There are lots of waste disposal businesses to choose from in the United Kingdom, so what things should you look out for when choosing a Waste Management business to clear your waste?

4 Things To Look Out For When Choosing A Waste Disposal Professional

1. Make Sure They Provide The Services You Need

When searching for a waste carrier to dispose of your waste, it’s important that you don’t waste time, so before Waste Bottlestalking to a waste business, make sure that they provide the services that you need. For example, if you’re disposing of general waste and need a skip, but you’re going to place the skip on a public highway, make sure that the business can help you acquire a skip permit. On the other hand, if you need to dispose of harmful or hazardous materials such as asbestos or waste electrical and electronic equipment, make sure that the business can provide the appropriate hazardous waste management services.

The talented team of waste professionals can offer disposal and management solutions for a diverse range of wastes. These includes commercial services such as, wheeled bin and van collections, construction services such as, plasterboard compaction and grab loader services, and a range of skip hire services throughout areas such as London, Kent, Maidstone, Bromley, Dartford, and Gravesend.

2. Check Their Experience

Waste CartonsBefore contacting a business, it’s important that you make sure they have the appropriate experience within your industry. There are numerous waste disposal businesses who operate solely within specific industries, such as healthcare waste disposal companies, however many businesses operate in a diverse range of industries. So if you’re choosing a business with a wide range of experience, make sure that they have experience working within your industry and have a portfolio of happy clients.

Our list of previous clients includes builders, construction and demolition businesses, facility management companies, fit out businesses, retailers, schools, and more. We have worked alongside companies such as Invisible Group, Lawmens Limited, and New Star Environmental. You can learn more about our previous projects by reading our testimonials and case studies.

3. Ask About Their Environmental Policies

Waste can be very harmful to the environment, even if it is not classified as hazardous waste, it can still pose a Waste Canssignificant environmental threat. The importance of fighting climate change and doing our part isn’t restricted to issues in other countries or migrating animals in arctic environments. Climate change has the potential to unleash serious negative impacts on the United Kingdom, with the potential for catastrophic damage. For example, one potential outcome of climate change in an increased risk of flooding in both inland and coastal areas. As such, it is essential that you only choose an environmentally committed company to dispose of your waste. After all, you wouldn’t want your recyclable waste being sent to landfill?

Environmentally friendly waste management practices aren’t just ideal for  the environment; they’re also a great way to save money. Our hands-on and integrated approach to waste management will work hard to find ways to turn your waste into revenue generators. For example, one of our clients reported a cost saving of £50k.

If you would like to learn more information about our commitment to the environment, please read our Environmental Policy. You can find a link to this document on our Licences, Certificates, and Accreditations page.

4. Make Sure They’re Registered

Waste PaperYou have a legal responsibility to ensure that your waste is disposed of responsibly. Last year the Environment Secretary Michael Gove launched a review into organised waste crime. This highlighted the importance of checking the credentials of any waste firms your business works with. So in order to make sure that your business disposes of your waste in a responsible and legally compliant manner; you need to check if a waste management business is registered, which can be done using the Environment Agency website. For example, if you search for RTS Waste Management, you will be able to verify that we are a registered Carrier, Broker, Dealer – Upper Tier.

Additionally, as there are numerous different pieces of legislation that govern the disposal of waste, some of which originate from European Law (and could change depending on the Brexit outcome), it’s essential that your business consults with experienced professionals for waste disposal.

So Why Should You Choose RTS Waste Management?

Our passion motivates us to stand out in the industry, despite any and all challenges. Our team of specialists are dedicated to providing high quality waste collection services that meet both the needs of your industry and help you to improve your environmental friendliness; we have recycling rates exceeding 90% on most materials collected.

So with over three decades of industry experience, and such high recycling rates, you can trust our team of waste management experts to get the job done.

Interested? Get In Touch With Our Team Today

Construction clients are advised to send an email to James Redmond, who is our sales director for construction clients – jamesr@rtswaste.co.uk.

Commercial clients are advised to email our Commercial Business Development Director, Harry Sirpal – Harrys@rtswaste.co.uk.

Give Our Team A Call

If you would prefer to speak to a member of our team, please call 0207 232 1711. You can also request a call back by filling out our contact form which is available at the bottom of this page.

Businesses and individuals need to act responsibly when it comes to the disposal and management of their waste. Don’t risk non-compliance, get in touch with the RTS team of experts today and enquire about our commercial waste management services.

The Planet Is In Danger

To say that climate change is a serious threat to our 21st century society is a major understatement. It is arguably one of the most serious threats to humanity as a species. Did you know that since the late 19th century, the planet’s average surface temperature has increased by approximately 1.1 degrees Celsius? [source climate.nasa.gov]

The changing climate is a global problem and if nothing is done, the UK could suffer from an increased risk of flooding in both coastal and inland areas as a result of global warming and climate change. For those who are sceptical about the impact that global warming has on the planet, NASA has detailed information regarding the scientific consensus that the Earth is warming.

