Waste removal is a continuing issue that every country across the world must manage. It’s not always easy, however, to fully understand exactly what you should do when it comes to managing your own household waste.
Here are five key DO’s and DON’Ts of waste management, and removal, to consider before you begin any home interior projects, or general waste organisation.
DO, keep an eye on current legislation
Current government legislation will provide a good base knowledge of how best to approach your waste management and removal. The UK currently follows the EU Waste Framework Directive, which provides a definition of waste types and explains how they should be managed.
For household waste, recycling centres were set up under the Civil Amenities Act 1967, to allow local residents to appropriately discard of their waste appropriately.
Household waste management also underwent a significant transformation in recent years, as the government issued specific requirements to sort and separate recyclable materials at home, and improve UK waste management by 2020.
Legislation is subject to change. For the most up-to-date information surrounding waste legislation and regulations, visit this gov.uk
DO, consider the environment
Recycling is more crucial now than ever before. It allows the old to be transformed in to something new, and helps to reduce the amount of general waste left in landfills.
Non-recycled waste significantly contributes to the production of greenhouse gasses, a primary contributor to the destruction of the ozone layer. By increasing our recycling efforts, pollution is limited and can help to preserve raw materials that are being depleted through mass-production.
DON’T, be irresponsible
Hazardous waste, such as cleaning products, paint, and batteries, absolutely need to be recycled properly. Not doing so could not only impact your health and safety, but could also impact the health and safety of those who come in to contact with them later.
Recycling centres often hold specific facilities for hazardous waste such as this, so if you were to dispose of it yourself, make sure you know exactly how and where to do so.
DON’T, fly tip
Fly tipping involves illegally dumping your rubbish, and could see you issued a hefty fine. As of 2016, anyone caught fly tipping could receive an on the spot fine of up to £400. Fly tipping results in a waste of clean-up resources, and expensive clean-up costs, as well as potentially creating significant environmental damage.
The act of fly tipping can refer to the small deposit of bin bags or other household waste on the street, or the side of the road. But it can even go so far as to include demolition waste left behind. Whilst fly tipping is illegal, it also causes the environment it’s been dumped in to look ugly and run down.
Although not specifically fly tipping as explained here, dumping any household waste in to someone else’s skip could also see you handed a fine.
DON’T, waste your valuable time
Waste management can be extremely time consuming. Whether you’re sorting through general household waste following a big clear-out, or you’re managing the waste following a home interior refit, separating waste and correctly disposing of it can take unnecessary time out of your day.
Hiring a skip from a professional service could be the solution to gaining back valuable time. Many skip services will organise your waste for you, meaning you have more time to spend on the things you really want to be doing.
Bateman Skip Hire offers reliable skip hire, with a range of sizes available, and we recycle 95% of the waste we receive. For any enquiries requiring skip hire, visit our Batemanskips website