How many times can that be recycled?

Do you know that some recyclable materials have a life expectancy? Some materials can be recycled multiple times, even an infinite number of times and others have a limit of maybe once or twice.

Paper – 5 to 7 times

Paper’s ability to be recycled is lowered each time it gets reused. Paper is made up of long fibres and every time it goes through the recycling process these fibres get shorter and shorter. The shorter they get the harder the paper is to recycle. On average printer paper can only be recycled 5 to 7 times, beyond this point the fibres will be too short and can’t be turned into paper anymore. They can, however, turn the paper into a paste which can then be used for things such as egg cartons.

Plastic – 1 to 2 times

On average plastic can only be recycled once or twice before it’s no longer recyclable, meaning it gets recycled into something else such as material for clothing like a fleece sweater. Whilst the items made from plastic can’t be recycled and will eventually end up in landfill, it’s much more energy-efficient to use reused plastic to make these items then it is to use new materials.

Glass – Infinite

Glass can be recycled an unlimited amount of times. Although, different types of glass have different melting points which means that they can’t be recycled together as they wouldn’t both be done at the same time when melting. Recycling glass is 33% more energy-efficient than it is to create it from scratch.

Metal – Infinite

Metal is categorised into ferrous and non-ferrous, but all metals have an infinite amount of times that they can be recycled without degrading. The difference between ferrous and non-ferrous metals is that ferrous metals contain iron and non-ferrous metals don’t, meaning that they each have different qualities and uses.

Aluminium – Infinite

Finally, aluminium, which also has no limit to how many times it can be recycled because it doesn’t lose any quality.

Contact us for more information or advice about how you can recycle and become more sustainable.

 

   

Flame UK Coronavirus Business Continuity Statement

Situated within a key working industry, our priority is to ensure all our customers continue to receive a high-quality service with minimal disruption, and to take practical measures to keep our employees, customers and the wider community safe. We are closely monitoring the potential impact of COVID-19 on our business operations and supply chains.  We continue to monitor advice issued by the UK Government via Public Health England (“PHE”), the Department of Health and Social Care (“DHSC”) and the current recommendations from the World Health Organisation (“WHO”).

Currently the impact on day to day operations is increasing, we continue to operate business as usual but with the following additional precautions and planning in place:

  • We have provided information to all employees in relation to hygiene and the importance of regular and thorough hand washing and use of hand sanitisers. Hand sanitisers have been distributed throughout the business and are readily accessible throughout our building. Advice from PHE has been circulated to all employees regarding good hygiene and precautions to take should you develop the symptoms.
  • Additionally, we are monitoring and recording employee travel plans with anyone returning from Category 1 high risk areas being advised to self-isolate and contact NHS services for further advice. Those returning from Category 2 areas are advised to self-isolate in the event they develop symptoms and contact NHS services.  This advice will be updated in line with government guidance.
  • We are ensuring employees work from home until further advice is issued by the government and the current restrictions are lifted.
  • Non-essential travel and meetings will be postponed or carried out remotely (skype etc).
  • Drivers will no longer obtain signatures via pda, to reduce person to person contact. Signed tickets may not be available during this time.
  • As part of the UK’S key workers amid the Covid 19 crisis, we are working closely with our partners and are doing everything we can to ensure that your Recycling and Waste Collections will continue as normal. We will endeavour to update you as soon as possible if there are any changes and ask that if your business is effected by the Governments closure advice, please do let us know. We will also continue to support Keyworkers nationally, with any additional requirements that may arise during this period.

The evolving situation is being closely monitored on an ongoing basis here at Flame UK and we will implement and distribute the appropriate advice and protocols recommended by the UK Government where applicable.  This includes amending our Continuity Plan on an ongoing basis to reflect the business needs and those of our customers should the impact become more severe.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or require further details.

Thank you for your help and cooperation at this time.

Pam Knight

Managing Director

   

International Women’s Day Special: The Story of Flame UK

Sunday 8th March is International Women’s Day, and we thought what a great time it would be to tell our story of how Flame UK began. In February 2015 our Managing Director, Pam Knight set up the company. But before we jump right to it, let’s rewind and start with a bit about Pam:

The story of Pam Knight

Pam was born into a hard-working background, growing up on her parents family farm in Long Bennington, Pam saw her parents work very hard from a young age. She recalls “My brothers, sister and I all helped. I was driving a tractor from the age of 8, doing all the ironing and cooking the family breakfast at 10 and potato picking at 12. I was brought up to appreciate hard work and the rewards from a young age.”