How Does Waste Affect The Planet?

If disposed of in an unsustainable and irresponsible manner, waste has the potential to be very destructive and very harmful to the planet. Plastic waste ends up in the ocean, creating large floating masses of plastic, one of which is twice the size of the US state of Texas where plastic outnumbers local sea life at a ratio of 6:1.

Another way that waste can have a negative impact on the environment and contribute to climate change is through greenhouse gases. Some heat trapping gasses include nitrous oxide, water vapour, methane, and the one everyone knows about, carbon dioxide.

However, whilst it may seem that carbon dioxide is ‘main villain’ due to its public image, there are other greenhouse gasses that are far more potent as heat trapping gasses. For example, did you know that methane gas is significantly more potent than carbon dioxide, accounting for approximately 20% of all greenhouse gas emissions? However, being responsible for approximately 1/5th of greenhouse gas doesn’t quite demonstrate the scale of just how dangerous methane is for the environment. Whilst many people are concerned about their carbon footprint, perhaps people should be more concerned about methane because it’s 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

Can Waste Management Play A Positive Role In Climate Change?

One of the many things that businesses and individuals can do to minimise their impact on the environment is to recycle as much of their waste as the can. A significant portion of our waste is plastic waste. Did you know that every year we throw away enough plastic each year to circle the Earth four times!

One of the more common forms of plastic used to create drinks bottles is Polyethylene terephthalate (often abbreviated to PET or PETE). This type of plastic is highly recyclable, which means that you can help to reduce your impact on the environment by disposing of plastic bottles in an appropriate plastic recycling service.

Another way you can help to minimise your environmental impact through waste disposal is with regards to food waste. If disposed of in landfill, items of food waste release methane gas as they break down. However, landfill is not the only option for food waste, there are numerous different food recycling solutions including both anaerobic digestion and composting.

Currently the UK is working towards a 2020 recycling target, which is sitting at 50%. Currently the recycling level is 45% which is only 5% away from the target, it is important to recognise that the recycling rate is falling. This means that it is essential that UK businesses and individuals do everything that they can in order to improve their waste practices and recycle as much waste as possible.

How Can RTS Help You?

We understand the importance of protecting the environment. As a business operating within the waste sector, we recognise the serious implications of irresponsible waste disposal and as such we work hard to ensure that all of our clients waste is disposed of in a legally compliant and environmentally responsible manner.

Our passion motivates us to stand out in the industry, despite any and all challenges. Our team of specialists can provide you with the waste services you need, but go above and beyond; we have recycling rates exceeding 90% on most materials collected.

So with over three decades of industry experience, and such high recycling rates, you can trust our team of waste management experts to get the job done.

Get In Touch With The RTS Waste Management Team

If you would like to learn more information about how the RTS Waste Management team can help manage your waste more effectively and work towards a zero to landfill waste strategy, please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of staff.

Construction clients who would like to discuss waste removal and disposal are advised to send an email to James Redmond, who is our sales director for construction clients – jamesr@rtswaste.co.uk.

Commercial clients interested in waste solutions are advised to email our Commercial Business Development Director, Harry Sirpal –
Harrys@rtswaste.co.uk.

Give Our Team A Call
If you would prefer to speak to a member of our team, please call 0207 232 1711. You can also request a call back by filling out our contact form which is available at the bottom of this page.

Thanks to our hands on approach to integrated waste management, we will be able to reduce your waste, pinpoint your recycling opportunities and maximise your resources throughout your business operations.

RTS Integrated Waste Services

Our team of waste management specialists understand that no two businesses are ever the same. We provide a tailored waste service, optimising our services to meet your business’ unique waste management needs.

The Advantages Of An Integrated Waste Management Service

1. The Potential For Significant Cost Savings

Your business is our business, so we work hard to pioneer new ways to optimise your resources and maximise your returns. Simply put, choosing to integrate your waste management services with RTS could provide your business with significant cost savings.

However, in addition to reducing the costs associated with the management of your waste, such as gate fees, our hands-on and integrated approach to waste management will work hard to find ways to turn your waste into
revenue generators. For example, one of our clients who operates within the construction industry reported a cost saving of £50k.

2. Boost The Environmental Friendliness Of Your Business

Every morning lots of people arrive at the office for work and enjoy a cup of coffee, but did you know that 60% of the 124 known coffee species are on the edge of extinction? Another worrying fact about the world’s coffee is that 28% wild coffee species grow outside of protected areas and only around half of this number are preserved in seed banks. [Source BBC]

However, by switching to an integrated waste management process, your business can reduce your negative impacts on the environment and do your part to help the planet that billions of us call home.

The importance of fighting climate change and doing our part isn’t restricted to issues in other countries or migrating animals in arctic environments. Climate change has the potential to unleash serious negative
impacts on the United Kingdom, with the potential for catastrophic damage. For example, one potential outcome of climate change in an increased risk of flooding in both inland and coastal areas.

