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Rubbish Fact 6

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Rubbish Fact 6

Site Solutions like to keep things topical, so unless you've been under a rock for the past month you will all be familiar with how the UK is currently weathering an uncertain storm. Businesses have closed and the public have (mostly) gone into isolation, one major industry stream that has seen closures this week are household waste and recycling sites.

So, we thought this might be a good opportunity for our next instalment of 'Rubbish Facts' with 'What a load of Rubbish!' bringing you all we know about household waste, where it goes and some useless, but interesting stats!

A few household waste stats to kick things off...did you know?...

  • On average 16% of the money spent on your weekly food and product produce is spent on the packaging
  • As much as 50% of waste disposed in your bin, could be composted
  • Car reached the end of its life and ready for the scrap heap? Up to 80% of your car can be recycled
  • Household waste accounts for approximately 28% of the UK's waste (including construction and commercial etc)

Imagine, it's the end of the week, you have split your waste into recycling bin and the dustbin, your weekly bin night has arrived and you wheel the dustbin out of the back garden to be collected early the next day...do you think about where your waste goes next? Probably not, but here's some interesting details on where your rubbish ends up.

Suez.co.uk go into detail on exactly how a landfill works and is used along with a helpful visual to explain this further:

Rubbish Fact 6

Firstly, on arrival all waste is weighed and checked to ensure it complies with the 'landfill operating licence'. Once completed, waste will then be discharged into the 'tipping face' where it is tipped onto the landfill area.

Compacting is the next important step and large bulldozers and tractors travel over the waste throughout the day to compact and cover the waste with soil. Waste on landfill is covered with soil to reduce odours and deter pests, such as rats.

Decomposition is the next stage to put it technically: 'Waste in landfills decomposes as microbes break it down naturally under anaerobic (absence of oxygen) conditions. This decomposition, combined with rainwater filtering through the landfill, produces liquid, called leachate, and gas.'
The gas that is produced during composition is collected and either burned off or used as an energy source to generate plants. The leachate produced is contained and drained into tankers and treated or used for onsite treatment plants where it is cleaned and disposed to the sewer or waste course.

Landfills take many years to reach its capacity, when one does, the landfill is capped and covered with clay and vegetation to keep a barrier in place but it also stops odours and anything else polluting it.

Who knew your weekly rubbish could end up converted into electricity powering National Grid? .

But...did you know the largest landfill on earth is actually the North Pacific Ocean? Called the 'Great Pacific garbage patch', it's estimated to be anywhere from 3,100 to 537,000 square miles, (twice the size of Texas!). Wikipedia, 2020.

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