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Is your city the worst fly-tipped in the UK?

Fly tipping is the illegal dumping of waste onto land, including being tipped on a site with no license to accept waste, instead of using authorised methods such as kerbside collection.

Fly tipping is bad for the environment, it spreads diseases and encourages vermin, and the earth could absorb toxins leading to the prevention of future greenery growth. It’s bad for wildlife, household goods could contain substances which potentially can kill a wild animal if it gets ingested, or they can get entangled in plastic which can lead to suffocation or strangulation. And, it gives communities a bad reputation as being run down or dirty.

The Solar Centre have looked at 59 cities across the UK and ranked them against 10 key eco-friendly metric, we’re going to focus on fly tipping to identify the worst and least fly-tipped cities.

The Worst Fly-Tipped City

With a score of 0/10 the worst fly-tipped city is Plymouth, according to Plymouth Live, “A third of all reported incidents of fly-tipping in the South West, for the financial year ending in March 2019, came from Plymouth. Statistics released by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) showed that 59,334 incidents occurred, 19,622 of which were in Plymouth. That number is up from the 13,953 incidents from the previous year, an increase of more than 40%.” Closely followed is Southhampton, and Leeds.

   

The Least Fly-Tipped City

Scoring a perfect 10, Chester is the least fly-tipped city according to The Solar Centre, closely followed by Chelmsford and Bangor.

What to do if you have waste you need to get rid of?

We can provide a wide of services to suit you and the waste you have, from skip hire to on demand waste collections, to pallet collections, we can help. All you have to do is get in touch with us on 0115 896 5460 or click contact us below, and we’ll do the rest.

 

   

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/