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5 Benefits of Commercial Glass Recycling

By Trade Waste

We all know disposing of glass can not only be expensive for your business, but it can also be a health and safety hazard too. Glass waste can be difficult to dispose of in your general waste bin and bulky to store on site. That’s where commercial glass recycling comes in.

Here at KCM, we provide a comprehensive glass recycling service, ensuring your disposal is more affordable and efficient.

Glass waste is produced by a wide variety of businesses, but do you know how or why commercial glass recycling is so important? Here are our 5 top reasons:

1) Glass Is Perpetually Recyclable

Glass is one of the few materials which is perpetually recyclable. This means it can be recycled again and again without any reductions to the purity or quality of the glass.

When glass is recycled and melted down, it can be made into new items. Some of these items include drinking glasses and glass fiber. Once your glass is at the recycling plant, it will be cleaned and crushed before being melted and shaped into new bottles and jars of any shape or size.

If you were to not recycle your glass waste, it would take 1 million years for this to decompose in landfill. All the while littering our eco-system.

2) It Can Easily Be Recycled into Something New

We accept and recycle a mixture of glass waste. Including bottles, jars, and glassware. The vast majority of our glass waste is sent to our local partners, Beatson Clark. It is then crushed, melted, and molded into new products.

Recycling is inevitably a priority to your customers and stakeholders, too. So knowing your glass waste is being made into new glass bottles instead of sat in a landfill site also benefits your reputation and company image.

3) Glass Recycling Will Save You Money

It is actually cheaper to recycle your glass!

As the price of landfill tax grows more expensive due to the constraints on landfills in the UK, so does the cost of disposing of your general waste.

There has never been more of a focus on being environmentally conscientious and as we continue to struggle with the amount of waste being sent to landfills. Landfill tax will always increase, meaning recycling your waste has never been cheaper.

4) Glass Recycling Is Great for The Environment

Not only is recycling your commercial glass waste a cost effective waste solution for your business. But by recycling your waste glass instead of creating more from raw materials, we are using far less energy. Therefore, reducing the carbon footprint of our business too.

Recycling glass has the same equivalent effect as removing 120,000 cars from the road in terms of reducing CO2 emissions.

Every 1000 tonnes of recycled glass that gets melted down saves 314 tonnes of CO2!

Air pollution is also positively affected by glass recycling as it is reduced by 20% and water pollution by a massive 50%.

5) Glass Recycling Protects Our Countryside

Glass recycling conserves our countryside as it reduces the need to quarry more raw materials. By recycling instead of creating new glass, we save on the usage of materials such as sand, soda ash, limestone and colour additives. This in turn protects our landscapes and the natural habitats which exist all over the UK.

Each year 200,000 tonnes of glass is sent to landfill within the hospitality industry alone. This makes it all the more important to ensure that your glass waste is being disposed of responsibly.

A glass bottle you send to recycle can be re-made into a new product within 30 days. As glass is a primary material, your waste could be re-used to make an array of commercial use items such as bottles, jars, and tiles.

With KCM, it’s easy for you to recycle your commercial glass waste. You don’t have to segregate by colour or type. All glass waste collected will be brought back to our own recycling site in Rotherham. It will then be sorted and cleaned before being distributed to manufacturers to create new glass products.

We will provide you with the appropriate glass waste container for your site. We can arrange either weekly or ad-hoc collections, ensuring minimal disruption to your business.

We cover all areas surrounding Rotherham, Barnsley, Doncaster, Sheffield, Chesterfield and Worksop.

If you require any further information regarding our glass recycling service, please call our Trade Waste team directly on 01709 794 888 or email

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3 Ways To Reduce Your Trade Waste Costs

By Trade Waste

Due to the unprecedented implications of COVID-19, businesses are being more pro-active than ever in exploring ways to reduce costs.

As a business owner with so much going on, the cost of trade waste to your business probably isn’t something that you often think about. However, by working with a waste management company, these costs can be significantly cut.