If you would like to learn more information about our commitment to the environment, please read our Environmental Policy. You can find a link to this document on our Licences, Certificates, and Accreditations page.

3. Ensure Regularity Compliance

There are numerous different pieces of legislation that govern the disposal of waste, some of which originate from European Law. So with the uncertainty surrounding Brexit, it’s essential that your business disposes of waste correctly.

Remember, any business that generates waste is responsible for its disposal. Last year the Environment Secretary Michael Gove launched a review into organised waste crime. This highlighted the importance of checking the credentials of any waste firms your business works with. Waste crime such as illegal waste dumps and fly-tipping harms local communities, the environment, and it costs the economy a large amount of money; even the Home Office has issues a warning regarding people “being conned into placing contracts with dodgy waste firms” as illegitimate waste organisations can sometimes operate as a cover for other illegal activities include but not limited to theft, fraud, and drugs.

So in order to make sure that your business disposes of your waste in a responsible and legally compliant manner, you need to check if a waste management business is registered, which can be done using the Environment Agency website. For example, if you search for RTS Waste Management, you will be able to verify that we are a registered Carrier, Broker, Dealer – Upper Tier.

Learn More On Our Blog

The world of waste management and recycling is constantly changing, so if you want to keep up to date with everything waste management, you can learn more information by visiting the RTS Waste Management blog. It’s filled with lots of news and helpful tips such as a list of items that you should never dispose of using skip hire and an explanation of The Waste Hierarchy.

Professional And Reliable Services With Competitive Rates And No Hidden Charges

As a leading provider of total waste management solutions, if you choose to dispose of your business’ waste with RTS, you can enjoy peace of mind in the knowledge that we will uphold all legal compliance and aspire toward
continuous improvement.

Our account managers provide a single point of contact and our regular site meetings keep you up to date regarding agreed KPI’s. Also, thanks to our online portal you can enjoy paperless tickets and access to your services,
booking, and recycling reports. You’ll also be able to schedule collections using the online portal.

Get In Touch With The RTS Waste Management Team

If you would like more information regarding the waste management services that are available or how we can help your company achieve zero to landfill, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of staff by calling 0207 232 1711.

Additionally, clients can also contact our team by email:

Commercial clients interested in our waste management services are advised to email our Commercial Business Development Director, Harry Sirpal – Harrys@rtswaste.co.uk.

Construction clients who would like to discuss waste disposal are advised to send an email to James Redmond, who is our sales director for construction clients – jamesr@rtswaste.co.uk.

Recycling is a very important part of the waste hierarchy, that’s why we try to recycle as much waste collected in our Skip Hire Maidstone services as possible.

The Waste Hierarchy?

The hierarchy details numerous different methods of waste management and lists them in order of most preferable to least preferable. This provides businesses and individuals with an easy to understand guide on the most eco-friendly ways to manage and dispose of their waste.

The hierarchy is as follows:

  • Prevention
    This step requires investigations into your business’s activities and identifying if there is any changes that you make in order to use less materials, for example in the design and manufacturing process. Additionally, you can also adapt your processes to keep products for longer, or you can reduce the amount of hazardous materials you use in your activities.

  • Reuse
    Some items can be reused, this could be a step as small as cleaning the items and checking them for defects. However, you could also repair items which are damaged, preparing them for reuse.

    Alternatively, you could send items to be refurbished (for example computers in the case of WEEE items) or you could use the waste items as spare parts to assist you repairing other items.

  • Recycle
    Recycling means turning an item of waste into a new substance or product; there are lots of opportunities for recycling waste, one example is plastics.

    There are numerous different recyclable plastic, one of which is Polyethylene terephthalate which can be described as either PET or PETE and is often identified with a recyclable symbol and the number 1 in the centre. This type of plastic is often used for plastic drinks bottles and cosmetic containers, but it can be used for a wide variety of items including takeaway packaging and even fabrics.

  • Recovery
    When the above three options are not available, recovery is the next most preferable option. Waste recovery methods include anaerobic digestion, incineration (with energy recovery), and gasification and pyrolysis which are methods of waste recovery that produce energy in the form of fuels, heat, and power.

  • Disposal
    This method of waste management is the least preferable in the hierarchy and includes landfill and incineration without energy recovery.

The Damage Caused To Our Planet

It isn’t just issues such as rising sea levels or migrating animals that are caused by climate change, our supply of coffee could also be seriously damaged. Did you know that 60% of the 124 known coffee species are on the edge of extinction? Another worrying fact about the world’s coffee is that 28% wild coffee species grow outside of protected areas and only around half of this number are preserved in seed banks. [Source BBC]

However, climate change isn’t just affecting Antarctic animals or far away crops; it could also have serious impacts on the United Kingdom. One potential outcome of climate change is an increased risk of flooding in both coastal and inland areas.

That being said, it isn’t just waste’s contribution to global warming and climate change that’s affecting our planet. Waste also plays a considerable role in the pollution of our planet; this causes a significant amount of damage to natural environments and the lives of billions of living creatures.

