Sometimes you can’t always find a way to recycle everything in your home. Like, old furniture or electronics. It would be damaging to the environment to just throw them in the bin, but there is another alternative: waste recycling centres can now be found across the UK, helping you dispose of your rubbish responsibly and without it all going straight to a landfill site!
Waste Recycling Centres
Waste recycling centres are designated spaces where you can take any waste that you are unable to just throw away. Usually, you are able to book a slot, and then take your rubbish down to the waste recycling centre, where large sorting areas are provided to take care of a huge range of waste. They play an important role in ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ by taking in the excess waste from people’s homes across the UK.
Some facilities are provided by councils whereas other waste facilities may be independent. Different facilities will provide different recycling services. For example, some facilities will use your organic waste, potentially turning it into fuels. Other waste centres will be solid waste facilities, which refers to the sites that process and recycle items before they go to landfill.
Why Is Recycling My Waste Important?
Recycling our waste is important to helping the environment and making sure it doesn’t go to landfill sites which are harmful. Recycling centres will usually take a large variety of waste which is reused and recycled so that minimal amounts will go to landfill sites. Not only does this reduce general waste, but it also reduces the amount of air and water pollution involved in landfill, which is the third largest source of methane production.
Here are some key benefits of recycling:
- Landfill sites and incinerators are objectively harmful to our planet. By recycling, we are diminishing the amount of waste sent to them.
- It cuts down the use of natural resources and habitats being destroyed by processes such as mining.
- Recycling conserves energy. By tossing your recyclable waste in the bin, energy is actually lost in comparison to the benefits of recycling waste.
- Air and Water pollution are grave impacts of using landfill sites and incinerators. They are two of our most precious natural resources. By recycling and preventing so much waste from going to these sites, we are helping our air and water stay clean.
- There is a great economical impact created by recycling and using waste recycling centres. Jobs are created in these centres, including drivers, mechanics and managers. This creates economic benefits in the community while helping the environment.
Recycling our waste items also scales down the need for industries such as mining, quarrying and logging. Harnessing these natural resources not only destroys the natural environment but creates pollution as these resources are acquired.
Climate change and the increase in damage caused by our daily lives have become detrimental. Climate change is resulting in more extreme weather, temperature fluctuations and a rise in sea levels. Many different activities and industries are amplifying these effects. There are devastating impacts caused by our landfill sites and the results of plastic polluting our oceans. Not only is air and water pollution a direct consequence of human waste, but plastic polluting our oceans is another form of damage to wildlife, habitats and natural ecosystems.
Air and water pollution are both extremely harmful to our trees and natural wildlife on land too. Reduced air quality is bad for us as well, as it increases the risk of respiratory failure and heart disease in humans. We are in control of reducing the negative impact we have on our environment.
There are many ways to take action, such as recycling a whole variety of materials. Recently, there has been a lot of encouragement for us to take action and be more proactive with recycling. Being able to buy clothes, bags and a variety of packaging that has come from 100% recycled sources is a great way to make the most of our recyclables and take the pressure off of industries that are damaging the environment.
Helping the environment seems like a big task, but you can make a difference!
Finding Your Local Recycling Centre
There are plenty of online resources to help you find your local recycling centre. It is encouraged that you sort out your bags of waste before you bring them to a waste centre!
Typically, recycling centres will accept:
- Batteries, books, CDs & DVDs
- Household furniture, carpets, mattresses
- Fridges & Freezers
- TVs and Monitors
- Hard plastic such as toys
- Hazardous waste (be sure to double-check with the waste centre before you do this)
- Scrap metal
- Old clothes and shoes
- Rubble, soil and wood waste
These are just a short list of the types of waste that you may not be able to get rid of at home. Make sure to double-check online with your local waste recycling service before you take any of your rubbish down.
Waste Management Companies
Waste management companies are usually used in commercial settings. They offer a range of services ranging from waste disposal to equipment hire. Some companies are paid by load, so they make their money by taking away your waste. This adds a level of value to what we consider ‘waste’. Charging per load gives more incentive for businesses to dispose of their rubbish appropriately. They are usually used for commercial reasons such as businesses.
Businesses are going to have waste, so a waste management company’s role is to provide recycling services, waste containers or equipment to make waste disposal processes a bit easier. Businesses will need to determine which waste management companies fit them the best. If businesses use waste management efficiently and correctly, they will also end up reducing the amount of waste that goes to landfill sites. Consequently, this is beneficial for the environment. Being an enterprise that removes its waste in an eco-friendly way can help promote business too. Customers who see a venture that is actively eco-conscious may be more inclined to use these businesses.
What About Domestic Skip Hire?
For domestic waste that can’t just be thrown in the bin, you might be considering skip hire. This way you can get all your waste out of your house and leave it to the skip hire company to remove. There will be certain things that you cannot put into a skip, typically items such as food, fridges, asbestos, hazardous waste, clinical waste & TV Monitors. You can discuss this with the company before you start filling your skip.
But is this good for the environment?
Skip hire is usually for decluttering large waste items from your house such as carpets, loft conversion waste or a clear-out before a move. Most skip companies will take your waste to a waste transfer station or a hazardous waste facility for recycling. They will do this before taking it to a landfill or an incinerator so that the bit of your waste that can be recycled is disposed of properly.
Batesy Skip Hire
Here at Batesy Skip Hire, we specialise in commercial, domestic and industrial skip hire. We are committed to providing you with reliable and quality service. Based in the Greater Belfast Area, we provide skip hire and a waste transfer location so we can deal with your waste removal needs.
We recognise the increased pressure on looking after our environment. To ensure we are doing all that we can to be environmentally friendly, our waste removal station is focused on recycling your waste. We attempt to recycle 95% of waste on our site, so you can rest assured that we are doing our best to look after our planet!
Our waste management service accepts the following materials:
- General Waste
- Green waste
- Ferrous & Non-Ferrous metals
Alternatively, you can bring your waste directly to us! Simply deposit your waste at our depot, where it will be weighed and disposed of responsibly. If you choose this option, you will be able to pay via cash or card – whichever suits you best.
If you have any enquiries or questions about our services, contact us today to speak to one of our staff members. We will be more than happy to answer your questions and find the best possible solution for your requirements.