the things we find in skips can often be amazingly useful and upcycled to serve a new purpose or revamped to serve their original one. Essentially, when a person guts their house, a lot of the debris can be reused. This morning on a lovely London street I saw no less than three houses with skips parked on their front drive. They were full of bricks and pieces that were unrecognisable, yet there were doors, cupboards, draws, pieces of wood, some glass…all of which can be re-utilised if not recycled.

What does the law say on skips and recycling and steering ‘rubbish’and junk away from landfills?

Do we manage the waste we create in the UK effectively?

This extract copied below was taken from the Environment Law website,  which I think raises some good questions:


Waste can be described in several ways. It is defined in the law as “any substance or object which the holder discards or intends or is required to discard” (Waste Framework Directive 2008/98/EC).

Simply put, waste is an item that is thrown away because it is no longer useful or required by its owner. Our section on recycling shows that quite a lot of what we throw away can actually be recycled or reused by others. Waste is generated on a daily basis and if not properly managed can affect our health and the quality of the environment.

Waste can be further broken down into different types including household waste, industrial waste, clinical waste and hazardous waste.


USEFUL to the owners= this i s subjective and the use of something can vary from person, situation, artistic outlook, imagination. and so on

REUSED by others= which suggests this is not the current practise. This is the crucial drawback to the way we currently use skips. If so much can be reused, then it should not enter the skip. An alternative to the skip should be set up. Could be so that councils will collect the items that can be reused or recycled and then distribute to those who are in need of such items. It seems that a far more efficient system needs to be drawn up to deal with waste and stop useful items ending up  in landfills.

Compulsory freecycling might be one way to deal with skip waste. Although, the issue here would be the transportation of the goods, if these were not located in your local area.I know I have had this problem in London when I attempted to get three freecycled doors…not good on the tube at all.

skipThis skip has carpet, laminate flooring, drawers, glass, so so much of what I deemed ‘useful’ unwanted stuff just waiting to be upcycled.


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