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Do You Know The Three R’s Of Rewarding Retail Waste Management?

The three R’s are probably something that you’ll remember from school. It’s hardy a new concept, but the idea of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle remains just as powerful today as it did back then. In fact, when it comes to retail waste management, they are the cornerstones of any successful solution.

Not only do the three R’s present a way for you to deal with waste in as reliable a manner as possible, but they can also help you to save money! These R’s are regularly considered when it comes to disposing of domestic waste, but they are disappointingly ignored when it comes to dealing with retail wastage.

Reduce; Reuse; Recycle – As Relevant To Retail Waste Management As Ever

Step 1: Reduce

Reduction is the first step that needs to be taken when attempting to control the amount of waste that your retail outlet produces. If you can’t take steps to reduce your retail waste, then it is unlikely that you’ll be truly committed to reusing and recycling your wastage further down the line. Removing waste at the source is absolutely essential when cutting down on your entire business’ waste.

  • Paper – Paper is a great place to start for most businesses. Despite mass digitalisation, an incredible amount of paperwork is still created by retail businesses. Great ways to cut down on paper waste can be only printing receipts on request, or changing the warehouse management system you use.
  • Textiles – Huge quantities of textiles are thrown away every year, largely from bulk packaging. By finding other uses for this material, including rags in the staff kitchen or to deal with spillages, you can reduce the amount of textile waste that you create.

Step 2: Reuse

It can be difficult to reuse items in a retail outlet, but a lot of it will involve giving to charity or enabling your employees to take items home with them. If a piece of clothing is slightly damaged, for example, it can be a good idea to give it to a local charity, or let one of your employees take it home and repair it.

Whatever kinds of product you offer, if you can’t sell something but it is still usable, your employees and charity stores are still a better alternative than consigning these otherwise usable products to the retail waste management scrapheap.

Step 3: Recycle

Some products can’t be reused, we know that. However, it is important that you make sure that they are dealt with in the most eco-friendly manner possible. If you can’t recycle items within your business, then you need to be absolutely certain that your retail waste management provider is able to effectively recycle any and all waste they collect from you.

Practically anything is recyclable, so you should be extra vigilant when choosing an organisation to deal with your waste. If they aren’t confident that they can recycle a high percentage of your waste, make sure you find a company that can!

Choose Recycling Services For Retail Waste Management

Here at Recycling Services, we are confident that we can recycle and unbeatable amount of your retail waste. All of our solutions are focused on finding the most eco-friendly way of disposing of waste for retail, commercial and industrial properties.

For truly reliable retail waste management, from a team that isn’t afraid to go that extra mile when recycling your waste, get in touch with the team at Recycling Services today on 01952 204471. Alternatively, you can send us an email directly to and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

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