At the age of 13, Pam got her first job in Curry’s. “I was selling on the shop floor and signing up credit agreements – things were different back in the day! I left school at 16 and took an apprenticeship with a High Street Bank. I worked my way up to Bank Manager, and when I started my family, I took a career break. I then returned as the first job share Manager within Yorkshire Bank.”

“During my career break, I set up a property development business from the bank so that I could work around my children while they were young. Property has always been a passion of mine.”

So how did Pam get into the world of waste and energy?  “When my boys were little on a cold winters morning I was watching my eldest son play football. I got talking to one of the football Dads who was looking for some admin help in his waste business…the rest is history!”

“I set up the energy department for the business and started my career in Energy and Waste.  This started as a part-time position, however within a month it became full time as we were so busy, and there were only 3 people in the company at the time! I worked my way up to a directorship position and helped grow the company to 55 staff by the time the business was sold.

Very much like farming you sow your seeds and have to nurture them and wait a long time for them to grown, I feel a business is very similar, and when I set up Flame UK I knew it wouldn’t be for instant rewards

So, in February 2015 I set up Flame UK, and it was probably one of the biggest decisions of my life.  I live on my own with 3 boys to support, so everything always relied on me whether it was work or providing for the family.  I’m pretty sure my friends and family thought I was crazy when I sold the small property portfolio I had, which I used to live off, but they supported my vision. I didn’t pay myself a wage for the first couple of years as I started on my new business venture.”

The early days of Flame UK

“I started off in a small two-man office in the Bridgford Business Centre, I didn’t trade for my first six months of business as I needed to ensure I had the supplier infrastructure in place before trying to obtain business.

I moved from a two-man office into a six-man office and then moved again into an eight-man office in the first couple of years, before moving into our own premises on Churchill Business Park.

As a Director of a previous Waste and Energy business, I was involved at all levels of business, however, when you are on your own it really is a very different story.  You have to know and do everything yourself and keep yourself motivated even on really tough days, so the amazing title of Managing Director is Sales, Marketing, HR, Finance, Account Manager, Cleaner all rolled into one!

The last 5 years have been the biggest journey of my life so far, and I have learnt from the numerous mistakes I made in the early days.  My first website was shocking when I look back at it now, but at the time I thought I was doing the right thing by going with a cheap company and doing a lot of work myself.  I am now on my third website, which I am immensely proud of, but it has taken me 5 years to get there. Now it’s constantly being updated with the support of our in-house marketing department.”

The highs and lows

“I invested a lot of money into the staff to help me grow the business with me, but as supportive as some of them were they will never have the same drive and passion that you do.  Staffing will always be a challenge for any business, and sometimes there are very difficult decisions that have to be made. Sadly this is the reality of running a business and maybe as a woman, you become more compassionate with induvial circumstances, but at the end of the day business is business and you have to make those difficult decisions.

Just as I started to turn the corner with the business I was faced with probably the most difficult situation I have ever had to deal with. Embezzlement of money from the company by someone I had trusted to help me grow the business and appointed as a director. It took me through some very dark times whilst still putting on that brave face to my family who relied totally on me.

I decided at that time to involve someone that I had previously worked with, along with his business partner and dilute my shares to grow the business.  It was probably one of the hardest yet best decisions I have made to date in the business.  Having fellow like-minded positive people around me who shared my vision, the business started to go from strength to strength.

Setting up a business is not easy, and I probably work the longest hours I have ever worked in my life. Being in the office at 6am and working through until the job is done, I see staff leave at 5pm and know I have at least another couple of hours work to do.  However, I can honestly say it has been the most rewarding years of my life at the same time and my vision of 5 years ago has become a reality.

There are different decisions reflecting over the last 5 years that would have been made, however, you only know what you know at the time, and at the time they all felt like the right decisions.

I am looking forward to where I can take the business in the next 5 years with the dedicated and loyal team that now all support the same Flame vision.

Everyone has their own challenges in business and it is great to see so many women “just doing it” so well-done to everyone, and keep up the amazing work.”

