With increasingly stringent regulations governing the disposal of such things as waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), plasterboard and hazardous waste, Waste King, the specialist collections, clearance and recycling company, is seeing increasing numbers of its corporate and care sector customers opting for ‘waste pods’ as a means of storing and disposing of their waste.


The waste pods fit more or less anywhere. They take up no more space than a car; can often be placed out of sight behind a hedge and, although they’re the same size, they’re cheaper than a skip. And, rather than just throw all the waste into a skip, waste can be segregated within these pods. This means that a customer using a waste pod can be demonstrably ‘greener’ by maximising the amount of waste materials that are recycled.


These containers are particularly helpful for customers wanting to get rid of such things as WEEE, plasterboard and hazardous waste – which can be difficult to dispose of safely and legally via other means. It’s cleaner as far as the environment is concerned; neater for the customer, and easier for Waste King to sort, segregate and dispose of the waste. After collecting the waste materials, Waste King takes them to its site. There, the waste is separated by hand or machinery to be recycled on the spot, or sent to the local waste transfer station – which results in a 99.54% recycling rate.


Just in case you’re wondering, legally, skips can’t contain:

  • Anything that’s hazardous to humans and to the environment. This includes: Asbestos; Oil; Petrol; Diesel; Vehicle tyres; Solvents; Any corrosive liquid; Explosive materials, and/or Gas cylinders (whether full, partially filled or empty)
  • Anything that could cause a health risk. This includes: Food waste, or Biological waste of any kind – including medical waste and human/ animal faeces; carcases
  • Anything containing any hazardous material which can cause health problems or injury when they’re processed for recycling. This includes: Florescent lighting tubes; Televisions; Computer monitors; Paints; Paint tins – whether full, partially filled or empty; Batteries; Fridges and/or Freezers
  • Anything that’s heavy and
  • Anything that can’t be processed effectively. This includes: large tree trunks and heavy aggregate (big rocks and chunks of concrete)
  • In addition, there are restrictions on the amount of stones, concrete and plasterboard that can be placed in a skip.


There are no such restrictions placed upon the waste that customers can put in a waste pod from Waste King.


Comment: This looks like another step forward for ‘greener’ waste disposal.