As a nation, we are constantly producing new waste, but are we disposing of it correctly?
Are you aware of the categories that types of waste fall into and how we should approach getting rid of them? Help do your part and ensure that waste is being recycled properly, read our article for helpful tips.
1. Organic waste
The simplest waste to dispose of is organic waste. This covers anything from food waste or green waste as it will decompose over time. As a result of the decomposition, compost will then form, and is extremely beneficial in the promotion of agriculture and land growth.
Although this sounds simple enough, it can have a devastating effect if food waste isn’t recycled properly. Food waste creates an incredible amount of methane, a greenhouse gas that is toxic to the earth’s ozone layer. To avoid contributing to this, food waste must not be thrown out with standard waste. Instead, use your food bin provided by your local council. For more guidance on what can and cannot be thrown into your food waste bin, read here.
2. Solid waste
Aiming to recycle as much of our waste as possible should be a priority for all. By doing so, we’re keeping the environment healthy and encouraging a more sustainable lifestyle by lowering the amount of unusable waste. Solid waste can be easily broken down into four main categories.
Main types of solid waste:
- Plastic waste: Plastics should be separated from your general waste and placed in the correct recycling bin.
- Paper waste: Paper products can be easily recycled and are usually newspaper, cardboard, or paper packaging.
- Metals and tins: After being rinsed out, tins can be put in the recycling bin, or taken down to your local scrap yard.
- Glass Waste: Glass can also be recycled so be sure to rinse out any remnants before throwing them in the correct bin.
For solid waste such as bulky waste and appliances, it’s best to call a waste carrier as these items cannot be recycled with your general waste. So if you’re having an office clearout and need someone to dispose of the furniture, arrange for a commercial clearance service to ensure your waste is being handled responsibly.
3. Liquid waste
Not all liquid waste can be poured down the sink. Not only is this harmful to your waste systems, but also your health. These potentially hazardous liquids could end up in your water and cause an incredible amount of damage to your health. One of the main types of industrial waste is liquid.
If you’re unsure what to do with your liquid waste there are three main methods of liquid waste removal:
Containment: The storage of liquid waste in large tanks or barrels to remove it and prevent it from being an environmental issue.
Treatment: Some organic liquid waste can be reused to fertilise the land and cultivate crops across various areas of the UK
Disposal: If the liquid waste is deemed too hazardous to treat and reuse, then it will be disposed of appropriately.
4. Hazardous waste
As a business owner, you may be producing hazardous waste that will harm the environment if it is not disposed of correctly. All types of toxic and hazardous materials are classified as flammable, reactive, or corrosive. Get in touch with your local waste management provider today to discuss hazardous waste disposal services.
When the licensed carrier collects your waste, you may be wondering what will happen to it. One of these four options is viable for disposing of hazardous waste.
- Incineration and destruction
- Landfill disposal
5. Recyclable waste
While recyclable waste can be easily categorised into cardboard, glass, or plastic, not every item can be recycled. It’s important to check product packages and labels to see whether the item can be recycled or not and whether parts must be removed for it to be recycled correctly.
CDDL is a trusted waste carrier that believes in promoting the protection of the environment. If you would like to partner with us today for more reliable waste disposal, contact our team by phone or email.