How Much Waste Is Produced From Skip Hire A Year?

Do they recycle your waste?

– How much goes to the landfill?

-What materials get recycled?

– Does it cost more to recycle?


Problems Overloading Your Skip

Would you be surprised if we told you that right here, in the UK alone, we hire a whopping 17 million skips every single year? That’s for domestic use alone.

That means we’re not counting the endless number of skips used day in and day out on construction sites up and down the country. If we were however, we’d be able to tell you that the UK construction industry is responsible for 32% of all landfill waste.

We’d also be able to tell you that 420 million tonnes of material are used by the UK construction industry with 120 tonnes of that, becoming waste. Worryingly,. These figures are on the rise.


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200 Million Tonnes Of Waste Is Produced Every Single Year

It may also surprise you to learn that we produce around 200 million tonnes of waste every single year. That number is nothing short of staggering, but when you look at the actual facts, it’s easily done. Statistics show that each person, each year uses around 16 tonnes of material. Of that material, 6 tonnes becomes waste with the vast majority reaching landfill.

When you take into consideration the fact that our landfills are already overflowing, it’s a little more than worrying but with our population continuing to grow by the year, it’s not really surprising. What is surprising however, is the amount that we could be recycling but simply aren’t.

Less Landfill – More Recycling

The waste that’s put into skips each year varies hugely. From wood to rubble, plastics to natural fibres; the variation is astounding. What people aren’t aware of is the fact that a great deal of what we place in our skips can be recycled, reused and in some cases even treated.

For instance, card and paper can we washed, pulped and recycled. Glass is also 100% recyclable and can be reused again and again. Metals, both ferrous and non-ferrous can be taken into treatment plants, melted down and turned into entirely new products. The same can be said for plastics as well as other textiles. Even rubble from building sites can be crushed and reused, with soil also being put to good use in landscaping projects in order to avoid being dumped in landfill.

Practise Ethical Waste Management With Mackers

Skip hire is a necessity in both domestic and commercial instances. Instead of dumping waste straight into landfill however, there are ways to practise ethical waste management and one of those ways is by hiring an environmentally friendly skip hire company who work through the waste they receive to recycle, reuse, treat and manage the waste you give them in as ethical a manner possible. Here are a few things to look for when looking at skip hire:

1. Use Skip Companies Who Recycle As Much As Possible

Most companies will state whether they dispose of waste in an environmentally friendly manner. Here at Mackers Skip Hire, we discuss our scrap metal services as well as our recycling right here on our website so you know who you’re working with.

2. Avoid Opting For The Cheapest

If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is. So if you’ve found a company that provides skip hire for pennies, you may want to question just where your rubbish is going. Lower prices will often equate to poor management of waste disposal. Here at Mackers, while we aren’t the lowest, our prices are competitive and our waste is dealt with in as ethical manner as possible.

Opt For Local Skip Hire

As simple as it sounds, the closer the skip hire company is, the more streamlined your waste collection and waste management will be. It also reduces the use of fuel which means less CO2 emissions.

Construction Waste Management
Chair And Domestic Rubbish

Builders Skip Hire

Builders Skip Hire

Builders Skip Hire by Mackers Total Recycling. We cater to many tradesmen across the southeast of the United Kingdom and offer a premium bespoke skip hire service.

Domestic Skip Hire

Domestic Skip Hire

Domestic Skip Hire by Mackers Total Recycling. We cater to many households in and around Essex and offer many sized skips for your everyday needs.

Garden Skip Hire

Garden Waste Skip Hire

Garden Waste Skip Hire by Mackers Total Recycling. We cater to many landscapers and gardeners in and around Essex and capable of delivering the same day.