A History of Waste Management

9th June 2015

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The waste management services of today use cutting edge technology and environmentally -friendly practices to ensure that we do everything we can to dispose of waste efficiently. It would be easy to think of waste management as a modern day practice, yet looking back through the last three centuries it is clear that it is ever-changing and ever-developing. From the rag-and-bone-men of the early 1800s through to today’s environmentally conscientious society, we continue to help the environment through improved waste management solutions.

WEEEA mixture of the Industrial Revolution and a rising population led to rapidly increasing levels of waste produced in the UK from the 1700s onwards. Deadly cholera outbreaks in the 19th century spurred public debates about waste, leading to the 1875 Public Health Act requiring all households to dispose of their weekly waste in ‘moveable receptacles’, which were essentially rubbish bins. Just one year previously, the UK’s first incineration plant was opened in Nottingham but ash clouds spewing over the town led to great opposition of the ‘Destructor’. That said, in various forms across the world, incineration is still a commonly-used waste management system to this day.

The first motorised waste removal trucks with dumping mechanisms came along in the 1920s, soon to be followed a decade later by trucks with hydraulic compactors.Thumbnail for What does Zero #Waste mean to you? Interesting points via @sarahjuliel

Landfill tax, introduced first in 1996, has led to a dramatic decrease in the amount of waste sent to landfill each year, from 100 million tonnes of waste being sent to landfill in the UK in 1997, to 39 million tonnes by 2013 and in April of this year the tax increased again, meaning that a greater focus is being put on how to further reduce the amount of waste unnecessarily being dumped. The fact is that these taxes end up costing companies money, so one of our services is a waste audit, which will analyse the waste habits of your company in order to provide a more efficient waste plan that will increase recycling and reusing, thus saving your company money as well as being more friendly to the environment.

We are completely in favour of an initiative to see zero waste being sent to landfill and believe that our up-to-date technology and expert knowledge can help every company work towards this goal. Get in touch today to find out how we can help your business.

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