Monthly Archives: July 2013

Finding the right skip for you

It can be difficult to find the right skip for your needs. However, if you think about the project you are carrying out, then finding the right skip for you should not be a problem.

A mini skip is ideal for most general home or garden jobs. It is small and convenient, holding around 30 bin bags. For larger jobs, consider a midi skip, which hold around 45 bin bags.

A maxi skip will often be used by the building trade. It holds around 70 bin bags, making it ideal for most industrial projects.

Of course, there are other things to consider apart from the size of skip you need. You should also think about the material you are disposing of, as this can have an influence on the skip you choose.

What happens to our recycling?

86a52852ae0693a3a820663a6bba79f9

We all know how important it is to recycle the waste in our homes, yet what happens when we throw unwanted items in the rubbish?

Once the refuse collectors take our recycled waste away, it is taken to a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) where it is all sorted into separate materials. These sorted materials are then sold on the worldwide market and distributed, usually resulting in new products being made from the recycled waste.

In the UK, newspapers are made form 100% recycled paper and in excess of 80% of all recycled glass is used to make new glass jars and bottles. Other countries purchase our recycled waste too, with China using recycled plastic to make a variety of new products. Even organic food and kitchen waste can be recycled and is often used to make agricultural products such as compost, fertilizers and processed sand.

Recycling Facts

There is a global problem with the amount of waste produced and the world is running out space to dispose of it. Landfills and incineration contaminate the environment. The millions of tonnes of material that is processed in recycling plants in the UK have an impact not only here, but also abroad.

In the UK all newsprint is manufactured solely from recycled paper, 100 percent of wood is reprocessed and over 80 percent of glass collected is recycled into new jars and bottles. Countries that have a manufacturing industry without sources of raw materials, such as China, pay well for recyclables like plastic, and 67 percent of the UK’s waste plastic is reprocessed abroad. It costs industry far less to recover raw materials from waste than the original manufacturing process, and it requires less energy use. There are savings in transport costs, as containers filled with waste can return with goods.