According to the LWARB (London Waste & Recycling Board), the capital produces 18 metric tonnes of rubbish every year. This staggering amount consists of:
- 17% household waste
- 28% from commercial and industrial properties
- 54% from construction work
Unfortunately, over two thirds of London’s rubbish ends up on landfills instead of being recycled. The city’s 33% recycling rate compares unfavourably to the national average of 43.7% (2016-17 statistics.) As a result, the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has put back the target of achieving a 50% recycling rate until 2025.
Why is Rubbish Removal in London so Unfriendly to the Environment?
The reason why rubbish removal in London is so harmful to the environment reflects the practicalities and economics of living in the capital rather than people’s attitudes and a lack of ecological awareness.
One of the problems is that London’s housing stock is made up of 50% flats. Lack of storage space is one reason why Londoners don’t recycle as much as the rest of the UK. Another explanation is that the city’s population is highly mobile; frequent house moves don’t encourage a sense of community while the times/methods of kerbside collections vary from borough from borough. Even taking rubbish to recycling collection points costs time and money, requiring both the use of a car and having to cope with congestion problems.
How Can Londoners Ensure their Rubbish Disposal is Eco-friendly?
Despite the obvious challenges, separating household waste for recycling requires organisation. Space could be found on the flat’s balcony or in the block’s communal areas. Also, charity shops and many local boroughs offer a pick-up service for large household items in good condition which can be donated to the poverty-stricken.
The problem is that the vast majority of waste in the capital comes from commercial and industrial properties as well as construction sites. They often deal with rubbish removal in London by hiring a skip. If it has to be repeatedly emptied, this solution isn’t always the most cost-effective, and the waste often ends up on landfills which harm the environment.
Whether you are a private individual or business owner, Junk London provides a same day rubbish removal service which is available every day and includes evenings slots too. They try to upcycle as much as possible and only use Waste Transfer Stations which divert 100% of waste from landfills. Although they operate primarily in the capital and surrounding counties, they are able to offer a quote for service in other areas on request. Their ‘man and van’ service is able to deal with all types of rubbish removal in the London area from house clearances to fly tipping.
Customers are charged by volume, and can receive an accurate quote by sending a photo of the waste they wish to have removed. The service offered by Junk London is one of the cheapest and most convenient solutions as labour costs are included in the price. It is also stress-free because customers don’t have to worry about the time and cost needed to transport their own waste.
We all want to contribute to a cleaner environment, but unfortunately, the practicalities of recycling can be especially problematic in large urban areas. Rubbish removal in London doesn’t have to be time-consuming, stressful and expensive as our solutions clearly illustrate.