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How to Dispose of Soil in the UK

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When you’re landscaping or clearing out  your garden, you often end up with excess soil. It can be tempting, especially if you have been digging up tree stumps or planting, to leave it in a pile to one side. However, if there is one thing we can guarantee in the UK, it’s that British weather is always unpredictable. A pile of soil will become a much bigger problem once it rains or snows.

While most people think you can add soil to your general waste wheelie bin, this actually isn’t the case. In fact, if your general waste bin has soil in it, the collection team can refuse to take it. There are safe and legal ways of disposing of garden waste and this article will help you know how to dispose of soil in the UK.

Determine the type of soil you need to dispose of

Knowing the type of soil you are working with helps. Depending on the quality, you could reuse it for DIY projects in the garden or to create a compost heap. Even poor-quality soil can sometimes be used by local agriculture businesses and farmers, who you can reach out to if you think your soil might be of use to them. Always be clear if you are offering your soil to someone else on what kind it is.

There are 3 main types of soil:

– Sandy soil

– Clay soil

– Silt soil

You can feel whether soil is sandy when you roll it between your fingers. It will have a distinctive gritty texture and is normally low in nutrients and even acidic.

Clay soil is also known as heavy soil and can be highly fertile and full of nutrients. It drains slower than other soils and becomes sticky when wet.

Pure silt soil is hard to come by in gardens, but it’s fertile and drains well, making it ideal for planting in.

Once you know the type of soil you have, you can also reach out to waste management companies, like ourselves at TWBC – we can help determine your best course of action and whether skip hire would be beneficial.

Contact a reputable waste management provider

One of the easiest ways to dispose of soil, as  mentioned, is to contact a professional waste management service – we can help with this at TWBC. We will find the most efficient and environmentally friendly way to dispose of your soil, helping to create a greener planet.

Any provider you use must be licensed, firstly to remove waste and secondly licensed with the Environment Agency. Check if the service you are using is able to compost the soil, or how they intend to dispose of it. This will help give you peace of mind about your impact on the planet.

Hire a skip

Depending on how much excess soil you have, hiring a skip may be the most cost-effective solution. At TWBC, we offer different-sized skips, ranging from 2 yards up to 40 yards, to match your requirements. This will help you get the best price for the amount of waste you need to dispose of. You could easily fill the entire skip with soil if you need, or use it to clear out other waste from your DIY project as well.

You will be required to book a drop-off and collection time so we know how long you need to store the skip. If it will stand on the road, you should check with your local council to see if a permit is needed.

If possible reuse the soil for gardening or landscaping projects

If these options are out of your price range, or unsuitable for the amount of soil you have, you may still be wondering how to dispose of soil. One of the easiest and most environmentally friendly ways is to recycle your soil in another gardening or landscaping project. You may be able to use it to create a new flower bed or to keep it to fill up smaller garden pots as and when you expand your greenery.

For hazardous materials such as asbestos-containing soils, contact a professional disposal company

If your soil contains any hazardous materials, you need to contact a professional disposal company, as this will be the best way to ensure everyone involved is safe. Hazardous soil can contain asbestos, chemicals, heavy metals, pesticides and solvents to name just a few. These will need specialist disposal and a professional company can guide you through the process without harming the environment.

Ensure that any contaminated soils are disposed of according to all applicable regulations and laws

Contaminated soil comes from the environment being degraded due to chemicals or other hazards. Any contaminated land can be a problem for building and construction, so you will want to follow UK regulations to ensure that the soil is disposed of correctly and legally. If you are responsible for this contamination, then you are responsible for dealing with it.

For all of your waste disposal needs, our experienced team at TWBC can help. Get in touch today on 0808 168 1427.

How the New POPs Regulations Affect Skip Hire Companies

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As a skip hire company, it’s important to stay up-to-date on the latest regulations, especially when it comes to hazardous waste. Recently, there have been new regulations put in place regarding Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), which are toxic chemicals that can have harmful effects on human health and the environment. In this blog post, we’ll explain what these new regulations are and how they affect skip hire companies like ours.

