10 money-saving/resource-preserving tips: separate rubbish and cut costs!

05. MÄRZ 2020

Saving/economising is something everyone is talking about. It's no longer just a matter of "tight is right". Nowadays economising is first and foremost about conserving resources. If this also has a positive effect on your wallet, then all the better! Whether as a single consumer or a company: when it comes to waste disposal, you can really save a fair amount of money with minimal effort! And the best thing about it: those who dispose of waste cleverly not only do something for their own bank balance, but also for the environment. If you heed the following ten tips, economising with regard to waste disposal will become child's play.

For companies, waste disposal is often not only a complex topic, but also a huge cost factor. For this reason, disposal companies offer all-round care-free packages in the form of various full-services offers, and as such take care of all generated waste. This is practical and convenient. However: if you take responsibility for your own waste, or seek some detailed advice, huge savings potential often becomes apparent. Before you call in a disposal service, it is worthwhile analysing your own generation of rubbish and the composition of the waste, and gather comparable quotations.

Money-saving/resource-preserving tips:

Money-saving/resource-preserving tip 1: Only call in a waste disposal company once you are aware of your waste generation.

But how do you get started with a smart approach to cutting down waste? And when will it actually start to pay off? Waste management begins before the rubbish starts piling up. Companies that don't lose sight of the issue of waste avoidance and recycling in their sustainability strategy have been well-advised. Here the so-called waste pyramid, defined in 2008 and binding for all EU States in the form of a framework directive, can provide a helpful guide. The directive stipulates that the EU and all its member states are legally obliged to dispose of waste in accordance with the specified waste hierarchy:

  1. Avoidance
  2. Preparation for re-use
  3. Recycling
  4. Other recycling
  5. Prevention

The underlying principle: "Avoidance – Recycling – Disposal

Money-saving/resource-preserving tip 2: Root the topic of waste disposal within your sustainability strategy

Avoid. Those who want to cut down on waste, must also be prepared to give a few things up. The many companies that are now almost entirely paperless show how this can function with a healthy balance. Studies such as that published by Epson in 2015 have actually revealed that even IT companies neither wish to nor are able to operate entirely without printouts. Nonetheless, the purist vision of paperless working results in a huge saving in terms of unnecessary printouts, which would otherwise represent a burden on the budget, not only for paper, but also for toner and ink. On the path towards paperless work, many companies invest a great deal in digital solutions, use recycled paper, and are converting their printer fleet. In many sectors this has a positive result: it results in a modern, environmentally friendly, affordable and safe way of working, which saves money and conserves paper as a resource.

Money-saving/resource-preserving tip 3: View paperless working as a vision. Get on the right path and save as much as possible.

Recycling. Recycling can be an absolute savings booster. A fundamental requirement for successful recycling is consistent waste separation. In order to fulfil the basic requirements in this regard, all office spaces and company areas must of course be equipped with appropriate waste containers, central collection points must be set up, and ideally, a disposal room must be designated. An ideal disposal situation in the office might look as follows: there should be at least two rubbish bins in every (office) room. One for paper and a second container for other rubbish. In the corridor or in common areas, rubbish sorting stations are installed, for the separate disposal of plastic, glass, metal, and paper. In commercial and staff kitchens, well-positioned companies now offer containers for biowaste. When consistently equipped with bio-bags made from renewable materials, with these green "waste disposal units" it is generally possible to cut down the amount of waste dumped in residual waste bins or containers, which are generally accompanied by high fees.

Money-saving/resource-preserving tip 4: Provide a facility for the sorting of waste in all rooms, in order to utilise the savings potential of recycling (paper, glass, dual system).

Money-saving/resource-preserving tip 5: Expand your rubbish containers with a "green" waste disposal unit, in order to reduce your quantities of residual waste.

Coloured garbage bags as a small everyday trick. Whether within the company or at home, cutting down on waste and expenditure through recycling must, first and foremost, be practical. If the rubbish containers are clearly labelled and the disposal stations are quickly to hand, this supports consistent sorting. The same applies for the disposal of the sorted rubbish. In order to ensure that the rubbish actually lands in the correct container when disposed of, a simple everyday trick has proven successful:  if you use coloured garbage bags to identify different types of rubbish, the rubbish can be more easily classified and transported away by the disposal facilities. Thus, the cost-saving potential as a result of recycling can take full effect.

Money-saving/resource-preserving tip 6: Use garbage bags in various colours, in order to fully exhaust the savings potential of the recycling chain.

