As many as nine out of ten of the UK's army of White Van Men have taken refuse from a job home and put it in their own domestic bin rather than legally disposing of it as trade waste.
Those are the findings of one of Britain's leading waste management and recycling companies which has conducted an anonymous survey of workmen and found they've cut corners to save cash on dumping rubbish.
"We already knew that many workmen take the odd chance on avoiding trade waste fees," said BusinessWaste.co.uk spokesman Mark Hall, "But we didn't realise that is was quite so widespread."
An anonymous phone poll of over 300 traders who were prepared to give an honest reply to our survey team's questions found:
• 91% had disposed of work-related waste in their domestic bins at least once
• 73% had disposed of work-related waste in their clients' bins
• 27% still dispose of work-related waste in their domestic bins
• 22% had burned waste rather than dispose or recycle it
• 12% had fly-tipped waste illegally
Of those who had disposed of waste illegally:
• 63% said it was because it was more convenient than taking it to a tip or recycling centre
• 37% said it was to avoid paying trade waste fees
"That's a shocking level of illegal activity," said BusinessWaste.co.uk’sMark Hall, "But for most one-man-band contractors they consider it a risk worth taking."
"Many tradesmen told us that the last thing they want at the end of a long working day or week is to queue to dump their waste at the tip," said Hall. "Far easier to stuff it at the bottom of the wheelie bin at home."
The last word goes to an electrician BusinessWaste.co.uk interviewed who had recently had a bathroom fitted: "I must have got the only trader in the world to dump the waste from their job in my front garden," he told us. "It made me so cross, I'm determined to change my ways with rubbish."
For more information visit: www.businesswaste.co.uk
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