The days of all of our waste being collected and just dumped into a huge landfill and covered over, to rot and pollute our waterways has largely gone. We are much more aware of the damage to the environment and the unsustainability of continuing to do so. Hence, those working in all aspects of waste disposal have had to radically change their ways of operating and become foremost in the recycling sector. We all have our separate dustbins outside our houses, for plastics and bottles, paper and cardboard and food waste, and many of us don’t think about it much beyond this point.
The Recycling Process Begins
It is not just our day to day household waste that needs to be thought of. Most people rent a skip more than once in their lives, for a serious spring clean, or a house or garden project that produces a whole heap of other, different waste to be processed, sometimes including potentially hazardous materials. This is the reason why a skip company today, will require you to fill out a form documenting what is in the skip, before they take it away. Add to this, commercial, liquid and hazardous waste from industry, and the waste management companies face serious challenges. The recycling process begins with the collected waste put through a picking line, where recyclable materials are removed. Additional sorting is often done by passing a magnet over the line to extract any metals that may be present.
When we think about recycling, we normally think of the four major items, being Metals, plastic, glass and paper or cardboard. Top waste management companies though, go much further than this, including wood and timber, brick, plasterboard and soil. Many companies boast a recycling rate of 90% or above, while some, such as Baco Compak are striving towards making that number 100%. It is worth remembering when you hire a skip for a construction project that your skip provider can probably offer you recycled building materials, which are both green and often very competitively priced.
Waste That Could Not Be Recycled
Once all possible recyclables have been removed from the initial waste, anything that is left becomes baled and delivered to a waste to energy facility, which will incinerate it, and generate useful electricity in the process. Doing this leaves nothing left to go to a landfill, keeping the local environment much cleaner.
Doing Your Bit for the Environment
We can all play our part in keeping things environmentally friendly, not just with our household trash management. Next time you need to rent a skip for a project, be sure to ask your potential local provider, about their recycling programs and choose the established operator, who maximises their efforts to recycle absolutely everything. Local firms, may be more likely to go that bit further and try harder than the large national firms, for whom bottom line profit, may be considered more important than keeping someone else’s local environment clean. A quick Internet search will show you waste management companies in your area. You can do your bit for the environment by choosing the one most committed to reducing the carbon footprint, and keeping your area green and clean.