Product range analysis in the area of garbage bags. Once the fundamental requirements have been fulfilled and the "hardware" installed, there still remains a high savings potential to be unlocked when selecting bin liners and garbage bags. Those who choose the correct range can generate savings in the long term. The following points are particularly relevant with regard to the cost-efficient use of garbage bags:

  • The bag and container must be the perfect fit.
  • Garbage bags can be made almost 100 percent of films from recycled materials.
  • However, the application cases in which the use of 1A new goods is required, you should select films with a reduced thickness, with comparable technical values.

A layperson will generally be able to tell whether the bin and lid fit. Selecting the ideal garbage bags or bin liners for a container is sometimes treacherous. Bags that are too large, or bags that are too thick for the respective area of application, waste materials and drive up costs. The garbage bags address the problem that bags that are too large continually slip inside the container, which is not only annoying and messy, but also means they end up having to be changed earlier, thus incurring increased purchase costs. A professional inventory of the deployed disposal equipment (e.g. by a garbage bags supplier) has a very positive effect on the budget deployed for industrial cleaning.

Money-saving/resource-preserving tip 7: A garbage bags and bin liners product range analysis can save money in the long term.

Select garbage bags based on the film's resistance to tearing. Garbage bags should only be made from new goods in rare cases. However, consistent and completely reliable quality must be guaranteed. In the production of high-quality recycled bags, the production methods and the quality of the raw materials are crucial. Poor, old film will result in reduced resistance to tearing (with the same thickness). Innovative garbage bag manufacturers therefore not only rely on high-quality recycled materials in order to achieve an optimal result, but rather also use high-performance polymers in order to further improve resistance to punctures and tearing. This procedure is a small quantum leap in the area of recycled films. Recycled products can be thinner, and yet more resistant to tearing. The saving in terms of raw materials has a positive effect on the price. At the same time, from a sustainability perspective, valuable raw materials are conserved, meaning that the cost saving comes hand-in-hand with an improved environmental footprint. Many customers are sceptical as to whether recycled garbage bags can maintain the same level of quality as 1A new goods. Therefore, you should take advantage of the opportunity to compare recycled products of reduced thickness with your previously used new goods, based on their technical values.

Whether with regard to resistance to punctures or tearing: through lab test it can be demonstrated with a high level of accuracy that a thick film is not always the best film. Purchase garbage bags made from recycled film, without having to compromise on quality When using 1A bin liners, you must be particularly careful when selecting your product and be intentional about cutting down on waste. The continuing debate on plastics once again clarifies how important it is that plastics are handled responsibly. In some sectors (hospitals, food industry) there are no alternatives to this, from a practical and ecological perspective. Garbage bags made from new goods should therefore always be tested with regard to their technical properties, and - if their intended purpose allows it - the thickness of the film should be reduced. Just a few μ fewer can have a huge environmental impact, and can also offer significant cost-saving potential:

  • Thinner film cuts down on material.
  • More items per transport route, thanks to the reduced product volume and weight.
  • By reducing the film thickness in garbage bags, for example, 1 in 7 lorry journeys would no longer need to take place.
  • At the same time, CO2 emissions are reduced in production, warehousing, and logistics.

Money-saving/resource-preserving tip 8: Reducing material costs for garbage bags has a positive effect on warehousing, transport, and logistics costs.

Prevention as a cost factor. The final step in waste disposal – as the rubbish heads of to a thermal recycling facility - comes at a cost. Here the extent to which the waste fees in the various Federal States differ is fascinating. However, what does remain the same is that the fees are based on the weight or volume of the rubbish. If you apply all of the aforementioned tips, this will result in the streamlining of your waste generation. In order to generate profit out of this, the quantity and capacity of your residual waste bins must of course be adjusted accordingly. And this can really pay dividends. If you heed a few more small tricks, such as foregoing the option to have the municipal waste collection service drive into a courtyard on your property, and instead placing your successfully trimmed down household waste out in the street yourself, you can quickly save an additional 1,000 euros per year.

Money-saving/resource-preserving tip 9: Adapt your waste container size and thus save on fees.

Money-saving/resource-preserving tip 10: Save on disposal costs by committing to protecting the environment! Any waste in this area will harm the environment. Every cent saved also preserves natural resources.

So dispose of your prejudices with regard to saving/preserving resources - it now functions better than ever. Cost-reduction has become sustainable, preserves resources, and is therefore also on-trend in the field of waste-disposal in the year 2020. The new awareness on the part of customers and consumers is having an increasing impact on manufacturers of equipment for the industrial cleaning sector. Combining quality with cost-reduction and resource preservation should therefore be the primary objective for all manufacturers and waste disposal service providers.