With our headquarters based in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, at KCM Waste Management we are proud to serve businesses with our trade waste services throughout the surrounding areas.We typically cover Rotherham, Sheffield, Barnsley, Doncaster, Worksop, Chesterfield, and more.

If you’re looking for ways to cut costs and to reduce the amount of waste that you produce, then take a look at our top 3 methods below:

1) Hire FREE Trade Waste Bins!

At KCM, our trade waste disposal collections are designed for trade and commercial clients such as pubs, offices, schools, restaurants, takeaways, and shops.

We can provide free hire of various lightweight trade bins. All you have to do is choose your size and inform us of the number of bins required. We will then collect and dispose of their contents on your desired basis. All you have to pay for is the collection fee!

We know that waste management is one of the less glamorous aspects of your business. That’s why our bins and bin bags are discreet and are easy to move and manage. Plus, we collect on time, safely, and efficiently.

We are proud to be able to offer a variety of bin sizes, including:

  • 1100lt four wheeled bin (110cm D x 123cm W x 130cm H)
  • 660lt four wheeled bin (79cm D x 123cm W x 123cm H)
  • 360lt two wheeled bin (90cm D x 60cm W x 110cm H)
  • 240lt two wheeled bin (74cm D x 58cm W x 108cm H)
  • 140lt two wheeled bin (57cm D x 49cm W x 104cm H)

Working with a professional waste management company such as KCM means your waste can be recycled and won’t end up in landfill where it will damage the environment by polluting the air and soil. This means that they can help reduce your carbon footprint, which is great for the environment as well as great for your reputation.

Our trade waste bins will also save you money! Landfill taxes are increasing dramatically, so recycling with our trade waste service has never been easier or cheaper.

2) Purchase & Work More Efficiently

Reduce the waste that your business generates by efficient purchasing and working!

It’s a great idea to keep a waste management log so that you’re able to see what you’re ordering, and what you’re wasting. From there you can review your monthly purchases to ensure you’re not over-spending and only purchasing the materials that you actually need.

In terms of buying, you could purchase merchandise and stock in bulk to avoid pointless monthly ordering. This could also help reduce the amount of waste that’s created from excess packaging.

If you’re based within commercial business premises such as an office, do you create and circulate electronic meeting documents, rather than print? Do you proactively promote recycling and encourage employees to recycle?

If you’re a public-facing business such as a restaurant, takeaway, or shop, when ordering stock do you ask suppliers to send with limited packaging? Do you have signage to encourage your customers to dispose of items in the correct way?

There are so many simple habits you could introduce to your workplace to help reduce your waste costs. If you need any help with this, then you can book a free consultation with KCM to discuss your needs and implement a waste management plan.

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3) Implement Simple Recycling Procedures

Everyone at your business should do their bit to help recycle and reduce the amount of commercial waste you produce. Try small things to begin with such as implementing recycle bins within your canteen, and boxes for paper to be recycled.

Educate your team on the 3 Rs:

  • REDUCE – Do we need to have so much?
  • REUSE – Can this be used for something else, rather than wasted?
  • RECYCLE – If you can’t reuse it but it can be recycled, dispose of it in the correct location.

It’s important to also stay on top of the disposing of your confidential waste. If you let it build-up to the end of the year, then it can become a costly and stressful job.

At KCM, we provide our clients throughout South Yorkshire with either containers or recyclable bags for all of their secure documents.

We then recycle the remains of the shredded documents to be reused for a variety of purposes. We can schedule document collection as frequently as you need it or on an irregular, ad hoc basis.

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At KCM Waste Management, we are clued up on the laws of trade waste. If your company produces commercial waste of any type, your duty of care to follow government standards means you must safely dispose of waste in a way that is not detrimental to the environment.

Our service as a registered waste carrier and our efforts to cater to our customers’ needs in this way not only benefit them financially but also benefits the environment. We have helped many different businesses significantly reduce their landfill costs and carbon footprints.

We are licensed by the environment agency to process your waste. All waste collected by us is processed at our transfer station in South Yorkshire. For a free quote for your trade waste needs, email us at or contact us.