8:04 am - Thursday November 3, 2011

Recycling of Waste

The focus of rubbish removal has shifted in recent years from the dumping of waste in bulk on landfill sites or in incinerators, to the much more positive alternative of recycling.

By recycling waste, not only can unwanted items be put to good use again, thus helping to conserve resources; but there will also be far less chance of the uncontrolled release of harmful gases or chemicals into the atmosphere.

To be truly effective however, the recycling of waste needs to be carried out in an organised and efficient way. This is the case regardless of whether the waste is of domestic or commercial origin.

In the first instance, wherever possible, waste products should be cleaned before disposal. In some instances waste recycling plants are forced to reject recyclable items because dirt or mould has become too ingrained.

Secondly, the waste should be separated into distinct types; aluminium cans in one batch for example, and paper or glass, say, in another. This will make it far easier to process the waste when it arrives at the recycling plant.

The process of separation can be made easier by placing around the home or workplace different bins or bags which are clearly labelled for the disposal of specific types of waste.

Thirdly, every effort should be made to ensure that those items which are less obviously recyclable are given due attention. Food waste for example often ends up on landfill sites, yet a simple composter can help transform this and other organic materials into a rich garden fertiliser.

Finally, where the level of overall waste is exceptionally high – following construction work perhaps or as the consequence of a major premises overhaul – it is extremely worthwhile seeking the assistance of a specialist contractor, or hiring a skip from a bona fide supplier, to ensure that the rubbish removal is carried out quickly and efficiently, and is processed appropriately at its destination.

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