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.