When it comes to waste disposal, don’t assume that one skip is suitable for all forms of waste. Many people see a skip and think they can just throw things in there willy nilly with no regard to what waste is being mixed inside, but this simply isn’t true.
In today’s environmental and social climate, conscious waste disposal and, where possible, eco friendly waste removal is preferable. Below, we’ve listed 3 different types of skips and why they should be used for specified waste only.
General Waste Skip
If you are carrying out domestic waste removal, then it is most likely that you will use a general waste skip. These are the skips that are used for household items and materials, other than those which are considered hazardous.
This may include:
- Bin Bag Waste
Once your general waste skip has been collected by a waste disposal company, most will typically attempt to recycle as much as they can (i.e. any paper from books or cardboard from packaging). Once they have separated the recyclable waste from the non-recyclable, they will then take the remaining waste away to landfill or for incineration.
To reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfills or creates harmful emissions to the environment, we recommend that you recycle as much of your waste as possible, being meticulous to separate your waste and only fill your skip with non-recyclable or non-reusable materials if you can. This could even be something as simple as considering whether anything you plan to dispose of could be donated to charity, rather than just chucking it in the skip.
These skips are used for inert waste, which consists of unreactive materials that do not decompose – typically those found at construction sites. This can include:
- Clean Soil
The reason that these require their own skip is because such materials can easily be reused or repurposed for other construction projects. For example, rubble and concrete can be recycled into aggregate chippings, sand can be used to make cement and clean soil can be used for landscaping gardens.
It should come as no shock that hazardous waste should not be mixed with other materials and requires its own skip. This allows it to be disposed of safely and professionally without contaminating other waste, harming people, or harming the environment.
Some hazardous materials are more obvious than others, with some being potentially unexpected – like some non-solvent based paints (this is because they may contain lead), for example.
Hazardous waste includes:
- Asbestos (sometimes this even requires its own skip)
- Chemicals (e.g. bleach, printer toner)
- Non-edible Oils
- Medical Waste
- Fridges and Freezers
Certain requirements must be met in regards to hazardous waste depending on whether you are a waste producer or holder, carrier, or consignee (if you receive waste from others).
Whether you require skip hire for commercial or domestic waste, Batesy Skip Hire has the right skip for you. We have over 600 skips available for hire at a fair price, and will ensure a safe and prompt delivery direct to your door.
If you live in the Greater Belfast Area, contact us today for your quote.