General Waste

When you strip away all the recyclable materials, you are left with general waste, usually consisting of things like contaminated packaging and non-recyclable materials. All businesses will produce general waste in varying degrees, however, we work with businesses to ensure as much valuable material is extracted for recycling and that the remainder is handled sustainably and efficiently.

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General Waste

If businesses handle their waste in line with the waste hierarchy and make sure that efforts are made to reduce, reuse and recycle, you will hopefully be left with a minimal amount of general waste. It’s important to understand that hazardous waste, such as batteries and chemical waste, are not considered general waste and need to be handled separately in line with waste management regulations.

To ensure that we handle your general waste sustainably and responsibly, the Zest Recycle team will work with you to understand your waste streams and waste management practices and tailor our services to your individual needs. This allows us to optimise your collections and ensure you are managing your waste efficiently, helping you to reduce your general waste as much as possible.

Here at Zest Recycle, we operate a zero waste to landfill policy, meaning that all the general waste we handle is sent to energy-from-waste (EFW) plants. EFW is the process of generating energy in the form of electricity or heat from the primary treatment of waste, or the processing of waste into a fuel source. Essentially, this means none of your waste goes to landfill!

Zest Recycle offers our services to businesses throughout Essex, London and the rest of the UK. Want to learn more about our general waste disposal and general waste collection solutions? With Zest Recycle, you can be sure your waste is being handled compliantly and in line with the latest regulations. Contact us today.

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The General Waste Journey


General waste is collected via a range of collection methods, including wheelie bins, FELs and compactors


Your general waste containers are emptied or exchanged by an approved and vetted supply partner


General waste is returned to a licensed Energy from Waste (EfW) facility


Energy in the form of electricity or heat is generated from processing the waste

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Why Choose Zest?

Exceptional service

From the Zest Recycle customer services and account management teams, to our network of supply chain partners, carefully selected to meet our clients' individual needs, we are passionate about delivering the highest level of service at all times.

Lower costs

We work with our clients to streamline processes and optimise collections, cutting waste in every sense and ensuring maximum value is achieved from your recycling and waste resources.

Full compliance

We ensure that you are aware of the latest legislation, advise you on all aspects of compliance and help you implement best practices that ensure you are managing your waste responsibly and compliantly.

Environmentally friendly

Sustainability is the foundation of everything we do. We utilise SME contractors from local communities, helping to reduce carbon and supporting local businesses. We work collaboratively with our clients to make more sustainable waste choices.

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Where recyclable materials, such as cardboard, paper, and plastics are produced in high volume, it is possible to generate a healthy rebate for your business?

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