What happens to my waste when I use a skip hire company?

Why should I consider what happens to my waste?

The majority of businesses and families aim to become eco-friendly and are looking for ways in which to become ‘green’. The way they dispose of waste is key to achieving this, in order to manage this, they must ensure that they choose the correct company to do this. It is important for people to know what will happen to their waste once it is disposed of and to be confident that it will be disposed of in a way which is positive for the environment and that also complies with the law. The Government and local authorities are committed to reducing the amount of waste that enters landfill sites. They are aiming to achieve zero to landfill, this means that as much waste as possible will be reused, recycled or recovered. It is reported that landfills are responsible for up to 80% of the soil pollution, as well as contamination of water. The decomposition of rubbish within the landfill sites also creates methane, this is a powerful greenhouse gas which can contribute to climate change. It is estimated that up to 50% of landfill space is taken up by paper, a material that can easily be recycled.

Recycling your waste

Skip hire is an effective way of ensuring your waste is recycled

Skip hire companies work hard to reduce the amount of waste that enters landfills sites

What happens to the contents of your skip?

  • Once you have filled your skip, it will be collected and taken back to the company’s site.  Once returned, the company will get to work separating the contents into piles or similar materials.  Once this has been finished, there will be a small pile of waste which will then be sent to landfill. 
  • A significant amount of waste can be separated for recycling, reuse or composting.
  • Garden waste, for example, can be turned to compost.  This is nutrient-rich and therefore beneficial for soil.  It can also introduce valuable organisms to existing soil and support with healthy plant growth. Excess soil can be used by landscapers and land reclamation schemes to prevent it going to landfill sites.
  • Construction waste such as brick, broken tiles and rock can be used to make hardcore.  These materials are crushed and can then be used to help to build the foundations of buildings, formation of roads or for making driveways.
  • Wood furniture can be chipped and used in the garden industry.  It can also be used as fuel which will prevent trees being felled for the same purpose. This is therefore an eco friendly option.
  • Many items can be recycled, such as white goods.  These can be refurbished and reused. The energy industry can use items such as computers or TVs for electricity generation.  Scrap metal can be melted down into metal bars for reuse within industry.

Why use a skip hire company?

Skip hire companies work hard to reduce the amount of waste that enters landfills sites.  Materials such as plastic bottles and metal cans can take up to 200 years to decompose.  By recycling these, fewer end up in landfill which has a positive impact on the environment.

Skip hire companies help you to do your bit to help the environment.  As long as only approved items are disposed of, fewer items will end up in landfill.  This will reduce the amount of space needed and therefore provide more land for other opportunities. Skip hire companies will sort your waste for you which means that your waste will be disposed of or recycled correctly without personal effort.

Using a skip can enhance safety, it prevents potentially hazardous items such as nails and bricks from being left on the ground.  This will protect children and pets by keeping materials out of harms way. Skips come in a variety of shapes and sizes.  Although local councils offer a waste disposal service, the capacity of waste that can be collected is small.  Many families will accumulate more waste than can be contained in a bin after a week.

Skips are also easy to use and economical.  When undertaking projects and generating a significant amount of waste, you may be required to make frequent trips to landfill sites or your local recycling centre.  This is not an effective use of time and you may need to hire a van which can prove costly.

By hiring a skip, you will be taking a proactive approach to waste management.  You can be confident that your waste will be disposed of in an eco-friendly way and a reduced impact on the use of landfills.