One key area of pollution frequently discussed in the news is plastic pollution, specifically plastic in the world’s oceans. Did you know that it is estimated that “by 2050, the plastic in the world’s oceans will weigh more than all the fish”? [Source Sky Ocean Rescue].

How Does Recycling And Other Responsible Waste Management Practices Help?

Responsible waste management helps the environment in many different ways, firstly it helps to reduce the amount of natural resources are used through business activities such as manufacturing.

Just ask yourself, how many trees are cut down to provide the planet with its supply of paper? Think of how many trees could be saved if people and businesses increased the amount of paper they recycled? It’s also worthwhile noting that manufacturing items from recycled materials uses less energy than using virgin sources, so there are monetary advantages as well as environmental advantages.

How Can RTS Waste Management Help Your Business Improve Your Eco-Friendliness?

In order to help your business become more environmentally friendly, we can provide numerous commercial recycling services with options for recycling targets ranging from 80% to Zero Landfill. Helping your business work towards the 2020 UK recycling target of 50%.

We can recycle waste such as general recycling, dry mixed, wood, metal, paper, glass, plastics, and more.

Environmentally Responsible, Legally Compliant, And Cost Saving Waste Management From RTS

By following the waste hierarchy and reducing the amount of waste you send to landfill, your business can enjoy some significant cost savings. For example, did you know that the gate fees at food waste collection sites such as anaerobic digestion or composting facilities have significantly lower fees in comparison to landfill disposal?

As a registered Carrier, Broker, Dealer – Upper Tier, we are committed to providing high quality solutions and services for the disposal of waste (such as Skip Hire in Maidstone) in manner that follows the waste hierarchy. If you would like more information regarding our waste management services or if you would like to request a quote, please get in touch with a member of staff by calling 0207 232 1711.

Additionally, clients can also contact our team by email
Commercial clients interested in our waste management services are advised to email our Commercial Business Development Director, Harry Sirpal –
Harrys@rtswaste.co.uk.

Construction clients who would like to discuss waste disposal are advised to send an email to James Redmond, who is our sales director for construction clients – jamesr@rtswaste.co.uk.

There are numerous different waste options available to businesses. However, how do you know which disposal and management method is most appropriate for your business and the environment?

As an experienced provider of skip hire in Maidstone and a variety of other waste services, RTS Waste Management has the knowledge and the expertise required to assist you in choosing the waste management strategy that is best suited to your business. With methods to responsibly manage and dispose of general, hazardous, and recyclable waste, our team have the skills and know-how to help your business achieve your waste management goals.

A Leading Provider Of Recycling and Waste Management Services

RTS Waste Management are a leading provider of recycling and waste management services. We understand that recycling is fundamental to the operation of any business, so our team of experts work hard to provide cost-effective recycling solutions for commercial businesses, construction sites, and industrials sites in Maidstone and other nearby areas.

The Recycling Rate In 2017/18

As we’ve just entered 2019, it’s important to look at the previous year(s) to see if there are any lessons to be learned. For example, despite the fact that England’s recycling rate rose to 45.2% in 2017, but then the 2017/18 financial year say a decline in the recycling rate. Many have attributed this fall in recycling to a restriction placed on the import of recycled materials to China, however it is very important to look back at waste management in order to learn how we can better manage the waste we produce.

For example, did you know that “In 2017/18, 42% of all waste was sent to incineration”? [source Recycling Waste World] Whilst incineration is preferable to disposal, it is still less environmentally friendly to other methods of waste management such as recycling or reuse. It’s also important to note that dry recycling was down in each quarter of 2017/18. This includes areas such as paper recycling, scrap metal recycling, and a decrease for WEEE.

The Importance Of Recycling

According to the figures from Recycling Waste World, 42% of all waste was sent to incineration. However, there are numerous waste management practices which are more beneficial to the environment that your business could utilise. For example, if you are undertaking refurbishment at your business premises, we can provide commercial skip hire in Maidstone for businesses, providing them with a convenient way to dispose of waste in a manner that complies with all relevant waste regulations and legislation.

Responsible waste management is very important. If waste is disposed of in a manner that is inappropriate for the materials being disposed of, it can have very serious environmental consequences. For example, items of food waste in landfill release methane gas as they break down. This gas is significantly more powerful than carbon dioxide as a heat trapping gas and as such contributes to global warming and climate change.

Additionally, it’s important to note that items of Plasterboard Gypsum waste cannot be disposed of via landfill. If Gypsum is disposed of in a landfill there is a risk that hydrogen sulphide gas could be released as the material breaks down. Hydrogen sulphide is a very dangerous gas; it is poisonous, corrosive, and flammable. As further evidence of the toxic nature of this dangerous gas, it’s also thought that The Permian-Triassic extinction event (the most severe extinction event in the history of the Earth) was caused by a build-up of this specific gas and killed over 90% of all life on the planet.

