Cardiff (PRWEB UK) 29 August 2013
According to a new report from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), waste management makes up the biggest part of environmental costs for businesses in the UK.
In 2011, organisations shelled out £3 billion on environmental protection, with £2.4 billion of this going towards operational costs. Of these operational costs, a massive 32% went on solid waste management, the highest proportion by far.
Defra say that the elevated spend reflects the increase in Landfill tax in recent years. Indeed, since it was founded in 1999, Landfill Tax has risen annually to help encourage recycling initiatives. In April 2007 Landfill Tax stood at just £24 per tonne, but has since rocketed to £72 per tonne and is still on the up.
Martin Hewitt, Commercial Director of waste handling company Orwak, part of the PHS Group, said: “At Orwak, we want to help lower the amount of money spent on solid waste disposal costs, and our range of waste handling equipment is designed to do just that.
“By baling plastic, cardboard or paper using an Orwak baler you can prepare your waste into secure bales ready for recycling. Recyclers will actually pay for baled waste, allowing you to generate revenue for something which would otherwise be a cost burden.
“As well as balers, at Orwak we also offer compactors. These are designed to compact your waste using high pressure, allowing you to halve the number of waste collections that you have to pay for.”
Defra warn in their report that the high operational costs for businesses will continue to rise until companies start implementing waste prevention initiatives. Orwak recommends companies invest in waste handling equipment to start cutting their own disposal costs, as well as earn money from their baled waste.
Notes for editors
The PHS Group is a leading workplace services provider, and has traded in the UK since 1963. It has a diverse service portfolio aimed at improving work and leisure spaces, while making life much easier for facilities, building and people managers.
PHS really does ‘do more than you think’, providing products and services for:
PHS provides these direct to UK companies, and also operates as a tier one supplier to the facilities management market, supporting the integrated service propositions of most of the major FMs.
The PHS Group’s annual turnover for the year ending March 2012 was £422 million. It employs around 5,000 personnel, operates from a wide network of 153 regional service branches, and takes care of over 250,000 customers at over 450,000 locations in the UK, Ireland, Holland, Belgium and Spain.