Commercial Waste Management – Duty Of Care

Commercial Waste Management is a potentially hazardous business, and responsibility for waste disposal and the welfare of the environment, personnel and the general public are very important. The duty of care is about responsibility to others and areas which may be affected by waste being handled.

Owners, managers and staff at commercial waste businesses should be trained, competent or supervised, and there are regulations and requirements to ensure safety and prevention of harm, all waste handling operations require a licence.

The duty of care extends to the waste disposal customer’s actions, as the customer of a waste disposal company is also responsible for their waste and its safe removal.
The duty of care in relation to waste management regulations are legally binding and relates to the Environmental Protection Act 1990, provision 34 (1).

Duty of Care and Allocation of Responsibility.

Waste management companies must be clear with customers what is the company’s responsibility and what is the customer’s. In brief the customer is responsible for the content of waste they put out for removal, for example, if there is anything hazardous or prohibited within the waste as well as making sure that skips and waste disposal bins are not overloaded.
Customers are also responsible for waste containers to be filled, being placed legally and without obstruction to others, and for a permit if one is necessary. And also to make sure their waste is legally removed by licenced waste removal contractors.

A person handing over waste is legally obliged to ensure that the person taking the waste is licenced and able to transport, store or dispose of that waste.

The waste company is responsible for handling. transporting and disposing of the waste safely and without damage to people, the environment or property. In short, safe and legal waste disposal. The company are responsible for taking the waste to a licenced disposal or recycling facility. The waste company should be insured for the work that they carry out and also licenced to transport and handle waste. The customer should be presented with a waste transfer document when the company collects the waste, to ensure that records can be kept of the waste and its disposal.

The penalties for improper handling of waste are very serious, severe fines and imprisonment are among the punishments. Those involved in the duty of care include anyone who produces, handles, moves, disposes of, treats or recycles waste.

Duty of care applies to all businesses, no matter how small, and also, in a limited sense, to individual households, who are obliged to make sure that their waste is disposed of safely.

What Happens When My Waste Is Collected?

Have you thought about where all your waste goes? Well, the collectors make sure the trash does not cause environmental issues. For instance, filling up landfills affect wildlife since most dump sites are near wildlife habitats.

Where Does Trash Go After Pick up from Your House? 

Your Skip collector usually collects your waste with a lorry and travels to the rail transfer stations. At the transfer station, the waste undergoes sorting to different types according to the method of disposal. The waste that will undergo recycling is put aside from those that will end up in the landfill. Large waste pieces like appliances, wood and cardboard are also dealt with differently.

After taking out the large items from the pile of waste, the remaining goes into the conveyor belt. The goal is to separate the trash further and place them in bags. Sometimes the employees physically separate the waste. For efficient sorting, most trash companies employ mechanical techniques. They have trommels and magnets which separate metallic objects from the pile.

At the end of the sorting process, the recyclable materials go to the nearby recycling centres. The metallic objects undergo further separation into different ferrous and non-ferrous metals. They are often sold to scrap dealers. Some companies send furniture, books and appliances in good condition to second-hand stores. The remaining pile may require further separation to make it as clean as possible.

What Happens to Recyclable Materials? 

Materials that need recycling include plastics, paper, and cardboard. Usually, the skip company separate recyclable items according to material types. They then undergo further processing to form new products. For instance, plastics can make clothing and fibre filling for duvets. Paper and cardboard become boxes and packaging materials.

What Happens to Food and Garden Waste? 

Food and garden waste are used to make compost for farming. The waste sent to compost facilities should be clean and free of non-biodegradable substances. Another conventional method of getting rid of food waste is through anaerobic digestion. The process produces fertilisers sold to local farmers and biogas which is clean, renewable energy.

Energy from Waste 

With the increase in environmental awareness, most countries are looking for ways to reduce the use of non-renewable sources of energy. There are facilities which generate power through processing of waste. The energy from waste facilities produces energy in the form of heat and electricity.

What Happens in a Landfill? 

