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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!

 

 

Flame UK Plastic Bottle Top winner annouced

Plastic Bottle Top Collection – Winners Announced

If you follow us on social media, then you may have seen us mention Dove Cottage Day Hospice.

But, who are Dove Cottage Day Hospice?

Dove Cottage Day Hospice is an independent organisation who offer palliative daycare to people living with life-limiting illnesses. With the hospice based in the Vale of Belvoir, they also have a tea room on the Grantham Canal and charity shops in Stathern, Bottesford, Cotgrave and Melton Mowbray.

How has Flame UK helped Dove Cottage?

One of our team members, Helen, spotted the “Save your plastic bottle tops” campaign in the Bottesford charity shop window.  As we are a waste company, we thought it would be a great campaign for us to get involved in because the bottle tops can be recycled in exchange for money, which then goes towards the hospice. We began to collect bottle tops ourselves, and over the last 3 months we got local schools, businesses, family and friends involved.

Plastic bottle top campaign flyer

What was the response?

The response to the campaign was brilliant; everyone who took part did amazingly well. This pile here isn’t even half of the bottle tops everyone collected!

Plastic bottle tops Plastic bottle tops

Flame UK gets festive at the Santa Fun Run

Dove Cottage Day Hospice hosted their 5th annual Santa Fun Run on Sunday 1st December in the beautiful grounds of Belvoir Castle. The day was packed with lots of fun things to do from a snow blizzard to best-dressed dog competition and even birds of prey.

Thank you to everyone who took part:

Joanne Cooper at Fruit Bowl

Dave McGowan at Profit Master

Jackie Slowen at Winterton Community School

Claire Grainge at All Hallows C of E Primary School

Wendy Haywood at Burton Joyce Primary School

Gemma Atherley at PDW Group

Emma Cripwell at SAAF Education

Christine Lonergan at St Hugh’s

Mark Lonergan at Normanby Hall Parkrun Community

Well Being Consultant, Alison Jarvis

Chris Williams at Kingswood Residential Investment Management

Chris Oakes at OAX Life Coaching

Mike Sylvester at Sylvester Associates

Tim Ryan at Volute Web Design

Anna Webster at Circle Insurance Services Limited

Kathryn Rodgers at Face2Face HR Ltd

Katherin Wilson at Number 8 Glass

David Anderson at Anderson IT Management

Tony Towers and Simon Clark at Veracity Financial Planning

John McLean at John McLean Photography

Barinder Gahir at Barinder Designs

Fiona Wagland at Viva Vacations Ltd

Sally Richards at Sally Ann Sews

Haidee Watson at Adcock Accounting

Shamshad Walker at Shamshad Walker Marketing

Quinton Quayle at Quayle Industries Ltd

Personal Stylist, Suzanne Suthers

Shawn Bailey MBE at Utility Warehouse

Shilpa Miah at Hopkins Solicitors

Alex Thornton at Ignite Gas Plumbing & Electrics

Anton Fowler at Bubble

Anne Abba at Speak Confidently 

Stephanie Nash at Grantham A & E Department (ULHT)

Nichola Francis at Willow Brook Care Home

Claire Chetwyn at British Geological Survey

And all of the family and friends of our Flame UK team who got involved

Thank you card for everyone who collected the plastic bottle tops

The winners!

The school who collected the most bottle tops was All Hallows C of E Primary School, and the business who collected the most was Fruit Bowl!

 The school winner of the plastic bottle top competitionThe business winner of the plastic bottle top competition

Our chosen charity for next year is Headway Nottingham, stay tuned to find out who they are and how we’re supporting them.

 

 

 

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.