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How to choose an eco-friendly Christmas tree

how to choose an eco friendly christmas treeWith an ever-growing understanding on the fragile nature of mother earth, many people in the UK and across the world are putting their purchasing habits under greater scrutiny than ever before. This covers not only our food shops and the clothes that we buy but also at this time of year, the gifts and seasonal products that we buy for ourselves and others. One dilemma that we’re going to discuss here is that of the humble Christmas Tree.

Christmas trees are the ultimate way to embrace the festive spirit in your home, but it can be difficult to make a decision on which type to buy, especially when questions of waste and manufacturing resources are to be considered.

Artificial trees

As a rule of thumb if you already have an artificial Christmas tree then you should try and keep using it for as long as you possibly can. Fake plastic trees require mammoth amounts of energy to produce and eventually will need replacing which creates more waste to be dealt with. Where possible you should keep using or at least find another home for it using online selling sites like Gumtree, eBay and Facebook Marketplace before purchasing a new one.

Natural trees

If you’ve managed to find a home for your artificial tree, or this is the first time you’ve had a tree and you are craving the fresh pine smell that they give off then try and look out for one’s with an FSC label attached. This mean’s that it has been approved as sustainable by the Forest Stewardship Council. If you want to go one step further, then you can look out for a tree grown by the Soil Association which means it is totally organic and pesticide-free. Do bear in mind that you and the millions of other people buying only get one use out of a real Christmas tree and so sustainability is important.

After Christmas is over and the decorations come down you will need to think about how to dispose of your natural Christmas tree. You can take them to a waste recycling centre or tip where they will be shredded for use in parks and paths or composted.

Other options

An increasingly popular way to find a Christmas tree is to buy a potted Christmas tree with roots still intact. This means that with the right care you can use it again the following year which saves you money and has less of a hit on the environment. Another option for you is to source a Christmas tree on a rent-a-tree hire basis from a garden centre or plant nursery which will be potted and will be able to carry on growing once it is returned to where it came from.

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.

Recycle your oral care products in Leicester for charity

recycle your oral care products in Leicester for charityOral care products such as toothpaste tubes and toothbrushes are made up of a complex mix of materials that make them particularly troublesome when it comes to recycling. However, thanks to a new campaign from leading oral care brand Colgate, residents of Leicester are now able to confidently recycle them.

The newly launched Colgate Oral Care Recycling Programme in conjunction with TerraCycle is encouraging consumers to recycle their waste from their oral care products including the following items:

- Toothbrushes

- Toothpaste tubes

- Toothpaste caps

- Toothbrush outer packaging

- Electric toothbrush heads

- Battery toothbrush heads

- Toothpaste cartons

The items are not restricted to Colgate and can be made by any brand. What’s more, the scheme offers an added incentive as it will raise funds for the school, charity or non-profit organisation of the sender’s choice.

Once collected, the products and packaging are separated by the type of polymer they contain, are cleaned and then extruded into plastic pellets to make new recycled products. However, those participating are asked to remove any leftover product and dry them completely before bringing them in.

Commenting on the news, Philip Durocher, general manager of Colgate UK, said: “With the global plastics issue high on the agenda for all, the Colgate Oral Care Recycling Programme promotes sustainability. We really encourage people to take advantage of the programme and recycle their oral care products and packaging via the programme and tell their friends and family about this new recycling initiative.”

The joint scheme operated by Colgate and TerraCycle is available throughout the UK with various drop-off locations across the country. In Leicester the nearest drop-off zone is Whitehouse Dental Surgery, 386 East Park Road, Leicester, LE5 5HH.

For more information on the initiative please click here: https://www.terracycle.co.uk/en-GB/brigades/colgate#how-it-works.

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.

How do I safely dispose of fireworks?

a safety guide to fireworks disposalWe’re at that time of year now where fireworks begin to pop up in the sky. In the weeks and days surrounding Bonfire Night, and again at New Years Eve, a great many people in the UK come together to celebrate with their own fireworks displays. However, if you’re new to the experience then you might not know how best to dispose of your fireworks.

Safe practices

First of all, it’s important to remember that as amazing and wonderous as fireworks can be, they are very dangerous in the wrong hands. Make sure that you follow the manufacturers instructions to the letter and that only people over the age of 18 are allowed to handle them.

You also need to check that the fireworks you have purchased are safe to use – look out for British Standard BS 7114: 1988 certification.

