What Waste Container Do I Need for My Business?

Understanding how best to manage the waste produced by your business can be tricky, especially if you have different types and varied volumes of waste.

And as your business grows, the amount of waste you generate will grow too, so it’s important to regularly reassess whether the waste containers you are using to hold your waste are cutting it.

Here’s some advice from our Brown Recycling team on some of the key considerations when choosing a waste container, so you can get a better idea of what might suit you and your business.


Understanding your waste stream

The first and most important thing you need to consider is your waste stream. What sort of waste are you generating? Is it general waste, hazardous waste, recyclable waste, organic waste or a mixture? Or are you not sure? By enlisting professional help from a waste management provider on a waste audit, you will better understand the exact nature and volume of your waste, which in turn will help you understand what sort of waste container you will need.

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Assess your space

Understanding the nature and volume of your waste is one thing but ensuring that your container fits your available space is equally important. Figure out where your waste container will be placed on site, and then measure the space accurately. This will be helpful when it comes to speaking with a waste management company, as they will be able to tell you what will fit and what won’t.


Getting the size right

Getting the right size of waste container can also be a challenge. If your container is too small, you will have to deal with frequent collections and potential overflows. If it’s too large, you will be wasting valuable space on site and spending more money than you need to. This is where the help of a professional waste management provider, like Brown Recycling, will really prove valuable, as they’ll be able to advise on the right solution for your waste and site.

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Materials matter

The material you need for your waste container will ultimately depend on the type of waste stream you’re working with. For example, plastic bins are fine for general waste and recycling, while metal bins might be better suited to industrial or hazardous waste.

If you’re trying to boost your company’s eco credentials, you might want to consider opting for waste containers made from recycled materials. At Brown Recycling, we have a range of commercial wheelie bins made from 100% recycled plastic, helping to reduce the demand for virgin materials at a manufacturing level.

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Lid type

The type of lid you need for your waste container will of course depend on your waste stream. If you are dealing with organic waste, you’re going to need a tight-sealing lid to keep odours in and pests out. However, if you’re only dealing with general or recyclable waste, then a lid that’s easy to open and close and sits at the right height ensures that it’s both safe and accessible.



Last but not least, you’re going to need to consider your budget, but do bear in mind that investing in a quality waste container will ensure that you spend less on maintenance or replacement costs down the line, so it really does pay to choose a quality provider.

Brown Recycling is Staffordshire and South Cheshire’s leading waste management company. We help all kinds of businesses better from one unit retailer to multinational businesses understand their waste and find a waste container that suits their needs and requirements.


To find out how we can help you stay on top of your waste, give us a call on 01782 816 520 or send us an email at [email protected].  We’ll be happy to help.


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