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  • Did You Know? Weird and Wonderful Facts About the World of Waste!

    We all throw things away, but have you ever stopped to think about the fascinating world behind that discarded banana peel or plastic bottle? The waste management industry is more than just garbage trucks and Skips – it’s a complex ecosystem overflowing with surprising facts and innovative solutions. So, let’s dig (figuratively, of course) into some fun waste facts!

    14 million tonnes of municipal waste was sent to UK landfill in 2021. 6.8 million tonnes of this was biodegradable waste i.e. greenhouse gas producing. DEFRA has set a target for the ‘near elimination’ of biodegradable waste to landfill by 2028! Great news for the Environment!

    Who is DEFRA? Defra – Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs. Find out more

    • Half of all food produced globally goes to waste! That’s a staggering 3,000 pounds of food chucked every second in the US alone.
    • Love your plastic water bottle? Well, it might take up to 1,000 years to decompose!
    • The Great Pacific Garbage Patch isn’t just a legend. This monstrous floating island of plastic trash in the Pacific Ocean weighs a whopping 80,000 tons, and it’s growing.
    • Glass might seem like a recycling winner, but it can take over a million years to decompose! Luckily, it’s also infinitely recyclable, so go ahead and crush those bottles with gusto!
    • E-waste, the fastest-growing waste stream, is full of hidden treasures. Recycling just one ton of smartphones can recover gold worth more than 120 times the amount mined from a ton of rock! Talk about turning trash into treasure!
    • Biogas made from food waste can power homes and fuel cars. So, that discarded apple core could take you on a road trip one day! Visit GENeco to find out more as this is exactly what they do!

    These are just a few of the many fascinating facts that lurk in the shadows of the waste industry. So, the next time you toss something away, remember the journey it takes and the impact it has. Maybe you’ll be inspired to reduce, reuse, or recycle with a newfound respect for the hidden world of waste management!

    Our guide to Waste Management

    Waste management, an often overlooked aspect of our daily lives, plays a crucial role in protecting our environment and fostering sustainable practices. It encompasses the collection, transportation, processing, and disposal of waste materials, ensuring their proper handling and minimising our impact on the environment.

    Different types of Waste Management

    Waste management encompasses a wide range of strategies and techniques to effectively manage waste streams. Here are some key aspects of effective waste management:

    Waste Segregation: The first step in waste management is segregation, separating recyclable materials from general waste. This allows for efficient recycling and significantly reduces the volume of waste destined for landfill.

    Recycling: Recycling is the process of converting waste materials into new products, reducing the need for extracting raw materials from the environment. This not only conserves resources but also minimizes energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

    Composting: Composting is the process of organic matter breaking down into nutrient-rich soil amendments. This method diverts food waste from landfills, preventing methane emissions and producing a valuable soil conditioner.

    Waste to Energy: A facility that recovers the energy within the waste by combusting the leftover materials to create steam in a boiler, which is converted into electricity.

    Hazardous Waste Management: Hazardous waste requires specialised handling and disposal due to its potential to harm human health and the environment. Proper hazardous waste management protects public safety and prevents environmental contamination.


    How Much Does it Cost to Dump Commercial Waste in the UK?

    The cost of dumping commercial waste in the UK varies depending on the type of waste, quantity, and disposal method. For general waste this typically costs from £80 to £150 per tonne. Recycling and composting services also have associated fees, but they often provide cost savings.

    Some waste types can even be free of charge to tip in such as scrap metal. At McCarthy Marland’s disposal sites we can take commercial waste to be tipped in. If you would like to know more about our prices for tipping please get in touch!


    Tips for Minimising Waste Costs

    Conduct a waste audit: Identify the types and quantities of waste your business generates to develop a targeted waste reduction plan.

    Implement recycling and composting programs: Encourage employees to segregate recyclable materials and compost food waste.

    Purchase reusable products: Reduce disposable items, such as water bottles, cups, and utensils, to minimize waste generation.

    Fix and repair equipment: Prolong the lifespan of equipment to reduce waste from discarded items.

    Choose eco-friendly packaging: Opt for recyclable or compostable packaging materials to reduce the environmental impact of waste disposal.


    Efficient waste management is not just about minimising environmental impact; it’s also about saving money and reducing operational costs, such as choosing a local Waste Company to reduce transport costs and emission’s. By implementing sustainable practices and engaging employees in waste reduction efforts, businesses can reap the environmental and financial benefits of effective waste management.

