Waste Disposal: What could possibly go wrong?


Did you know The UK produces more than 100 million tonnes of waste every year? To put that into perspective, one tonne is about the weight of a small car. In less than two hours, the waste we produce would fill the Albert Hall in London, every eight months it would fill Lake Windermere, the largest and deepest lake in England!


Getting rid of household waste is an obstacle we have to overcome regularly and as responsibly as possible, especially when large items are thrown into the mix. But how do you get rid of something that’s too big for you to manage on your own? Maybe you can’t move it yourself, or you’re struggling to find the time. A man with a van could be your answer, but have you considered the risks involved with putting your waste in someone else’s hands?


Here are 5 things to watch out for when you bin off those daunting waste disposal jobs:



Risk 1 - Unlicensed Waste Carriers


Social media sites like Facebook are convenient place to find a ‘Man and Van’ to dispose of items quickly for some easy cash, but there is often no way of verifying whether the person you hire holds the right license to do so. If you’re looking for a quick fix make sure you know the person you are entrusting with your waste is able to dispose of it responsibly. The last thing you want is an unverified van driver dumping the waste somewhere else - this is called ‘Flytipping’ and ultimately it will be you who has to claim responsibility and face the fines.


Risk 2 - Unsuitable Vehicles


Doing your tip run yourself is a very viable option for many households and businesses. On the surface it seems like a good way to save money, but have you ever considered the accidental damage you could do to your vehicle? Green waste may have thorns that rip your interior, or maybe you overload the boot with lots of rubble and end up damaging the suspension. These risks don’t add up for everyone, and although waste disposal can be an expense, it’s an expense worth paying.


Risk 3 – Serious Injury


One of the biggest risks people forget about when tackling larger disposal jobs is the risk of injury. Waste can be heavy and/or include sharp objects. Waste disposal experts are highly experienced at working in these conditions, and know how to work safely to avoid injury. They are aware of the waste they are handling, and how best to tackle the job. From manual handling to driving with the waste on board, it is essential to ensure safe transit to the recycling centre.


Risk 4 – Hygiene & Contamination


You may not realise exactly what is in your waste, and hazardous materials or chemicals within are risks that are often overlooked. If you have left a pile of waste in your front garden, who’s to say that people haven’t added to it? Do you really know what’s in the bag or box when you reach for it? Are you aware of dangerous materials like asbestos and how to handle it? There are many things to consider when you think about waste disposal, and nothing is worth risking your own safety for.


Risk 5 – Infestation


Like many people, you may be cleaning out the house slowly but surely over a few weeks. In this time, you may have a pile of waste building up, which you are planning to take to the tip at the end of your clean. But during that time pests may find and start to work their way through the pile. You could end up with anything from squirrels or foxes through to mice and rats taking residence in your rubbish. This has massive risks of being injured from scratches and bites from diseased animals, that can lead to serious injury, and even death.



We’re not trying to scare you, but every Waste Disposal job has risks that should be taken seriously. We always recommend leaving waste disposal to the professionals, and with the Tote app it couldn’t be easier. Book your Waste Disposal jobs with TOTE and get it sorted quickly and responsibly with our network of vetted, licensed local van drivers.


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