The UK generated 52.3 million tonnes of landfill waste in 2016 alone. It has been mentioned in the news that the UK is running out of landfill sites, much of our waste is sent abroad to be recycled or put in landfill sites in other countries.
Burying all of our waste only creates more problems, the equivalent of burying our head in the sand. As landfills reach their capacity, which is becoming more common across the UK – the current logic is we can either make the hole larger or did more holes to bury our rubbish in.
If we continue at this rate, all of the housing across the UK will feature its very own landfill site.
As well as taking up valuable space, when we fill our land with hazardous materials, it affects everything from the soil to the nearby wildlife and even the surrounding air and water supply. As the organic matter in landfills begins to decompose, methane, a dangerous greenhouse gas, is released into the atmosphere. Landfills cause unpleasant smells for nearby communities and on top of this, large amounts of waste attract vermin and insects, which bring bacteria and disease.
Although the UK does recycle much of its waste, more can be done to ensure the health of the environment and reduce the strain on UK landfill sites. Many people think that because they put their waste in different colour boxes every week, they have saved mother earth. Construction projects and waste in the workplace are also huge contributors to landfill sites. Encourage your employer to use a waste removal company that recycles waste rather than sending it to landfill.
Batesy Skip Hire: Responsible Domestic & Commercial Waste Management
We understand the growing concern landfill has on the environment, particularly in the UK where space is valuable. Our service ensures that 95% of all the waste that we manage on our site is recycled. We offer a green waste removal service across Belfast, focusing our attention on recycling and reusing as much of the waste as possible. Get in touch if you require responsible waste management for your home or business project waste.