House Waste has always been a worldwide issue but brought to our attention more in the last few years than ever before. It really is quite shocking to see the figures associated with household waste both here in the UK and globally. Just take a look here to see firsthand the insane volumes we’re talking!
Did you know the UK produces more than 100 million tonnes of waste every year? Let’s put this into perspective, the average UK household (your household) produces more than a tonne of waste every single year. This is equivalent to the weight of small car…shocking! Combine the UK’s average households and we get the equivalent in weight of 31 million double-decker buses that if queued would go around the world two and a half times…really SHOCKING!
Where does all of this household waste go I hear you ask, well that all depends on what YOU do with it. Reading Borough Council provide you with a fancy burgundy wheelie bin for all of your recyclable waste, which is collected once a fortnight to be taken to re3, for a family of 4 that is not often enough! Re-use any organic waste where you can, it makes for great compost! Always look out for the recycle sign, by law all packaging must inform you of the best ways of disposal, so we really have no excuse. In comparison to our European neighbours who recycle up to 60% of all waste, we’re falling behind, recycling only 45%. It is thought up to 80% of our dustbins could be recycled or composted so start paying more attention to your household waste and help minimise waste to landfill sites. Click here for more fun recycling facts!
Household waste doesn’t just refer to food waste and packaging but unwanted interiors and furniture, electricals, even clothes too. There isn’t as much focus on safe and convenient ways to dispose of such items, and even when there is it isn’t always easy to do so, this can often result in fly-tipping.
”Illegal dumping, also called fly dumping or fly tipping, is the dumping of waste illegally instead of using an authorised method such as kerbside collection or using an authorised rubbish dump. It is the illegal deposit of any waste onto land, including waste dumped or tipped on a site with no licence to accept waste”
Fly tipping, a thing of the past I hear you say, well apparently not in Reading! Reading Borough Council have handed out more fly-tipping fines than anywhere outside of London and Brighton since the changed legislation in May 2016 (full story here). Improper disposal of household waste can have lasting effects environmentally and fly-tipping of heavy bulky items can also result in injury especially if dumped in populated areas such as Reading. Not only is fly tipping an environmental issue but it’s an eye-sore for anyone who has to look at it out of their bedroom window or everyday on their drive to work. Household waste can be a big issue but there is always a simple answer, don’t fall victim to fly tipping when you don’t have to. Make use of your organic waste, recycle whatever and wherever you can and if you’re ever left with more household waste than you bargained for, you know where to find us! RG House Clearance have the answer, however big or small the job.