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Waste That Waste Before It’s Too Late: The Risks Of Racking Up Rubbish

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    Posted on 17th August 2016 by Hintons

    Whether it’s general household rubbish or refuse from a renovation project, waste can quickly pile up and become quite a nuisance. We know that taking multiple trips to the skip to rid yourself of your rubbish can be very time consuming, and quite frankly exhausting, but do you really know the dangers of your growing pile of waste?

    Here, we present some of the reasons you should avoid racking up piles of rubbish and the risks it can cause.

    The Risks

    There are many unpleasant reasons to avoid letting your rubbish pile up, some of which can be life threatening, others a burden on your neighbours, and all of which can be avoided!

    Increased fire risk:

    A lot of the waste we dispose of from our homes – packaging, wrappers, newspapers, flyers etc – or from our construction – wood, insulating materials, plastic – is flammable, which makes a buildup of waste a huge fire hazard, which gets more and more deadly the bigger the pile becomes. Something as simple as a tossed cigarette butt could be enough to initiate a spark and send your waste blazing, so it is always best to avoid rubbish buildups, where possible.

    Bad smells and visual pollution:

    While an unpleasant smell or sight may seem a rather superficial complaint, a nasty smell that comes with decaying rubbish and a buildup of pests can be nauseating, and on a warm day the problem can be exacerbated, permeating through yours or your neighbour’s property and resulting in an uncomfortable environment.

    The sight of a pile of rubbish is also a huge concern in both domestic and commercial applications. For domestic abodes, your neighbours will not want to be faced with piles of rubbish when they are trying to relax in their homes, and you may find that complaints are made to local authorities, which could lead to you being fined. In commercial circumstances, your customers or clients could be put off working with your business or form a bad impression on the hygiene of your establishment if they see large piles of waste on your project or around your property, which could negatively affect your business.


    Decaying rubbish is a breeding ground for bacteria and germs, and will attract many pests. Whether it’s in the form of mould growth or airborne bacteria, this will lead to a very unsanitary environment that can spread to your or your neighbour’s property, and could potentially make you sick.

    Attracts pests:

    As we’ve mentioned briefly above, having a lot of waste lying around is a surefire way of attracting pests. Birds, vermin (including mice and rats), cockroaches, flies, maggots and the like will thrive in such an environment, bringing with them a whole host of diseases and health implications. More than this, some of these pests, rats in particular, can cause physical damage to your property, gnawing through woods, wires and other materials.

    The Solution

    Whether you’re dealing with household waste from a clear out, large, commercial waste from a construction project or anything in between, hiring a skip can prevent an unsightly buildup of rubbish and debris and save yourself from the harmful health effects with minimal effort – simply transfer your rubbish into the skip and have it removed from your property and dealt with by an expert team.


    For domestic and commercial skip hire, waste management and recycling in Croydon and Sutton, look no further than Hinton’s Waste. We offer same day skip hire, flexible hire periods and very competitive prices. We pride ourselves on our high levels of customer care, and with an average rating of 4.91 out of 5, you can rely on us for an excellent service from first enquiry through to final waste removal. Get in contact today to find out more.


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