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How the Coronavirus has affected the Zero Waste movement

From plastic bag charges to the promotion of reusable coffee cups, these were the steps included in the action plan for the UK public to be less wasteful. That was until 2020 hit the entire world with an unexpected health crisis, the Coronavirus.

At the beginning of March 2020, Starbucks made the decision to temporarily pause the use of personal cups or tumblers in their stores across the UK, as a precaution to help prevent the spread of the virus.

Many cafes and restaurants have made the switch to takeaway and delivery services, which too comes with its effects on the environment too. With food which would usually be served on a plate, now in takeaway packaging, and food waste rising due to unpredictable ordering patterns making it easy to prepare more food than is needed leading to an increase in food waste.

If you use an online grocery delivery service from supermarkets, you may have also noticed the plastic bag charge has been temporarily suspended by the Government and is expected to end on 21st September 2020. According to the Government, the change will speed up deliveries and reduce the risk of contamination. People have also taken it upon themselves to stop using their reusable shopping bags in stores, and start using the single-use plastic bags which they can then dispose of once they have finished with them. Indeed many delivery companies like Ocado have suspended their carrier bag takeback schemes.

For many Governments and Organisations across the world containing the virus is currently a greater priority than environmental concerns. But, no one truly knows how long these temporary changes will need to last. Can the zero waste movement survive the Coronavirus?

 

   

How to remove airborne viruses in your office

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Thank you for the thank you’s

As isolation continues across the UK to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, people across the country have left their thank you messages for key workers who are continuing to provide vital services.

Along with the clap for the NHS and care workers every Thursday at 8pm, people have been leaving heart warming messages for refuse collectors who are also in amongst those classed as essential workers. From sticking notes to their bins, to writing on the pavement in chalk on collection day, which our Finance and Operations Administrator Helen, did to show her gratitude. The messages don’t go unnoticed and are certainly appreciated.

Waste collectors are vital to avoid the overflow of rubbish which if left to mount up, can cause a spread in diseases, attract vermin, harm the environment and ruin our community reputations. You can read more about this in our blog about fly tipping here.

If you have rubbish which you can’t put in your wheelie bins, perhaps you’ve had a clear out or it’s simply just over flowing, you can read about our on demand waste collections here or get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to help.

 

   

Staying Safe During Covid-19

It’s been over a month since the UK Government announced the official lockdown, some of you may have been in self-isolation for longer. This is to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus and protect everyone around us, including our NHS. We’ve outlined in this blog some tips to help you stay safe and well, and keep occupied.

Tips for staying safe at home

The Government have told us to only go outside for food, health reasons or to work if you cannot work from home as you can spread the virus even if you don’t have the virus. This means that we’re spending more time at home. But, how do you stay safe even whilst you’re at home?

The first tip is washing your hands frequently and thoroughly with either soap and water or an alcohol-based hand gel, this kills viruses that may be on your hands.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth because your hands touch many surfaces, they can pick up viruses and touching your eyes, nose and mouth, these viruses can enter your body.

If you cough or sneeze, it’s important to follow good respiratory hygiene such as covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or a tissue which you then dispose of immediately.

We also recommend that you wash your hands after pulling in your bin when it’s been emptied, your refuse collector could have emptied up to 2000 bins before touching yours.

Tips for keeping busy at home

They’re loads of tips we can suggest to keep busy at home from reading a book to taking up a new hobby.

It seems that home improvements have been keeping people busy lately, when B&Q opened it’s doors here in Nottingham on Thursday 23rd April, hundreds of people turned up to get their hands on their stock. Just a couple of weeks before that almost 400 cars turned up to use the click and collect service at the Riverside Retail Park, which resulted in the Nottinghamshire Police having to assist staff.

Maybe you could try an upcycling project, check our blog here for some fun ideas, and to see even more ideas follow us on social media by clicking the icons below.

One method of keeping busy that has been popular has been clear outs, from wardrobe clear outs to garden clear outs. However, with this, we’ve seen a rise in flytipping. So, if you’re struggling to manage the waste your producing, which naturally you will be producing more, we can help. From on-demand waste collections to skip hire or even just help with overflowing rubbish. We can even provide you with pallets so you can keep busy with your garden work.

Staying safe when you have to leave the house

If you do have to leave your house, they’re several ways that you can stay safe, such as ensuring you always stay 2 meters away from people.

The World Health Organisation are also urging people to use contactless payments, the contactless limit on your bank card has been raised from £30 to £45. WHO claim that as physical cash changes hands multiple times, it’s much more likely to pick up bacteria and can cling onto the virus.

