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Plastic bottle washed up on a beach

How does plastic actually harm the environment?

You see it on TV, you read it online, you can’t escape hearing about how bad plastic is for the environment. Over the years people have started to cut back on plastic consumption, and although many people are aware that plastic is bad for the environment, many people don’t actually know why.

What are the types of plastic?

They’re lots of different types of plastics. You may have noticed the little triangles on your plastic packages, a lot of people think they mean the item can be recycled but actually they represent the type of plastic that has been used. Here our chart explaining each triangle:

Is all plastic recyclable?

Nearly all types of plastics can be recycled but this depends on a lot of factors such as economic and logistics. The most recycled plastics are the two used to make items such as milk bottles, PET and HDPE. However, there is a limit to how many times plastic can be recycled, you can read more here.

Why is plastic so bad?

Plastic debris can be found everywhere from the Arctic to Antarctica. It kills millions of animals each year, from fish to birds and many others, whether it’s from entanglement, blocked digestive tracts or pierced organs. They’re many reasons why plastic is bad for animals, but it isn’t just them who are affected by plastic. It clogs street drains in cities, litters parks and has been found piling up on Mount Everest.

Plastic is also one of the main products of fracking which is bad for the planet for many reasons, it pollutes water, soil and air with toxins.

How plastic pollution can be reduced

They’re many ways we can reduce plastic pollution, such as buying reusable cups/bottles, purchasing metal straws to carry around with you, shopping at zero waste stores, here are our two favourites in Nottingham Shop Zero and The Good Weigh. Supermarkets like Iceland have an aim to be plastic-free by 2023 and Lidl has made lots of changes to reach their goals to reduce plastic.

And finally, recycle the plastic you have, get in touch with us for any advice or questions you might have. We can provide services tailored to you.

 

   

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 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.

 

 

 

Can you identify your plastics?

We have a new resource on our website!

The Plastic Resin Identification Code

Do you know the 7 Plastic Resin Identification Codes?

You may have already noticed the little triangles on your plastic packages, but do you know what they mean? Most people think it just means that the item is recyclable, but this is not the case. Inside those triangles are numbers. 1 – 6  represent the type of plastic that has been used. And number 7 is then a general one which is when the plastic has been lumped together. We have created this Plastic Resin Identification Code chart so that you can quickly identify the plastics you are using.

You can download the chart here and use it and educate other people. Why not test your colleagues to see if they know what plastic their water bottle is made from?

We will be explaining this chart in more detail for you, so watch this space.