General waste that cannot be recycled or compost goes to the landfill. Before being thrown into the dump site, the trash goes into a waste reduction process. The process involves the addition of water and mechanical turning to keep it aerated. The aeration and water speed up decomposition and reduces the volume of waste.

Why Hire a Skip For Your Spring Clean?

Christmas is over and you’re ready to come out of hibernation!

Every year in spring millions of people embrace the change in the season by cleaning out their houses, this is known to refresh the mind ready for the brighter days to come. How will you effectively move all that clutter? A skip may be the answer, let’s explore why.

Simpler Sorting 

In an ever-changing world, the responsibility to dispose of waste correctly and ecologically is much greater. Instead of worrying about separating the garden waste from the plastic and cardboard, it all just goes into one big pile which the owners of the skip will take away and deal with for you. This way you don’t have to stress about separating everything correctly and you know you don’t even have to give it a second thought.

We’re Gonna Need A Bigger Car 

Bigger items like old sofas are not likely going to fit into a car safely. Skip’s provide a big place to put the bigger items that you can’t easily get into your car or van. This is much safer and means you don’t have to worry about taking the big items away – This takes a load off.

Going Round in Circles 

Consider the number of times you will have to drive back and forth to dispose of your waste. Consider the amount of petrol that you will use to do these trips. Surely the better solution is to let someone else do one trip for you, and not use your petrol. This will save both money and your time. Your time is valuable so if there is a way to make your time more productive and effective, you should do it.

One Size Doesn’t Fit All 

When hiring a skip it is better to ask about what size will be best for you. The good news is that there are several sizes to choose from, so you can choose the best one for your requirements. There is no point in paying for a large parcel to post a letter, and the same applies to skips.

Book in Advance 

Sometimes skips can be in high demand, especially around the spring clean. This means it is much better to book in advance so you know for sure there is a skip available to you. Booking in advanced does have its benefits, you can start to get everything bagged up and sorted ready to go into the skip. You can also allocate a certain day and plan how to tackle it before you receive the skip.

Safety Tips When Handling Skip Hire

Skip hires are the best way to dispose of waste materials from your home especially if you want to

carry out general cleaning within your home. Skips come in different shapes and sizes, and you can hire any depending on what you want to dispose of. However, skips can pose a great danger to you, others, and even the drivers delivering them. Read on to learn some safety tips when handling skips.

Preparation Before Delivery 

Before the skip is delivered, ensure that there is ample space where it can be placed. Also, check to see that there are no wire cables that are likely to get damaged by the delivery lorry. On the ground where the skip is to be situated, confirm that there are no obstacles. If you have no space within your home to place the skip, acquire a permit to place the skip on the side of the road. However, as you place the skip on the roadside, it should not be at a place that it can cause accidents such as on the bends.

Loading the Skip

When loading the skip with rubbish, put the heavy items at the bottom while the light ones should be placed on top. Do not overfill the skip with waste because the skip hire company will not be in a position to transport it. Besides, it is illegal as the overflowing waste may cause accidents or fall on the roads causing pollution. It would be better to hire a large skip that will fit all the rubbish you want to be disposed of. During loading, if the waste is bulky and requires to be taken to the skip using wheelbarrows, hire a skip that can open on the side for easier loading to make sure the loaders do not get hurt. Items that require lifting should also be handled carefully because they can easily hurt whoever is loading them into the skips.

What Goes Into The Skip? 

As you load the skip with rubbish, bare in mind that there are people who sort the skip after hire, they separate the different waste materials for recycling. The skip hire company is liable and can be sued if rubbish poses a danger to the workers. Hence, only load safe items. Electrical appliances such as refrigerators and televisions should not be thrown into the skips. Materials with asbestos should also not be disposed into skips because they are hazardous to the health of the workers.

Skips are necessary especially if you have lots of rubbish you need to dispose of. However, skips can also cause injuries to the people who handle them. Safety measures are therefore paramount to observe if you want to use a skip. For instance, you should create enough space where the skip is to be placed within your home. Avoid filling the skip such that waste overflows. Instead, hire a large skip. Also, do not throw electric appliances because they can pose a great danger to the workers who sort the waste products. Items containing asbestos should also not be thrown into the skip