Other Waste Management Costs
As well as the actual cost of disposal, which the waste management company will pass on to you, there are also other, perhaps less obvious fees you need to be aware of. Things like bin hire costs and bin collection costs are probably ones you've seen coming, but have you thought about waste transfer costs, landfill tax, or admin fees?
As you've probably guessed, these are all costs that are initially covered by the waste company you use, so you don't need to worry about how they all work. You do, however, need to be aware of how much they could cost you.
Waste Transfer Costs
Transfer costs are incurred when refuse is moved through a waste transfer station, which is where it's sorted before being sent to its next destination. As is the case with disposal, the more difficult the waste is to sort, the more it costs. Though there aren't usually any transfer costs for paper and cardboard.
The government enforced landfill tax changes every year. Currently standing at £102.10 for most waste and £3.25 for inactive waste (soil and rocks), it's the price businesses pay per tonne of waste they send to landfill. The tax applies to all waste that is disposed of in a licensed landfill site, unless the waste is specifically exempt.
The charge will likely be passed onto you by the company you use to manage your waste, so using a company that doesn't send any waste to landfill could save you significant money.
Admin fees are something you, as a business, are probably aware of. Waste management is no different, and also comes with a fair amount of paperwork.
Admin charges apply for things like legally transferring the ownership of your waste to the waste management company you use, or gate fees incurred when your waste is taken into a recycling plant or landfill site.
Unfortunately, you probably won't be able to avoid any of these costs, but it's good to know about them, as it means you won't have any nasty surprises further down the line.