What I really need to know about Skip hire

When hiring a skip you might think that it is straight forward but failing to comply with the relevant environmental legislation is a criminal offence and could lead to prosecution.

When dealing with waste the duty of care legislation makes provision for the safe management of waste to protect human health and the environment. The duty of care applies to anyone who imports, produces, carries, keeps, treats, disposes of, or are a dealer or broker that has control of, controlled waste

You have a responsibility to take all reasonable steps to ensure that when you transfer waste to another waste holder that the waste is managed correctly throughout its complete journey to disposal or recovery. Each holder in the waste chain shares the duty of care obligations.  So just because your waste has been taken away does not mean it is no longer your problem!

Remember that when you hire a skip you are responsible for it and its contents until its ultimate disposal.  As the producer of the waste it is you are also responsible to ensure that it is classified correctly.

When you book and order you skip and advise that it is for general waste then items such as fridges, televisions, florescent -tubes, tyres or other hazardous waste items should not be placed in the skip.  You should also advise if you intend to dispose of mattresses as acceptance varies from area to area.

By doing so will result in additional charges as these wastes are subject to different controls & disposal with different costings, you may be reported to the relevant environmental body.

If you are unsure it is always best to check beforehand we offer expert advice and support on your waste streams and relevant legislation ensuring that compliance is adhered to and no unforeseen charges arise.


The Advantages of Waste Disposal

Most of us probably haven’t given it much thought; however, there’re many reasons why waste must be effectively disposed of. Improper disposal of waste has several diverse effects including health problems as well as long-term environmental problems. In this article, we’ll discuss the advantages of proper waste disposal.

Environmental Advantages

Proper waste disposal plays a vital part in protecting mother nature. When we don’t dispose of plastic items or items that may contain toxic chemicals properly, they may eventually find their way into water sources (lakes, rivers or the ocean). When such items enter the natural ecosystem, they can create problems for plants, wildlife, and even human population. Therefore, proper waste disposal is critical as it protects the environment and preserves it for future generations.

Waste Energy

This is another advantage of proper waste disposal that not so many people are aware of. Waste-to-energy technology is an energy recovery process that converts chemicals from wastes into useful forms of energy such as heat, electricity, and steam. Due to advances in waste disposal technology, the energy produced during incineration can be captured and utilized to generate electricity. Even though this is currently being done on a small scale, it is definitely a big benefit of effective waste disposal.

Health Benefits

Improperly disposed of or inadequately treated waste can cause severe health effects on the general public. For instance, leaks from the waste may contaminate water sources and cause air pollution through emissions of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and heavy metals.

Burning the wrong type of waste can also cause toxic gases such as formaldehyde, furans, and dioxins to be released into the air. When inhaled, these gases can cause respiratory diseases such as laryngitis, asthma, chronic bronchitis or pharyngitis. Additionally, the harmful materials concentrated in the ashes can be leached into the soil and groundwater, contaminating water sources, plants and even food.

Effective waste disposal is therefore important since it prevents environmental pollution which in turn improves public health.

Economic Advantages

Employing a proper waste disposal system also comes with economic benefits. Organic waste generators including food processors, restaurants, grocery stores and homeowners can dispose of their waste through local garbage collection companies so that the waste is recycled into mulch and compost. These can be sold to landscapers, farmers, or anyone growing plants for resale, generating revenues for the waste disposal company. Additionally, these companies get to save on disposal costs since they don’t have to send the waste to an incinerator or landfill for disposal.

By now, businesses and households should be aware of the responsibility that they have to planet Earth. Proper waste disposal will ensure that ecosystems structure and functions are sustained not only for the benefit of the present generation but also for future generations.

Tips on Starting Office Recycling

We all know why recycling is a great idea but there are understandable barriers in human nature to getting initiatives going in the office: it takes a bit of planning to start them and a bit more effort and mindfulness to sustain them.

Ambitious long-term recycling goals are often fine but if you don’t announce what they really are, but rather, break the challenge down into smaller achievable steps, each of them can be celebrated across the organisation for their progressive success.

