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First Mile FAQs
What does a waste management company do?
Waste management companies are responsible for collecting and disposing of all your rubbish in a professional, secure, and environmentally-friendly manner. Not only that, at First Mile we also offer bespoke services so that collections happen at a time that best suits you.
Why should I hire a waste management company?
If you run a business, waste will be produced by your day-to-day operations, no matter what industry or environment you work in. This can be everything from hazardous waste and broken electronics, to confidential documents and food waste.
Any waste that arises from business premises must be collected by a licensed waste management company like First Mile, and when you use our services you will receive documentation to prove that you are managing your business waste legally.
Why is waste management important?
In 2018, the UK generated 222.2 million tonnes of waste. Managing these vast quantities of rubbish is important for keeping our streets clean and the environment safe from pollution.
Roughly 45% of the UK's waste gets recycled, with the majority of the rest being sent to landfill or incinerated. In landfill, the decomposing waste produces gasses, such as methane, that damage the ozone layer and contribute to global warming. By managing our waste properly and recycling more, we can lessen the damage we cause to the environment.
Why use First Mile?
As one of the leading waste management companies in London and the UK, First Mile has already helped over 27,000 businesses to reduce their carbon impact with our range of recycling services.
By choosing First Mile, you’ll benefit from a low cost, reliable service, a 24/7 helpdesk, and free monthly reporting. You can also find our accreditations on the homepage and our certificates and insurances here.
What makes First Mile different from other waste management companies in the UK?
At First Mile, we don’t just manage your waste professionally and securely - we are also committed to a zero-to-landfill approach. That means that we will recycle and reuse as much of your waste as possible.
Anything that can’t be recycled or reused will then be taken to a waste-to-energy facility, where it will be incinerated in a process that generates electricity and heat which is used to power homes. Any remains that can't be burnt are salvaged to become building materials, so it's all put to good use rather than going to landfill!
People We Work With
"We are an easy-to-use environmental partner for any business; helping you manage waste, recycling, and energy. We give you full environmental reporting on the work you are doing, enabling you to evidence the results and your businesses impact"
— Founder Bruce Bratley & Daisy-the-dog