At RTS Waste Management, we can provide a wide range of waste services to help your business recycle more of your waste. For example, whilst Plasterboard Gypsum waste cannot be disposed of at mixed waste landfills, it can be recycled. When this material is recycled, 94% of the waste is sent back to the Gypsum manufacturer and can be used to make cement, blocks, and it can even be used to improve the quality of soil for farmers.

Other Waste Management Options In The Waste Hierarchy

RTS offer professional recycling services with real-time tracking and recycle reports. However, it is important to note that recycling is not the only option in the waste hierarchy; there are other methods of disposal which could be more beneficial to the environment.

The waste hierarchy is as follows, in order of most preferable to least preferable: prevention, reuse, recycling, recovery, and disposal.

Whilst recycling is a fantastic method of waste management that is more preferable to disposal, it is important to note that some items (such as paper and cardboard) can only be recycled a limited amount of times and whilst it is possible to make wood a sustainable resource, it takes times for trees to grow, so we need to make the most out of the wood we have today, so we can continue to access this resource in the future. This means that it is also important to look at the two previous steps on the hierarchy, prevention and reuse.

Preventing items of waste from becoming waste in the first place is always preferable to any method of disposal, recovery, or recycling. This is sometimes referred to as a zero waste strategy, where all the ‘waste’ produced by your business is used by another as a resource.

In addition to providing cost and environmental benefits, following the waste hierarchy could provide your business with a positive reputation boost. Many members of the general public are becoming increasingly more eco-conscious and as a result of this increased knowledge, they are making business and purchasing decisions based upon how eco-friendly a business is, additionally many individuals and businesses actively search for organisations that are eco-friendly.

Interested In Commercial Waste Disposal Services? Get In Touch with RTS Waste Management Today

If you are interested in any of our waste management services including recycling, skip hire, or an integrated waste solution, please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of our team by calling 0207 232 1711.

Additionally, clients can also contact our team by email:


Commercial clients interested in sustainable waste management are advised to email our Commercial Business Development Director, Harry Sirpal –
Harrys@rtswaste.co.uk.

Construction clients who would like to discuss sustainable waste disposal are advised to send an email to James Redmond, who is our sales director for construction clients – jamesr@rtswaste.co.uk.

As items of legislation and regulation come from numerous different sources such as the Waste Regulations, the Hazardous Waste Regulations, and the WEEE Regulations, we understand that many businesses and individuals may be confused by waste management with regards to what is required for responsible and compliant disposal.

As experienced providers of skip hire in Gravesend, our talented team of waste management professionals are on hand to provide assistance with regards to regulations and waste management best practice. For example, what items can and cannot be disposed of via commercial skip hire services?

Skip Etiquette – 3 Things You Should NEVER Put In A Skip

Skip hire is a fantastic waste disposal service providing swift and convenience waste disposal and waste segregation methods. However, there are some types of waste which are unsuitable for disposal in a skip, three of these waste categories are:

  1. Hazardous Waste
    If waste could present a threat to health or the environment; it is classified as hazardous and must be segregated from the general waste stream and disposed of in a manner specific to the waste in question. Failure to dispose of an item of hazardous waste in an appropriate manner can result in some serious penalties, including imprisonment. Additionally, in England and Wales, if your business produces hazardous waste, you are required to register with the Environment Agency.

    Some examples of hazardous waste include Asbestos, Aerosols, Anti-Freeze, Cleaning Agents, Motor Oil, Paints, and Thermometers. However, please note that this list does not contain every type of hazardous waste. For more help regarding the appropriate disposal method for your waste, please get in touch with a member of our staff using the contact details at the bottom of this page.

  2. Plasterboard Gypsum
    There is currently a total ban on the disposal of plasterboard waste at mixed waste landfills. Previously there was a 10% rule however this no longer applies, instead there is a zero tolerance approach to waste containing Plasterboard Gypsum.

    Whilst this waste is classified as non-hazardous and in most circumstances the material does not pose a threat, there is the potential for the sulphate present in the plasterboard to turn into hydrogen sulphide gas whilst the material is breaking down in landfill. This gas is extremely dangerous. In addition to being flammable, it is also poisonous and corrosive, and is thought to be responsible for the most severe extinction event in the Earth’s history.

    There are options available to businesses that require disposal options for Plasterboard Gypsum. One option is landfill with separate monocells in order to appropriately deal with sulphate wastes. However, there are relatively few monocells in the United Kingdom designed for wastes such as plasterboard. Another option is to recycle the waste.

    Whilst you cannot put plasterboard in a skip, you can dispose of plasterboard using a jumbo bag. This 1 cubic metre bag is as cheap as £5 but can hold an impressive 200kg of plasterboard. With a plasterboard recycling service from RTS Waste Management, you will be issued with a separate Waste Transfer Note (WTN) waste to confirm Duty of Care is followed and that the waste material will be recycled appropriately at a licensed end destination. Did you know that recycled gypsum powder can be used to improve soil quality for farmers?

