It is estimated that the UK generates over 41 million tonnes of commercial and industrial waste every year – no wonder companies are looking for ways to recycle more!

Luckily there are lots of different types of waste you can recycle, to do your bit for the planet. Below we’ve detailed a little about each of them, however, if you need to know more then don’t hesitate to get in touch with our trade waste team who are on hand to offer advice.

Types of Recyclable Business Waste


Paper and Cardboard

One of the most obvious types of recyclable waste is of course paper. Here at KCM, we offer a confidential waste disposal service. Whereby your documents are taken to our plant for shredding in secure bags then reused for a variety of different purposes.


If you use glass bottles or any other glass products in your business, then they can be recycled completely. Check to see which type of bin you’d need when you speak to one of our team.


When you think about the trade waste you can recycle, plastic might not spring to mind. However, lots of different types of plastic can be recycled, simply check the symbol on the packaging. If you’re unsure we can advise on how it should be disposed of.

Printer Cartridges

Printer cartridges can be seriously impactful on the environment if they’re not recycled. By taking them to a trade waste disposal company you’re allowing your cartridges to be melted down and live life again as a brand-new cartridge!

Food Waste

Depending on the type of business you operate, you might find you have a lot of food waste at the end of the day. By recycling your food waste you’ll be helping to produce biogas. This can then be used to create heat, electricity, and transport fuels.

Electrical Products

Business owners must dispose of any electrical products in line with the government’s WEEE guidelines. This ensures that electrical goods are disposed of safely and that components are recycled where possible to avoid electrical waste going to landfill. At KCM we offer a WEEE disposal service to businesses of all sizes. Get in touch to find out more.

Tins and Cans

Tins and cans are another type of trade waste that your business can recycle. Amazingly they can be recycled time and time again without losing any of their quality.


Typically, batteries need to be sorted by type before they can be recycled. If your business has a large number of batteries and you want to know how you can avoid sending them to landfill, our trade waste team will be happy to advise you.

A Few Ways to Reduce Your Business Waste

Instead of thinking about the type of waste you need to get rid of, you could start thinking of ways your business could reduce waste in the first place! Below we’ve provided just a few ideas to help you get started:

Go Paperless – All workplaces tend to have a mission to go paperless, but how many of us actually achieve it? Investing in technology can be a great way to encourage paperless working. However, if your industry relies on physical proofs or documents, think about simple changes such as printing double-sided.

Buy Reusable Products – Invest in reusable water bottles for your team. For example, to reduce the number of plastic bottles that end up in your bins.

Educate Your Team – By educating your team whether that’s through training courses or simple in-house posters, you’re giving them the tools they need to make more conscious decisions when it comes to the waste they dispose of at work.

KCM Business Waste: Our Process

We’re happy to collect waste from anywhere on your commercial premises or from a home-based business.

Your waste will be collected by a member of our fully trained and uniformed refuse team on an allocated day of the week. We’ll arrive onsite and remove your waste with as little disruption as possible to your working day.

Once your waste arrives at our fully licensed recycling centre in Rotherham, it is separated, cleaned, and recycled accordingly.

We are proud to recycle 94% of the waste we collect, and we’re committed to operating as a zero-to-landfill trade waste centre.

Get in touch with our Business Waste and Bin Hire team

At KCM we’re serious about our commitment to the environment. We turn a large amount of waste into biomass fuels and aggregates.

We have a dedicated in-house team who work with businesses across South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire to provide effective waste solutions.

They’ll happily provide you with all the information you need to make the right choice for your business.

If you’re interested in commercial waste solutions, then get in touch with our team on 01709 794 888 or email