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  • Looking back over 2023

    As 2023 Fades, McCarthy Marland Rises Higher: A Year in Review and Glimpse into 2024

    As the confetti settles and the clock strikes midnight, we at McCarthy Marland take a moment to reflect on a whirlwind year of growth, innovation, and commitment to our communities. While 2023 presented its fair share of challenges, it also marked a pivotal point in our journey, paving the way for an even brighter 2024.

    2023: A Year of Transformation and Progress

    This year, we proudly ushered in a new era by rebranding our Valley Trading Site, adopting the McCarthy Marland branding. This bold step unified our 3 sites stretching across Gloucestershire, Bristol, and Somerset under a single banner, showcasing a stronger, more cohesive brand that reflects our shared values and unwavering commitment to sustainability.

    Our passion for progress translated into tangible advancements, most notably with our new fleet additions like the Kobleco machines. These powerful additions enhanced our capabilities and expanded our service offerings, allowing us to cater to your needs with even greater efficiency and precision.

    Furthermore, we embraced digital innovation with the launch of PurGo, our VWS software. This cutting-edge platform streamlined our internal processes. A market-leading next-generation ERP waste management & recycling software system, relied upon by hundreds of customers to manage all waste collection and management processes end-to-end.

    2024: Embracing Opportunities, Expanding Horizons

    As we step into 2024, the future shines bright with opportunities. We are looking to support worthy causes through new sponsorships. The Wessex Truck Show is one of the first that have signed up for 2024 and others are in the pipeline.

    We are looking forward to visiting and hosting various events. We are in the process of setting up a celebration where we will host and watch the England VS Ireland Rugby as both Managing Directors of McCarthy Marland, Kevin and Alex support the opposing teams.

    A Collective Toast to the Future

    We at McCarthy Marland raise a glass to our dedicated team, our loyal customers, and the vibrant communities we serve. Thank you for making 2023 a year of remarkable progress. As we turn the page to 2024, we stand united in our dedication to excellence, environmental stewardship, and a brighter future for all.

     

    Happy New Year from McCarthy Marland

     

    What are the Wood Waste Regulation Changes?

    Are you concerned about the recent changes in regulations for wood waste? We have received an increase of enquiries about the new regulations and what implications they may have on our customers. In this post, we will explain the new regulations that have come into place and how they will affect your business.

    The Environment Agency (EA) has confirmed the withdrawal of the Regulatory Position Statement (RPS) 250 effective from 1st September 2023. This decision will lead to changes in waste wood handling regulations from the construction and demolition (C&D) industry.

    This regulatory position statement (RPS) applies to hazardous waste wood removed from domestic premises, demolition sites and other business premises and undertakings. It allows operators with an existing environmental permit to:

    • store hazardous waste wood at a waste transfer station
    • process and mix hazardous waste wood with non-hazardous waste wood at a wood processing site

    This RPS took effect on 1 August 2021. The Environment Agency will withdraw it by 1 September 2023.

    The RPS will give waste wood storage and processing businesses time to do both of the following:

    • understand the quantities and types of hazardous waste wood arising from demolition and refurbishment activities
    • apply for a permit variation to accept hazardous waste wood if there is a market and business need

    What types of wood waste now classify as hazardous waste?

    There are Ten items of waste wood from pre-2007 buildings that now classify as hazardous:
    • Barge boards
    • External fascia
    • Soffit boards
    • External joinery
    • External doors
    • Roof timber
    • Tiling cladding
    • Tiling battens
    • Timber frames
    • Timber joists

    There are now 4 grades of wood waste that include; hazardous, non-hazardous, or potentially hazardous:

    • Grade A – the cleanest wood type that is not hazardous waste and includes the likes of pallets, packaging crates, and joinery offcuts.
    • Grade B and C – may contain potentially hazardous wood so might require testing before disposal. This can include furniture, wooden fittings, and chipboard.
    • Grade D – is always classed as hazardous waste and can include wood types found in fencing, railway sleepers, and cooling towers.

    If you would like to speak to a member of our Team of experts on this subject, or are worried about these changes. Get in touch and we are always happy to help.

    Give us a call on 01666 505800.