Now we’re an ever-growing team of 12 and business is flourishing in both waste and energy, and it’s all down to Pam.

 

   

Flame UKs highlights of 2019

It’s hard to believe that 2019 is almost over already! As we come up to the last few weeks of the year, we want to share with you some highlights of 2019 for Flame UK.

Meet our people

Flame UK has had a brilliant 2019; it’s been a year of growth both internally and externally. We had a lot of new starters to help manage the workload from our growing number of customers. To help you get to know us, we’ve all put together some fun individual blogs, check them out here.

We’d also like to mention that the image we have used at the top of this blog was actually hand-drawn by Henry, our Operations Officer. He really does have an amazing talent, so be sure to check out his blog!

Our fundraising activities

Dove Cottage – At the beginning of August, we got in touch with Dove Cottage Day Hospice who offer palliative daycare to people living with life-limiting illnesses. We got involved with their plastic bottle top campaign to help raise money for them, as well as taking part in the Santa Fun Run. Check out our blog to see how we did.

Wear It Pink – Here at Flame UK we like to do our bit in raising money for charity, so we decided to have a pink theme day to raise money for Breast Cancer Now on their Wear It Pink event.

Flame UKs 2020 chosen charity announced

Our chosen charity who we will be supporting throughout next year is Headway Nottingham, who is a local charity providing support, guidance and longer-term rehabilitation for people adapting to life after brain injury. Make sure you keep an eye on our social media and sign up to our mailing list to find out how we will be supporting Rhiana Lakin and the team at Headway Nottingham.

Our Team Building Exercises

We’re big fans of team building too, from meals out together to some friendly Go-Karting! We have had lots of fun outside of the work environment throughout 2019, and we already have our first team-building exercise planned for 2020. Make sure you’re following us on social media to see how we do.

How Flame UK has grown this year

SmartTrash – As you probably know by now we pride ourselves in delivering cutting edge solutions to energy and environmental challenges to each and every one of our clients, SmartTrash is an innovative solution that Flame UK have helped pioneer for the UK market. Tried and tested around the world now available here through Flame UK, reducing waste collections, saving money and cutting carbon SmartTrash is going to make a huge difference to UK businesses. We are currently looking for some test sites which will benefit from SmartTrash free of charge.

Pallet Collections – Recycling unwanted pallets has been one of our focuses over the past quarter, where we launched a localised pallet collection round. Centred in Nottingham our man and van have been collecting used and unwanted pallets, collecting and recycling pallets that others either can’t or won’t. Everything from small quantities, odd shapes and even damaged pallets we can collect without cost and put the pallets whole or in part back into the packaging chain in the most sustainable and environmentally efficient way possible.

On-Demand Waste Collections – As of November of 2019, we’re able to offer waste collections from as quick as 2 hours from call out. We can take the headache out of junk clearances. Providing the labour, recycling and disposal we literally take care of everything, all you need to do is call, and we take care of the rest, leaving your site clean and tidy and waste-free!

Finally, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from everyone here at Flame UK!

 

 

Inside Care Home Waste

If you follow us on social media, you may already be aware of who Dove Cottage Day Hospice is. If you don’t, then Dove Cottage Day Hospice offers high-quality palliative daycare to those with life-limiting illnesses. Flame UK has been supporting Dove Cottage by encouraging businesses and schools to collect plastic bottle tops which they send to be recycled and in return, get money.

We asked Jenny Hendry at Dove Cottage what kind of waste they produce inside their hospice, here is what she had to say:

“We have all sorts of waste to deal with at the hospice, some of which will be familiar to the regular homeowner, but also other types that present different challenges.

The bulk of our waste is the regular kind, which we split into general waste and recycling. There are separate bins in different rooms around the hospice, with signs on those in the common areas explaining what can and cannot be recycled. These bins then get emptied regularly and put into large outdoor receptacles.

The facilities that we have for our regular waste are generally okay, although we can struggle for space when we’ve hosted an event, and the bins are too full. This then has a knock-on effect as we must find somewhere to store any overflow until we have a collection. As with any organisation, you don’t want too much waste hanging around! The other thing we need to stay on top of, as an environmentally responsible organisation, is ensuring we’re recycling everything we can.

With a lot of volunteers on our books, some 250, this can sometimes mean the waste needs to be checked and sorted to ensure that everything is in the right bins, especially when things change or it’s not immediately obvious what can and cannot be recycled.

