Conversations regarding climate change are now being had frequently the world over. In 2013, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) stated that it was ‘extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century.’ It’s become undeniably apparent that our actions are having adverse effects on the planet and with this in mind, it’s more important than ever to be environmentally conscious in all aspects of life.
Whilst it’s extremely easy to adopt the ‘out of sight, out of mind’ mindset, it’s important to look at the bigger picture. In burying our heads in the sand, we are allowing wildlife to suffer and most importantly, we are putting future generations at risk.
Whilst there are many things one can do to lead a more eco-friendly lifestyle, analysing your waste disposal methods is a perfect place to start. Many of us make a concentrated effort to recycle household waste wherever possible to reduce our carbon footprint and ultimately save the planet, but sometimes, it’s hard to know what can and can’t be recycled.
Whether you’re renovating your home from top to bottom or you work on a busy construction site, it’s easy to take your waste to a rubbish dump and forget all about it. However, this is not the most environmentally friendly way to dispose of unwanted goods. Although we should all be conscious of our waste disposal methods, in instances where large amounts of waste are produced, it’s especially important for people to be mindful of how this waste could impact the environment.
Many skip hiring companies pledge to recycle waste wherever possible, giving you peace of mind that you’re taking the best approach possible to waste disposal. When you rely on an eco-friendly skip hire service, you can rest assured knowing your waste has been processed correctly and dealt with in the best way possible. Not only will this help reduce your carbon footprint, but it’s also a simple, stress-free way of discarding your rubbish. With trained professionals sorting through your various waste products, you don’t have to!
Although hiring a skip comes at a price, the benefits are undeniable. At Black Country Skip Hire, we are proud advocates of eco-friendly waste disposal. That’s why we’ve explored the detrimental effects improper waste disposal can have on the planet along with how skip hire services can help.
The perils of landfill sites
Any rubbish that can’t be/isn’t recycled is sent to landfill sites. Whilst this is the oldest form of waste disposal and is known to be cost-efficient, there are many negative environmental implications. These include:
Any organic matter that is disposed of via landfill will release methane as it decomposes. As an extremely potent greenhouse gas, methane is detrimental to our environment and has been linked to the issue of climate change.
During rainfall, any toxic chemicals on a landfill site can blend with the water. This will then flow out of the landfill and contaminate groundwater which can severely affect the growth of crops and can even result in severe health problems.
Poorly monitored landfills are likely to attract vermin and insects. As well as being extremely unhygienic, this can result in diseases spreading, making landfills a health risk.
As well as smelling unpleasant, landfills can be detrimental to local wildlife and can even affect the value of properties.
Whilst many landfills are monitored and maintained to ensure negative environmental impact is kept to a minimum, certain issues are inevitable. Gary Porter, the chairman of the Local Government Association’s environment board claimed Britain is fast running out of space to dump rubbish in the ground due to the number of landfill sites there are. With this in mind, it’s crucial for us to recycle wherever possible.
The benefits of recycling
As well as taking steps to improve conditions for ourselves, recycling could also impact positively on future generations. Recycling certain products will mean there is less demand for new products to be made and as a result, we can preserve our natural resources for as long as possible.
Further to this, materials such as non-biodegradable plastics are problematic as they can stay on earth for hundreds of years. Plastic that is littered can also be extremely dangerous for wildlife and will release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere if incinerated. With this in mind, reusing and recycling are the most responsible methods to follow.
As previously mentioned, large home clear-outs or garden renovations are likely to produce excessive amounts of waste. Our intentions may be honourable, however, it’s sometimes difficult to know how to dispose of certain items in the most responsible way. Not only will a skip hiring service make your operation that little bit easier, but they will also ensure your waste is properly separated and recycled if possible. Below are just a few of the waste products that can be disposed of via skip along with how they may be recycled.
Whereas garden waste will release methane if sent to landfill, it can be extremely beneficial when recycled. When composted, garden waste can be used as soil conditioner, making it extremely valuable to the industry of agriculture.
Certain plastic items will be shredded and melted down so that they can be used to create new products such as toys, furniture and plastic bottles.
Again, if sent to landfill, paper will decompose and emit harmful methane into the atmosphere. However, it can be easily broken down and recycled to produce newspapers, cardboard boxes, envelopes and other paper-based products.
Unwanted wooden furniture or wooden waste can be used for building or can be converted into pulp to produce paper. Recycling wood is extremely important as it reduces the need for deforestation.
At Black Country Skip Hire, all the waste we receive is transferred to local processing plants, ensuring that your rubbish is disposed of in the most environmentally friendly way possible. To find out more about our company values, click here to visit our website.
Hiring a skip bin for your operation
Separating excessive amounts of waste by hand can be extremely time-consuming, not to mention messy. We all want to be proactive in saving the planet, however, sometimes the best thing you can do is to let the professionals take the reins. Recycling small amounts of household waste is one thing, but when you’ve got large pieces of unwanted furniture or a seemingly endless mound of construction site rubble, it can be a difficult job to tackle.
Local skip hire businesses with eco-friendly values will collect your rubbish and take it to a processing plant where it will be managed with the environment in mind. Not only will this make your project simpler for you, but it will also give you the reassurance you need that your waste has been put to good use.
Black Country Skip Hire: a family-run business in Bilston with a wealth of skip sizes to suit any and every project
At Black Country Skip Hire, we strive to make our service as convenient as possible to ensure your operation goes without a hitch. With sturdy industrial skips offered at competitive prices, you can be sure you’re getting good value for money with Black Country Skip Hire.
To discuss skip hire costs with a member of our team, contact us and get your renovation plans underway today.