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What is Inert Waste and Why Should You Separate it from Other Waste Streams?

Waste management is an essential aspect of our daily living, particularly in preserving the integrity of our environment.

A significant part of responsible waste management involves understanding the different categories of waste and how best to dispose of it. Among these categories is inert waste. But what exactly is inert waste, and why is it important to separate it from other waste streams?

Defining inert waste

Inert waste is essentially waste that does not undergo any significant physical, chemical, or biological transformations.

Inert waste will not decompose, burn, physically or chemically react, produce any pollutant, or harm the environment when properly disposed of. Examples of inert materials include; soil, concrete, bricks, tiles, ceramics and other similar wastes, which are typically produced during construction and demolition activities.

The defining characteristic of inert waste is its stability, which means it poses minimal harm to the environment. Despite this, proper disposal of inert waste remains critical, as improper disposal can lead to problems like unauthorised landfilling, illegal dumping, and potential damage to biodiversity or landscape integrity.

Inert waste in skip bags

Reasons for separating inert waste

The importance of separating inert waste from other waste streams cannot be overstated. Here are a few key reasons to understand:

  1. Recycling and Reuse: Inert waste often contains materials like concrete, bricks and rubble, which can be processed and reused in construction or land reclamation, promoting sustainable waste management and economic efficiency.
  2. Saving money: As many inert wastes are now recycled into construction aggregates it is low-cost to dispose of. Therefore it is beneficial to separate it to avoid paying the costs associated with disposing of general mixed construction wastes.
  3. Conservation: By reusing inert waste materials, we conserve natural resources and reduce the environmental impact of mining and extraction.
  4. Ease of disposal: Separating inert waste simplifies the process of waste disposal and reduces the potential for contamination.
  5. Regulation compliance: Adhering to waste management regulations often includes appropriate disposal of inert waste.

How AMS can help with inert waste disposal

AMS Tipper truck

For businesses and individuals based in Dorset and its surrounding areas, Avon Material Supplies (AMS) provides efficient inert waste grab and tipper lorry hire services for the convenience of clients. The company’s expert team is adept at handling all forms of inert waste and guaranteeing environmental compliance in waste disposal.

AMS also offers skip hire and skip bag services specifically tailored for collecting and disposing rubble and other inert waste. With a range of skip sizes, you can select the one best suited to your needs.

For larger waste removal, AMS provides flexible large waste removal services – acting as a practical solution for significant refurbishment, construction, and clearance projects across Dorset.

Dispose of your inert waste

Inert waste, while less harmful than other waste types, should be separated and appropriately disposed of to help ensure the impact of waste on our environment is minimised.

By understanding the nature of inert waste and the importance of its separation, we can all play a part in the larger drive towards sustainable waste management. Through our comprehensive waste solutions that include inert waste collection and disposal services, we can serve as reliable allies in this endeavour.

Separation, disposal, or recycling – whatever your inert waste needs may be, AMS can handle it with responsibility and expertise.

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