Our other type of waste, which is more specific to a care environment, is contaminated waste. This is put in yellow and black striped bags, known as ‘tiger bags’. All such waste must be disposed of correctly, which is why we need to have a clear bagging system and a storeroom for the bagged, contaminated waste. Only certain people from our nursing or cleaning team handle the contaminated waste so we can make sure everything is done correctly; we also need to ensure everyone who’s in contact with the contaminated waste wears the correct protective clothing. The hospice is a relatively big space, and we need to manage the waste efficiently and safely in and around the building. The contaminated waste then gets placed in our normal outside black bins, with the onus being on the binmen to ensure it’s correctly separated from other types.

As a hospice and a care environment, our challenge is to make sure we are always handling waste in both a safe and environmentally responsible manner.”

Our support structure and account management is very communication focused. We can provide larger waste bins, or skips on a temporary basis, increase waste bin collections frequencies, or event-specific waste services. Identifying opportunities to recycle is extremely important, and all of our customers, where possible in the country will receive zero waste to landfill options.  Some waste material must go to landfill, but limiting this is essential to the environment.  Energy from waste is our preferred method of treating non-recyclable materials. A customer that generates large volumes of waste can benefit from waste compaction, or baling of card and polythene.  This has two main benefits; reduced cost from haulage and transportation, and reduced CO2 to the atmosphere, making your site more efficient.

Flame UK can offer any advice and services to the care industry, contact us on 0115 896 5460 to discuss your waste.

 

 

Free Battery Recycling

Yes that’s right, FREE BATTERY RECYCLING

July 2019 saw us launch our free battery recycling service. Our Office in Colwick now accepts all your used office batteries for safe disposal, and it’s free of charge!

All you need to do is call us on 0115 8965460 or email us on sales@flameuk.co.uk, you can even visit our website and live chat with us to let us know when you will be arriving.

We can accept a wide range of battery’s including, A, AA, AAA, HP2, HP11, PP3, CR123, CR2, CR5, Button Cell Batteries, Coin and Watch style Batteries.

Bring in your batteries and we will recycle them for you for free, we do have restrictions and terms and conditions so get in touch and let us help you recycle your batteries.

If you have any other battery recycling needs just ask and we can arrange collections too.

We look forward to hearing from you!

 

 

Christmas Recycler of the Year winner announced.

Flame UK and Grantham based Sports Charity, inspire+  announced the winner of their Christmas Card Recycling competition on Friday. Back in December, the two companies came up with an idea to encourage local schools to recycle their Christmas cards. Over 40 schools got involved and the school that collected the heaviest weight of cards would be crowned winner.

Flame UK collected all the recyclable cards and weighed them in to determine which school would win the coveted Christmas Recycler of the Year TrophyAfter a very close run competition, the overall winner for 2018 was Uffington Church of England School in Stamford who collected 80.5kg of cards.

Pam Knight, Managing Director of Flame UK said “We were thrilled to see how many schools got involved with the competition. It was an idea that inspire+ helped us come up with and the kids really got behind it. This is definitely something we want to continue every year from now on! Congratulations to Uffington School for collecting such a large amount of cards for recycling.”

Vincent Brittain, founder of inspire+ added “When Flame UK asked us to get involved with the Christmas Card Recycling competition, of course we agreed. It’s been a great way of getting schools to learn about recycling whilst also encouraging them to work together as a team which is a key part of the programmes we offer to schools.”

Flame UK and inspire+ will be running the Christmas Card Recycling project next year so if your school is interested in getting involved, watch this space for more information.

 

 

Welcome to our new website!

Hello and welcome to new Flame UK website.

We are really excited to launch our brand site and hope that you find it both easy to use and informative. We’ve tried to keep things simple so that you can find the information that you need as quickly as possible. And of course, if you have any questions, simply fill out the contact form and one of our team will get back to ASAP.

We would also like to welcome you to the Flame UK Blog! We shall be posting regular content here about a wide range of varying topics, many of which will help you with making choices about anything from energy procurement to waste disposal to PAT Testing. If you have any comments to make about the areas we cover or would like us to cover something in particular, feel free to leave a message in the comments section and we’ll see what we can do!

Thank you for stopping by and we look forward to seeing you soon.

The Flame UK Team.