A short guide to ethical waste disposal
Waste disposal is inevitable, whether it be household waste, commercial or hazardous waste, once it’s served it’s purpose then it goes in the bin. The question then comes of how do we dispose of our waste both ethically and legally in the UK?
Check the type of waste
First check the size of the waste you want to dispose, if it’s household waste your local Council should run a regular collection of your waste. Check that the waste is not hazardous and divide it up into general home waste and recycling. Go to your local authority website to check collection days and any rules that may apply to your specific area.
For garden waste, different rules may apply. In some councils in England additional costs may incur to dispose of garden waste in your designated bin.
If the volume of waste is larger than your average household waste size then there are a number of ways in which you can dispose of it.
Disposing of large waste quantities
If the waste you want to dispose of is larger than your average household waste quantity then you may consider one of the following:
Hiring a skip
You can find hire companies that will provide a skip, they will usually contact your local authorities to make sure they have permission to place one outside of your home or in your garden. This is efficient for home clearances and for large quantities. You would have to specify what type of waste will go in the skip and this will likely affect the price – for example soil and hardcore amounting to more.
Arranging a collection from your local Council
It may be worthwhile contacting your local council to see if they run a bulky waste collection programme. This comes with a small charge but is great for a one off disposal of items such as white goods, cookers and large electrical items.
Hiring a local waste disposal company
If you want your large scale home or commercial waste disposed of quickly then you could consider hiring a local waste disposal company. When hiring a company they can come with a waste disposal truck and make either a one off collection of waste, or create a scheduled collection every few days, weeks or months. Speak to your local disposal team to ensure that waste is correctly recycled where possible and that they are experienced in writing up waste transfer notes, which are a legal obligation.
Use a compost heap for food waste
When many peal vegetables and finish preparing fresh food their first thought is to throw it straight in the bin. Whilst it is not illegal to through food waste in the household waste bin, it’s more ethical to create a compost heap with your old vegetables so that your garden gets the environmental benefit. By creating a compost heap from old food, it also means less food is transferred around by waste trucks and therefore a lesser environmental impact.
There are many other ethical ways to dispose of your waste, make sure you examine each waste item for potential recycling instructions.