Disposing of fireworks – do’s and don’ts

Don’t rush in and start clearing up before allowing time for any delayed fireworks to explode

Don’t rush in and start clearing away parts before you’ve given them time to cool down

Do wear protective gloves to avoid irritating chemicals on your skin

Don’t put the parts straight in the bin

Do soak fireworks, debris and components in water for 1-3 days before disposing of them

Don’t pour said water into local water sources or rivers

Do wrap your fireworks up in a refuse bag and dispose of in the bin after soaking

What the law says:

Regulation 28 Explosives Regulation 2014 (ER14) requires - Any person who discards or disposes of explosives or explosive-contaminated items must ensure, so far as reasonably practicable, that they are discarded, or disposed of safely.

Any person who decontaminates explosive-contaminated items must ensure, so far as reasonably practicable, that they are decontaminated safely.

And, by Order of Secretary of State 11 (3) made under the provisions of the Explosives Act 1875 requires persons not to deposit explosives in receptacles or places appropriated for refuse and states that explosives shall not be handed or forwarded to persons or vehicles employed or appropriated for the removal or conveyance of refuse.

Click here to read The Explosives Regulations in full: https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2014/1638/contents/made.

Finally, one last additional thing to remember is that while bonfires are typically allowed (and encouraged) around bonfire night you need to be careful over what you burn. Burning toxic items such as plastics or contaminated (treated) woods can be harmful to both your health and the environment.

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.

How to support sustainable fashion

how to support sustainable fashionA recent BBC documentary presented by Stacey Dooley has thrust the shocking environmental impact of fashion back into the limelight once again. The documentary, titled ‘Stacey Dooley Investigates: Are your clothes wrecking the planet?’ looked at the environmental impact caused by the fashion industry, highlighting two powerful examples of how ‘fast fashion’ is having a harmful effect on the planet.

The first example was that of the Aral Sea, nestled between Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. The Aral Sea was once an important part of the economy for local fisherman, water source and holiday spot for locals. However, over the years water had begun to be diverted to feed crops like cotton and meet the demand for cheap clothing. Now, the Aral Sea has shrunken to only a fraction of its size, the local economy has collapsed, and massive dust storms wreak havoc on the remaining residents in the area.

Further backing up the claims of fashion being one of the top-5 most polluting industries in the world, Dooley visited Indonesia to look at the devastation of rivers and water sources. The documentary showed how huge factories that supply British and European clothing companies with garments are actively dumping toxic chemicals, killing local wildlife and contaminating waterways used by millions of families with cadmium, lead and arsenic.

Upon returning to the UK, Dooley was shocked at the lack of support from clothing companies and indeed government aids to support sustainable clothing options and take action against this type of pollution. However, some support was found among popular fashion bloggers who are now aiming to turn the tide on throw-a-way fashion.

Did you watch the programme? Are you now looking to act to reduce the impact your wardrobe has on the planet? If so then read on for our tips and advice on how to dress and shop more sustainably:

1 – Consider what the product is made of. Materials like hemp, soy silk, cashmere, organic cotton (not standard cotton) and flax linen have less of an impact than many other materials which are treated with pesticides, bleaches, dyes and other toxic chemicals.

2 – Become a vintage shopper. Recycling is one of the most sustainable friendly ways of shopping. Instead of allowing clothing to fall into landfill or be incinerated you can give someone else’s pre-loved clothes a new home.

3 – Learn to sew. The very low price of some clothing companies has meant that many people now buy cheap clothes which don’t last very long but are relatively cheap to replace. However, while the cost of cheap fashion may be low on our pockets, the environment pays a high cost. We can break this cycle by learning to repair our own clothes. Sites like YouTube have plenty of free videos where you can learn the basics of tailoring.

4 – Don’t be afraid to wear the same outfit twice. Social media websites and advertising have led to a culture of fashion that encourages us to have a different look every time we leave the house or appear on social media. While this might leave you with a nice Instagram feed it doesn’t help the planet and such a high consumption of clothing isn’t sustainable for the planet.

5 – Choose your brands carefully. The ethical fashion movement is growing every day and it needs your support. Look closely at the websites of your favourite retailers and see if they make any commitments to sustainability. A quick Google could give you some insight into whether or not they are a company worthy of your support.

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.

Why hire a skip to dispose of your garden waste?

why hire a skip to dispose of your garden wasteIf your garden is beginning to resemble the Amazon rainforest, or you’re planning an ambitious new landscape project then it might be wise to hire a skip to help you on your way. There are plenty of other options available to you but in our opinion, skips are the way to go, and here are a few reasons why.

When it comes to disposing of garden waste, some people believe that a garden fire is the way to go. Unfortunately, though, it’s not always a practical idea – or sometimes, even legal! While garden fires are allowed by some councils in the UK, there are strict guidelines to follow and getting it wrong can leave you with thousands of pounds worth of fines – much costlier than simply hiring a skip for the day. It’s not just the legality you have to consider but also the practicality. Often the waste from your garden such as grass, rubble and soil won’t burn at all.