What are POPs?

POPs are a group of chemicals that are resistant to degradation and can persist in the environment for long periods of time. They can be transported over long distances and accumulate in the environment, including in the food chain. Some examples of POPs include DDT (a pesticide), PCBs (industrial chemicals), and dioxins (by-products of industrial processes).

What are the new POPs regulations?

The new POPs regulations are part of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, which is an international treaty that aims to reduce and eliminate the production, use, and release of POPs. The latest round of regulations, which came into effect on January 1st, 2022, focuses on nine new POPs that have been added to the list of regulated chemicals. These new POPs include:

Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD)

Perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) and its salts

Hexachlorobutadiene (HCBD)

Tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBPA) and its derivatives

What do these new regulations mean for skip hire companies?

The new regulations mean that skip hire companies need to be extra careful when handling and disposing of these chemicals. If you come across any of these chemicals in the course of your work, you’ll need to follow proper procedures to ensure that they are disposed of safely and in accordance with the regulations. This may include the following items…

  • sofas
  • sofa beds
  • armchairs
  • kitchen and dining room chairs
  • stools and foot stools
  • home office chairs
  • futons
  • bean bags, floor and sofa cushions

To Summarise

The new POPs regulations are an important step in protecting human health and the environment from the harmful effects of toxic chemicals. As a skip hire company, it’s essential to stay informed about these regulations and to follow proper procedures when handling and disposing of hazardous waste, including the nine new POPs. By doing so, you’ll not only be complying with the law, but also playing a part in protecting public health and the environment.

What is a Waste Broker and What Do They Do?

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If you operate a business, you’ll understand how all companies have complex waste management requirements, and it can sometimes be difficult to meet such requirements without third-party assistance. Put simply, waste brokers are on-hand to provide affordable and compliant waste management solutions for businesses of all sizes.

Waste management brokers help businesses to analyse their current waste management processes. After analysis, a broker can offer advice on how to implement more environmentally friendly and cost-effective means of dealing with waste. This includes information on how to avoid fines from regulatory authorities and ways to prevent unnecessary fees from waste haulage companies.

Waste brokers also make use of industry tools like audits to improve the way your business deals with solid waste and recyclable waste. This could help reduce the amount of waste your business sends to landfill, thereby reducing the carbon footprint of your business.

A waste broker will

Analyse your needs

Your waste broker should consult with your business in-depth. This will help them to analyse the waste management requirements of your company, and allow them to conduct an audit to ensure maximum efficiency when it comes to the removal of waste from the business.

Streamline your waste management process

If your current waste management solutions can be improved upon, made more cost-effective or easier to oversee, your waste management broker will be able to identify areas which can be streamlined. Your broker should work closely with you to identify potential improvements across all departments.

Ensure legislative compliance

Your broker should ensure that all waste management protocols are compliant with local legislation. This can include things like waste reduction initiatives, composting, environmentally-conscious waste disposal and complying with WEEE regulations.

What types of waste can a broker manage?

Plastics

Plastic is  becoming one of the most difficult forms of waste to manage due to its wide range of uses. Waste brokers can help businesses reduce the amount sent to landfill and increase their plastic recycling rate.

Metal and industrial waste

Industrial waste can include anything from steel, wood and metal scraps to electronic components. Waste brokers can help mitigate disposal costs while helping the business comply with local and international regulations.

Commercial solid waste

Commercial solid waste is produced in large quantities, and often poses a considerable challenge when it comes to disposal. Waste brokers can provide the necessary guidance on how to reduce the amount of hazardous materials sent to landfill, while providing cost-effective solutions for dealing with non-hazardous commercial waste.

Recyclables

Waste brokers are also experts in recycling. They can provide guidance on how to sort and store recyclables, while providing advice on the most cost-effective way of disposing of these materials. It is also possible for brokers to advise businesses on ways to increase their use of recycled materials and reduce their reliance on new resources.

