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December 2020

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7 Ways to Reduce Waste at Your Business

By Trade Waste

As all businesses experience cutbacks this year, one way you can reduce your expenditure is by reducing the amount of waste your business produces! Businesses can unknowingly overspend on their waste costs by having bin sizes and services beyond their needs.

Even if your bin service is suited to the amount of waste produced, you can still save money by creating less waste! By putting in place a proper waste disposal plan and selecting the right provider, you can really strategize around your commercial waste and save yourself some money!

The cost of landfill and waste removal grows and grows each year, so you can really benefit your business in both monetary and environmentally conscious ways by being more conscious of your disposal process.

We have listed our top 7 ways to reduce your waste volume which could mean major savings for your business:

1) Go Paperless

It is so easy for businesses to take big steps towards being paperless in today’s day and age.

Not only does this reduce the cost of your paper recycling and confidential waste disposal, but it also decreases your spending on paper, ink, and printing services.

Even something as simple as ensuring all printers are set to print double-sided can make a significant difference in the long run!

2) Reduce Packaging

There are a lot of simple ways to reduce single-use packaging in your office.

As such a large portion of your business waste is created by packaging alone, cutting down on products with a lot of packaging can make a vast difference.

Cutting back on packaging not only benefits your waste disposal budget but also how environmentally friendly your business is. A selling point for the vast majority of consumers is finding a company that is conscious of its environmental impact. So reducing your packaging also becomes a selling point for your business.

3) Eradicate Bottled Water

An easy way to encourage your staff and visitors to avoid single-use plastic water bottles is to always have mugs and glasses on offer for them to use instead.

This also works for office cutlery and plates! Investing in these will save you money in the long run.

4) Audit Your Business’ Waste

Any waste management company which offers a Trade Waste service should be more than happy to visit your site and offer a bit of advice on which size bin you should opt for. As well as how regular you may need a collection.

If you already have a commercial bin service, you may even consider whether your bins are too big for what waste you are actually producing. You can then get these swapped to a smaller size, therefore, reducing the cost.

5) Purchase Reusable Products Where Possible

Ensuring your business uses reusable products is an easy and effective way of reducing waste.

Try using soap dispensers in the bathrooms instead of multiple plastic bottles of soap. Or a reusable towel in the kitchen area to replace single-use paper towels.

6) Dispose of Your E-Waste Properly

WEEE (Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipment) waste can become very hazardous. It, therefore, has to be disposed of in a responsible way.

These items cannot be placed in your normal council or commercial bin so need to be recycled separately.

7) Donate Old Furniture Items

Instead of incurring the cost of paying a company to collect and dispose of your old office furniture, if it is in good working order you could just donate this to a charity for re-use!

A lot of charities which sell furniture in their stores will even collect this for free, the time it takes to call and enquire could save you a small sum!

Get A Free Quote or Site Audit & Reduce Your Business Waste Now!

Here at KCM, we provide an experienced Trade Waste service to help all of our commercial customers reduce the amount of business waste they produce.

Ensuring that recycling at your site is convenient and accessible can make these changes really effective. We can visit your site to advise on how many indoor and outdoor bins we would recommend. And which waste service would suit you best.

Does your business need to set up a bin service or would like to review your current provider? Get in touch with a member of our friendly team today for a no-obligation quote and expert advice.

Call us on 01709 794 888 or email


Choosing the Right Subbase for Your Construction Project

By Aggregates

Choosing the best subbase is crucial for any construction project. Whether you need primary, secondary, or recycled aggregates, knowing which one is best suited can be quite a challenge.

Building aggregates can be used for foundations, paving and a variety of construction projects.

At KCM Waste Management, we have both the expertise and the experience to ensure you are using the right materials at the best prices.

What Exactly is a Subbase?

A subbase is a layer of crushed aggregate which bears the load of paving and provides a strong base for it to be laid onto. Subbases evenly distribute the weight of both the paving and any weight placed onto the paving afterwards.

Your subbase is placed between the soil and your paving slabs. This way it services as a platform for the slabs to be laid.

The interlocking of the different particles within a subbase creates a thin layer. This layer then vastly improves the ground’s ability to carry heavy loads without causing damage.

A good subbase will also provide drainage and prevent ‘ruts’ in your paving, which can commonly be caused by subpar installations and materials. As everyday traffic occurs, such as a car pulling on and off your driveway every morning and night, ‘ruts’ can arise in your paving. This can be avoided by ensuring you are using a good quality subbase which prevents channelisation and settlement.

Do I Need a Subbase?

Not using a subbase for your project can scale down the price. However, saving this money in the short-run will very often create problems for you in the long-run. If vehicles will be trafficking the area, a subbase is definitely advised.

To avoid channelisation (sinking) in your paving, we would recommend using a decent subbase!

