Why Recycle Glass Around the Home

Glass is used in a number of products in and around the home on a daily basis from drinks bottles, jars and light bulbs because it is very versatile. Sometimes you will have no more use for these items but it does not meant it can be used elsewhere. It is far better to recycle it so it can be used for years to come in another shape and form. There are many things that glass can be recycled and turned into. For instance abrasives, AstroTurf, and fiberglass products can all be made from your  old items. Glass does not decompose so it makes sense to reuse it rather that just throw it away. By recycling glass there are many benefits to the environment. For instance, reusing will reduce energy consumption, conserve raw materials and if glass is crushed it will save space in landfills. You may not know this but the clean and shiny glass that you see on your shop shelves may have been recycled multiple times before over the last twenty years. By creating new glass products, there is an increase in the release of carbon dioxide in the air. Approximately 315 kilogrammes of this can be saved by simply reusing the material that has been already made. You can take your waste glass to a local recycle point and many have bottle banks that are separated by colour. The reason for this is that glass can only be recycled in to the colour that is was originally made into. For instance, you will not be able to change brown glass into clear as it is... read more

How is Plastic Recycled in the UK?

The United Kingdom uses an enormous amount of plastic every year and is estimated that we use five million’s tonnes of it. For this reason, it is vital that as much of it is recycled, reused, or responsibly disposed of. Most of the plastic produced in the United Kingdom can be recycled but it depends on technical and logistic factors. Currently 29% of the plastic used is recycled. You will find plastic just about everywhere is it is widely used in food packaging, business waste and drink bottles and these are made from one of the 50 types of plastic that are made. The reason that it is so widely used is that it can prolong the life of food and protect items from damage. There are four main ways that plastic waste can be reduced and this by prevention, disposal, recycling and other recovery. Prevention is by making the product last a lot longer so they are not discarded as fast. Also by using less hazardous material it will make it safer. Disposal is used in a landfill when there is energy recovery which produces energy for the national grid. By recycling, there is no need for the items to be disposed of as it will be turned into something else. The other recovery method also uses energy recovery by using incineration instead of a landfill. You can find out more about these methods from the HSE website. You can read a nuber of other posts from our blog... read more

UK Recycling Facts

By recycling day to day items around the home, you will not only reduce the amount of waste that you put into your rubbish bin, but it will help save energy and the environment as well with long term benefits. The target for the United Kingdom is to recycle a minimum of fifty percent of its waste which will be a massive achievement. We have in this post some quick fact about recycling in the UK and some may surprise you. An average household in Britain will throw out forty Kilogrammes of plastic that could be recycled into something else. Plastic also takes five hundred years to decompose so the more put to good use will benefit the environment. On average, sixty percent of your rubbish bin can be recycled. This will save you room in your bin whilst also caring for the environment. You just need to separate things to separate piles and put in the right containers provided by the local council for best results. We produce nearly three hundred million tonnes of waste every year in the UK with around twenty million coming from households. Forty three percent is recycled which is getting close to the fifty percent target. If a single bottle made from glass was recycled, it would save enough energy to run a computer for around half of an hour. If one single aluminium can be recycled, it will run an average television set for three hours. So this proves that these small changes can really make a difference. If every can that can be recycled in the UK was, then the country... read more

Are Domestic and Commercial Waste the Same?

The waste that you produce, whether it be at home or within your business premises, will need to be disposed of in the correct manner although there are different methods for both. Domestic waste from your home will be collected by your local council and this consists of items such as food waste, food packaging and everyday like things paper. A good percentage of this waste can be recycled such as certain plastics, metal, and paper. The local council should provide containers for you to store this. You may also have a recycling centre or drop off point available if you have an unusual quantity. By keeping an eye on what is recyclable will reduce your rubbish load and it will be helpful to the environment. Business or commercial waste on the other hand is a different matter and it is the law in the UK for business owners to take responsibility and manage their waste effectively. Business waste is from restaurants, public houses and manufacturing companies and it is non-hazardous. It must be stored away which does not obstruct employees or visitors and put in suitable containers. You will need to work with a licenced waste carrier to collect and dispose of business waste. Hazardous waste which is a different subject altogether and if you produce hazardous waste such as oil, chemicals and pesticides, a specialist licenced company will be needed to safely remove these items. If you are unsure about your domestic waste collection or where your local recycling drop off point is, please contact your local council. For more information on waste legislation, you can visit... read more

Licences for a Waste Removal Company

To be able to operate as a waste removal company there are certain rules and laws that a company must adhere to and they must have the right documents in place to prove that they are legal. If you are considering hiring a company to take any waste from your home or business premises, then you should be careful who you employ. You will be responsible if you hire someone that will fly tip your waste or misuse it in some way. The company in question must be approved by the EA (Environment Agency) and be registered as a licenced waste carrier. Not only is a legal requirement to have certain accreditations, but by having these in place, it will also build trust with the company’s customers. Clients will know that the firm that they are dealing with is legal, legitimate and the staff will be fully trained. Things to look out for on a website is accreditations from CHAS which is the Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme and the Alcumus Safe Contractor Scheme. If a website displays these, then you know that you will be in good hands. Another thing to look out for is to see if staff are vetted before they are employed. If so, then no employee will have a criminal record which is important as they will be in and around your property. Any waste that needs to be disposed of will be done in an ethical way that is environmentally friendly and taken to a registered recycling plant. We work with several in London and only use trusted established businesses that use... read more