It is estimated that around 600 million tonnes of products and materials enter the UK economy each year… only 115 million tonnes of this gets recycled (source: WRAP). Every local authority across the UK offers waste and recycling collections to both businesses and residents, so it begs the question, why is this statistic so high? Waste is being mishandled in a variety of different ways, this is evident by the litter we see on our streets and the recyclable material which has been sent to landfills. These are both a hazard to wildlife and crops but also to the planet as a whole, we must take care handling waste.
So why is this poor waste management happening? and what are the solutions?
Many people put great care and attention to handling their waste, they correctly recycle, segregate waste and even help to carry out litter picks. Whilst the capturing of this waste is excellent, the containment may be where issues begin to arise. Whilst plastic is a strong material, all bags have their limits, and when the weight capacity of the bag is exceeded, the bag will rip – exposing the waste. Using a bag that is too weak for the waste that it is intended to collect, can cause issues in the capturing of it, and the contents of the bag may end up spilling out from the sack.
This is why it is important to understand your waste and correctly estimate its weight of it, to sure effective capture. The vast majority of bags have strengths to capture waste in KG’s, as an example, a bag may state it can capture up to 10kg’s of waste – if you waste is likely to exceed this, you may want to consider choosing a different application, which is of higher strength.
Our bags stand to the CHSA performance test. This is the customers’ guarantee they get what they pay for, ‘what’s on the box is in the box’, whilst the performance standard itself is reserved for sacks manufactured specifically to meet the CHSA performance test for the design weights 5kg, 8kg, 10kg, 12kg, 15kg, 18kg, 20kg.
No Space For Bins
For residents in apartment blocks or high-rise flats, there is often very little room for recycling bins – the lack of convenience leads to recyclables getting mixed within the general domestic waste. This then gets sent to a landfill and the once recyclable item now loses its chance of a 2nd life.
Whilst the lack of space may mean having a waste bin for recyclables is a tricky option, having a high-strength, multi-trip recycling bag may be an ideal alternative. Their compact, flexible shape makes them easy to store and handle.
We have a range of multi-trip bags, our range is called the Kerbie® brand they are kerbside recycling bags are tailor-made for the collection of dry recyclables, such as plastic, paper, cans, and cardboard. They are collected kerbside by the local authorities’ waste management team, just like a waste bin would be. They have proven to be a very popular alternative to bins, and function in the exact same way, with great results.
The Coronavirus Lockdown over the past 2 years, saw an influx of household waste, and often our waste bins were not equipt to handle this level of rubbish, and bins soon began to overflow. The overflowing waste could spill out into the environment creating litter, a hazardous consequence.
Whilst the obvious solution would be to reduce the waste to begin with, this isn’t always a viable option – instead rethinking disposal methods may help make room in your bins. Firstly ensuring you are placing the waste into the correct bin may help free up space – perhaps you are not utilising your recycling bins to their fullest, check the packaging of your waste and if it can be recycled – do so!
When it comes to recycling, a few easy steps will immediately free up space in the receptacles – this is compacting your waste. Crush your plastics and cans, and flatten your cardboard, allowing this waste to become more compact, and allowing for more room within the bin. It also helps with the recycling process.
Bags don’t measure up
Similar to the weight issue when it comes to refuse sacks, the size of a waste bag can also cause issues. Many residents don’t know the size of their bin, and as such often buy bags that are too small. This is resulting in excess bags being used, as they get fuller, much quicker. These bags are also more likely to slip down the bin, which causes issues when it is time for disposal, it can result in items being left in the bottom of the bin or even becoming litter.
Just like we should estimate the weight of our waste when selecting the right bag, we must also consider the size. Choosing the correct bag size will not only make the handling process much easier but help capture it far more effectively too.
Many times when it comes to waste, our intentions are good, it is just our processes that need a few tweaks. Implementing these small changes when you are handling waste, could help make big differences. Reach waste management success with the help of Cromwell!