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.

 

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How Flame UK can support Care Facilities

Managing waste and energy correctly for our Care Facility Partner is a priority to us. We share the same goals and aspirations as our Care Facility partners, ensuring you have the necessary support long term.  The nature of care is that waste is created and energy is used, but why should your business suffer.
How can Flame UK support Care Facilities?

Offensive & Clinical Waste

We understand that these waste streams are sensitive to care; we will support you to find the very best solution for your business.  We offer Orange, Tiger, Yellow and sharps waste services to suit your business and volumes.

General Waste

Do you know what items should only be disposed of as general waste? It’s polystyrene, floor sweepings, plastic bags and contaminated plastic packaging. No other type of waste should be included in your general waste. We offer a wide range of container sizes, service frequencies and technology to help reduce vehicle movements. Waste to energy is our preferred method, and we would always advise food waste be separated to lower your costs.

Food Waste

Collected as a separate waste stream, we will support you to put this in place and take advantage of lower processing costs. The food waste collected is treated and turned into energy and fertiliser.

Packaging

We can help you to become more efficient with packaging waste materials created from deliveries and food processing such as cans and plastic bottles.  We can offer you a solution that suits your business, whether that be large wheeled bins, or if your volumes are high, we can supply baling equipment.

Clearances

We can provide skips / large container or on-demand collection service for your large seasonal volumes of waste around Christmas, or clearances.  We can also offer electronic waste collections, mattress clearances and furniture clearances.

Wash Rooms

We can provide air fresheners, hand dryers, sanitary bins and services, soap dispensers or water management to help reduce your water usage. Flame UK can support you and complete a comprehensive service package.

Energy

Did you know that if you do your laundry at night, you will save money because of cheaper night tariffs? By choosing Flame UK to manage your energy, we will make sure that you know about all of the tips and tricks to saving money. Such as how you can switch to LED lights and get renewable and green energy at no additional cost, making your care home more energy-efficient.

Flame UK will ensure that you get the right contract for your care facility which is up to date with the latest energy compliance and that the supplier terms fit with your needs. You can even find out how much money you can save by using our price comparison. 

PAT Testing

PAT Testing may not be on everyone’s mind when it comes to compliance but it is crucial, not only to ensure that everyone remains safe and worry-free but to also conform with the below regulations:

  • Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974
  • The Electricity at Work Regulations of 1989
  • The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations of 1998
  • The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations of 1999

Electricity usage is unavoidable for care facilities, from powering lights, nurse call systems, CCTV systems, and so on. If poorly managed, it can have devastating effects.

PAT Testing involves the testing, both visual and full electrical tests, of all electrical appliances that are powered through the sockets and could cause any potential dangers. With our highly trained, professional team, Flame UK offer a reliable and cost-effective service that will ensure your business is compliant to the before-mentioned legislations.

Allow us to help you be sustainably strong in a competitive and developing market.

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The solution for your distribution waste

Flame UK is in a unique position to support customers in Distribution, Logistics and Warehousing.

It isn’t only general waste we can collect, but pallets, card and polythene.

           

Coupled with our ability to provide vehicle maintenance waste materials such as oils, rags, scrap metal and chemicals.  We are also able to provide a cradle to cradle support system that helps our customer single source with confidence.

From excellent communication, account management and forward-thinking Flame UK promises to put your requirements first by taking the time to get to know your business.

 

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The Most Wonderful time of the year or The Most Wasteful time of the year?

As the Christmas period is full of tradition and celebrations, it’s no surprise that it leads to a monumental amount of waste that is produced every year.

As an example, the average UK adult spends around £300.00 on Christmas gifts. The average child receives roughly 16 gifts in total. Considering the number of countries celebrating the festive period, that is a lot of bubble wrap, ribbons, wrapping paper, name tags and gift bags to dispose of. To add to this, over one billion Christmas cards are sold in the UK each year alone.

Christmas Gifts

Christmas gifts

In the UK alone we create 30% more waste than usual during the festive period. Including two million turkeys and six million Christmas trees. These figures are truly shocking. Something has to be done by both businesses and consumers to reduce our impact on the planet.

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Christmas Trees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With extra waste being produced by pubs, restaurants, retailers, distribution/logistics, supermarkets, manufacturers and many more during the Christmas season, now is the perfect time to start making a difference in preparation for the big day.

Give us a call to discuss how Flame UK can help you manage your Christmas waste. 

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Food for Thought.

What happens to your food waste?

Each year the UK Produces approximately 20 million tonnes of food waste. An even more shocking statistic shows that more than 50% of this is still suitable for consumption. That is enough to feed around 30 million average UK Citizens per year. Just with the food that we throw away!

You may think that sending your food waste to landfill is a sustainable option. It is a biodegradable product, and that would make sense, right? Wrong! Once tipped in a landfill it is surrounded by nonorganic material, making it impossible to break down. On top of that, food waste releases methane gas, which is 20 times more powerful than Co2, contributing immensely to climate change. It is incredibly worrying to think that around 20% of solid waste in landfill is food waste product.

Landfill waste

What can you do?