So here are five tips for starting a recycling programme that won’t run out of steam.

Tip One

Set up a Green Team to brainstorm the logistics whilst remembering that it’s something everybody will have to participate in to make it a success. Get your Green Team to meet periodically but have a rotating chair in those meetings for other members of the office to takes turns, join in and provide feedback.

Tip Two

Conduct a Waste Audit to get a baseline on how much and what types of rubbish the office produces. This information will help you measure progress, decide on the recyclers you’ll be working with and will indicate where to put your initial efforts for the most impact. Then create a plan which details what the initiative will cost, or hopefully, save, who is going to take the lead responsibility, the types of recyclables and how often they will be picked up.

Tip Three

Remember to include a Green Purchasing “precycling” policy from the outset wherever possible. In many ways this passive element has the most impact for the least effort, but make sure to share its success with the whole office team as part of the motivational feedback.

Tip Four

Create a Recycling Awareness and Programme Launch Day. This is your opportunity to get everybody on board, make it part of the company culture and communicate that it’s fun as well as virtuous! This is also the day the new recycling bins are deployed in convenient locations with positive messaging that explains and motivates everybody to use them on a regular basis. Optimal bin placement affects whether people use the new bins properly, so find the most likely areas for waste generation and convenient disposal.

Tip Five

Once you have a recycling system in place it’s necessary to remove as many “general waste” bins in the office as possible – particularly the personal bins under individual staff desks. The best way to do this is to make it the responsibility of each member of staff to hand it over and provide some positive feedback/reward to having made this contribution.


Recycling schemes in the office are worthwhile and important but they sometimes mean cutting across departments and areas of authority. It’s important to make sure everybody is on board and motivated to make the initiative succeed as a group. Good luck!


10 Tips for a Better Waste Management Plan

Recycling can be a great opportunity to generate value. If you think recycling should be all about managing resources – rather than managing waste – you are absolutely correct. You can actually save money and time by thinking how you’ll manage waste before you buy any product; you’ll also be taking action to improve our ecosystem and reduce the levels of pollution, one household at a time.

Here is a list of 10 simple but effective tactics you may want to adopt starting today:

1) Don’t buy things you don’t need – this is the most obvious tactic you can use to minimise waste, yet many people fail to observe it. If you’re careful to avoid spending money on things you don’t really need, you’ll immediately be ahead in the recycling curve.

2) Think before disposing – Whenever you’re looking at old books, clothes or anything else you need to dispose of, try to think if any person or organisation that might use those items directly or indirectly.

3) Start a compost pile – if you have a little spare room in your backyard, start a compost pile and get in the habit of putting all of your wet waste and food leftovers in there. This will both make it simpler to dispose of the trash, and you will later be able to use the compost as natural fertilizer for your plants and flowers.

4) Sort your waste efficiently – make sure to get separate containers for plastics, paper and glass. Take the time to organize your waste beforehand, and you’ll find it much easier to ensure all materials go to their proper place with minimum thought and effort.

5) Take care in preparing your trash bags – making sure to separate waste materials is just the first step; keep the best interests of garbage collectors in mind and keep your garbage bags neat and tightly shut for convenient transport.

6) Look for creative ways to reuse – there are lots of creative ways to add extra life to everyday household items and materials like plastic bags (can be reused in multiple ways), paper envelopes (good for jotting down notes), and containers of any kind (can be repurposed or used for arts and crafts).

7) Recycled paper is good – not only because it has already been recycled, which means no further trees had to be taken down, but also because such paper can go through further recycling cycles.

8) Plastic is not environmentally friendly – not all types of plastics can be efficiently recycled, especially when they’re greasy. Whenever possible, favour paper products when you need temporary packages or just get hard plastic containers meant to last for a while.

9) Favour Eco-friendly goods – when purchasing a product, try looking beyond its actual composition and into its production-related waste. As a rule of thumb, choosing eco-friendly goods is the best option, as these products are certified to cause little
pollution during their manufacture process.

10) Recyclable goods in recyclable packaging are ideal – but when it’s not an option, try to find creative ways to reuse the packaging and recycle the goods.