Destroy & Recycle

Waste & Recycling

Legal and environmental compliance is an ever changing marketplace that can cause headaches for any business. The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 puts the duty of care upon both the employer and the employee to ensure the safety of all persons using the work premises. The correct handling of waste is an important component of complying with this requirement.

We can offer you a variety of services to help manage your waste and recycling requirements but have you ever considered what else you can do with your waste? Can you reuse any of the waste you produce? Is your waste just what someone else needs? Before we talk about services we can offer you and to help get your mind started on ways to reuse your waste, here are some ways that we have reduced waste in our own business:

  • Reuse of boxes - you may notice that many of our deliveries arrive in reused boxes, using the boxes that our own deliveries arrive in is a simple way for us to reduce the amount of new packaging materials we consume.
  • Removal of cardboard packaging after a furniture installation – when we install furniture we remove the waste cardboard, this means you don’t have to dispose of it but it also means that we have a constant supply of waste card that we are then able to convert into infill packaging using a simple cardboard shredder
  • Wooden pallets – we receive deliveries on thousands of wooden pallets a year. In most cases these can be reused many times over so it’s simply a case of finding one of the many businesses that collect empty pallets and deliver them to manufacturers.

Battery Recycling

As we all become more reliant on technology, so does our reliance on batteries. Some batteries contain hazardous materials such as lead, mercury, zinc, manganese and lithium. Various campaigns and regulations over recent years have raised awareness of the need to correctly recycle batteries to avoid them damaging the environment. But what do you do once they are dead?

There are various battery recycling points across the country. For details of your closest collection point you can check the website. If you receive your deliveries via our own van fleet and have portable appliance dry batteries you wish to recycle our Drivers will be happy to collect them from you.

Inevitably you will need to store your waste batteries for a period of time. Waste batteries are a potential source of ignition. The risk of short circuits and physical damage must be minimised. If an adverse reaction occurs in the battery container, the risk of escalation must also be minimised. Here are some simple steps you can take to help reduce the risks:

  • Never use steel containers for storage. These can cause batteries to short out suddenly causing a fire or react with acids to create hazardous fumes. Always use properly labelled plastic containers.
  • Ensure that there are no exposed trailing wires that can cause short circuits.
  • Ensure that batteries that can easily short circuit, such as those with both terminals on one side, have the terminals insulated with tape.
  • Ensure that any exposed terminals on any lithium based batteries are insulated with tape.
  • Do not break open batteries. Dust particles released are hazardous.
  • Ensure the batteries remain dry and cool. Do not allow batteries to get wet. For instance, Lithium will spontaneously combust if in contact with water.
  • Do not mix dry batteries (sealed) with wet batteries (unsealed, such as lead acid). Leaking acid can cause damage and is a risk to human health.
  • Ensure that batteries are handled with care to prevent mechanical damage.
  • Ensure that other wastes (e.g. paper) are not put into the container.
  • Ensure that the container does not present a tripping hazard or obstruction.
  • Ensure that the container is stored away from combustible materials.
  • Ensure that the above issues are addressed by an updated fire risk assessment.

Toner Recycling

Each year millions of empty printer toners and inkjet cartridges are thrown away and end up in landfill sites. Given it can take up to 1000 years for these to decompose it’s simple to understand why we all need to take a greater interest in the way we dispose of our waste. Recycling your used toners and inkjets is simple and effective.

Many cartridges today come with a manufacturer supported recycling programme via either an inbox label or envelope making it simple for you to send your empty for processing. If you receive your deliveries via our own van fleet then we are delighted to be able to offer you collection bins for your empties that we will then collect and provide you with the appropriate waste transfer note. 

We work with one of Europe’s leading processors who provide a fully closed-loop environmental solution for recycling printer cartridges and fuser units. Each cartridge is assed initially for remanufacturing. Every cartridge that is reused helps to conserve our natural resources. Cartridges and Fusers that have reached the end of their life are disassembled to component level, components are then sorted by material type and sent for recycling. This process ensures that almost zero is set to landfill.  If you have a large cartridge recycling requirement but are outside our normal van service area please talk to us about a direct solution for you through our processing partner.

Lamp Recycling

Every workplace needs lighting and recycling your old lamps in an environmentally friendly way needn’t be a burden.

For most day to day requirements you can probably find a free service local to you.

If you generate a larger quantity or have a large scale project we can provide you with a full solution for the safe storage, transport and treatment of your waste lamps including fluorescent tubes, sodium lamps through to LED lamps. If your project involves re-lamping we can also provide recycling services for the luminaires (light fittings) and any emergency lighting batteries. Our service provider will work with you throughout the process to ensure that all legal and environmental legislations are met, removing risk and hassle for you.

Ace Office Environments Ltd
Emberton House
Yeomans Way
Tel: 01202 240000