     

    Our Latest Feature in Trucking Magazine

    McCarthy Marland is delighted to have been chosen as the operator profile in the latest edition of Trucking Magazine. As a leading publication in the road and transport industry, Trucking is widely read across many key roles within the sector – from operators to drivers, and everyone in between. So when the team contacted us and asked to visit our recycling hub in Tetbury, Gloucestershire, we jumped at the opportunity…

    How McCarthy Marland Has Been Revolutionising Recycling

    For those of you who don’t know, Kevin McCarthy originally set up McCarthy Waste in 2001. Since then, the business has gone from strength to strength, and we now operate four full-service waste and recycling centres across the southwest. 

    Upon the acquisition of our Gloucestershire site in 2021, we found that many of the vehicles we inherited were not up-to-scratch; and so we welcomed a pair of Scania R500s to complete our diverse fleet. 

    Our Transport Manager, Kevin Shipway, commented: “We found we now had three ageing Volvo tractors to do the work of two trucks. So as one broke down, we had to swap that out and use the spare while the first was fixed, until another one broke…I had to find a better way [so] I contacted Scania South West and got the two R500s through the Scania Go programme.” 

    As a result of the new Scanias, our drivers now have a renewed sense of pride in their vehicles that didn’t exist previously. Our Gloucestershire site has been rebranded, and all vehicles are now standardised, which will allow the McCarthy brand to continue growing for many years to come.

    McCarthy Marland feature in Trucking Magazine

     

    Interested in reading more? You can purchase your copy at your local newsagents or via the Trucking Magazine website.

    Understanding the Impact of Fly Tipping in 2024

    As you travel the UK, the unfortunate sight of fly tipping — illegal dumping of waste like washing machines or overflowing bin-liners by roadsides — is increasingly common. This practice, intensified during the COVID-19 pandemic due to closed waste sites, remains a significant challenge for local councils, farmers, and landowners.

    How much of an issue is fly tipping in the UK today? Let’s take a closer look…

    What is Fly Tipping : Illegal Waste Disposal Explained

    Fly tipping is defined as “the illegal deposit of any waste onto land that does not have a licence to accept it”. This includes liquid or solid household, industrial, commercial or ‘controlled’ waste. Littering differs from fly tipping and includes illegally disposing of materials that are related to eating, drinking and smoking.

    The most common types of waste that are fly tipped in the UK include:

    • Household waste
    • Appliances such as fridge freezers and washing machines
    • Building or demolition waste
    • Garden refuse
    • Vehicle parts or materials
    • Hazardous waste such as oil, chemicals and asbestos

    According to the 1990 Environmental Protection Act, local authorities and the Environment Agency are responsible for dealing with illegally disposed waste. Local authorities must clear fly tipped material from relevant land within their boundaries. 

    The Environmental Agency deals with large scale fly tipping incidents i.e. more than a lorry load of waste or those organised by criminal gangs. These incidents could potentially pose a threat to human health or the wider environment.

    Landowners are usually responsible for removing waste on private land, and these statistics are not generally reported by the UK government. Local authorities and the Environment Agency have legal powers to clear any waste from private land. They can then request reimbursement for any associated costs.

    Fly Tipping Facts & Figures

    England reports roughly 3,000 daily instances of fly tipping, summing up to a significant environmental and economic concern. Notably prevalent in urban areas like London, this illegal dumping results in considerable clean-up costs and environmental degradation.

    The overall number of fly tipping incidents in England has increased by 13% from 2018-2023. The government’s most recent fly tipping report found that over 1 million incidents were reported between 2022-2023. 60% of these reports involved household waste, with 40% of instances occurring on highways. Most incidents of illegal dumping were equivalent to a ‘small van load’ (31%), closely followed by the equivalent of a ‘car boot or less’ (27%).

    How Much Does Fly Tipping Cost the UK Economy?

    Fly tipping comes at a detrimental cost to the UK economy. £13.2 million was spent on clearing illegal waste in England between 2022-2023. This was a huge increase of 23% from the previous year’s £10.7 million. Prosecution actions for fly tippers cost the UK economy £846,500 in 2022-2023.

    These figures only take significant fly tipping incidents into account and don’t include smaller scale cases of illegal dumping. Therefore, we can assume the actual number to be much higher.

    Join McCarthy Marland in Combatting Fly Tipping

    The team at McCarthy Marland are dedicated to keeping our streets litter-free. Our Director, Alex Marland, regularly goes litter picking with his family to keep our roads clean and tidy. 