    If you would like to speak to a member of our team on to how to improve your waste management get in touch today! 0117 941 2555 or email

    Grab Hire: The Convenient Waste Removal Solution

    Whether you’re a homeowner, a business owner, or a DIY enthusiast, dealing with waste can be a hassle. Skips are a common solution, but they can be bulky and inconvenient especially if you need to dispose of a large amount of waste. This is where Grab hire comes in.

    What is Grab Hire?

    Grab hire is a service that provides a lorry fitted with a hydraulic grab arm to collect and dispose of waste. The lorry can be positioned next to your waste pile, and the grab arm can reach in and lift the waste into the lorry. This is a much more efficient way to remove waste than using a skip, as it can be loaded and unloaded much more quickly.

    Is a Grab Lorry Cheaper than a Skip?

    In many cases, yes. The cost of grab hire depends on the amount of waste you need to dispose of and the distance it needs to be transported. However, in general, grab hire is more cost-effective than using a skip, especially if you need to dispose of a large amount of waste.

    What Can a Grab Lorry Collect

    Grab lorries can collect a wide variety of waste materials:

    Household waste: This includes general household rubbish, such as food waste, garden waste, and old furniture.

    Building waste: This includes bricks, rubble, concrete, and wood.

    Green waste: This includes grass cuttings, leaves, and twigs.

    Metal waste: This includes scrap metal, such as car parts and appliances.

    Other waste: This includes items such as soil, sand, and gravel.

    Why Choose Grab Hire?

    There are many reasons why grab hire is a great choice for waste removal.

    Convenient: Grab lorries can be positioned next to your waste pile, so you don’t have to worry about transporting it to a skip depot.

    Efficient: Grab lorries can load and unload waste much more quickly than skips, which can save you time and money.

    Flexible: Grab lorries can be hired for any length of time, from a few hours to a few days.

    Eco-friendly: Grab lorries can transport waste to recycling or disposal facilities, so you can be sure it’s being disposed of responsibly.

    If you’re looking for a convenient, efficient, and eco-friendly way to remove waste, grab hire is the perfect solution for you.

    Here are some additional benefits of using grab hire:

    No need to rent a skip: Skips can be expensive to rent, and you may not have enough space to store one on your property.

    No need to load the skip: The grab lorry will load the waste for you, so you don’t have to get your hands dirty.

    No need to wait for a skip to be emptied: Grab lorries can empty your waste on the same day, so you don’t have to wait for a skip to be collected.

    If you’re considering using grab hire, get in touch with us to get a quote 0117 941 2555

    You may be surprised at how affordable it is.


    Grab hire is a great option for anyone who needs to remove a large amount of waste. It’s convenient, efficient, and eco-friendly, and it can save you money compared to using a skip. If you’re looking for a hassle-free way to get rid of your waste, get in touch to organise your Grab Hire with McCarthy Marland. 0117 941 2555

    Christmas by the Numbers: A Wasteful Wonderland?

    Christmas by the Numbers: A Wasteful Wonderland?

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year, right? Well, maybe not for the environment. Christmas brings joy, togetherness, and… mountains of waste. Let’s delve into the numbers behind the festive season, showcasing the staggering amount of packaging we generate:

    A Material Feast:

    • Over 13,350 tonnes of glass clink their last cheers before ending up in landfill.
    • We munch our way through 175 million mince pies, leaving behind 175 tonnes of aluminum packaging.
    • 227,000 miles of wrapping paper unfurl each year, enough to wrap Santa’s workshop 10 times over.
    • As many as 1 billion Christmas Cards end up in bins, that is the equivalent of 33 million trees.
    • Gaming consoles get the royal cardboard treatment, with packaging covering an area bigger than central London.

    Waste Not, Want Not (But We Do Waste):

    • Eight million Christmas trees, amounting to 12,000 tonnes, lose their festive needles once the season ends.
    • On peak days, Amazon receives a mind-blowing 47 orders per second. Where does all that packaging go?
    • Sadly, 114,000 tonnes of plastic packaging gets a one-way trip to landfills instead of recycling bins.
    • The average UK household throws away a whopping three-and-a-half black bags full of Christmas waste.
    • And for all the unwrapping frenzy, the average person in the UK handles a staggering 50 types of packaging every single day.

    Wrapping Up:

    These numbers paint a picture of a festive season brimming with consumption and disposability. While enjoying Christmas traditions is important, let’s strive for a more mindful approach by choosing sustainable options, recycling diligently, and appreciating the gift of a cleaner planet. After all, a greener Christmas can be just as merry and bright!