The good news is that it is easy for you to do your bit in making a difference to not just the planet but your pocket too.

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Crabs shells

Have you ever considered the materials that are reuseable through food waste? For example, crabs. Crab shells can be reprocessed and turned in to Chitin. A plastic-type material which could, in the near future, replace plastic packaging and products.

Have you ever considered how dyes and colourants are created? Certain food types can be reused to produce colourings and flavourings, which diverts them from landfill.

 

 

The options are forever changing and evolving while we continually look for innovation within our sector and out of the box ideas for diverting your waste from landfill.

 

 

 

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Do my Controlled Drugs need Denaturing?

Unwanted or out of date controlled drugs need to be denatured. This must be before they are destroyed so that they cannot be recovered, reused or retrieved.

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Pill organiser

What is controlled drugs denaturing?

Denaturing is when the controlled drugs are mixed with a binding matrix to make them unrecoverable.

 

 

 

 

 

Before out of date drugs are placed in a pharmaceutical bin, they must be denatured. The Sewage system isn’t an option. 

Here at Flame UK, we offer Controlled Drugs Denaturing Kits. So you can make sure your controlled medicines can’t be retrieved and are unfit for further use until they are destroyed entirely via incineration. If you are responsible for Health Centres, Surgeries, Hospitals, Veterinary Clinics or Pharmacies, the importance of the correct management of controlled medicines is paramount to your business under the Misuse of Drugs Act 2001.

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Stethoscope

Our Denaturing Kits are simple to use and ensure your compliance, available in a variety of sizes from 250ml to 4L; we have the solution for your premises.

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How big is your bin?

Want to know the exact dimensions of Wheelie Bins, Skips and Front End Loaders?

You could just stand next to it and see or you could check out our handy guides.

You can even download these useful guides from our resources page.

 

Our Guide to Wheelie Bin sizes

What’s the right bin size for my business?

Selecting the right bin for your specific requirements has just got a whole lot easier. Here at Flame UK we are asked regularly ‘What size bin do I need?’ or ‘How many bags can I get in my wheelie bin?’ well look no further, we have created a very handy guide to help you navigate much quicker.

As well as our guide to wheelie bin sizes we have also created a guide to the size of Front End Loaders (FEL) and Skips too.

Use our guide to make better decisions and select the right waste container for you.

If you need any help please do get in touch, call us or email us at sales@flameuk.co.uk

 

 

Landfill Tax, how much is it? What you need to know

After its introduction back in October 2016, the rate of landfill tax has steadily increased.

The introduction of the tax back in 2016 was made by the then secretary of state Mr. John Gummer, the tax started at a standard rate of £7 per tonne and was tabled to encourage a new wave of behavior for businesses.

Looking into the future the government set a floor limit, this was agreed whereby the rate would not fall by below £80 per tonne into 2020.

On the 1st April each year the rates of tax increase, this year is no different, a new record was set when the rate went above £90.

In 2018 the government published the next 2 years landfill tax rates. The tax per tonne will rise on 1st April 2019 to £91.35 and on 1st April 2020, the standard rates will be £94.15.

The tax does not affect businesses recycled waste just the general waste that is sent for disposal via landfill.

What will happen to the tax rates past 2020 at this stage we do not know, with green issues dominating the headlines it’s safe to say that rates will continue to rise, some commentators ever speculating the rise will be ‘significant’.

There are things we can all do to reduce the impact of the landfill tax, recycling more of our businesses waste being the obvious one, but what about creating less waste? Easier said than done we know but over the coming months we will be publishing more stories and case studies of those businesses who did exactly that, reducing waste and improving their profitability.

If you can’t wait to hear about these efforts and want us to help you right now, please get in touch. 0115 896 5460, or on email waste@flameuk.co.uk

What is a PRN? Packaging Waste Regulations

What is a PRN?

It’s getting around to that time of year again, looking back on the last calendar year, calculating your data, talking to your suppliers and delving deep into every product you buy, use and sell!!!! All this can mean only one thing.

Yes, that’s right it’s time to submit your Packaging Waste Regulations data.

And that means you will need to procure your PRN’s

PRN is an abbreviation for a Packaging Recovery Note. An essential part of a company’s compliance with the Packaging Waste Regulations.

Although the Packaging Waste Regulations have been in place since 1996 the level of knowledge across many industries seems somewhat lacking.

PRN’s are issued through the recovery of packaging waste, either by approved export or domestic recovery.

PRN’s are available on the open market, but most are still managed and distributed to obligated companies through Packaging Waste Regulations Compliance Schemes.

Prices are negotiated with the producer of the PRN’s and the revenue from those PRN’s is used to improve the countries recycling infrastructure.

So, to answer quite simply a PRN is a Packaging Recovery Note. To answer more detailed a PRN is the evidence required by an obligated company that a calculated number of tonnes of a material specific product has been recycled.

Here at Flame UK, we have the experience to calculate your data, support your company with any Environment Agency inquiries, procure your PRN’s at the best possible rate and to create your compliance plan. Get in touch and see how we can help you meet your obligation cost-effectively and on budget.