These days, the world is more and more concerned with environmental issues. And quite rightly so we say! We only have one planet; if we don’t start preserving it for future generations, then the human race could be extinct and the planet uninhabitable. OK, admittedly, that’s the long term dystopian projection. But, even in the short-term, if we don’t start doing something now about the environment, then our own lives could become quite uncomfortable.
That’s why – whilst no one ever asked us this question even just 10 or 15 years ago – these days, many people ask us ‘are skips environmentally friendly?’.
Luckily, we can reply that yes; skips are an incredibly environmentally friendly way of disposing of your rubbish. In fact, up to 80% of the waste that you dispose of in a skip is recycled. What’s more, as they have a long shelf life and are reused again and again, the actual skips themselves are also environmentally friendly.
On the whole, thanks to the vast improvements we’ve made in recent years, the whole waste management industry is now more environmentally friendly than we’ve ever been.
Read on to find out more.
Why Do We Need To Dispose Of Our Rubbish In An Environmentally Friendly Way?
Humans generate a lot of rubbish that comes in all forms; plastic, organic, electrical, toxic etc. For hundreds of thousands of years we, as a species, have given very little thought to how our waste is disposed, leading to huge environmental problems. We have always tended to just throw it to one side.
However, in recent years we’ve come to realise just how crucial waste disposal actually is to the earth and our environment. Just chucking our rubbish down has never been a great policy, either for us or the planet.
For the majority of the twentieth century, most of the UK’s rubbish has been disposed of in landfill sites. Landfill is essentially a huge hole in the ground, into which all rubbish is tipped, before being covered over and left to rot. Initially, we believed this was preferable to leaving it in the street or throwing our waste into open sewers.
However, most of the rubbish thrown into landfill takes hundreds of years to degrade away and can pollute nearby water sources, not to mention produce a huge amount of methane that then contributes to the greenhouse effect. On the whole, it’s not a very nice or efficient way of disposing of the waste we humans produce.
Incinerating our rubbish is even worse, as the burning process again releases a lot of harmful chemicals into the atmosphere.
If we’re going to stop contributing to global warming, harming the planet, polluting our own water and killing wildlife (which, let’s face it, we probably should), then we’re going to have to come up with better ways of disposing of our waste.
Fortunately, this is something that the waste industry, along with environmental groups and governments, both local and national, has come to realise and it’s something we’re taking action on.
Why Is A Skip An Environmentally Friendly Way Of Disposing Of Rubbish?
For a long time, we in the waste disposal industry sent the vast majority of our waste to landfill. This meant hundreds of tons of additional rubbish being added every single year.
However, in recent years, the waste disposal industry as a whole has become much more aware of the need to change. As a result of several agencies working together, new, more environmentally friendly methods of disposing of waste have become the norm.
For one thing, there is recycling as an option. The majority of the rubbish that you put in a skip actually gets recycled. This means that we, at The Waste Group depot, sort it and allocate it, then send it to the correct recycling centre (for e.g., plastic gets sent to one recycling plant, clothing gets sent somewhere else).
Up to 70% of the rubbish that gets sent to The Waste Group in our skips gets sent on for recycling and we have goals to increase that even further in the coming years.
For anything that can’t be recycled, there is the option of sending it to an anaerobic digestor. This is where organic material, such as food or animal waste, is processed in an anaerobic digestion facility to produce biogas and biofertiliser. For organic material, this is a much better way of repurposing it, as it becomes something useful rather than something toxic.
Now, we’re proud to say that all organic waste sent into The Waste Group in our skips is sent to a local anaerobic digestion plant.
Unfortunately, there is still some rubbish that can’t be recycled or reused in some way and that is still, regrettably, sent to landfill. However, The Waste Group is committed to reducing our waste footprint even further in the coming years, and it’s our goal to send zero waste to landfill by 2030. It’s a tough target but we’re hopeful that, with the rapid development in greener ways of disposing of waste, we’ll be able to do it.
How Can A Skip Help Me Be More Environmentally Friendly?
Waste centres and skip hire companies, such as The Waste Group, are actually light years ahead of local councils in terms of waste recycling and repurposing. This means that a skip is actually a more environmentally friendly way of disposing of your rubbish.
Especially at the moment, the vast majority of household waste that gets put in your home wheelie bin ends up in landfill. So, if you’re concerned about the environment and how you can do your bit to be more environmentally friendly, hiring a skip is a better method of waste disposal than your local council bins.
Particularly if you’re looking at having a clear out this summer, or if you have large quantities of rubbish that you need to dispose of, we would suggest you hire a skip. And luckily, we even know where you can get one too!
The Waste Group has been hiring out skips to domestic households for decades now, so we can help you find the right skip for your needs. To get a quote, you can fill out our contact form or give us a ring on 0800 652 0160.