Waste Management is an umbrella term that covers the removal, sorting, recycling and disposal of waste materials.
The good news is that 75% of solid waste is actually recyclable. The bad news is that only 30% is actually being recycled globally. Recycled materials supply 40% of the global raw materials needs so it is a very important aspect of waste management. Find out more.
On a global level 600 million recyclables are handled each year and 1.6 million people are actively involved in the recycling industry worldwide. Clothing and household textiles make up almost 5% of all garbage in landfills and the annual turnover of the recycling industry as a whole is in excess of $200 billion US dollars or £126 billion GBP approximately.
The UK uses over 5 million tonnes of plastic each year of which an estimated 24% is currently being recovered or recycled according to the British Plastics Federation.1 million plastic bags are consumed per minute and only 1% of them are recycled worldwide. See information about Government schemes.
To safely recycle and dispose of much larger waste, you should hire a rubbish removal company. They will have the knowledge and expertise needed to successfully dispose of your waste without causing or causing minimal harm to the environment.
There are hundreds of companies in the UK that you can choose from, but we recommend finding one that is approved by the Environmental Agency as you can be certain the team will be able to take care of your junk whilst having the environment in mind.
One household computer may contain up to 2 kilograms of lead. Computer and electronics waste management falls under the collective term e-waste and includes discarded monitor screens, hard drives, circuit boards and small printers.
Disposing of them effectively has a knock on effect of where they end up as many go to the developing world. Improperly disposed of e-waste is the cause of pollution via the hazardous materials and metals contained in PCs and is of increasing concern in South America, Asia and Africa. Click here for recycling systems information.
Since the 1st of January 2010, BatteryBack is the official recycling scheme in the UK that follows the newest battery regulations. The service provides free battery collection and recycling nationwide.
All waste batteries are classified as hazardous and should not be thrown in the trash along with daily rubbish but should always be recycled. In addition, rechargeable batteries include harmful metals so they should always be recycled correctly or returned to the manufacturer for disposal.