You can read many more tips to staying safe while out here: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/11320568/coronavirus-stay-safe-leave-house/

   

 

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What to do with your waste during Covid-19

We’ve been in lockdown for some time now and with it being unknown when we will see it come to an end, more of us have been trying to keep busy by doing work around our homes. From giving the garden some TLC to giving your living room a makeover or even just having a good clear out, maybe you’ve done all of those! As we’re seeing more people getting stuck in with their DIY projects, we’re unfortunately also seeing a rise in fly-tipping up and down the country. In fact, The Countryside Alliance reports a 300% rise in fly-tipping in some areas after local authorities closed recycling centres, allowing them to concentrate on kerbside collections.

We do have a solution for you because we know how important it is to some people to keep busy during these challenging times. It’s a solution which means you don’t need to illegally dump your waste, you don’t need to stop your projects, you don’t even need to leave your home.  Our solution is our on-demand waste collection service, all you have to do is get in touch with us and we’ll come out to collect your waste. Whether you’re overflowing with rubbish, had a garage clear out, or maybe you’re looking for an alternative to a skip. Well, our man and a van collection service may be the answer for you.

We’re here to help you, no matter how out of ordinary your enquiry is for us. We have been helping people nationwide with their waste collections, and have even provided a delivery and collection service. We had someone reach out to us who couldn’t get their sofa delivered. So we arranged for one of our on-demand waste collectors to go and pick it up and then deliver it safely to their door.

Our customers are one of our top priorities and we will always do our best to support you, more so now than ever during this difficult time.

Get in touch, we’ll be happy to help.


   

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The energy market is the lowest its been in over 10 years

We’re trying to focus on some positivity during these tough trading conditions, and there is a blue flame of hope for those gas using businesses. The Coronavirus pandemic has already made a huge impact on the gas market, resulting in the lowest wholesale prices in over 10 years. Of course, this is providing the LNG supply stays high and the market remains free from any sharp spikes in demand. You can read more about how the Coronavirus is making an impact on the gas market here.

You read that right, the cost of gas is at the lowest its been for over 10 years! Renew your contract now and start saving. It doesn’t matter if your contract isn’t up for renewal yet, we can look at contracts up to 4 years in advance. Now is the perfect time to take advantage of the extremely cheap prices. And as we’re currently in lockdown, you have more spare time now than ever before, use that time to look into your contract and get some good out of the Coronavirus. So when this is over and you can get back to normal, you can be assured that you will be saving money by renewing with us.

We’ve even made it super easy for you to find out how much you can save, all you have to do is use our comparison site, which you can access by clicking here.
We are here to help you in any possible way we can during these uncertain times. You can speak to a helpful and friendly member of our team for any help and advice.

   

Flame UK are key workers

Amid the ever-developing Coronavirus situation and following Boris Johnson’s announcement on the Monday 23rd March 2020, Flame UK reassure you that we are all taking responsible actions during this time to support our key working industry. As the waste sector is included in the ‘key worker’ status, this means us here at Flame UK are classed as key workers.

The health of our partners, customers and our team members is our highest priority. As a business, we are closely following the government guidelines, as well as following the advice of Public Health England and the World Health Organisation by introducing a variety of measures to minimise the impact to public health. Please see our continuity statement for more information.

Recycling and waste sector employees have been granted ‘key worker’ status by the government during the crisis, meaning they will continue to provide you with your usual service. If you would like your services to be paused, please let us know by calling 0115 896 5460.

Why will we continue?

Collecting material is key for our future markets. We must continue to produce packaging for vital medical supplies and food, meaning we must continue to collect and convert materials in the most environmentally safe and economical way during such uncertain times.

If your business operation has been affected by the most recent government announcement, please contact our team as we are available and ready to help you and your business.

 

   

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

   

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How the Coronavirus is making an impact on the gas market

The gas market is the lowest it’s been in over ten years! Why? The Coronavirus.

What does the Coronavirus have to do with the gas market?

Well, according to this CNG blog, “This is off the back of an oversupplied market due to high levels of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). LNG is natural gas extracted from fields that has been super-cooled down to liquid form for ease and safety of non-pressurised storage or transport via tanker ships. Prices of LNG hit record lows last week”. Chinese buyers have turned away shipments due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus. This has forced traders to search for alternative destinations for tankers, Europe being the likely destination.

As Europe’s storage stock is also at unseasonably high levels, this could mean the gas market can potentially remain low through into early summer of 2020. Of course, this is providing the LNG supply stays high and the market remains free from any sharp spikes in demand.

What does this mean?

This is extremely positive for customers. It’s a great time for renewals and new business. Do you have a contract coming up for renewal soon? Get in touch with a highly experienced and friendly member of our team today, to discuss what we can offer. We have a 100% success rate for beating renewal costs, find out here using our free no-obligation price comparison.