We all hate rubbish! It's ugly, smells, and only seems to get worse as the days go on. But what if we told you that there was a way to get rid of your trash without having to deal with any of these problems? That's right! We're talking about waste collectors.
Waste collectors are responsible for collecting all of your trash, recycling what they can, and dumping the rest in landfills. They're also responsible for taking out your trash cans and recycling bins each week.
But what do you need to know when choosing a waste collector for your home or business? What should you look for when making this important decision? The answer is simple: we've got it all covered right here!
Tip 1: Insurance and licensing
First off, make sure that you find a waste collector who is insured and licensed. Services
like the UK Government register of waste carriers, brokers and dealers can help you check licenses and registrations. Other services like Dsposal are a great place to get a fully transparent service showing the insurance status of the company and its registration. This is important because if anything happens while waste recyclers are working on your property—whether it be an injury or even just property damage—they need to be liable for any costs associated with those things happening while they were doing their job. If they aren't, then you will be.
Tip 2: Make sure they know local laws, council rules and bylaws
Every council has a different set of rules. This can mean local bylaws can also be different. So even if a collector has got their licence, they may not have knowledge of those local bylaws, and it can result in you being on the hook for that waste.
Make sure that they know local laws regarding how much space must be left open around external bins so no one gets hurt trying to walk past or fill or empty it.
Tip 3: Reviews and Recommendations
Thirdly, try to find out more information about them. There is a balance of ethical concerns you should look for and bigger brands are not necessarily better. Whether a smaller brand was convicted of fly-tipping, or exports their waste or a bigger brand failed to pay small business suppliers on time, it's worth doing a bit of digging and reading low score reviews so you don't end up inadvertently supporting an unethical business.
Tip 4: Ask for proof!
If your waste collector claims to provide destruction certificates or claims "zero to landfill", dig deeper on how that happens. Some waste contractors do this by incinerating the waste for energy or export the waste to other countries. With the risks surrounding this, it then offsets that risk on to you and undermines some of the sustainability claims you might make.
Waste collection is a regulated industry and as a result there are significant barriers to entry for a reason. It's important to ensure your waste collector is properly insured and regulated otherwise you risk falling foul of the law yourself. So make sure you take these actions to keep yourself safe from prosecution.