Hiring a skip is a great way to dispose of large amounts of household, garden, or building and construction waste – however, we all like to cut costs where we can, so how can you go about lowering the cost of hiring a skip? There are several ways you can easily trim the price, making your skip hire even more cost-effective, whether you are a domestic or business customer.
Fences aren’t something you need to dispose of very often, so when the time comes to do so, you might be unsure of how to go about it. After all, fences are large and cumbersome. They are often constructed from treated and painted wood too, which isn’t as easily recycled as plain wood.
Before you even consider dismantling and replacing your old fence though, you have an important job to do, which is explained in full below.
Landfill is an area of land which is used to dump unrecyclable (and sometimes recyclable) waste materials.
Landfill sites exist all over the UK, and all over the world. Some sites practice ‘landraising’ (piling the rubbish directly on the ground), and some practice ‘landfilling’ (filling a hole in the ground with the rubbish). The rubbish in these piles is a mixture of household and commercial waste.
The household waste on landfill consists of mostly organic waste and plastics, and the commercial waste is primarily inert rubbish such as rubble, bricks, soil, and concrete. The inert waste is often used to build roads onsite, and then to cover the site over when it is full. Once the site has been covered and has been made ‘safe’, the area can then be repurposed, but there are heavy restrictions in place regarding this.
We all collect ‘stuff’ in our homes, just different types and for different reasons. It could be books if you’re an avid reader, and you’ve not yet made the change over to ebooks. Perhaps your house is full of unwanted gifts, given to you by well-meaning friends and relatives whose feelings you don’t want to hurt. You could have sentimental things piled up, items from your childhood you can’t bear to part with, or a vast collection of shoes and clothes, half of which you’ve never even worn. Whatever your clutter vice, having a clear-out in your home can bring many benefits. In fact, there are so many benefits to decluttering your house or flat, you will wonder why you’ve not done it before now.
The nine points below are just some of the reasons why you might want to consider decluttering your living space. This doesn’t mean you have to live an entirely minimalist existence, but living amongst less mess and excess ‘stuff’ can help you in the following ways:
Polystyrene recycling is one challenge on which progress has been made, but there is still a long way to go before cheap, efficient recycling methods are found.
The white, fluffy material most of us think of when we hear ‘polystyrene’ is actually made from the same plastic as CD cases, but air is mixed in during the production process to make it much bulkier and more lightweight.
Dow Chemical Company invented the process in the 1940s – and own the rights to the trade name Styrofoam, which many people use when referring to polystyrene in conversation.
More recently, expanded polystyrene or EPS has become the commonplace term for the material, and there are slight variations available in terms of the exact production method, density and even the colour of the finished product.
One thing all of these materials have in common, unfortunately, is that there is currently no cost-effective way to 100% recycle them into new materials.
Depending on the profession you work in, glass is probably either something you throw away in only small quantities – the occasional broken tumbler or empty coffee jar, for instance – or in large amounts, for example if you run a pub or restaurant.
No matter how much or little you produce each year, it’s important to make sure you collect it separately from your other waste for recycling, or that your commercial waste collection service provider will separate it out retrospectively.
The benefits are huge – in terms of energy security, resource efficiency and climate change, recycling glass makes sense.
If you’re a new business, or even a well established SME, long-term profitability can be all about the margins, cutting costs, and making the most of the resources you have available.
Luckily, issues like resource efficiency, usage reduction, and reuse or recycling all contribute towards a lean environmental strategy too.
There seem to be endless articles about running an upcycling business, but very few telling you how to benefit from upcycling in a normal business – something that can help you live up to your green credentials while making direct cost savings too.
How much do you know about recycling in the UK? For instance, did you know that we create around 200 million tonnes of waste each year? Or, did you know that very single day we throw away 20 million slices of bread and 1.6 million bananas? They are quite shocking figures, however, the nation is steadily getting better at recycling. Take a look at our infographic below, and learn all about it. Could you or your business make a difference? Every bit of waste saved from landfill helps, as does every item made from reusable materials instead of single use.
Electrical waste is subject to specific regulations under the 2007 EU WEEE Directive, which requires electrical goods to be reused or recycled when they reach the end of their usable life.
That doesn’t just mean computers – although they need to be disposed of in the right way too – but it includes even smaller everyday items like toasters and kettles, which the vast majority of businesses may have on hand for staff to make snacks and hot drinks throughout the day.