    What size Wheelie bin do I need?

    Choosing the Right Bin for Your Business

    A common enquiry we receive is what size wheelie bin we think will suit our customers best?

    When it comes to business waste management, selecting the right wheelie bin size is crucial for efficient disposal and cost-effectiveness. At McCarthy Marland, we understand the complexities of waste management and are committed to providing our customers with the ideal bin sizes to suit their specific needs.


    Factors Influencing Bin Size Selection

    Several factors contribute to determining the appropriate wheelie bin size for your business, including:

    Access Restrictions: Consider the availability of space and accessibility for bin placement. Our 240L bin is ideal for tight spaces, while larger bins may require designated storage areas.

    Waste Generation: Evaluate the average amount of waste your business produces. For smaller businesses, our 240L or 660L bins may suffice. For larger establishments, our 1100L bin can accommodate significant waste volumes.

    Waste Composition: Identify the type of waste generated. Our 240L bins are suitable for food and glass waste, while general waste can be placed in any of the available sizes.

    Location: Consider factors such as environmental regulations and accessibility for waste collection vehicles. McCarthy Marland’s innovative recycled and recovered wheeled bin service eliminates the need for separating dry waste and recycling, streamlining the collection process for businesses in Bristol and Somerton.


    McCarthy Marland offers a range of wheelie bin sizes to meet the needs of businesses of all sizes:

    240L Wheeled Bin: Suitable for tight spaces and high-frequency collections, accommodating the equivalent of 3-5 bin bags. Ideal for businesses with limited waste generation or food/glass waste disposal requirements.

    660L Wheeled Bin: Ideal for mid-to-large sized businesses, handling the equivalent of 8-10 bin bags. Suitable for factories, hotels, and shopping centres that produce a moderate amount of waste.

    1100L Wheeled Bin: Designed for large businesses or premises generating significant waste, accommodating the equivalent of 15-18 bin bags. Ideal for restaurants, student accommodations, industrial estates and communal office areas.

    Industrial Waste Management Solutions

    For businesses generating extensive waste and requiring higher storage capacity, skips and compactor containers are the ultimate solutions. These robust containers can handle high volumes of waste, ensuring efficient waste management without compromising space or productivity.

    Contact Us for Personalised Guidance

    At McCarthy Marland, we are committed to providing personalised waste management solutions tailored to your business’s specific needs. Our experienced team are able to assist you in selecting the appropriate wheelie bin size and exploring additional waste management options to optimize your waste disposal process.


    Call us today at 0117 941 2555 and experience the difference that McCarthy Marland can make in your business’s waste management journey.

    McCarthy Marland: Transforming Plastic Waste into Reusable Resources

    In today’s world, reducing our reliance on single-use plastics is crucial for environmental sustainability. At McCarthy Marland we are committed to recycling plastic waste and transforming it into valuable resources through an efficient and sustainable process.

    Step 1: Collection and Transportation

    McCarthy Marland collects plastic waste from various sources, including homes, businesses, and industrial facilities. The collected plastic is transported to our Waste Transfer Stations in either Bristol, Gloucester, Somerton, or Oxford, where the journey towards recycling begins.

    Step 2: Manual and Mechanical Segregation

    Upon arrival at one of our Waste Transfer Stations, the plastic waste undergoes a thorough process of manual and mechanical segregation. Experienced staff sort through the waste, removing non-recyclable items like metal, glass, and contaminated materials. Mechanical separators then further refine the plastic stream, separating different types of plastics based on their density and physical properties.

    Step 3: Baling and Bulking

    The sorted plastic is compressed into large bales to maximise storage efficiency and facilitate transportation to recycling facilities. These bales are then transported to our processing partners, who further break down the plastic into granular or pelletized form.

    Step 4: Reprocessing and Upcycling

    At these processing facilities, the plastic undergoes a series of chemical and mechanical treatments to transform it into new products. PET bottles, for instance, can be recycled into new bottles, fibers for clothing or carpets, or even food-grade packaging. HDPE containers can be repurposed into new containers, garden furniture, or construction materials.

    Step 5: Market Placement and End Use

    The recycled plastic pellets or flakes are then distributed to manufacturers who use them to create a wide range of products, reducing the demand for virgin plastics and their associated environmental impact.