You can also usually keep your subbase even if your paving is changed, it may need checking and re-levelling but the subbase itself will be fine to reuse.

Some types of paving and surfacing may not necessarily need a subbase, such as pattern imprinted concrete. However, block paving nearly always does. If you’re unsure which one you are using, just check with your contractor!

Suitable Subbases

Subbases are made up of materials that are load-spreading and have good drainage qualities.

Suitable subbases are most road materials which have been approved by your local Department of Transportation.

The first type of material is unbound which is made up of loose aggregates and do not bond or adhere when compacted. This material naturally interlocks within its own particles. Which means it can also be loosened and removed if necessary.

The second type is bound materials. These use a binder such as bitumen or cement to bind together the particles and then set. Which also means they are a lot harder to remove or loosen.

How to Use A Subbase?

Generally, a subbase should be laid and levelled in a layer no thicker than 150mm.

If the subbase material you choose to use is required to be laid in a layer greater than 150mm, you can lay this in layers to build up to the required depth. Each layer must still be 150mm or less and levelled before the next.

You also need to ensure each layer has been thoroughly compacted to allow for the next layer to be placed correctly and lower the risk of settlement once the area is trafficked. As subbase materials are so good at spreading weight (the main purpose of their use!). It is almost impossible to compact a layer of a greater thickness of 150mm. This is why any materials that need a greater depth must be layered.

Where Do I Purchase the Materials From?

Here at KCM, we provide a diverse range of top-quality aggregates to suit all projects.

If you are unsure which subbase would be best suited, we’d be more than happy to offer our expert knowledge. We can also provide a free no-obligation quote for any material, service, or hire.

To discuss the needs of your project or to get a quote today, please contact our Aggregates Manager, Ian, on 01709 762 267 or email

To read more about our Aggregates and Tipper Hire, please click here.

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Choosing the Right Bin Size for Your Business

By Trade Waste

Whether you are a new start-up or a long-standing business, it’s important to ensure you’re not overspending on your waste disposal service. KCM provides a wide range of commercial bin sizes as part of our trade waste disposal service to customers throughout South Yorkshire and North Nottinghamshire.

We design our flexible and tailored service specifically for your business requirements. This means you’re not paying for a bin that’s too big or collections that are too frequent!

No matter what industry your business is in, by law you are required to ensure your waste is not fly-tipped, which is the illegal dumping of waste to avoid disposal costs. You must also make sure your waste is securely contained on your premises so that it cannot be disrupted or made a nuisance for the local area.

Overfilled bins can mean your business incurs additional charges by either your waste management company or your local council. However, having bins too large for your needs means you will be overpaying for a service you don’t need!

Here at KCM, we are more than happy to conduct a site visit to ensure the bins you book for your site are suitable and cost-effective for your company.

Any waste disposal company you choose to work with must be licensed and properly authorised to dispose of your waste in a safe and legal manner. You must also keep evidence of how your waste is disposed of for any audits or council checks.

What Commercial Bin Sizes Are Available?

It is essential that you select the right sized bin for your business so that you don’t end up overpaying for your service!

Our bin containers are listed as follows:

General Waste Polystyrene Bag

45.5cm W x 99cm H

Dry Mixed Recycling Polystyrene Bag

45.5cm W x 99cm H

240lt Two Wheeled Bin

74cm D x 58cm W x 108cm H

3-5 Black Bin Bags

360lt Two Wheeled Bin

90cm D x 60cm x 110cm H

6-7 Black Bin Bags

660lt Four Wheeled Bin

79cm D x 123cm W x 123cm H

10-12 Black Bin Bags

1100lt Four Wheeled Bin

110cm D x 123cm W x 130cm H

15-20 Black Bin Bags

6 Yard Front End Loader

210cm D x 180cm W x 200cm H

8 Yard Front End Loader

240cm D x 180cm W x 280cm H

How Do I Know Which Commerical Bins I Need?

First of all, you need to decide which waste streams you are going to be needing to dispose of.

Our main 4 waste streams are General Waste, Mixed Glass Recycling, Cardboard and Paper Recycling, and Confidential Waste.

You also need to consider whether you will need your bin emptied weekly or fortnightly. Usually, you should opt for a weekly collection so that your waste isn’t sat on-site and risking being tampered with.  However, if you do choose a fortnightly collection, you possibly won’t need as large a bin.

Smaller businesses will usually find they need a larger sized general waste bin and smaller for their next most common waste streams. It’s important that you regularly assess your waste needs so you don’t end up overpaying or incur additional charges.

As a new business just starting out, it can be useful to simply look at your competitors! A check as to how many bins they have and which waste streams they are producing can give you a good idea as to what you made need for your company.

