Monthly Archives: June 2015

10 Items You Probably Didn’t Know You Could Recycle

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Though there are some things we know can be recycled, such as paper and cardboard, there are a variety of other items that can be recycled that are less obvious. Here are 10 such items.
1. Many of us may still have some old VHS cassettes, but have nothing to play them on. So, throwing them out may seem like the obvious option, but, surprisingly, these old video tapes can be recycled. Once dismantled they can end up having a new life in the shape of packaging.

2. Batteries were, for a long time, one of the items that couldn’t be recycled. But, with discarded batteries having an impact on the environment, the need to find a way of recycling them became important. There are now specific locations that will happily accept your unwanted batteries and recycle them.

3. One of the most inventive ways that items are recycled is via Nike’s Reuse-a-Shoe program. Old sneakers are recycled to create courts that are used by children as play areas, and this project has a global reach also.

4. Tens of millions of inhalers are thrown away on an annual basis. But, by giving them to a pharmacy, it’s now possible for inhalers to be recycled too.

5. Corks can have many uses, once they’ve been recycled. They can be recycled and used for anything from flooring tiles to insulation, and even for sports equipment.

6. There are new things being added all the time regarding what can be recycled, and this list now includes tights. The things that can be produced, with the aid of recycled tights, range from park benches to toys.

7. When bits break off from crayons they will usually be disposed of. But, these bits can be melted and then used to create new crayons.

8. Some companies will do more than recycle cosmetic-related packaging. To encourage recycling, they will offer incentives like a free sample as well.

9. Unwanted bras can also be made use of. They can either end up being given to local shelters, or sent to help women in developing countries.

10. Eye glasses that you no longer want, but are still usable, can be recycled to help people with sight problems around the world. While sunglasses can be of a similar benefit to people who live close to the equator, and who need protection for their eyes from the bright sun.

Roll On Roll Off Container Skips

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Roll-on, roll-off skips are perfect for large or small building projects that include household clearance, decluttering of garden or garage, commercial operations, and trade uses. These containers work best for disposing large quantities of lightweight waste, but there are larger containers that can also manage heavier rubble and general builders waste.

The types of waste that you can dispose in a roll-on, roll-off container include metal, plastics, paper, cardboard, glass, recyclables, and window frames. As these containers are so large, they are often only allowed to be placed in an off-road location. In case you need advice about where to place your skip, or how to choose the most appropriate size for your needs, it is best to contact a reputable skip hire company in your area.

If your local council won’t allow you to place a roll-on, roll-off skip on the public road due to its size, you may be better off contacting your waste management company. Many commercial and industrial parks nowadays have a designated private land where people can park their skips in these areas; however, it is recommended to double check the restrictions before hiring a skip.

Due to the ever increasing cost of landfill charges, the local authorities are encouraging residents to go green and help the environment. If you produce large volumes of recyclable and disposable waste, you should consider hiring roll-on, roll-off skips as they are by far the most cost effective waste management method. Once you have found the right company that tailors to your particular needs, it is worth budgeting for a disposal contract.

Aside from the environmental-friendliness of these containers, they offer more benefits depending on the kind of waste that you are disposing. For example, if you have an entire garage to clear, you don’t want to waste time on hiring a small skip or one that’s just too big for your needs. A roll-on, roll-off skip will do the job perfectly; especially if you discuss your specific requirements with a skip hire company first. These companies offer a range of different skip sizes according to your load, and the best thing is, you won’t have to fork out a fortune to get rid of your clutter!

7 Tips For Clearing Out Clutter

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Getting rid of clutter can be a rubbish job. Where do you begin? The good news is that with a little planning, you can reclaim your home. So roll up your sleeves, here’s some tips to get you started:

1. Where to start

Work from room to room getting rid of stuff that you no longer need. Put items in a heavy-duty bag or cardboard box marked with either donate, recycle, sell or toss.

2. Donate, recycle, sell or toss

* Donate: Take wearable clothes, footwear and workable household goods to a charity shop or fill a bag that comes through your door. Some charities will collect donations.

* Recycle: Household waste that can be recycled includes old computers, batteries, textiles, paper, cardboard, wood, plastic, cans and electrical appliances. Take them to your nearest recycle centre or put in your local authority recycle bin.

* Sell: You might make a bit of spare change selling items at a car boot sale or on an online site.

* Toss: If you have big items and a lot of them, you can hire a skip, get your local council or a private firm to collect them. There will be a charge, so do some research.

3. Clothes
Get rid of any clothes you’ve outgrown or haven’t worn for year. Store off-season clothes in suitcases or vacuum bags.

4. Sentimental stuff
If there are things you really don’t want to throw out, put them in a big box and store, so you aren’t tripping over them.

5. Toys and hobby stuff

Store toys or hobby items in boxes with lids. Put them away at the end of each day.

6. Food, medicines and DIY stuff

* Food: Get rid of food from your pantry and freezer that is out of date or damaged.

* Medicines: The NHS recommends never to throw unused or expired medicines in your rubbish bin or flush down the toilet where children can get them or they could get into the drinking water system. Take them to a pharmacy for safe disposal.

* DIY stuff: Partially used cans of paint and other flammable items should be disposed of following toxic waste instructions.

7. Paper

Toss unread newspapers and magazines, put photographs in albums or on your hard drive and put important paperwork in files or on your computer. If throwing out, shred anything with your personal details on.