We all know that getting rid of your household waste is probably a lot harder than it should be. Gone are the days where you could shove everything in one bag, dump as many bags as you like outside your home, and it would be gone on bin collection day. Now, there are more rules to follow, meaning more mistakes you can make. Household waste disposal might sound boring - and it might sound like something you really don’t care about. However, when you make these dreadful disposal mistakes, it could lead to some pretty serious consequences…
Fly-tipping is a term that refers to the improper household waste disposal. Effectively, it’s when you leave your waste in areas that it shouldn’t be put. For instance, you put your bin bags on the side of the road or in a public place. There are more extreme examples of this, like companies dumping waste in rivers or forests. Anyway, the point is that you can’t put your waste anywhere that’s not been approved as a waste disposal site. How do you ensure this mistake is never made? Simple, you use Google! All you have to do is head online and search for the nearest waste disposal site near you. Right away, you’ll find links that point you in the right direction.
Why is correct waste disposal so important? Because fly-tipping is punishable by law and you can end up with big fines and possibly a criminal sentence if you’re caught doing it.
Hiring an unlicensed household waste disposal company
There are times in your life where you generate a lot of waste. This could be from a home clearout - or, it could be from Christmas, which is just around the corner. For whatever reason, you might need to hire a skip. Now, depending on the city you live in, hiring a skip might mean you need permits, especially if you need the skip to be based on the road rather than private property. So, that’s one issue to consider if you want to avoid more fines!
The second issue is hiring unlicensed waste disposal companies to take your skip away. They can’t be trusted and you will end up getting penalised if they fly-tip. Only ever hire licensed waste carriers to be certain that your waste gets disposed of correctly.
This mistake is far too common and it involves the improper recycling of certain things. Either you mix non-recyclables with your recycling or you do things like putting dirty cans or food packaging in without cleaning them. This contaminates your recycling and makes it hard for people at recycling centres to actually recycle things.
As a result, you may find that your recycling isn’t collected when you put it outside your house on your collection day. Or, if you go to a recycling centre yourself, you might stop loads of stuff from being properly recycled, forcing it to be burnt in a landfill. It’s a big problem that might not end in fines, but it will harm the environment.
In summary, make sure you don’t fly-tip, you never hire unlicensed waste carriers to move your waste and you stop contaminating your recycling. Keep this in mind if you want to safely dispose of your household waste.
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