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Tesco to commit to food waste donation scheme

clip_image002UK supermarket giant Tesco has announced that it will commit to a scheme to donate all of their unsold food waste to local charities. Tesco has teamed up with the food distribution charity FareShare to deliver unsold food which is approaching its best-before date to charity groups across the UK.

Tesco began trialling the scheme last year in 10 stores across the UK but have now committed to a nationwide rollout of the scheme which is said to have generated 50,000 meals over the last month with food that would previously have been sent to animal feed and energy plants.

The move comes after increasing pressure on supermarket chains to tackle food waste, a trend popularised by government legislation in France which forced French supermarket chains to give away their food waste to charities.

FareShare will take surplus food from Tesco stores to their 20 regional centres across the UK where it is then divided up between over 2,000 charities including breakfast clubs, homeless hostels and women’s refuges.

We take recycling seriously at LSPS and help individuals across Leicestershire to reduce the amount of waste that ends up at landfill sites. For more information or to find out how we can help with your waste disposal efforts, please visit our website or call us on freephone 0800 083 7807.

An innovative way of recycling chewing gum

clip_image002In terms of the amount of time and money that it costs, chewing gum is among one of the most draining forms of littering for councils across the UK. The Local Goverment Association which represents councils said that the cost for cleaning up gum from pavements costs around £60 million every year and has urged manufacturers to foot the bill.

While many councils have turned to jet-washing, expensive ad campaigns and providing recycled paper sheets to fold around gum, the problem continues with councils in cities such as Manchester spending almost £40,000 on clean-up operations, removing enough gum to cover a dozen football pitches.

However, an innovative new method of tackling the problem of chewing gum waste has been revealed which involves recycling it than just removing it and send it to landfill sites.

The Gumdrop bin which was thought up by UK designer Anna Bullus promises to tackle gum litter by collecting gum in the street and recycling it into useful products.

The pink bubble shaped bins are placed in strategic spots throughout cities and towns where chewing gum is a big problem and they are shaped like pink bubbles in an attempt to encourage people to dispose of their gum in them. The gum is then recycled into a new plastic polymer called BRGP (Bullus Recycled Gum Polymer) which can be used to make a variety of products including wellington boots, mobile phone covers, stationary, packaging and more ‘Gumdrop’ bins!

For more information on waste recycling and disposal services, please visit our website or call us on our free phone number 0800 083 7807.

3 ways that you can recycle your old clothes

clip_image002Clothing consumption in the UK is rising and it is estimated by Recycle Now that the average home today owns as much as £4000 worth of clothes!

With the introduction of low cost fashion retailers such as Primark and affordable supermarket brands like George, Brits are buying more clothes than they ever have done before. The advent of low cost clothing means that many of us now have an abundance of clothes in our wardrobes which means more than £140m worth of clothing ends up at landfills. However, there is no need to be wasteful with your clothing as it’s very easy to find another home for them. Here are three ways that you can recycle your old clothes.

1 - Donate your clothing to charity

One way that you can dispose of your old shoes, clothes, coats or accessories is to take them to a charity shop. Many high street charity shops such as Oxfam, British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research will be more than happy to accept your clothes provided that the clothes are fit for purpose, clean and that they have enough room in their store.

2 – Use textile banks

Textile banks are commonly found at waste disposal sites and supermarket car parks and are a good way to get rid of unwanted clothes, particularly those which might be broken or damaged. The clothing and footwear that ends up in textile banks is often deconstructed and then used as material for other products.

3 - Make some money

Depending on the type of clothes you are selling and the quality, you may be able to make some money back by selling them online on websites like eBay, ASOS Marketplace and Etsy. You may also be able to find clothes banks in your area that will pay you according to the total weight of the clothes you provide.

Here at LSPS recycling is of great importance to us and we help businesses and individuals to reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill. Contact us on 0800 083 7807 or visit our website to find out more about our waste disposal services and domestic skip hire.

Household waste levels rise in the UK

clip_image002The BBC has reported that household waste levels in the UK have risen in almost 60% of council controlled areas in the past three years. Councils have responded by blaming a change from weekly to fortnightly bin collections as well as green waste charges and housing growth.

In Leicester there has been an 18% increase in the average amount of residual household waste, rising from 488.56kg per household to 579kg per household. However, despite the disappointing figures Leicester City Council is among a number of councils taking steps to address the situation of falling recycling levels, such as through their Orange Bag scheme. This popular scheme has increased recycling rates in the area by 5% by replacing green recycling boxes.

