Make your business greener today

Join over 30,000 businesses using First Mile for reliable & flexible waste and recycling collection, amazing customer support 
& industry-leading reporting

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The greenest and most effective way to manage your waste
Zero to landfill promise
We help businesses reduce waste and increase recycling rates, offering 25+ recycling services. Anything that can't be recycled goes to a waste-to-energy facility where it's turned into energy to power homes.
Reliable collections 7 days a week
Business waste collections as often as you need them. Reliable, friendly drivers in ultra-low or zero emission vehicles. Council time-band compliant, 99% of collections were on time last year.
Amazing customer support, 24/7
Our customer support team are here to help you via email, live chat or phone. Your online customer account and a handy First Mile app are also available to make orders, report issues, access invoices and more.
Compliance & Carbon Reporting
Compliance certificates and free carbon reporting all available in your online account, where you can quickly & easily manage your waste services at the click of a button. You can be confident your waste is being handled responsibly, and get the data to prove it.
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B Corp Certified

We're the only waste & recycling provider in London and one of the first in the UK to become B Corp Certified. 

We're proud to be a B Corp. It shows our commitment to sustainability not just through supporting our customers through recycling, but through our own operations. 

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High impact, circular economy recycling

Serving over 30,000 customers, we collect 65,000 tonnes of waste every year with our ultra-low emission trucks and zero-emission electric cargo bikes and delivery vans.

We offer over 25 different types of recycling & waste management services, from regular services such as general waste, mixed recycling, cardboard, plastics, and food, to the more obscure such as coffee grounds, textiles, plastic kegs and cooking oil

We work with brands to create nationwide recycling solutions for their products and packaging driving the circular economy, and offer renewable business energy to help businesses further avoid carbon emissions. 

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Easy just got easier

Our handy First Mile app makes commercial waste easy for you to manage.

Order sacks or bin collections, and make payments at your convenience.

Built-in environmental reporting will also show you the climate impact of any waste, recycling, or business energy services you use.

First Mile Business Waste & Recycling FAQs
Why can't I put coffee waste in the bin?

You can, but when you include coffee grounds or beans in your general waste, they will more than likely end up in a landfill.

They will then start decomposing and producing harmful greenhouse gases, like methane, eventually emitting them into the atmosphere and directly contributing to global warming.  

Who are Envar?

First Mile has partnered with Envar to recycle coffee grounds in the best possible way to help our environment. They specialise in composting green and food waste on a large scale, and are experts in their field, meaning they know exactly what to do with any form of coffee waste.  

Why is waste management important?

Each year, the UK generates over 44 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 LondonBirmingham and the UK, First Mile has already helped over 30,000 businesses to reduce their carbon impact with our range of recycling services - with over 200 new businesses signing up each week.

By choosing First Mile, you’ll benefit from a low cost, reliable service, a 24/7 helpdesk, and free monthly reporting. You can view our accreditations above and our certificates and insurances here.

What makes First Mile different from other waste management services in London?

At First Mile, we don’t just manage your waste professionally and securely - we're 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.