be placed at your business to house the waste until it is ready for destruction. Data Protection is a serious matter and all businesses have a responsibility to ensure they protect sensitive information. Failure to do so can result in fines from the Information Commissioners Office.