What’s the difference between domestic and commercial waste?

7th May 2015

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Waste is waste, right? Wrong. There are crucial differences between the types of waste that we put into our bins, whether at home or at work. Understanding these differences is really important in order to dispose of waste correctly. Now, the term ‘waste’ is pretty self-explanatory on the surface, it’s basically anything that a person or persons decide to discard but what the actual item of waste is and how you dispose of it is the key factor here.

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Domestic waste is your everyday household rubbish and covers anything that cannot be reused or recycled. Check with your recycle company or for a label on your recycling bins about which items are allowed – you’ll probably be surprised at how much you’re able to put in there.

Commercial waste includes anything from a company and also includes gardening and building refuse from a domestic property, so if you are doing any projects at home then you will need to look for an appropriate garden or building waste collection service in your area.

The main difference is that commercial waste is broken down into three categories:

  • General – Waste which comes from businesses such as trade, leisure, offices and is similar to domestic waste
  • Hazardous – Asbestos, batteries and other things which are hazardous to human health or the environment
  • Clinical – This covers anything which is or contains human or animal tissue, blood or secretions or drugs and pharmaceutical products such as dressings, swabs and needles. This is separate because of the potential for cross infection or other harm to anyone who comes into contact with it

Whether you are a domestic or a commercial property, it is important that you are using the correct rubbish bins and refuse collection companies for your needs. 707 Resource Management is a national waste management company and can provide you with collection services which include trade, food, hazardous and clinical waste as well as mixed recycling collection and confidential waste disposal.

Contact us today to discuss your refuse and disposal needs, we look forward to hearing from you.

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