Andy Cattigan (left) and Glenn Currie, of Waste King.

Putting waste in a skip is an accepted strategy – especially if that waste is being generated regularly as a business by-product. However, as at least one organisation has been discovering, having a skip on your premises can attract fly tippers. Not only does that mean that you have to pay for disposing of others’ rubbish but, if that rubbish includes hazardous materials, such as asbestos, the costs involved can be considerable.


At least two organisations have solved this problem recently by using a bespoke rapid response collection service from the specialist collections, clearance and recycling company, Waste King.


Waste King’s managing director, Glenn Currie, explained: “One organisation was using 12 yard skips to dispose of its waste but was finding that fly tipping, especially of hazardous materials, was greatly adding to its costs. Another organisation – in the care sector – was fearful that the skips it was using could become a fire hazard. So, for each of these organisations, Waste King devised a strategy whereby these organisations would store their waste materials and, when they wanted them collected, they would call Waste King. Our operatives would collect the waste within 24 hours of their call.


“Moreover,” he said, “whereas the contents of a skip will go to landfill, we guarantee to segregate all the waste we collect and ensure that at least 75 per cent of it is recycled; thus significantly reducing the amount of waste going to landfill sites.


“In the process, we also provided cost savings for both of these organisations – although the convenience of Waste King’s bespoke rapid response collection service and the ability to be ‘greener’ about the whole waste disposal process than had previously been the case were key factors in these organisations’ decision to become Waste King customers,” he added.


Comment: A popular management mantra today is to ‘walk the talk’. Maybe, in ecological and environmentally friendly terms, we should also exhort people to ‘skip the skip’.