Here at LSPS recycling is of great importance to us and we help businesses and individuals all across Leicestershire to reduce the amount of their waste that ends up at landfill sites. Our Waste Transfer Station is open to traders and has an extensive range of state of the art equipment.

To find out how about we can help with your waste disposal needs please contact us on 0800 083 7807, or visit our website for further information.

Tackling contaminated recycling waste

clip_image002In many areas of the UK, recycling centres are battling with the problem of contaminated recycling waste. This is where non-recyclable materials are being found mixed in with waste that should be ready for recycling. Some councils are seeing contamination levels as high as 8%.

The issue here is that sorting through recycling waste in search for contaminates is not straight forward. The waste will generally include paper, glass, cardboard, plastics and metals which are easy to spot. However, some products are made out of multiple materials such as children’s toys which are often made of both metal and plastic. On their own these materials can be recycled but when they are included in one product this is not possible.

This contamination issue has been highlighted since new legislation was introduced in 2015 which stated that recyclable waste had to be checked more thoroughly. However, the contamination issue can be prevented by making sure the right items are put in the right bins in the first place and that they are cleaned beforehand. Nappies and food waste are some of the most commonly found non-recyclable products found at recycling centres.

Most councils will accept:

· Glass in the form of clean bottles and jars

· Metal products such as clean foil, cans and food tins

· Plastics items like clean tubs, shampoo bottles and yogurt pots

· Paper and cardboard products such as clean pizza boxes, food and drink cartons

However, what can and cannot be recycled is likely to vary from council to council, so you must check first before putting items into your recycling bin. To find out what you can put in your recycling bin please visit your local county council’s website. For residents of Leicestershire please visit the Leicestershire County Council website and then navigate to your local district council website from there.

At LSPS, recycling is a major consideration of ours and we are dedicated to recycling as much as possible to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill sites. For information on our waste recycling and waste disposal services please click here or contact us on 0800 083 7807.

Hazardous waste rules changing

clip_image002From 1st April 2016, premises that produce hazardous waste in England will no longer be required to register with the Environment Agency in order to dispose of their waste. The government has implemented this change because they are trying to reduce the amount of red tape businesses have to adhere to and therefore make the process easier.

Presently, businesses must register every year with the Environment Agency if they remove, produce or collect more than 500kg of hazardous waste. The changes from 1st April 2016 will only affect premises in England - premises in Wales will need to continue to register with Natural Resources Wales.

Additionally, the format of the consignment note will change for any quantity of hazardous waste and the old format will no longer be accepted. More information about these changes can be found here and some frequently asked questions about premises registration can be found here

In a previous blog we discussed methods of disposing and what is considered hazardous waste. Hazardous waste is defined as any product that could be harmful to the environment or humans and therefore must be disposed of correctly. This is because the chemicals can cause significant damage to soil, water supplies and the atmosphere.

Households should take any hazardous waste to one Leicestershire’s household waste recycling centres so that it can be disposed of correctly. LSPS does not dispose of hazardous waste but for information on our waste recycling and waste disposal services please click here or contact us on 0800 083 7807.

How to dispose of hazardous waste

Any product which may cause harm to people or the environment is considered hazardous. Waste of this kind can be found in both solid, liquid and gas form and fines of up to £5,000 can be issued to anyone who breaks the law by incorrectly disposing of hazardous waste.

Hazardous waste comes in many forms and a lot of items can be found within the home, such as:

  • Antifreeze
  • Brake fluid
  • Batteries
  • Paint
  • White spirit
  • Glue
  • Gas cylinders
  • Asbestos
  • Fluorescent lights
  • Pesticides
  • Insecticides
  • Weed killers

clip_image002If you wish to dispose of any products like this you should take them to your local recycling centre so they can be disposed of correctly and you should never put items of this kind in your rubbish bin or pour any hazardous liquids down the drain. Hazardous waste needs to be disposed of correctly because the chemicals can contaminate soil, the local water supply and pollute the air we breathe.

Asbestos is particularly harmful causing deadly lung diseases and up until recently it was a product that was widely used in buildings. If you discover asbestos in your home or business premises it must be safely removed by a licensed contractor and it will then be disposed of as hazardous waste. The property owner is responsible for ensuring that asbestos is disposed of safely so that the material does not endanger themselves, their family, employees or anyone else who is likely to come into contact with the material.

At LSPS we do not dispose of hazardous waste but you can take this kind of waste to one of the household waste recycling centres in Leicestershire. For more information on our waste recycling and waste disposal services please click here or contact us on 0800 083 7807.

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