  3. Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment
    Sometimes abbreviated to WEEE, waste electrical and electronic equipment is a type of specialist waste that requires a specialist waste removal service. Electrical and electronic equipment includes a wide variety of different items, for example smoke detectors, televisions, computers, games consoles, washing machines, and more. A good ‘rule of thumb’ to follow when trying to identify items of waste that may be considered WEEE is, ‘If waste has a plug or a battery, it’s likely that the item is considered to be WEEE.’

    We understand that with many electrical and electronic items being general everyday items, it can be confusing for some to learn that these items are not suitable for general disposal. However, it is important to remember that electrical and electronic products can contain very hazardous materials, for example cadmium, lead, mercury, and even arsenic.

Make An Enquiry Today And Find The Waste Strategy That’s Right For You Business

As a registered Carrier, Broker, Dealer – Upper Tier, we are committed to providing high quality solutions and services for the disposal of waste in manner that follows the waste hierarchy. If you are interested in how our waste management services can provide your business with an integrated waste solution, or if you’re interested in our waste management services we can help your company achieve zero to landfill, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of staff by calling 0207 232 1711.

Additionally, clients can also contact our team by email:


Commercial clients interested in our waste management services are advised to email our Commercial Business Development Director, Harry Sirpal –
Harrys@rtswaste.co.uk.

Construction clients who would like to discuss waste disposal are advised to send an email to James Redmond, who is our sales director for construction clients – jamesr@rtswaste.co.uk.

As a professional waste management business that provides disposal services including Skip Hire Maidstone, we have been following the news regarding Brexit very closely.

However, with exit day swiftly approaching, are we any close to clarity with regards to Brexit and the waste management sector?

Brexit – A Recap

The UK voted to leave the EU on the 23rd of June 2016 and triggered article 50 in March 2017. At times, it can feel like a distant memory when Brexit wasn’t being discussed on the news. However, with the United Kingdom set to leave the European Union by 11pm (UK Time) on the 29th of March 2019,many people are left uncertain and concerned about the future of the country and what Brexit means for numerous different industries.

So what preparations have been made and what impact could Brexit have on the waste management sector?

Potential Issues With Brexit And The Management Of Waste

Numerous different pieces of legislation govern the disposal and the management of waste include both legislation made in the United Kingdom for example The Waste Regulations or the WEEE regulations, and legislation from the European Union.

As a portion of the laws and regulations that govern the disposal of waste in the UK are based in EU Law, it potentially causes some issues with regards to waste disposal. This because in the event of a no deal Brexit (also known as a Hard Brexit), the United Kingdom would have to decide what EU laws and regulations will be turned into British law. This means that the UK government can decide which waste laws and regulations continue to apply.

Recent News Regarding Brexit – How Does This Affect Waste Disposal Services?

As reported in Reuters on the 5th of December 2018, “No deal Brexit is ‘default’ position if May loses vote”. So with the concept of no deal at least possible, numerous people and businesses are concerned about what the future may bring. To some, the uncertainty is worrying, whereas other members of the public and businesses see the uncertainty as opportunity. For some the removal of ‘red tape’ is troubling as it could lead to a decrease in regulation and an increase in environmentally destructive practices. However, on the other hand some might see this removal of ‘red tape’ as great news for business opportunities.

Additionally, it’s important to note that many businesses do not see the statutory requirements of waste legislation as the minimum; instead they work hard to exceed these minimal requirements set by the regulations. Some businesses even work towards a zero waste solution.

With the possibility of a no deal Brexit, it’s important to note how this could affect waste disposal services. For example, it is uncertain whether waste exports are considered transportation of goods, or a provision of a service. This is because transportation of goods incurs a 6.5% tariff, so if waste exports are regarded as such, they will incur this tariff.

Potential Outcomes Of Brexit

Whilst the date for Brexit is only a few months away, the future surrounding Brexit is still unclear. However, it is possible to hypothesise about potential scenarios that could occur.

The unknown nature of a future in a no deal Brexit provides both concern and opportunity as it depends on the nature of policy of the UK government and how they change laws. Perhaps environmental waste regulations could become stricter, or perhaps they could become relaxed, or maybe they will remain the same.

If the UK instead decided to choose the Brexit U-Turn path; stopping Brexit and remaining a part of the EU, waste management laws would remain the same as EU law would continue to apply in the United Kingdom.

However, if the UK decided to become an EEA member (also known as ‘The Norway Option’) it is highly likely that the UK would have to continue to apply the majority of the European Union’s waste management laws. Although, being an EEA member and not an EU member, this would mean that the United Kingdom could not influence the legislation as they would no longer be a EU member state.

Learn More Information About Waste Legislation And Commercial Waste Disposal

If you would like to learn more information about the legislation that regulates the disposal of commercial waste, please visit the RTS blog. For example, you could read information about the correct disposal ofcommercial waste, or you could learn about how waste segregation could improve your business’ bottom line.

