At WasteSURE, we talk about waste disposal routes a lot in our blogs and on our website pages. But what exactly do we mean by the term ‘waste disposal route’ and what is involved in creating one?
What is a Waste Disposal Route?
A waste disposal route is simply the journey taken by any waste product from the site where it was produced to it’s disposal, whether that is reuse, recycling, composting, landfill or any number of other options.
Most waste disposal routes are very similar. A waste producer will book a waste carrier who will collect the waste and take it to a waste disposal centre. This route consists of 3 steps and is as basic as it gets. Needless to say, the challenges we like to take on at WasteSURE can quickly become more complicated!
A waste disposal route can also include taking waste to a temporary location to be sorted and collected by larger trucks. This is a good solution for small and awkward sites where larger skips aren’t feasible.
All waste routes must be fully compliant with the Waste Duty of Care.
How Should You Decide a Waste Disposal Route?
Every waste disposal route comes down to 3 things: cost, logistics and the environment. Balancing these three things should narrow down your options until you have the perfect route.
Removing and disposing of waste is always going to have costs attached but finding an affordable solution is obviously going to be a top priority for you. What might surprise you is that the more environmentally friendly solutions are often the cheapest ones.
The logistics of moving waste depends entirely on what the waste is and what your site is like. For awkward sites, this might mean that a grab truck would be more appropriate than a skip and for some, adding in that extra temporary location as a step may make things much easier too. At WasteSURE, we always try to find providers who are near to you in order to limit the distance your waste has to go.
The environment is an increasing concern and the waste management industry as a whole needs to up its game. We should be reusing and recycling as a standard and reducing the overall impact waste has on the environment by limiting the amount of movements and processing required.
Balancing these 3 ideas usually comes down to knowing which providers will suit particular jobs and challenges. This is why the WasteSURE network is so valuable. We have already tracked the right providers down, so you don’t need to worry.
Compliant Waste Disposal Routes
Sometimes it feels like all we ever talk about is compliance but it is absolutely essential for any waste management process and the waste disposal route is integral. Compliance means that every single person in the waste disposal route is fully compliant with the correct licences or permits. If you don’t know whether your waste disposal route is compliant, you could be getting yourself into big trouble!
For a waste route to be fully compliant, you must be able to prove that every provider in the route has the correct license or permit to legally deal with your waste type. This means that you or your waste manager needs to check before the waste can be moved.
The WasteSURE system guarantees compliance in every waste disposal route. Our network of providers is verified and checked at every stage of the process. This means that it is impossible for our staff to choose a non-compliant waste disposal route. Even better, this way of working means that as soon as your Digital Waste Transfer Note has been automatically generated, your route is fully complaint.
Understanding how waste disposal routes work is actually a lot easier than most skip companies would like to admit. Putting the right processes in place does take practice but our system makes it as easy as possible for our staff to provide the best solution.