If you work in building or construction, are planning a house renovation or moving home or office, the chances are that you’ll acquire a lot of rubbish along the way. It’s important to properly clear and dispose of your rubbish, especially as we become more aware of how our waste impacts the planet. Failing to dispose of your rubbish properly can cause damage to the environment, look unsightly, and in some cases even incur fines, so it’s vital to know about proper rubbish clearance.
There are many ways to dispose of rubbish, from hiring a skip to recycling, or getting a waste management company to take care of things on your behalf. If you’re wondering why proper rubbish clearance is so important, or where to start, then read on for everything you need to know.
Why is rubbish clearance so important?
Rubbish clearance is important for many reasons as touched upon above, including the environment, for the aesthetics of the area, and to comply with rules and regulations. Leaving rubbish to build up, or not disposing of it properly, can pollute the environment through the spread of germs and bacteria, damage our oceans and cause harm to animals who may try to eat or get caught up in rubbish. Litter can also pollute water systems, and release toxic gases into the air, such as carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide and methane.
Failing to dispose of rubbish also looks unsightly, and it can impact on the community if there’s litter everywhere. Overflowing bins or skips also attract rodents and flies which can hasten the spread of diseases. Hazardous waste like batteries, aerosols, paints and adhesives also have their own regulations regarding proper disposal, and you can be fined if you fail to dispose of them safely. Businesses and individuals have a ‘duty of care’ to dispose of hazardous waste in a way which causes no harm or damage, and there are extra rules depending on whether you produce or hold the waste, transport it or receive it for recycling or disposal. You can read more about the regulations on the government website here.
Rubbish clearance methods
There are many different ways to dispose of rubbish, from hiring a skip to using professional recycling services or taking rubbish to a landfill site yourself. Below we will examine some of the popular rubbish clearance methods in more detail.
One of the most effective ways to keep large amounts of rubbish in one place is by hiring a skip to keep all your waste in. Skips come in many different sizes to suit jobs large or small, from a 4 yard skip to larger roll on-roll off models. Skip hire is convenient as it saves you having to make trips back and forth with bin bags full of rubbish; you can simply fill up the skip and then the skip hire company can come and collect it when you’re done. Skip hire companies are also dedicated to recycling and reusing as much waste as possible, so you can be confident that you’re doing your bit for the environment.
You’ll need a skip licence if putting a skip on a public road, but in most cases the skip hire company will take care of the permits and licences themselves. You can contact your local council if you need to obtain a permit yourself; and you may also need to put safety markers around the skip, such as lights, reflective markers and traffic cones. This step is important as you can be fined up to £1,000 for failing to put up the required safety markings.
Waste management companies
A professional waste management company can collect and dispose of all rubbish on your behalf, which is particularly useful if you’re part of a business which produces a large volume of waste. A waste company will also transport and treat any waste that could be harmful (such as hazardous waste), and choose the best method of disposal, whether it be recycling, landfill, incineration or another alternative. Choosing a professional company saves you or your business time, money and energy, and allows you to maintain a clean and safe environment.
It can also save money on vehicle and labour costs incurred by transporting the waste yourself, and like skip hire, waste management companies will limit the amount of waste sent to landfill so it benefits the environment too. We will discuss some of the rubbish clearance methods used by waste management companies in more detail below.
Recycling rubbish is one the most environmentally friendly way to deal with rubbish clearance, as it doesn’t require the use of raw energy or fossil fuels to create new products. Many different materials can be recycled, including plastic, glass, wood, paper and metal, as well as items such as clothes, shoes and books. Recycling has many benefits for the environment, as it reduces the amount of waste sent to landfill, conserves natural resources and prevents pollution caused by creating new raw materials.
Recycled products have a very wide range of uses, from backpacks and insulation materials made from recycled plastic, to containers, new glass bottles, bike and car parts, new aluminium cans, notebooks, furniture and much more.
This is a type of thermal treatment for waste, which converts waste into ash, flue, gas and heat. Emissions from incineration can damage the environment however, as burning waste such as plastic releases toxic pollutants into the air, although the greenhouse gas emissions are still less than those from landfill. However, incinerators are highly effective at reducing the quantity of waste by up to 95%, which decreases the amount of land needed for landfill sites.
So called ‘green waste’ such as garden twigs and leaves or food scraps, can be cleared and turned into compost for another environmentally friendly method of rubbish collection. Composting is a biodegradation process where organic waste is placed in a container until it decomposes. Composting is a great way to clear waste in an eco-friendly way, and the compost can be used as an effective fertilizer in your garden. Composting also lowers your carbon footprint, and reduces methane emissions which are generated by landfills.
Landfill is the oldest method and waste disposal, and while it isn’t a particularly environmentally friendly way to dispose of waste, sometimes there simply isn’t an alternative. Landfill sites compress waste and fill it in either a hole dug into the ground, or it’s piled up in the landfill pit. Waste is covered with a layer of soil or wood chips (often daily), and after loads are deposited, compactors or bulldozers will spread and crush down the waste to make room for more.
Landfill sites have the potential to cause pollution to the surrounding environment, including the air and water supplies, or soil contamination. As waste decomposes, it can release harmful gases such as methane into the air, as well as carbon dioxide which contributes to climate change.
If you’re looking for professional waste disposal solutions or cheap skip hire in North East Lincolnshire, get in touch with Paul Riddell Skips Ltd. We have over 35 years of waste disposal experience, and offer the highest quality all-inclusive waste disposal solutions for you or your business. Whether your waste is hazardous or non-hazardous, we can dispose of it in an efficient and cost effective way, while ensuring that we recycle as much as possible for an environmentally friendly solution. For more information or to discuss your requirements, give us a call or visit the website today.