In the UK we generate about 177 million tonnes of waste every year which costs businesses and households money, plus causes environmental damage. The government policy is to move towards a zero waste economy where resources are fully valued, financially and environmentally. By reducing, reusing and recycling wherever possible, throwing things away only as a last resort. The UK government are making it easier for people and organisations to recycle more by improving the quality of recycling collected from homes and businesses and promoting a stronger market for recycled materials.
The UK has laws that require some businesses to make sure that a proportion of what they sell is recovered and recycled based on EC legal requirements. The Government have also worked with businesses to develop new voluntary responsibility deals so that businesses take responsibility for ensuring that a proportion of the goods they produce are recycled, and for reducing waste in their operations. There are now improved recycling and waste collection from households across the UK and councils are encouraged to sign up to the business waste and recycling services commitment.
Landfill sites are regulated via environmental permits and subject to the requirements of the EU Landfill Directive and the Council Decision on Waste Acceptance Criteria. Disposing of waste in landfill sites should be the option of last resort for most waste, especially biodegradable and recyclable waste.
Waste crime includes fly-tipping and the illegal export of waste. Waste crime damages the environment causes pollution, and harms health in local neighbourhoods. The UK government has a range of measures to deal with waste crime such as working with the Sentencing Council on sentencing guidelines, bringing into force stronger powers for local authorities and the Environment Agency, chairing the National Fly-Tipping Prevention Group and using police intelligence to identify people concerned with the illegal export of waste.
There are waste management companies throughout the UK specialising in clinical and hazardous waste collection, waste disposal and recycling services for all forms of hazardous and non hazardous wastes. These services ensure the cost effective removal of all difficult to manage and hazardous wastes in an environmentally sound and compliant way. These professional companies keep abreast of the ever increasing legislation and the demand to be more environmentally conscious, helping many organisations to provide the right disposal route, understanding that companies and organisations in the UK have a Duty of Care to make sure their waste is handled, stored and disposed of correctly.
Prices for waste removal vary depending on the volume and type of waste. Some companies price per cubic metre whereas others will offer a fixed price after examining the waste to be removed. To get an exact price, please click the "post your job" button to have local waste management companies get in touch to provide written quotations and advice on the best way to deal with your waste.