Every year in England alone we throw away some 25.5 million tonnes of rubbish in our waste bins and it increases each and every year as we throw more and more rubbish away, and the population continues to expand.

That’s enough rubbish to fill every Premiership football stadium in the country and with such large quantities of rubbish, litter and trash, it’s a miracle we are not all knee deep in filth.

While most of us aware that our rubbish has to end up somewhere, few people take the time to think where all this waste is going and whether or not we will ever run out of capacity on our burgeoning landfills.

There are really only three methods of dealing with household waste and each comes with its own costs and disadvantages:


Perhaps the preferred and most eco friendly method of dealing with waste and rubbish is to recycle it. Recycling is just a term to describe reusing materials, either in their original guise or by breaking them down to their raw materials. Paper, glass, metal and a whole host of materials can be reused and recycled which reduced the amount of waste that is just dumped on landfill. Many households now have recycling bins for separation of these items. However, not everything we throw away can be recycled and it can often be costly.

Much of our recycling is also exported abroad added further environmental costs to our rubbish disposal as well as causing environmental problems in many of the developing countries this rubbish gets shipped to.


Sadly the majority of what we throw away in our rubbish bins ends up in landfills. A landfill is just a dump where items are permanently stored until the landfill is full and then it is covered over. Some items on landfill sites slowly degrade, especially organic waste but a lot of what is dumped on our landfills can last for years and years.

However, landfills are not all bad news. The gases produced by rotting rubbish is now being harvested as a source of energy and many former landfills whilst unsuitable to build houses on are often turned into nature parks or other green environments.


In areas where there is insufficient space incineration is still regularly used to get rid of rubbish. Incineration is perhaps the most environmentally damaging method of removing rubbish but in many areas there is little choice. The energy from the incinerators can be harvested though so it is not all bad news when it comes to burning rubbish.

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From Waste Bin to Landfill – The Story of Rubbish

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When we throw things away into the waste bin, very few of us pay any attention into what happens to our rubbish after it is discarded. Many of us recycle now, but what happens to all that waste that can’t be reused, and how damaging are landfills sites to the environment?

We throw literally everything into our waste bins: packaging, paper, food, metals, nappies, crisp packets; if you can name it, it has probably been in a rubbish bin. And the amount of waste we throw out can be extraordinary too. Just think how quickly the kitchen bin or wheelie bin fills up, then imagine how many times it’s refilled throughout the year. In fact government figures suggest each UK household produces over 1 tonne of rubbish annually – that’s 31 million tonnes of rubbish each year.

And all this waste, all 31 million tonnes of it, has to go somewhere, otherwise we would all be swimming in our own rubbish. Fortunately many of us recycle now and this helps to drastically reduce the amount of annual rubbish, but not everybody does recycle, and even those that do find not everything can be put in the recycling bin.

The rest of course ends up in landfills. Some local authorities do take pains to filter the rubbish and remove as many of the recyclables as possible, but unfortunately the rest has to be put into a big hole and buried.

The biodegradable waste, such as food, cardboard and paper, also rots in the landfill sites, and lets off methane – a very powerful greenhouse gas which has also detrimental effects on the environment – forcing the companies that run landfill sites, to go to great lengths to capture as much of the methane as possible before it is released into the air.

However it is not all bad news and landfills are not the monstrosity most people may think. The methane collected on landfills is uses it to supply electricity to the National Grid, which is helping reduce the UK’s carbon footprint and landfills themselves are eventually covered over and transformed into landscaped areas of natural beauty, quite often turning former quarries into nature parks.

So while it is important to recycle and be aware of what happens to the rubbish we throw away in our waste bins, its not all doom and gloom in the rubbish cycle.

Richard N Williams is interested in waste bins and rubbish removal. Please visit us website if you are interested in litter bins or other waste bins.

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