    We offer a wide variety of waste management solutions that are designed to help protect our environment from potential fly tipping incidents. Whether you need a skip to remove waste following a renovation project or have hazardous materials to dispose of, our team can help. Get in touch with us today and keep our planet safe for future generations to enjoy.

    Know Your Skip Sizes: A Guide to Choosing the Right Skip

    Deciding on the right skip size for your project can seem daunting. Whether you’re clearing out your home, working on a construction site, or managing a commercial project, understanding the different types of skips, their uses, and sizes is crucial. This article simplifies the process, providing you with an easy-to-understand comparison table and essential dos and don’ts for skip use.

    Types of Skips and Their Uses

    Skips come in a variety of sizes and types, each designed for specific needs:

    • Mini Skips (2 Yard): Perfect for small household clear-outs or minor renovation tasks.
    • Midi Skips (4 Yard): Suited for small construction jobs or garden makeovers.
    • Standard Skips (6-8 Yard): Ideal for house extensions, medium-sized construction projects, and larger clear-outs.
    • Large Skips (10-12 Yard): Best for big construction projects, large house clearances, and bulky items.

    Types of Skips

    We have three main types of skips for the general public and trade uses. We also feature specialist skips such as compactor skips and Roll On Roll Off skips for larger projects.

    Open Skips

    Uses: Open-top skips are traditional skips you see around. They are versatile and suitable for a wide range of waste types, including general household, garden waste, and construction debris. Their open design makes them easy to fill, particularly with bulky items or materials that can be thrown in from above.

    Sizes: Ranging from small (2-yard) sizes suitable for minor home renovations or garden clearances to large (12-yard) sizes ideal for significant construction projects or large house clear-outs.

    Drop Door Skips

    Uses: Drop Door skips feature a hinged door that can be lowered to create a ramp. This design is great for projects with heavy waste like soil or rubble. It helps avoid lifting heavy loads over the sides by allowing them to be wheeled in instead.

    Sizes: We offer these skips in 6 and 8-yard sizes, making them a good choice for medium to large projects, including garden redesigns or extensive home renovations.

    Enclosed Skips

    Uses: Enclosed skips offer the advantage of a lockable lid, providing security for the waste inside and preventing unauthorised use. They are ideal for situations where there is a risk of others adding their waste to your skip or when you need to prevent waste from blowing away.

    Sizes: Available in 8 and 12-yard sizes, enclosed skips are perfect for large commercial projects or when handling sensitive materials that need to be contained.

    Skip Size Comparison Table

    Skip Type

    Capacity (Yds³ / Mtrs³)

    Height (Mtrs)

    Length (Mtrs)

    Width (Mtrs)

    Ideal Use

    2 Yard Mini

    1.83 0.91 1.52 1.22 Small flat refurbishments, clear-outs

    4 Yard Midi

    3.65 0.91 2.13 1.52 Small construction jobs, garden waste

    6 Yard

    4.6 1.22 2.6 1.52 House extensions, larger clear-outs

    8 Yard

    6.12 1.37 3.20 1.75 Building works, bulky materials

    10 Yard

    7.65 1.5 3.5 1.75 Bulky items from construction

    12 Yard

    9.17 1.68 3.7 1.75 Big clear-out jobs, large bulky items

    8 Yard Enclosed

    6.12 1.37 3.20 1.75 Secure waste storage, prevention of overflow

    12 Yard Enclosed

    9.17 1.68 3.7 1.75 Large projects requiring secure waste storage

    What Can and Can’t Go in a Skip

    Allowed:

    • General household waste
    • Construction waste
    • Garden waste
    • Wood, metal, plastic

    Not Allowed:

    • Hazardous materials (oil-based paints, asbestos)
    • Electrical appliances (fridges/freezers)
    • Tyres, batteries
    • Chemicals, solvents

    Choosing the right skip doesn’t have to be complicated. With this guide, you should have everything you need to select the perfect skip size for your project and understand what waste it can contain. 

    If you want to rent a skip or have questions, our team can help. Contact your local team in Gloucestershire at 01453 701230, Bristol & Bath at 0117 941 2555, or Somerset at 01458 274654. You can also email customerservices@mccarthymarland.co.uk for assistance. Our specialists will guide you through the booking process. 

     

    Our Work with Brain Tumour Support

    McCarthy Marland is a proud supporter of Brain Tumour Support. As March is Brain Tumour Awareness Month here in the UK, we thought we would use this opportunity to talk all about our partnership with the charity and delve into the fantastic work they do in supporting people affected by brain tumours.