Ensure Your Waste Management Is Legally Compliant, Choose RTS Waste

The RTS Waste Management team can provide a wide variety of different waste management services to help your business dispose of your waste in a manner that is both legally compliant and environmentally responsible.

For example, in order to comply with regulations, plasterboard cannot be disposed of via general waste skip hire as a part of a Skip Hire Maidstone service. In order to provide a disposal service that complies with legislation, we provide a Jumbo Bag service – a disposal container which is 1 cubic meter in size and can hold up to 200kg. Alternatively larger quantities of plasterboard can be collected in a separate skip or Roll On Roll Off.

Get In Touch With Our Team Today

If you would like to make an enquiry regarding any of the waste management services that are available from the RTS Waste Management team, such as how we could help your business work towards a zero to landfill waste strategy, please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of staff.

If you would like to speak to our team, please call 0207 232 1711. However, those who would prefer to request a call back can do so by filling out our contact form which is available at the bottom of this page. Additionally, if you would like to make an enquiry using the internet, please send our team an email. Our email address is info@rtswaste.co.uk.

As a provider of Skip Hire in Dartford, the issues surrounding waste management and environmental stability are close at heart. As such, it is saddening to hear that the Dartford area has recently been a victim of fly tipping.

Fly Tipping In Dartford

Recently it was reported that a “mammoth crackdown” on fly tipping has taken place in the Dartford area, with those responsible being fined for more than £10,000.

On the 26th of November, 30 different cases were summoned before Medway Magistrates’ Court, with one offender in particular being fined a substantial £745.

Fly tipping causes serious implications to the lives of people in the local community. Fly tipped waste can attract flies and other pests; animals which could pose a health risk to local residents. Additionally the smell and foul odour of the waste could become so strong that the day-to-day lives of locals are affected, perhaps even causing a reduction to local business and impacting the value of nearby properties.

There is no excuse for fly tipping, however the issue surrounding fly tipping in Dartford perhaps draws attention and cause for concern because the council operates numerous different recycling points in the areas which are affected by fly tipping. This includes the areas New Barn Road, Denton Road, Temple Hill, Birchwood Road, and Oakfield Lane.

The Environmental Impacts Of Fly Tipping

The consequences of fly tipping aren’t merely limited to the lives of residents in the local area. They can also affect local wildlife populations. If waste is illegally and irresponsibly disposed of, chemicals present in the waste can contaminate soil, which can be very harmful to local wildlife and local plant life.

If you’re a resident of the Dartford area and you would like to report a case of local fly tipping, you can contact the Dartford council by calling 01322 343434, or 0345 634 1212 out of hours. However, it is important to remember that if you see somebody in the act of fly tipping waste; Do not approach them or risk your safety. Instead you should take note of what the waste looks like, the current date/time, the location of the waste, and a description of the individuals and any vehicles involved (such as a vehicle registration plate), then report the crime to the Environment Agency.

What Does The Law Say?

Fly tipping is a very serious crime with very serious legal consequences. If caught in the act, an individual could receive a fixed penalty notice £150 and £400.

However, according to the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005, which states that it is a criminal offence to fly tip waste. The offense can result in a fine of up to £50,000 or 12 months in prison if the person in question is convicted in Magistrates’ Court. On the other hand, if they are convicted in a Crown Court, the offence can result in an unlimited fine and a maximum of 5 years in prison.


Avoid “Dodgy Waste Firms”

With regards to the disposal of commercial and business waste. It is very important that you remember that the business that generates the waste is responsible for its disposal. You must not allow any waste carrier to dispose of the waste illegally and you must report them if they do so.

Did you know that between 2016 and 2017, more than 850 new illegal waste sites had been discovered, resulting in a daily average of two sites shut down?  Additionally, the Home Office has issued a warning regarding “dodgy waste firms” as such organisations can operate as a cover for criminal activities including theft, fraud, and drugs.

One way in which you could avoid waste firms which dispose of waste in illegal and irresponsible manners is to check that your waste carrier is registered to do so. You can check if a business is registered by visiting the Environment Agency website. For example, if you search for RTS Waste Management, you will learn that we are registered as a Carrier, Broker, Dealer – Upper Tier.

What Waste Services Are Available From RTS?

Our team of waste management experts can provide a wide range of waste services, enabling you to dispose of your waste sustainably in a responsible manner. For example, our team can provide your business with an integrated waste solution, providing you with a method of disposal that can reduce waste costs and turn your waste into revenue generators.

Learn More About Waste Management And Skip Hire On The RTS Waste Management Blog

If you would like to learn more information regarding responsible waste disposal or Skip Hire in Dartford, you can read more by visiting our blog. For example, you can learn information regarding sustainability in waste management, how you can use skip hire to get the most out of your waste disposal solution, and you could learn about how waste segregation could improve your business’ bottom line.

