50 – 60% of business waste cannot be recycled. It is your duty as a business to dispose of that waste safely and responsibly: we can help. Nearly all commercial waste in the UK gets deposited into landfill sites where it never fully degrades and contributes to the generation of methane gas, an extremely powerful pollutant. Or it’s sent abroad.
Instead Westminster uses general waste to generate power at the SELCHP energy recovery facility in SE14. This generates enough electricity for 50,000 London homes as well as District Heating which tackles fuel poverty for vulnerable residents.
The energy contained in 1 bag of waste is enough to run seven hot showers. Once the waste is combusted for energy generation, any remaining material (called ‘bottom ash’) is recycled as an aggregate in road building – recycled bottom ash was used in the construction of the London 2012 Olympic Park. Please see this link for further information on where the waste Westminster collects goes.
Any metals in the ash are separated and sent for recycling. If you’d like to see for yourself how this works we are happy to arrange for a tour of the facilities Westminster uses to dispose of your waste.
If you can’t store a waste bin within your premises then please use the red bags for general waste.
They are sold on a pre-paid basis so you only have to pay for what you actually use. The price of a red bag pays to have it collected by the truck and for it to be treated at SELCHP, safely and to high standards that don’t harm the environment.
Many Westminster businesses have discovered the advantages of recycling.
In addition to general waste we also a number of recycling services designed around the way you work.
For recycling, please see here.
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