Guidance for
Small and Medium sized businesses and Enterprises (SME)

How to better understand your waste and recycling

Areas within a workplace most likely to generate waste include: 

  • staff room/mess room - paper, food and packaging materials; 

  • office – paper, food and packaging materials and 

  • warehousing/stock rooms – packaging such as cardboard, plastic films and wrapping. 

Depending on your business, there may be types of waste that you produce, for example damaged stock, which may be hazardous that require a specialised waste collection service.   

Consider whether you produce different types or quantities of waste throughout the year. This will be more likely if your business is affected by weather or the seasons e.g., Christmas or other holidays or those which are linked to tourism.