Get In Touch With Our Team Of Waste Management Experts Today

If you would like to learn more information about how the RTS Waste Management team can help manage your waste more effectively and work towards a zero to landfill waste strategy, please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of staff.

To speak to a member of the RTS team, please call 0207 232 1711. However, those who would prefer to request a call back can do so by filling out our contact form which is available at the bottom of this page. Additionally, if you would like to make an enquiry using the internet, please send our team an email. Our email address is info@rtswaste.co.uk.

 

With regards to the responsible disposal of waste, there are numerous different waste management services that you can choose from. So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed, do not worry because the RTS Waste Management team is here to help.

Waste Management Advice For Facility Managers

  • Regularly Audit Your Waste Management And Disposal Practices
    Auditing your waste helps you identify the waste that your business/organisation is generating. Creating an accurate picture of waste generation is essential if you want to optimise the process of waste disposal, reduce the amount of waste, and make significant cost savings.

    For example, a waste audit could unveil that your business is currently disposing of waste that could be recycled or reused. Recycling services are often significantly cheaper than sending waste to landfill, so performing regular waste audits can provide your business with helpful information regarding waste segregation and ways that your business can improve your management of waste.

  • Calculate The Total Waste Disposal Cost
    If you would like to reduce the cost of your waste management practices, you first need to identify the full cost of your waste disposal solutions. This includes things such as landfill tax, waste handling costs, costs associated with missed opportunities, and transportation costs.

    Once you have identified the full cost of waste disposal and management for your business, you can target specific areas for improvement. For example, if you’re currently missing out on recycling opportunities, perhaps you could save money by implementing waste segregation practices with the goal of recycling more waste.

  • Choose A Waste Management Solution That Follows The Waste Hierarchy
    For those unaware, the waste hierarchy describes different ways of managing your waste ranging from the most preferable to the least preferable. The hierarchy is as follows: prevention, reuse, recycling, recovery, and disposal.

    In addition to providing cost and environmental benefits, following the waste hierarchy could provide your business with a positive reputation boost. The general public is becoming increasingly more eco-conscious and as such many businesses and individuals are searching for organisations that are eco-friendly.

To Make An Enquiry Please Call Our Team Today

As a registered Carrier, Broker, Dealer – Upper Tier, we are committed to providing high quality solutions and services for the disposal of waste in manner that follows the waste hierarchy. If you are interested in any of the waste management services that are available from the RTS Waste Management team or if you would like to learn more about how our services can help your business achieve zero to landfill, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of staff using the information available below.

To speak to a member of the RTS team, please call 0207 232 1711. However, those who would prefer to request a call back can do so by filling out our contact form which is available at the bottom of this page.

Additionally, if you would like to make an enquiry using the internet, please send our team an email. Our email address is info@rtswaste.co.uk.

Skip hire services are a very convenient way to dispose of waste. Commercial businesses can make great use out of this method of waste disposal, so if you’re interested in skip hire in Kent, get in touch with the RTS Waste Management team today by calling 0207 232 1711.

Get The Most Out Of Your Skip – 3 Things To Remember

When disposing of waste via a skip, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. Here’s a quick list of 3.

  1. Put Larger & Lighter Items In Your Skip First
    At first you might be tempted to put heavier objects into your skip first. However, this is actually less optimal with regards to space optimisation. This is because heavy objects will push lighter items of waste closer to the bottom of the skip, which results in less space being wasted.

  2. Dismantle Or Flatten Waste Before Throwing It In
    In order to maximise your use of space in a skip, it’s important that you remember to dismantle or flatten any waste before throwing it away. By breaking the item down into smaller pieces, you’ll find they take up less room in the skip, leaving fewer pockets of empty space.

    Dismantling or breaking down items of waste also makes it easier to avoid overloading a skip. Remember; an overloaded skip is a hazard and as such the lorry driver could refuse to remove the skip altogether, which could result in additional charges.

  3. Don’t Throw Unsuitable Waste In A Skip
    It is crucial that you understand what you can and cannot put in a skip. One of the biggest mistakes you can make is to throw hazardous waste in a general waste skip. Please remember that you are legally responsible for the contents of the skip you hire.

    For example, the following cannot be disposed of via a skip: asbestos, WEEE (waste electric and electronic equipment), car tyres, and plasterboard.

Learn More About Waste Disposal On The RTS Waste Management Blog

If you would like to read more information about waste management or skip hire in Kent, you can learn a lot by visiting our blog. For example, you could learn about sustainability in waste management, or you could learn information about how waste segregation could improve your business’ bottom line.

Would You Like To Make An Enquiry? Contact Our Team Today

As a registered Carrier, Broker, Dealer – Upper Tier, we are committed to providing high quality solutions and services for our clients. So if you would like to learn more information about skip hire or any of our other waste management services, please don’t hesitate to give our team a call or fill out our contact form which is available at the bottom of this page.

Additionally, if you would like to make an enquiry using the internet, please send our team an email. Our email address is info@rtswaste.co.uk.