One way to get rid of garden waste is to use the green bin provided by your council, however, your bin can fill up very quickly, particularly on larger garden projects, and with many councils only collecting garden waste a couple of times a month it can take you a very long time to get rid of your waste and begin to enjoy your garden again.

Another option that people go for when cleaning away garden waste is to drive their own green waste to the local tip. While this is a cost effective means of getting rid of garden waste, once again it’s not always practical as you may spend more time in the car and driving to and from the tip than actually working on your garden project. What’s more you also risk damage to your car as garden waste can scratch and soil your interior.

Here at LSPS we offer a fast and reliable skip hire service in Leicester and the surrounding towns and villages of Leicestershire with extremely competitive rates. We offer mini, midi, and maxi skips plus Roll On – Roll Off containers.

With our online booking system, you can have a skip arranged for delivery with just a few clicks of your mouse. Find out more here: https://booking.lspsskiphire.co.uk/ or alternatively contact us on freephone 08000 083 7807.

Common ways that waste is recycled

common ways that waste is recycledThe world is beginning to wake up to the importance of recycling at home. However, while many home owners are taking great steps in doing their bit with sorting through their waste to divide up things like paper, card and plastic not many of us are so sure as to what happens to that recycling. Here we will look at some of the common ways that household waste is reused.

Card and paper
Some recycling rules can leave even the most experienced of home recyclers scratching their heads, but card and paper is one type of waste that almost everyone knows can be easily recycled. Once it arrives at the recycling plant, paper is separated into types and grades. It is then washed with a soapy water which removes inks, film, glue and staples and is then mixed with water to create a ‘slurry’. This slurry is then spread using large rollers and is left to dry. It is then cut up and sent to retailers to be reused!

Glass
From jars of jam and curry to bottles of beer, glass bottles are a common item in our recycling bins. Once glass arrives at the treatment plant is sorted by the colour of glass and washed, it is then crushed and moulded under high temperatures to create new bottles and jars ready to be sold in shops.

Aluminium
Aluminium foils and cans can come from fizzy drinks, microwave meals, frozen foods and all manner of other products. Once aluminium arrives at the treatment plant is it sorted, cleaned and then melted which removes any previous coatings and leftover residues. It is then left to cool into large blocks called ingots. These ingots are then rolled out flat and reshaped into new packaging ready for the shelves.

Plastics
Globally we have a serious problem with plastics finding their way into the oceans and harming marine life, which is why it is absolutely essential that we not only reduce the amount of plastic we buy and use but also that we recycle it. Most plastics (other than those with unsafe chemicals like anti-freeze and bleach) can be recycled. Once they arrive at the processing plant they are cut, washed, dried and then repurposed into things like clothing, fences, furniture, packaging, bins and more.

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.

Time To Tackle The Shed

clip_image002Here in the UK we are somewhat obsessed with sheds. Far more than just a place to store bikes, lawnmowers and tools, garden sheds around the UK vary greatly from your humble workshop and refugee for stressed Dads, right through to miniature offices and pubs complete with optics and beer kegs. There’s even a Shed Of The Year Contest and a subculture of people who refer to themselves as ‘Sheddies’.

However, if you have aspirations to create your own urban oasis and earn the title of ‘Sheddie’ then you’ll have to overcome the beginners’ hurdle – clearing out your shed. Here are a few tips to get you on your way.

Watch the weather
First of all, you need to pick the right day. Take a look at the weather forecast and find a day that will be sunny, or at least has only a small chance of rain. That way you can lay everything out on your grass or patio and not have to worry about anything getting soaked in the process.

Have a plan
Think about how you’re going to tackle the job. As you make your way into your shed you’ll no doubt come across plenty of items that you’d forgotten you owned (or borrowed) and it’s easy to get side-tracked. The best thing to do is to have clear objectives about what you want to achieve and tick things off as you move along.

Be ruthless
You need to be quite ruthless if you want to free up space in your shed. Each item should be looked upon with a critical gaze and you should ask questions like ‘does this work?’ and ‘will I use it?’ and if the answer is no you shouldn’t be afraid to chuck it out.

Don’t just move things around
It can be hard to part with items sometimes, and with enough time you can probably convince yourself that everything is worth keeping but if you really want to free up space then you can’t just move things about!

Have a good clean
Once you’ve got everything laid out on the grass and sorted into piles for keeping and piles for throwing away, your shed should be looking quite bare. Now is a good time to get your marigolds on and begin cleaning down your shed. It might even be a good opportunity to give it an extra lick of paint on the exterior too.

Planning a shed clearance and thinking of hiring a skip? With our online booking system, you can have a skip arranged for delivery with just a few clicks of your mouse. Find out more here: https://booking.lspsskiphire.co.uk/ or alternatively contact us on freephone 08000 083 7807.

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