    Who is Brain Tumour Support?

    Brain Tumour Support is a charity for anyone affected by any type of brain tumour. Their mantra is “together we are stronger”, and they are dedicated to offering free individual and specialist support at any point from diagnosis, for as long as required. 

    Every 90 minutes, somebody in the UK is diagnosed with a brain tumour. Brain Tumour Support helps hundreds of individuals and their families throughout the UK, providing much-needed advice and assistance, including emotional and practical support, specialist counselling, access to online support groups and financial guidance. After all, nobody should be alone when facing the effects of a brain tumour.

    Throughout the month of March, as part of Brain Tumour Awareness Month, the charity is shedding light on brain tumours and the detrimental impact they have on countless families across the UK. They aim to reassure those affected with brain tumours that their dedicated team is here to help at every stage following a diagnosis.

    McCarthy Marland & Brain Tumour Support: A Perfect Partnership

    Our Transport Manager, Kevin Shipway, has worked with the charity for many years through his role as junior chairman of a local rugby club. He offered the rugby club’s resources to help raise funds for one of the players who had sadly lost his father to a brain tumour. 

    When Kevin stood down from his role as chairman at the end of last season, he approached our director Kevin McCarthy to see if we could do anything to help support the charity. “Of course, Kevin jumped at the opportunity to support this fantastic charity. We have both sadly lost loved ones through brain tumours so this was something we really felt passionate about.”

    Zest Graphics kindly agreed to apply Brain Tumour Support’s logo on our 130 cubic yard trailers free of charge. Our drivers have reported that the trailers are gaining lots of interest on a daily basis, and the charity is over the moon with the results. Emma McKeown, CEO of Brain Tumour Support, had this to say: “I would like to thank McCarthy Marland and you [Kevin Shipway] personally for your ongoing and outstanding support of us as an organisation. We are doing everything we can to come through this difficult time and ensure we are here for the future.”

    Brain Tumour Support’s Urgent Call for Help

    Brain Tumour Support is launching an emergency appeal to raise £200,000 in order to secure ongoing support for the charity’s future. Over the last six months, their services have seen a whopping 56% increase in demand, whilst the cost of living crisis has created a critical funding gap. They urgently need your donations in order to sustain their services, so they can continue to provide support for families facing a brain tumour diagnosis. 

    Please donate today and help UK families move forward in the fight against brain tumours.

    The Simple Recycling Revolution in the South West

    Recycling in the South West is on the brink of change. With Defra (the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs) rolling out its simple recycling plans by March 2026, we’re looking at a future where recycling becomes second nature to every household and business.

    Understanding and adapting to these new recycling standards is crucial for our community’s health and environment. This guide aims to demystify Defra’s plans and highlight what they mean for households and businesses in the South West. 

    What is Defra?

    The Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is the UK government’s department for the environment, food production and standards, agriculture, fisheries, and rural communities across the entire United Kingdom. 

    DEFRA cooperates with the Scottish Government, Welsh Government, and Northern Ireland Executive through agreed frameworks to ensure cohesive environmental and agricultural policies and practices throughout the UK​​.

    What Does Simpler Recycling Mean for Households?

    Defra’s initiative to simplify recycling aims to remove the guesswork from the recycling process for households across England. Here’s what it means for you at home:

    1. Standardised Recycling Bins:

    With the introduction of uniform recycling practices, households will receive standardised bins, making it clear what goes where. This will eliminate confusion across councils and increase recycling rates.

    2. Clear Labelling of Recyclables:

    Packaging will include clearer labelling guiding households on properly disposing of items. Whether it’s plastics, paper, glass, or metals, you’ll know exactly which bin they belong in.

    3. Weekly Food Waste Collections:

    The new plan introduces weekly food waste collections nationwide, encouraging households to separate food waste from general waste. This not only reduces landfill use but also supports the creation of compost and renewable energy from waste.

    4. Digital Services for Recycling:

    You can now expect access to digital platforms that provide information on recycling schedules, what can be recycled, and tips for reducing waste. This tech-forward approach aims to make recycling a hassle-free part of daily life.

    5. Education and Support:

    The government plans to roll out educational programs to help households understand the importance of recycling and how to do it effectively. These programs will include guidance on minimising waste and making sustainable choices.

