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Covid 19 Has Changed The Uks Attitude Towards Waste

By Oliver Smith
Published in Recycling
July 08, 2021
6 min read
Covid 19 Has Changed The Uks Attitude Towards Waste

Were a lot more aware of the dangers of our waste

How is it that your rubbish can make you ill? Well, it all comes down to our susceptibility to disease. We are incredibly vulnerable due to our biology, and in a way were more susceptible than animals. Our bodies are so fragile and we are capable of being struck down by the smallest of viruses whereas, even at their worst, this would not be the case with animals. Within the animal kingdom we are simply too weak to fight off many diseases, which leaves us open to attack; and evidently the same goes for waste.There may be concerns over the different regulations and rules but it’s no doubt that the practices that have developed through an increased knowledge of how disease-causing germs can spread is one good thing to come from the health scandals. Food waste is another factor that can pose problems - a lot of people do not realise the risk and try desperately to make sure it does not end up in their bin.This is why I think that homeowners and business owners alike are trying to get more value from items that they would have otherwise used or thrown away years ago. While we’re all more aware of the dangers of our waste, a lot of folks in London are able to save money with some careful DIY you can do yourself, or big savings with your local handyman or domestic maintenance crew.Despite this , most of us are unaware of the real dangers lurking inside our trash bags. As long as the contents of our litter bins are not an eye-sore, or a threat to those who are forced to handle it, we tend to pay little heed to what’s being recycled and put in the right waste bin rather than the wrong one.The government are also aware of the publics concerns surrounding the waste we produce. One such example is a recent report of how hospitals are having to deal with large volumes of medical waste – which can be difficult (and costly) to dispose of in an environmental friendly fashion.But what if there was a way of ensuring that your waste is completely safe and germ free? Yes, it sounds far fetched, but it’s true. In fact, there are technologies available to make sure that no germs manage to survive the journey from your premises to the landfill site.

We’re rethinking our food waste

Covid-19 has caused a little cognitive dissonance when it comes to food waste. On the one hand, there are pieces in the papers about the ridiculous amounts we throw away, and how we should try harder to reduce this amount. On the other hand, people have started stockpiling foods that they would otherwise have thrown out (I’m looking at you broccoli), because of their fear of what might happen if they run out . And this is entirely legit – my wife recently told me she met someone who was using non-perishable food. The advent of Covid-19 has had a more positive effect on how we view food waste. It made me think what all those sandwiches and snacks that have ended up in the trash over the years could have helped feed people, or provided some comfort to people whose life has gone down in a heap. And I decided that I would be gathering together any food I thought could go bad before it got used, into one place so that I could give to people who might need it more. So when I found this site – Free Food Community it was a relief instead of just another tumbleweed in the desert of e-waste.”. Weve always known that food waste is an issue, but this last period has led to a step change in the way people think about binning their decaying veggies and moldy bread. Weve seen estimates that up to 30 percent of food produced worldwide is simply thrown away, which turns out to be a major problem when you consider its the source of around 8 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. But now people are starting to wake up and smell the coffee (though hopefully not literally) and realize what a waste heaps of good food really is.I was recently visiting my parents in a medium-sized town in England, and i was surprised to see how much waste there was from food shopping. Before the pandemic hit there had been no real thought given to the amount of food shops throw away. There have been numerous attempts at tackling this issue like the ‘ugly’ fruit and vegetable campaign in America, but none of these had really made a dent in the global problem. But I think the pandemic has had a much more meaningful affect on this issue.Deep in the heart of the EU there are some regulations which mean that if your food waste is too big to be managed by your caterer, then its your problem-either deal with it yourself, or pay for it not to be disposed of somewhere else. Thats how Covid-19 was born, the final part of a three part scheme to see what difference we could make wherever we saw an issue.Now, f or people who are already ultra-discerning about what they eat, not much seems to have changed.  But as a food blogger, the ideas of food waste have started to work their way into my own life. And this is why I went to visit Covid-19…to see whether there was anything I could do to help reduce food wastage at the source … ..

Were changing how we think of general waste as well

It is also claimed that glass waste could act as a method of future energy storage and thus turn it into something desirable rather than just waste. There is a lot of electricity generated by incinerators, which are used to break down waste material, and some of this electricity capacity goes unused; this could be stored in supermarkets in the form of glass bottles!. There are also other elements of waste that are changing. For example, UK waste management companies have noted that an increase in the amount of glass being put out for recycling. (Although admittedly, part of that might be due to how many of the general public chose to while away some of the time locked indoors). Some of our recycling is quite innovative. More and more of us are replacing the disposable coffee cup with ones made from recycled plastic drinks bottles. Employers (like me) are switching to BPA free water bottles, and if they only contain water then there’s not much room for pollution.Were finding that people are more inclined to keeping better tabs on what they throw away and so are taking a greater interest in what recycling means. Were also noticing that the amount of general household waste generated is falling as its replaced with recyclable materials.In the UK, there has been an increase in the amount of waste being put out for recycling particularly in glass waste. This is one of the core elements in general waste management that is changing due to the need to manage resources and reduce carbon emissions.

How we can help here at Hazardous Waste

We provide affordable, cost-saving, ethical containers for hiring as well as disposable ones depending on the individual financial situation of each customer. Our skips can be used for domestic purposes (i.e garden waste, DIY jobs) as well as industrial/commercial purposes too. As we are not confined to supplying skips to only one particular sector of the market, we are able to offer cheap prices on our skip hire services to everybody from businesses to homeowners in Birmingham and throughout the UK. We also like to provide a personal service; getting to know our customers and providing them with professional advice if needed. By providing this service we are confident that we will earn their trust and loyalty which is why many people come back to us time and time again when. We ensure that our customers have a quick and efficient skip hire service. Skip Hire Network covers whole of the UK so wherever you need your skip delivered to, we can do this for you. We have over 30 years of experience in the skip hire industry which means we only use reputable businesses who deliver quality and reliable services. We want to reduce the environmental impact and cost of skip hire in the UK for all our customers.We cover the whole of the UK with our service and aim to provide an affordable service to everyone. Although were committed to doing this there are still areas where we can improve which were always on the lookout for ways we can do this. One way we’re looking at how we can lend a helping hand is through our Skip 2 School campaign, where donated or recycled skips are being used to donate to various schools within the UK.If theres one thing weve learnt about the skip hire industry over the years, its that a lot of firms arent very considerate when it comes to being environmentally friendly. So were looking to change this by taking steps to make our services as environmentally conscious as possible.There’s no need to add to the growing pile of waste around us. We can all do our own bit for the Earth by recycling and reusing items that would otherwise be thrown away. So here at Skip Hire Network, we’re doing our bit.


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