    By partnering with recycling facilities and manufacturers, we contribute to a circular economy, where plastic waste is not discarded but given new life, reducing our environmental footprint and fostering a more sustainable future.

    What are compaction systems used for?

    Compactors and Balers are great for customers who generate high volumes of dry packaging like cardboard, paper, and plastics.

    When a company starts to create high volumes of waste, compactors can become a great option and sometimes essential for companies for several reasons:

    Cost savings: Waste compactors can significantly reduce waste volume, which in turn reduces the frequency of waste collection and disposal. This saves companies money as they require fewer waste collection services.

    Space efficiency: By compacting waste, companies can drastically reduce the amount of storage space needed for waste before disposal. This is especially important for businesses with limited space, as it allows them to utilise their available space more efficiently.

    Environmental benefits: Waste compactors contribute to a more sustainable environment. By reducing the volume of waste, they help to minimise the amount of space needed in landfills. This is crucial as landfills contribute to pollution and can have negative impacts on local ecosystems. Additionally, compacting waste leads to fewer vehicles on the road for waste collection, resulting in reduced emissions and fuel consumption.


    How much weight can a compactor container hold?

    When we draft a savings analysis for a customer the standard calculation is 4:1 as most compactors can compress waste into a space a quarter of is original size.  The standard way for calculating how much weight a compactor container can hold is = (container size X 580 / 2000= Total Weight in Tons).

    We offer 35-yard Compactor Containers therefore 35 x 580 / 2000 = 10 tonnes (roughly) is how much our containers can hold.

    This calculation is based on the fact that most waste is compressed into a compactor container at a rate of between 500 and 600 pounds per cubic yard multiplied by the amount of cubic yards in a container and divided by the number of pounds in a yard.

    What waste can go into a compactor container?

    • Dry General Waste
    • Cardboard
    • Plastics

    Overall, waste compactors help companies save money, make their waste management more efficient, and contribute to a greener and more sustainable environment.



    Raising money for Save the Children Christmas Jumper day

    Today McCarthy Marland and Aasvogel participated in Christmas Jumper Day and raised funds for Save the Children.
    We were so pleased to hit our target of £100 with still a few more donations coming in! We hope that our fundraising contributions will help children in need all around the world during this time of year.

    You can take a look at our Fundraising page by clicking the link below:

    Thank you very much to all those who donated!

    Take a look at our Christmassy knits!




    Christmas Skip Collections notice 2023

    Skip Collections Notice for Christmas 2023

    December is a busy time for us, and our skip collection slots fill up fast leading up to Christmas.

    If you would like your skip collected before Christmas, please contact us to arrange the collection well in advance to avoid any disappointment.

    It’s important to note that skip collections may take up to 5 working days, so we recommend booking your collection by December 15th at the very latest.

    We will be collecting skips right up to the 22nd of December, before we close for the Christmas break. Our services will then resume on January 2nd, 2024.

    If you would like to organise your collections please give us a call on 0117 941 2555 or email


    Christmas opening times 2023

    With the Christmas period fast approaching, we would like to take the opportunity to update our customers on what services will be available over the coming weeks.

    Please see the following information about our Christmas service days below:

    Wheeled Bins

    CLOSED – Monday 25th & Tuesday 26th December

    OPEN – Wednesday 27th & Thursday 28th December*

    CLOSED – Friday 29th – Monday 1st January

    OPEN as usual Tuesday 2nd January

    Collections during Christmas week (Monday 25th – Friday 29th) may be rescheduled to fit accordingly to the reduced hours.

    If you are a Wheeled Bin customer and would like to find out more about the changes to your services over the Christmas period please get in touch. 0345 646 0845 opt 2, or email

    Skips and Other Services

    CLOSED – Monday 25th – Monday 1st January 2024

    Resuming normal services on Tuesday 2nd  January

    Aasvogel – No services running over the Christmas period.

    CLOSED – Monday 25th – 1st January. Resuming normal services Tuesday 2nd January.

    Would you like to hire a skip over Christmas?

    We can deliver skips the week before Christmas for hire over the week between Christmas and new year.

    Similarly to many other companies around this time, our availability can be more limited over the Christmas period. We reduce our opening hours so that our workers can enjoy the time with their families over the festive period.

    This is why we recommend that you book your skip hire as early as possible, to avoid disappointment.

    If you would like to get organised and book your skip in advance for the Christmas period please use this link to take you to our Skip Booking Form:

    We are taking bookings up to the 20th December