    What Does Simpler Recycling Mean for Businesses?

    The simplified recycling scheme is a call to action towards sustainability and efficiency for businesses. Here’s how businesses will be affected:

    1. Consistent Commercial Waste Management:

    Businesses will follow the same recycling standards as households, creating consistency and reducing confusion. This ensures that all employees know how to recycle at work, just like at home.

    2. Responsibility to Reduce Waste:

    Starting with packaging, businesses will be encouraged to minimise waste production. Reducing waste at the source is key to a successful recycling strategy.

    3. Enhanced Waste Tracking:

    The introduction of digital waste tracking systems allows businesses to monitor their waste and recycling performance. This can help identify areas for improvement and demonstrate compliance with environmental regulations.

    4. Support for Sustainable Practices:

    Defra’s plans may include incentives for businesses that adopt sustainable practices, such as reduced waste fees for higher recycling rates. This encourages businesses to innovate in reducing waste and recycling more.

    5. Community and Customer Engagement: 

    Businesses have the opportunity to lead by example, engaging with their communities and customers on the importance of recycling. This can enhance a business’s reputation and contribute to a broader cultural shift towards sustainability.

    When will Simpler Recycling happen?

    The current aim is for Simpler Recycling to be implemented by March 2026. This will be a staggered rollout, with business changes being implemented earlier. 

    31 March 2025 

    Recycling should be collected from businesses

    31 March 2026 

    All local authorities will provide weekly food waste collections and include all core household recycling collections (glass, metal, plastic, paper and card).

    Is your business ready for Simpler Recycling?

    Any way recycling can be made easier for everyone is better. That is why we offer Recycling & Recovery Bin Hire to local businesses to help them recycle more of their waste without the hassle of sorting it. This allows for fewer bins on site and all waste (except for food and glass) to be put in one bin before being sorted at our waste recycling facilities. 

    There are many benefits to using our Recycling & Recovery Bin Hire:

    1. Cuts down on the need for having multiple bins
    2. Reduces the carbon footprint
    3. Ensures easier waste handling arrangements and removes confusion associated with waste segregation
    4. Ensures only viable recyclables are extracted, and residual wastes are used for Energy recovery.

    To find out more about how you can get ready for Simpler Recycling or to find out more about our Recycling & Recovery Bin Hire, get in contact with our specialist team on 0345 646 0845 opt 2, or email us at WheeledBins@mccarthymarland.co.uk.

     

     

    Tips for Asbestos Disposal

    Coming across asbestos can be daunting; it doesn’t matter if you are a homeowner doing DIY or a contractor working on a commercial job; asbestos can put a hold on any work, so getting it sorted effectively and efficiently is important. 

    Below, we will discuss the different types of asbestos, what to do if you come across it and what you should do to get rid of it. 

    What is asbestos & what are the two categories of asbestos? 

    Asbestos is a term used for a group of naturally occurring mineral fibres. These fibres are resilient against heat and chemicals, strong, and neither dissolve in water nor evaporate. Asbestos fibres are categorised into two main sub-groups: 

    1. White Asbestos

    Also known as chrysotile, it is the most common type of asbestos used, its flexible fibres were ideal for roofing, flooring, and insulation. Its resistance to heat made it common in brake linings and fire-resistant textiles, significantly utilised due to perceived lower health risks than other forms.

    2. Brown and Blue Asbestos

    Two types of asbestos, known as amphiboles, are said to be the more harmful asbestos due to their fibre’s effects on the lungs. They are known for their insulation and fireproofing applications

    What are the dangers of asbestos? 

    Whilst it is possible to have asbestos on your property and not be in danger, it has to be said that there is no safe level of asbestos to inhale. 

    Any exposure to asbestos can cause long-term and life-shortening health issues, and the risks of developing these health issues grow with more and more exposure to the hazardous material. 

    Breathing in asbestos at high concentrations or over a sustained period mainly affects the lungs with a disease called Asbestosis, where it becomes difficult to breathe, and the heart can become inflamed and enlarged. Asbestosis is not instant and can take many years to develop; you can also have a higher risk of cancer. If you are exposed to asbestos in low concentration but over a sustained period, you can suffer the thickening of the lung lining, which, whilst not fatal, may make you more susceptible to lung cancers. 

    When was asbestos banned in the UK?

