What is Commercial Dry Waste and Wet Waste?

Naturally, it’s inevitable that your business will produce waste. However, not all waste is created equal and the two most common ways to segregate your commercial waste are dry waste and wet waste. It’s very important from an environmental standpoint that everyone segregates their waste correctly. Below, we’ll discuss the differences between dry waste and wet waste and the benefits of segregating the two:

What is dry waste in your business?

Dry waste is typically defined as any waste which will not rot or disintegrate over time and has little or no moisture content. Dry waste can also be described as inorganic or non-biodegradable waste given its lack of food products.

Most dry waste is recyclable and below is a list of common dry waste items:

  • Metal
  • Glass
  • Plastic
  • Furniture
  • Wood/Wooden Objects
  • Paper & Cardboard
  • Fabric/Textiles
  • Aluminium Foil

What is wet waste in your business?

Wet waste is generally considered anything that will decompose or decay over time. While dry waste is also called inorganic or non-biodegradable waste, wet waste is unsurprisingly referred to as organic or biodegradable waste. Restaurants and other food outlets will produce large amounts of wet waste given the moisture content of the ingredients used and food left over.

Examples of wet waste include:

  • Food
  • Oils & fats for cooking
  • Paint
  • Wet building site waste
  • Hazardous materials
  • Wet factory waste
  • Flowers
  • Vehicle oils

What are the benefits of segregating your waste?

There are a wide range of disadvantages of not correctly segregating the waste which your business produces, ranging from environmental to economic. These include:

  • When wet and dry waste meet in a landfill they produce harmful gases including methane. Methane is extremely toxic and is a huge contributor to climate change.
  • Landfills are very much a finite resource and adding waste to landfill, because of poor segregation, which could be otherwise recycled or reused, will result in less landfill resources over time driving up the price of waste disposal.
  • Incorrect segregation between wet and dry waste can cause spoilage of dry waste such as cardboard and paper. This results in not being able to reuse these otherwise easily-recycled items.
  • Mixed dry and wet waste in landfills has been known to cause environmental issues such as crop failure, polluted water sources and localised explosions due to the toxic gas build-up.

Here at Doyle Bros we are extremely conscious of the negative impacts of improper waste disposal. For this reason, we segregate your commercial waste even further at our materials recovery facility here in Sydney. We recycle anything we possibly can and then create processed engineered fuel out of what remains. This fuel is an alternative to fossil fuels such as coal and gas and has a hugely positive impact on the environment. Less than 10% of all the waste which we collect goes to landfill. Call us today for a quote for Doyle Bros to safely dispose of your commercial waste here in Sydney!


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