Climate change and the environment have been a hot topic (if you’ll pardon the pun) for more than a decade, and a large portion of the debate is dedicated to the reduction of waste in all industries.
According to figures from CB Environmental, the UK produces an average of 31 million tonnes of waste per year, amounting to approximately one million tonnes per household.
They’re figures that people are beginning to notice, and a number of events have been established to combat the rising tide of waste across the UK.
Coastal Cleanup Day
The most recent of these is International Coastal Cleanup Day, which saw 56,000 volunteers from almost 100 countries collect more than 7,200 tonnes of waste from coastal locations across the globe.
Anyone who’s trawled a beach knows how much of a pain coastal littering can be. But it’s not only an aesthetic problem. When toxic or offensive waste washes onto a shore, it could spread disease and bacteria far beyond the beach. Stories abound in local newspapers regarding animals that’ve swallowed toxic waste and suffered as a result.
The largest offender is plastic waste, which washes up on coastal shores more often than any other material. While striving to reduce the use of this material is a worthy cause, it’s also not hugely realistic while major corporations continue its use.
As was covered in one of our previous blogs, medical waste can easily end up in the wrong hands, causing communities to suffer after poor disposal.
We aim to avoid the dangerous spread of healthcare waste, which is why we provide a comprehensive waste disposal service. If you want to do your bit for the environment, get in touch.