Textiles and paper waste

Textiles and paper are both difficult to dispose of, with many regulations requiring businesses to separate different types of textiles for recycling. Waste brokers can provide advice on the most efficient ways of sorting and disposing of these materials.

In summary, waste brokers are invaluable resources when it comes to managing the complex waste management requirements of a business.

The benefits of having professional waste management services

Businesses can save in the region of 35% or more when they partner with a waste management broker. In addition to enjoying lower costs on waste contracts, your business can also:

  • Consolidate waste management across multiple locations.
  • Benefit from a central customer service team with the motivation to solve all problems.
  • Consult with experts on sustainability and waste stream management.
  • Leverage business intelligence and data analysis specific to your industry and its waste requirements.
  • Remain compliant with local, regional and national legislation.

If you’re looking to streamline your waste management solution, get in touch with The Waste Brokerage Company today. We can provide you with advice on the most cost-effective and compliant solution for your business, while helping to ensure a more sustainable future.

What is Zero Waste?

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A Zero Waste Policy is a company wide agreement that seeks to eliminate the use of single-use plastics and other waste that is usually thrown away. The goal is for businesses to send as little waste to landfill as possible by reducing, reusing, and recycling items where possible, or avoiding the need to purchase them at all. The hope is that through zero-waste policies – it will benefit the environment, and improve sustainability.

Zero waste is a more extreme strategy than simply committing to recycling 100% of waste. The traditional three Rs – reduce, reuse and recycle – only slow down the rate at which material flows to landfill, but the goal of zero waste is to eliminate it entirely.

In this blog post, we’ll be exploring the benefits of the zero waste movement, and how to get started with a zero waste lifestyle.

How Will Zero Waste Benefit the Environment?

The three Rs were a great innovation and they‘ve had a significant impact on progress towards a more sustainable future. However, in today’s world of mass consumption – with nearly 8 billion of us on the planet – it’s not enough. Even if we were to perfectly abide by the three R principles, the amount of waste in landfills would continue to grow.

So how does zero waste help the environment? At the root, it’s a fundamentally different strategy. It aims to recycle everything in perpetuity – producing no waste at all. In this way, zero waste helps to complete the circular economy. Factories produce goods which then wear out and eventually become inputs to new goods and so on.

Proponents of the circular economy claim that businesses need to move to an economy that operates this way to achieve multi-generational sustainability. If they don’t, then stores of precious resources will become exhausted.

The Problem with Landfills

Landfills served humanity well during the twentieth century, making a tremendous contribution to city sanitation by reducing disease. However, they’re an environmental catastrophe for several reasons.

First, landfills contain waste that leaks toxic chemicals and gases into the surrounding subsoil, potentially causing permanent damage. Waste can leachate, leading to dangerous and unpleasant toxic fumes.

Second, goods thrown into landfills embody vast quantities of carbon dioxide used in their production – around 42% of all emissions, according to the U.S. EPA estimates. When consumers throw away their waste, they render those CO2 emissions futile and set themselves up for the next round of consumption.

Lastly, landfills can kill animals and destroy natural habitats. Cutting down trees and making room for landfill sites removes forests and forces species into more marginal areas.

How to Get Started with a Zero Waste Lifestyle

So, are you wondering how to go zero waste as a business? Check out the following ideas:

Reuse Materials Where Possible

Businesses can often reuse their materials. For instance, if you sell metal products that become fatigued, you could set up a scheme with your customers that involve them returning items to you at the end of their life. You then simply reforge them into new products, or recycle them – and start the cycle all over again.

You can also look for ways to reuse equipment. For instance, rather than buying new office furniture, buy used furniture.

Recycle

Recycling is another option. And while it isn’t a zero waste policy, strictly speaking, it helps your firm move in that direction.

Make sure that your business recycles all its waste paper and plastic. Most waste of this kind can be made into lower-quality products. For example, printing paper can become cardboard while plastic cups can become a vast range of new products.

Use the Hierarchy of Waste

Another strategy is to use the hierarchy of waste. The idea here is to address waste issues in a hierarchical manner, using the most effective measures first.

