How to recycle your business waste

Advantages and disadvantages of recycling business waste


You can gain a number of benefits from recycling your business waste. However, remember that a waste activity such as recycling uses energy so your priority should be to reduce waste in the first place.

Weigh up the advantages and disadvantages of business waste recycling carefully:

Advantages of recycling business waste

  • Environmental benefits - recycling business waste means less disposal to landfill and less overall harm to the environment.
  • Business reputation - you can attract new customers, enhance your chances of winning contracts and improve customer loyalty by demonstrating your environmental responsibility through recycling efforts.
  • Reducing waste costs - managing and handling waste is costly, and reducing the amount of waste you send directly to landfill can bring large savings on landfill tax.
  • Meeting legal obligations - businesses in some industries have a legal responsibility for disposal of specific products; ensuring compliance through recycling schemes means avoiding penalties, fines or worse.
  • Saving energy - producing some recycled products, eg aluminium uses far less energy than making straight from raw materials.

Disadvantages of recycling business waste

At all stages from production to transport to dealing with recycling waste you should be aware of your duty of care for business waste.

To find a recycling business in Northern Ireland that can deal with your waste materials you can search for a registered waste carrier.

Get a free sustainability report

All Northern Ireland businesses with an annual energy and resource spend of more than £30k can get a free assessment of their environmental performance across areas such as raw materials, energy, carbon, packaging, biodiversity and waste - find out more about Invest NI Sustainability Reports.