What Happens to the Garbage You Dispose of in a Skip Hire?

Whether you are a homeowner who spent the weekend cleaning the garden or venturing into a DIY project or a construction project manager who wants to get rid of the construction waste, hiring a skip is the most efficient way to dispose of your garbage. All you have to do is, contact a Skip Hire Lewisham company and before you know, the rubbish will be out of your sight and mind. But have you ever wondered what happens to the garbage once you’ve put it in a skip? 

Most people believe that once the Skip is collected, it goes straight to the landfill. Those days are long gone! Both government and businesses are now taking greater responsibility for the ethical disposal of waste by minimizing the waste that goes to landfills. All Skip hire companies  endeavor to recycle as much garbage as possible. Most companies have a dedicated waste transfer station, where the Skip is dropped and sorted before disposal. In this post, we’ve covered all the stages that your Skip goes through before entering the landfill- 

Understanding How Skip Hires Can Help Reduce the Environmental Footprint.  

Step 1 – Collection

The first step of skip disposal is a collection. Once you have appointed a skip hire company, they will fix a date and time, and a driver will arrive to collect the waste from your property. After the Skip has been removed from the site, it is taken to the waste transfer station if the company owns one. Alternatively, the skip will be unloaded at a local transfer station if the company does not have a dedicated transfer station. 

While you are not expected to sort out all the garbage you put in a bin, if you can separate your green waste from other waste, you can play a part in saving the environment. 

2. Sorting 

After reaching the waste transfer station, your Skip is sorted out, and the large bulky items are removed from the bin. Then, the remaining waste items are divided into subcategories and prepared for the recycling process. The most common wastes are recycled in the following manner- 

  1. Garden Waste– Garden waste is converted into compost which farmers and businesses can use to give the land a natural boost.
  2. Building Materials – Building materials such as glass, bricks, concrete, etc., can either be used in their natural form or crushed and reused in construction.
  3. Wood – Wood from old furniture pieces can be chipped and used in various industries or simply burnt to create energy.
  4. Scrap Material – Scrap metal is very much in demand in many developing countries. Any scrap metal recovered from the skip waste is processed and later exported via a licensed scrap metal dealer. 
  5. Electric Appliances – It is impossible to recycle all electronic goods, but some appliances such as old computers, CD/DVD, laptops, stereo players, etc., can be recycled and reused.

Stage 3- Disposal 

After the sorting process, segregated recyclable waste is collected into haulage containers and taken to their respective recycling plants. The waste that can’t be recycled or reused is transported to a landfill or incinerated. However, most companies try to avoid this due to the negative impact on landfills on the planet. Moreover, the UK is running out of landfill space, so the laws and regulations of ethical waste disposal are to be followed by every Skip hire company. 

Choosing the Right Skip Company

When choosing a skip company, most people are more concerned about rates and availability than disposal methods. But by selecting a skip company that disposes of your waste efficiently, you contribute to saving the environment rather than adding to growing landfills piles. At RMS Skip hire London, we follow an ethically focused approach. We not only save you from the hassle of making the trip to the dump but also ensure that your recyclable waste is utilized appropriately, ultimately reducing your environmental footprint. 

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