How to turn waste volume into value with a multi-site waste strategy

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One of the key challenges for businesses operating at multiple sites is understanding exactly what waste is being produced. With demand for parcel deliveries sky high, it's more important than ever that warehousing and distribution businesses maximise operational efficiencies to leverage growth opportunities and save costs.

The true potential of waste lies within the total volume of individual waste streams. If you only consider waste in silos at individual depots, you're simply missing out on the bigger picture. Take a step back and you'll see that there is the potential to turn volume into significant value.

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At Veolia, we advocate a two-stage approach. The first step is to undertake a comprehensive waste composition analysis. This will aggregate waste data across your sites to give you a detailed picture of all the different waste streams and volumes that you produce offering a decision matrix to consider the second stage options that are available to you.

Once you have identified those waste streams with the highest value, the second step is to consider cost recovery or cost saving strategies.


Cost recovery can help generate revenue for your business, so for example, if the largest volume of waste material that your business produces is cardboard, the consolidation of this material will generate a rebate for your business.  However, if volumes are small, cost reduction strategies can be implemented by removing cardboard from your Dry Mixed Recycling bin and turning it into a single source option, giving you cost savings through the lift rate.


We know that multi-site locations are often overlooked for a streamlined waste strategy, the potential for rebate is there but collection efficiency could become a potential challenge to your business. So how can you increase the value in your waste and overcome operational headaches?

This is where backhauling can come into its own. Bulking up your waste is not just more efficient and more sustainable, it also makes it more valuable to your business by maximising any returns you get in terms of a rebate.

Veolia has proven expertise in setting up efficient backhauling systems for companies such as Asda. The specific value that your business will gain from backhauling waste will depend largely on your logistics network. For example, whether your vehicles have the space to accommodate waste, or if you have the correct licenses in place to comply with waste legislation.
And if you haven't - we can help you.



It pays to manage your waste and data correctly as part of any multi-site strategy. Only when you're smart about waste can you take advantage of the right opportunities to streamline your services, reduce costs and turn those volumes of waste into real value.


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