Reducing Financial and Environmental Costs through Responsible Waste Management

DTS Environmental Limited, the waste management company based in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, launches a new service aimed at boosting recycling in the workplace and cutting costs.

Online PR News – 18-April-2010 – – In recent years, the country has made great strides in reducing the amount of household waste sent to landfill, Thanks to the greater use of recycling bins in the home. However, commercial waste has arguably not benefited from the same trend and continues to send significant amounts of easily-recyclable waste to landfill, or to be incinerated. Commercial premises are typically offered neither the incentives nor the means to recycle their waste, Incurring unnecessary financial and environmental costs as a result.

DTS Environmental, known primarily throughout the region as a skip hire company, has invested in new vehicles, equipment and expertise to launch a new service providing “waste audits” free of charge to non-domestic premises. The intention of the audit is to “evaluate all waste produced on site and offer advice and guidance as to best practices for managing, minimising and disposing of waste, without sending it to landfill. We will guide you through the increasing complexity of waste regulations and paperwork, ensuring businesses are compliant with the ever-changing legislative landscape.

“As a result of the waste audit, we will be able to implement realistic methods to reduce and recycle a wide variety of waste streams, using our own equipment and saving the customer money,” explained Robert Skelton, Commercial Manager at DTS. The audit can involve anything from the simple supply of office-based recycling bins and staff training to large-scale programmes for the analysis and rationalisation of waste streams from multi-site factories or public bodies.

Recent studies have indicated that, despite improvements, the UK is still landfilling far too much waste compared to other countries in the European Union. As such, the country faces the possibility of exhausting all available landfills within seven years at the current rate. This situation will require either the development of new landfill sites, the increased use of “energy-from-waste” technologies, such as incineration, or further recycling efforts. New landfill operations and the construction of energy-from-waste plants are unpopular with the public, considered unsightly and damaging to the environment. As such, they face long and difficult delays in the planning process, quite often requiring a number of years to obtain planning permission.

David Thackray, Marketing Director, added: “the country is facing a looming waste crisis and simply doesn’t possess the time or space to invest in either more landfill or energy-from-waste plants, recycling is the best option currently available. We realise that times are hard these days and that businesses are not looking to spend money on recycling initiatives simply to help the environment and feel good about themselves, however. This service is aimed at organisations that mainly want to cut costs, but we firmly believe that by paying a small amount of attention to their waste, businesses can cut their overheads as well as their environmental impact.

“It has increasingly become the norm to separate recyclable wastes at home; we are surprised that such efforts generally aren’t being made in the workplace and are still viewed as expensive luxuries, which only the very largest companies can afford. We can confidently offer cost-effective waste management solutions to organisations of any scale throughout the region; some may be quite surprised by the amount of money they can save through this.”

Due to the increased use of recycled materials in construction and manufacturing, together with rising landfill taxes, DTS Environmental has necessarily modified its business plan to avoid landfilling waste. The company has invested heavily in order to recover as many resources from the waste stream as possible, recognising the financial benefits in practising environmental responsibility. At present, the company is diverting 85% of the waste it handles from landfill and is seeking to improve that figure by at least 1% per year.