Monthly Archives: November 2017

How To Manage Your Skip Effectively

If you’re working on a job large enough to warrant using a skip, then it’s always worth remembering what you can and can’t throw in it, if only to save yourself time and money. These days we all need to be responsible for disposing of waste in a responsible manner, and knowing what a skip will accommodate is only going to help you manage your project more efficiently. So, as a basic rule, keep in mind that you can put in most building materials, making the hiring of a skip perfect for anyone renovating a property, working on a garden or perhaps just having a good old spring clean. This, in effect, means that all types of bricks and rubble can be thrown in, as can metals, wood and non-toxic domestic waste. Soil and general packaging are also fine, as are plastics, although you might want to think about recycling these items separately. You’re also free to dispose of furniture in a skip, but if your local council runs a furniture re-use scheme, that’s always an option too.

When it comes to what can’t go in your skip, the general rule is that hazardous or harmful items are a no go. Electrical goods such as TVs, computer monitors and batteries should be recycled separately so as to protect the environment. If, however, you do have electrical goods to dispose of, there’s a good chance the shop you purchased them from might offer a trade in service for your old item. Chemical waste or any type of oil or diesel are prohibited, but paint tins can go in if emptied. And whilst tyres and fridges cannot go in, most councils run a free collection service for white goods, and other items can easily be disposed of at your local tip. Legislation regarding plasterboard states it must be separated from other waste, so plasterboard can’t go in, and asbestos is, surprise, surprise, a big no-no. Asbestos or any other hazardous waste can’t be re-used or recycled under any circumstances, and should always be dealt with by a waste company that specialises in dealing with hazardous materials. So, before you embark on a project large enough it’s going to require a skip, it’s always worth taking a moment to access what can and can’t go into it. As a general rule: pretty much anything except electrical items or hazardous and toxic waste.

How Recycling is Helping the Environment

Recycling is the process of converting used or discarded materials into new products that can be used again. The used materials are referred to as waste. Not all waste generated are recyclable. Recyclable materials include paper, plastic, glass, tires, textiles, metal, electronics and a host of others.

Problems created by waste generation

The world population is generating an increasing amount of waste today due to a number of prevailing circumstances on our planet. With an ever increasing world population, the amount of waste we generate has risen exponentially. Living in a modern, increasingly affluent world, our standard of living is on the rise and with this, the requirement for more products. This leads to an increase in waste generated.

Many of us are persistently under pressure from work and from other daily travails. As a result, there is little time to settle down to a proper meal while we deal with these chores. As a result, many now rely on fast food, which create additional, non-biodegradable waste material.

Modern technology has also revolutionised how we live and work. Many of us now carry multiple gadgets with us. Some of these are practically indispensable, if we are to keep in touch with our friends, family and associates, but all these come at a price to the environment

Many of the products are made from raw materials obtained from virgin sources of renewable and non-renewable fossil fuels and mineral ores. Technological products come in new packaging and they contain materials which are not biodegradable and could be harmful to the environment. In addition, large amounts of energy are required to manufacture these products from raw materials.

As the amount of waste we generate build up in landfill sites, green-house gasses and harmful chemicals are released into the environment. Harmful chemicals destroy our habitat and greenhouse gasses lead to global warming, flooding and other climatic catastrophes. Toxic chemicals in plastics pollute groundwater reservoirs, posing harmful danger to humans and wildlife animals.

Benefits of recycling

Recycling brings about significant benefits to our environment. It substantially reduces pollution of the soil and water by harmful chemicals from waste released to the environment. Recycling cuts down greenhouse emissions and reduces global warming and its unfavourable effects on climate change.

When we recycle waste and produce new materials from them instead of discarding them, we reduce the need for new raw materials and preserve resources for future generations. We also conserve space that would otherwise have been utilised as landfills.

Reduction in the need for additional raw materials preserves our rain forests and wards off deforestation and its unfavourable effects on global warming. What’s more, recycling consumes a lot less energy than making the products from raw materials. It is therefore cheaper and more cost effective to recycle.