    Due to the health issues associated with asbestos, it is banned in the UK. This started with the ban on Brown and Blue asbestos in 1985 and then on White asbestos in 1999. 

    Why was asbestos used so much? 

    Asbestos was used so much because of its inherent properties. Not only is it cheap to make, but it is strong, offers great heat insulation and is resistant to fire, water, and chemical substances. 

    As a building material, it seemed the perfect choice. It has been used in various applications, from insulation for boilers and pipes to adding cement to create roofing sheets.

    Before 1999, using asbestos as a building material was commonplace, and this means that we are still dealing with it today

    How many buildings have asbestos?

    It was thought to be a great building material and was first used in the UK around the 1870s up until it was banned in 1999. There are an estimated 1.5 million buildings that are thought to contain some asbestos still. This includes homes and many public buildings, such as schools and hospitals.

    What should I do if I find asbestos? 

    When intact and undisturbed, asbestos-containing materials present minimal risk. However, the danger escalates when these materials are damaged, releasing asbestos fibres into the environment.

    This release primarily occurs during activities such as demolition, building repairs, maintenance, and, notably, do-it-yourself (DIY) projects within buildings that contain asbestos. It is during these times that you must exercise utmost caution to prevent exposure.

    Exposure to asbestos can occur in various ways. Inhalation of airborne fibres is the most common route, posing significant health risks. Although less common, individuals may ingest asbestos fibres if they enter the soil or water supply. This could happen through erosion from materials such as asbestos-cement. Nevertheless, it’s important to note that, to date, ingested asbestos fibres have not been conclusively linked to health issues, according to existing evidence.

    The likelihood of exposure is significantly heightened for those working in areas with a high risk of disturbing asbestos-containing materials, such as demolition, asbestos removal, or building maintenance. In such scenarios, following stringent safety protocols to minimise airborne fibre release is crucial.

    What should you do if you are exposed to asbestos in your home?

    If you encounter intact asbestos materials that are not likely to be disturbed, they generally do not pose a threat. However, should you come into contact with asbestos fibres, immediate steps should be taken to minimise exposure. Avoid any actions that could make the fibres airborne—such as shaking out clothes or brushing off dust—as this increases the risk of inhalation.

    If fibres are present on your skin or clothing, carefully wipe them off with a damp cloth using a gentle patting motion. Any contaminated clothing should be carefully removed (avoid pulling over the head) and sealed in a bag along with the used damp cloth. It is then essential to seek advice from your local authority regarding properly disposing of these materials.

    In the event of health concerns following exposure to asbestos, consultation with a healthcare provider or contact with NHS 111 for guidance is advised. Such measures ensure that potential risks are addressed swiftly and appropriately, safeguarding your health and well-being.

    How to dispose of asbestos? 

    Disposing of asbestos takes specialist equipment and techniques to reduce exposure to harmful fibres that do not go into the air, causing harm to the person disposing of the asbestos and any people in the surrounding area. 

    The only safe way to dispose of asbestos is to hire a specialist removal company to ensure that all asbestos and any asbestos-contaminated materials are cleared away from the area. 

    Specialist teams use protective overalls and ventilators to stay safe whilst working and will douse the asbestos in water before starting working to stop fibres from becoming airborne. They will continue to use water sprays whilst working in batches until they can get the asbestos into the specialist skip and ready to be transported away. 

    What happens to asbestos once it has been disposed of? 

    All asbestos is classed as a hazardous material and is legally required to be disposed of in a way that ensures it is disposed of at minimal risk to the public and its surroundings. 

    All asbestos disposed of is taken to a special asbestos landfill site. These sites are clearly signposted, away from any area that the general public could stumble across. All containers housing asbestos are clearly bagged and labelled to ensure they are not accidentally opened.  

    Call in the asbestos specialists

    If you are in the South West and discover what you think is asbestos, our qualified team of specialists can help you legally and safely dispose of it. So you don’t have to worry about coming into contact with it and breathing in any of its harmful fibres. 

    To find out more about our asbestos disposal service or any of our other hazardous waste disposal services, you can reach out to your local team at Gloucestershire: 01453 701230 Bristol & Bath: 0117 941 2555 Somerset: 01458 274654, or simply email customerservices@mccarthymarland.co.uk and one of our specialists will help talk you through the process. 

    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! https://www.geneco.uk.com

    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 customerservices@mccarthymarland.co.uk