Monthly Archives: September 2017

The Benefits of Hiring a Skip

While everyone agrees that hiring a skip is an easy way to dispose of waste, many also feel that they should really do it themselves if they are able to. Of course, for small amounts requiring just a few sacks, that’s correct. For significant amounts of waste, however, such as from renovation work, garden makeovers, or property clearance, hiring a skip offers many more advantages than simply making it easier.

Convenience

While you can dispose of any amount of waste materials and items yourself, hiring a skip, saves you a lot of time and effort. The skip-hire company will deliver the skip and leave it with you. You only have to carry the waste to the skip and dump it inside; you don’t even need to sort it. When you’re ready, the skip-hire company will come and collect the full skip, sort your waste by type and dispose of it appropriately. By contrast, disposing of a large amount of waste yourself involves gathering it into many separate bags or sacks, taking care to sort different materials into different containers, loading them into your car or van, transporting them to your nearest recycling or waste disposal centre and dumping the sack contents into the appropriate waste areas for your types of waste. That’s a lot of effort, and if it involves making many to-and-fro trips, then it’s also costing you a lot of time.

Economy

Most people agree that skip hire is convenient, but many feel it’s a luxury they can’t afford, or, rather, an expense they can’t justify. In fact, depending on various factors including the amount of waste involved, the distance it needs to be carried to be disposed of and the number of trips involved, it can work out cheaper to hire a skip. That’s even more true if you have to hire a van to make those trips.

Safety

Sorting waste into many bags or bins for disposal involves more contact with it, which increases the risk of injury from sharp edges or hazardous substances. Another safety advantage shows itself in work sites or even gardens where the waste accumulates on-site waiting for a convenient time to get rid of it. Having it lying around the site can present a safety hazard and looks untidy, whereas keeping it all in the skip makes for a safer and cleaner working area.

Environment

Skip hire is good for the environment because skip-hire companies are legally obliged to dispose of your waste responsibly. As professionals, they know how to sort waste so that it can be correctly disposed of in the appropriate areas of recycling centres. The general public are also encouraged to use recycling centres, of course, but many are unsure how to sort their waste, so some of it may end up in the wrong receptacles where it can present a hazard. Skip-hire companies have the expertise needed to sort and dispose of your waste efficiently and in the eco-friendliest manner.

 

Environment Secretary Urged to Reconsider Resource Strategy

In July 2017, Environment Secretary Michael Gove announced plans for a renewed strategy on waste and resources. However, in the latest version of its Residual Waste Infrastructure Review, published in August 2017, resource efficiency consultancy Eunomia urges Mr. Gove to concentrate on the higher, more favourable stages of the so-called waste hierarchy, rather than the recovery of energy from waste materials.

According to the waste hierarchy, which is defined in The Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011, the recovery of energy from waste materials is considered favourable only to disposal – an absolute last resort – and less favourable than recycling, reuse or waste prevention. Furthermore, a recent study by Eunomia, which has been monitoring the growth of residual waste treatment facilities since 2009, suggests that the United Kingdom will reach excess capacity, in terms of energy from waste, within the next three or four years. The residual waste treatment capacity has already more than doubled, from 6.3 million tonnes to 13.5 million tonnes, since 2009/10, according to the study.

Even in the best-case scenario, where only the waste treatment facilities already under construction are completed and operate at full capacity, Eunomia claims that the recycling rate would be limited to 63%. If 40% of the waste plants at the planning stage are built and operate at full capacity, the recycling rate would be limited to 57%. Both scenarios assume that the amount of waste exported as Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) remains constant at its current level.

Even if the United Kingdom hits existing and future targets for recycling, which will reduce the amount of residual waste, excess capacity could reach 9.5 million tonnes by 2030/31, according to the study. If the country hits existing household recycling targets for 2020 and the recycling rate remains constant for the next decade, the current waste treatment capacity appears sufficient, Eunomia claims, allowing for a modest increase in commercial and industrial recycling, even if no waste is exported as RDF.

In June 2017, the resource and waste management Trade Association Group (TAG) wrote to the recently appointed Secretary of State, calling on him to reverse the decline in recycling rates. TAG brings together organisations from across the sector, including the Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association (ADBA), the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM), the Renewable Energy Association and other influential bodies. Mr. Gove has already committed to publishing the 25 Year Environmental Plan for the Environment, which was delayed by the vote to leave the European Union and the subsequent General Election.