The official government-backed hierarchy of waste is:

  • Prevention
  • Preparing for reuse
  • Recycling
  • Other recovery
  • Disposal

To use the hierarchy, first consider whether you can avoid using a particular resource. If that’s not possible, prepare it for reuse. If that option isn’t available, send it to recycling and so on down the list.

Consider a Responsible Waste Management Provider

What is zero waste, then? Essentially, it’s a strategy to circularise your business’s economy. However, it’s notoriously challenging to pull off. That’s why so many firms work with a responsible waste management provider, such as ourselves here at The Waste Brokerage Company. We specialise in the collection of commercial waste, and disposing of it responsibly. With an effective waste management strategy in place, your business can help to decrease the effects of climate change – and improve the sustainability of our planet.

What is Waste Management?

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Waste management is the process of handling, transporting, and disposing of waste materials. It includes everything from collecting and sorting rubbish to recycling and processing hazardous waste. Waste management is a critical function for businesses. Proper waste management helps to protect the environment, reduce pollution, and prevent public health hazards.

In this article, we’ll be exploring the benefits of professional waste management, various waste disposal methods, and how we at the Waste Brokerage Company can aid in your commercial waste management. Read on to find out more.

How Professional Waste Management is Beneficial

There are many benefits to using professional waste management services for businesses. Some of the key benefits include:

Reducing Environmental Pollution

One of the most significant advantages of professional waste management is that it helps to reduce environmental pollution. This is achieved by preventing harmful materials from being released into the environment, such as toxic chemicals, pesticides, and other hazardous substances. These materials are released into the environment if they’re left in landfill – of which we have over 500 landfill sites in the UK alone. In addition, proper waste management also reduces the amount of methane gas that is produced from decomposing rubbish in landfills. Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas that contributes significantly to climate change.

Conserving energy and resources

Another benefit of using professional waste management services is that it helps to conserve energy and resources. This is because recycling and waste reduction programs help to reduce the amount of raw materials that need to be extracted from the earth in the production of new goods and products – recycling conserves energy as it takes less energy to recycle materials than it does to create new products from scratch.

Creating Jobs

Professional waste management creates jobs. In the UK alone, there are over 70,000 people employed in the waste and recycling industry. This helps to boost the economy and provides employment opportunities in a time when they’re greatly needed.

Waste Disposal Methods

There are many ways to manage waste, and these methods can be customised to fit the needs of any organisation. The most modern waste management strategies emphasise sustainability. However, there are also other options for managing waste, such as reducing, reusing or recycling it.

Recycling is the process of converting waste material into new, usable products. Physical reprocessing, or recycling, is best for inorganic materials such as plastic and glass. However, organic items like paper and food can also be recycled. Composting may be a better method of disposing of organic waste because it transforms the waste into fertiliser rich in nutrients.

On the other hand, waste to energy (WtE) is defined as the conversion of non-recyclable waste into heat, electricity, or fuel using renewable energy sources. Methods used to achieve this include anaerobic digestion and plasma gasification.

Anaerobic digestion is the term for when animal manure and human excreta are turned into methane-rich biogas. Plasma gasification uses a vessel that has plasma and high temperatures, but low levels of oxygen to transform hazardous waste into syngas. Bioremediation is another method of disposing of hazardous waste in which toxins, contaminants, and pollutants are treated with microorganisms.

Best Practices

A waste audit is an examination of how much waste an organisation produces, and how that waste is managed. Commonly used methodologies for conducting a waste audit include a records review, in-person facility inspections, and sorting through refuse.

Best practices for conducting a waste audit:

  • Do not share the date of the audit with everyone in the organisation
  • Have PPE and sorting space prepared before beginning
  • Be ready to take action based on what the waste audit uncovers

You can achieve this goal by having corrective plans in place for each possible outcome.

If, for example, the organisation scored low on a certain area, then they should take the following steps to rectify it. However, before conducting the waste audit, it is essential for the organisation to set criteria. Additionally, an easy way to document and have more comprehensive data analysis would be to use digital waste audit checklists.

