Harlow start-up business aims to wipe out fly-tipping
News / Fri 6th Apr 2018 am30 09:34am
HARLOW STARTUP TO ENSURE ZERO FLYTIPPING BY 2020
HARLOW-based technology startup USkip.com (USkip) has launched, with a
company mission to ensure zero flytipping across all local counties by
USkip.com is an online booking aggregator for waste management services,
such as skip bags, various size skips and grab hire. It currently serves
areas such as London, Hertfordshire, Essex, Cambridge and Slough, with
plans to expand to all UK counties by the end of 2018.
By typing in your postcode, the site claims to be able to find the lowest
price for skip hire from a range of different suppliers, so that
tradespeople and the local public can book waste management easily.
“Unless you do it day in, day out booking a skip can be really daunting”
explains Harlow-born CEO Adam Saggers. “This is why so many of the general
public turn to Facebook, find a ‘man with a van’ and expect their waste to
be respectfully removed. Often, the same rubbish turns up on the side of
the road the same day and the company they thought they’d hired turns out
to be a cowboy”.
USkip aims to counter fly-tipping and dumping of rubbish, which currently
costs UK taxpayers £58m in clean-up costs, by only serving up quotes from
USkip-approved contractors. To become an approved contractor, the skip
hire companies must adhere to a series of criterion around waste
management, including targeting 95% recycling of waste rates and using, at
minimum, ‘Euro 5’ engines and premises.
“In every other industry, we are using digital technology to get the best
deal and work with the most reputable brands” says Saggers. “Why shouldn’t
this be the same in waste management? When it’s easy to find cheap ways to
get rid of your rubbish, it’s a no brainer that people will opt for the
more responsible option”.
USkip’s mission is to ensure zero fly-tipping in all of the counties it
serves by 2022, by providing the cheapest, fastest and most sustainable
waste management methods. By investing heavily in brand awareness and
advertising it will ensure the public knows what legal and responsible
waste management options they have so that they choose to only work with
The new regulations on the carriage of waste mean that any tradesman who removes any kind of waste from your property (whether it’s their waste or yours) has to hold a Waste Carriers License. This includes house clearance, man and van rubbish removers, cleaning companies, carpet fitters, plumbers, landscape gardeners, scrap metal dealers, skip hire, builders, and more. Also check if a company is registered with https://www.afta.org.uk/ the Anti Fly Tipping Association.
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