If you are unsure which commercial bin sizes you will need, don’t hesitate to give us a call on 01709 794 888. We can then come out to your premises to price your service tailored for you.

Looking for A Business Glass Waste Collection?

Does your business produce glass waste? If so, you need to ensure your bin container is designed to collect this. Our glass bins are 240lt meaning that your bin will still be easy to maneuver, should you need to!

With KCM glass waste collections, you also have peace of mind knowing that we put your waste to good use. All of our glass is sent to our partners Beaton Clark, to be broken down and recycled into new glass bottles.

Where Should You Store Your Commercial Bins?

You should always store your bins securely on-site, but this can sometimes be difficult to manage. Some companies opt for a bin store if they have several bins on their site. Or you could opt for a lockable bin to ensure your waste is left un-tampered with.

Wherever you keep your bins on-site, you need to ensure you are able to move your waste easily and safely from your building out to the relevant bin.

Ready to Book Your Commercial Waste Collections?

To discuss your business waste collections, please either email our friendly team on or give us a call on 01709 794 888. We would be more than happy to help!

van clearing out your office space

Clearing Out Your Office Space with KCM

By Trade Waste

As we’re approaching the end of the year, it’s a good time to think about clearing out your office space!

Whether you’ve recently had an office revamp, moved to a new location, or just have a large amount of waste that’s built up; you may be thinking of how best to remove it.

It’s important to work with a reputable waste management company who are clued up on the laws of waste management. That way, you can be sure that your waste is being disposed of safely and legally. It will also mean that your waste won’t end up in landfill.

Based in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, at KCM Waste Management we are experts in clearing out various commercial properties. Learn more about how we can help clear out your office space below:

Why Clear Out Your Office Space?

There are so many benefits of having a decluttered and clean office.

A bright and clean office space, as opposed to one that is cramped and cluttered, will significantly improve employee productivity. It also helps give a great first impression to any external visitors you may have.

If your office will experience a period of shutdown over the Christmas break, then a clear out beforehand is also important for security purposes, health and safety, and cleanliness.

How KCM Waste Management Can Help In Clearing Out Your Office Space:

At KCM, we offer a range of trade waste disposal services for a variety of commercial clients. We operate throughout South Yorkshire, including Rotherham, Sheffield, Barnsley, Doncaster, Worksop, and the surrounding areas.

We understand that clearing out your office space can feel like a lot of work. So we aim to take all of the hassle out of it for you.

Rather than having to work with multiple companies for different types of waste disposal services, we’re conveniently able to take care of them all for you:

1) We Offer Full Commercial Site Clearances

You may have unfortunately been victim to fly tipping. Or perhaps COVID-19 or other unprecedented implications has meant that you have a large quantity of excess waste.

At KCM, we offer a Man in A Van Service which is a simple and cost-effective solution for full site clearances.

Take a look here for a list of the types of trade waste that we can collect with this service.

man in a van

2) We Can Clear Out WEEE Items from Your Office Space

If you’ve recently re-vamped your office or moved premises, then you may have a lot of dormant WEEE (Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment) items. These can include computer, monitors, phones, air conditioning appliances and more.

At KCM, we can legally dispose of your WEEE items at our waste transfer station in Rotherham.

3) We Can Legally Dispose of Your Hazardous Waste

Does your business produce hazardous waste of any kind? If so, it’s crucial that it’s disposed of safely and responsibly.

To be able to dispose of hazardous waste, a company needs to be fully licensed and accredited to do so.

At KCM, our Rotherham based site is ISO9001 and ISO14001 accredited and we can provide a Waste Disposal Note to certify the safe disposal of your hazardous waste.

4) We Can Clear Out Your Confidential Waste

If you have mountains of paper piled up it can be a tedious and lengthy task to begin working your way through it and shredding the confidential pieces.

With our confidential waste disposal service, we can simply provide you with a container to put all of your paperwork into. It will then, be taken to our secure shredding room at our recycling plant in Rotherham, South Yorkshire.

A lot of offices may also be subject to an audit early in the New Year, so it’s crucial that all confidential paperwork is disposed of in-line with company policy in readiness for this.

Due to recent GDPR developments over recent years, this is now more prominent than ever. You can learn more about the types of documents that generally should be destroyed here.

confidential waste

5) You Can Hire Our Bins for FREE!

Rather than letting waste build up over a period of time, implementing trade waste bins is a great way to keep on top of the waste that your business produces.

At KCM we offer a wide range of trade waste bins in different sizes and for different materials.

commercial waste bins

At KCM Waste Management, we are clued up on the laws of trade waste. Whatever has caused your build-up of waste, we can help clear out your office space for you.

We are licensed by the environment agency to process your waste and all waste collected by us is processed at our transfer station in South Yorkshire. For a free quote for your office space clear-out, email us at or contact us.