How We Can Help

Now that you understand the positives of professional waste disposal, and various disposal methods – it’s time to take action. The Waste Brokerage Company is waiting to help you get rid of all your unwanted waste. We can provide skips, vans and staff who will happily assist you in getting rid of all your waste, so that you can focus your time elsewhere within your business. Simply, get in touch with a member of our team today to find out how we can help.

How Professional Waste Removal Can Benefit Businesses

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As a business owner, it doesn’t take long for unwanted waste to accumulate in your workplace, leaving you thinking about whether you should hire commercial waste removal services. Proper waste management is a critical issue that many businesses face. You’ll be relieved to know that this does not have to be the case for you.

No matter how much waste your business produces, hiring business waste removal services is the most cost-effective and suitable method to remove your rubbish. Here are some advantages to help you better understand how professional waste removal services can benefit your business.

Sustainable Waste Removal Lowers Your Carbon Footprint

When you lower your carbon footprint, you are essentially reducing the harmful emissions released into the atmosphere. These emissions come from various sources, but one of the most significant contributors is the waste we produce.

Choosing sustainable waste removal methods means you are choosing to lower your carbon footprint. This is because sustainable waste removal methods often involve recycling, composting, and reducing consumption, meaning less waste is being sent to landfills. Landfills are a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions, so by recycling, composting, and reducing consumption, you are helping to reduce these emissions.

Saves Businesses Time

When it comes to waste disposal, hiring a commercial waste removal expert, like ourselves here at The Waste Brokerage Company, will help you to save a significant amount of time spent on tasks such as recycling, sorting, and driving to a landfill to dispose of your waste.

Our commercial waste removal service will come to your business and collect the waste and then dispose of it properly, taking away the hassle of dealing with waste yourself. This can free up your time so you and your employees can dedicate your entire time and efforts towards other important productive business activities.

Saves Money

When you hire a commercial waste removal, you will obviously have to front the costs of the service, but it will still save you more money in the long run:

  • Reducing the amount of waste generated: Many businesses find that much of their waste is avoidable. A commercial waste removal company can work with you to help you implement effective waste reduction strategies, such as going paperless, recycling, and composting. This can help you significantly reduce your overall waste bill.
  • Labour costs: You can outsource this task to a professional service instead of paying employees to handle your waste removal. This can save you money on labour costs in the long run.
  • Disposal costs: A commercial waste removal service will have access to cheaper disposal options than you would if you were to dispose of your waste on your own. This can save you a significant amount of money in the long run.
  • Reduce your liability risks: If you’re handling your waste removal, you risk being held liable if something goes wrong. However, if you hire a professional service, they will be held responsible if anything goes wrong.
  • Avoid costly fines: A reputable waste removal company will be familiar with all the latest legislation and ensure that your business remains compliant. This can help you avoid costly fines for breaching environmental regulations.

Impress Customers Through Environmental Conscientiousness

Consumers want to work with companies that make a difference by honing their eco-friendly business practices in a world where millions upon millions of tons of waste are produced yearly. Proper waste management practices show that the company is environmentally responsible and cares about its environmental impact. It also demonstrates that the company is efficient and organised and takes its waste management seriously. This can instil confidence in clients and customers making them more likely to do business.

Also, hiring commercial waste removal creates a cleaner and more pleasant environment for customers. This can lead to enhanced customer satisfaction because customers feel more comfortable with the facility’s cleanliness and are more likely to see it as a sign of a well-run operation, which can instil confidence in potential customers. In addition, you’re more likely to be viewed as responsible and trustworthy, which can further impress customers, thus making them more likely to return.

The Waste Brokerage Company Can Provide Professional & Reliable Waste Removal Services

No one wants to receive poor-quality services when it comes to waste removal. For this reason, The Waste Brokerage Company has some of the best professional experts who will execute their responsibilities to the highest standards. With the right equipment and experience required to provide high-quality services, it’s a guarantee that we will leave you fully satisfied. Contact us today to find out how we can help.

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