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Empty Gas Cylinders: What to do with them?

Liquefied Petroleum Gas and Industrial Gas cylinders are the property of the company named on the cylinder. If you receive gas cylinders to your site then they can be returned. You can contact us to arrange for UKLPG and BCGA members’ reusable cylinders to be collected.

What do you need to do?

The cylinders need to be stored securely and safely in an appropriate cage, and in an area that is safe for vehicles to park and the operator to load. The area should have hard standing, no build-up of slurry or mud and no overhead working taking place during collection.

Get in touch with us today and we will arrange for the relevant company or authorised agent to collect their cylinders.

 

   

Zero Waste Valentines Day Ideas

A lot of people have different opinions about Valentines Day. If you’re someone who likes to show your partner a bit more appreciation than you do any other day of the year, have you considered the effects of the waste produced? From food waste to packaging waste, it all piles up in the build-up to the one day.

So, here are our favourite ideas for a Zero Waste Valentines Day:

Homemade Meal

There’s no need to spend loads of money on a fancy meal at a posh restaurant when you can make your favourite meal at home. You can even go that extra bit further by making something tasty out of your leftovers. I know, that doesn’t sound very appetising, but Love Food Hate Waste has some great recipes made out of leftovers. You could even make a whole three-course meal. Not only will you not be contributing to food waste, but you won’t be physically going out to a restaurant, which means less Co2 emissions created by travelling to a restaurant.

A Shared Experience

Rather than spending money on chocolates, teddys, flowers, etc. Which not only contribute to the waste produced through packaging, they will most likely end up getting thrown away over time. So, why not tick something off the bucket list? Have you always wanted to go sky diving together, or perhaps there is a concert coming up that you both really want to go to. Gifting an experience is a great alternative, and will probably end up being appreciated a lot more. You don’t even need to spend loads of money either, it could be something as simple as Museum tickets.

A Break Away

Similar to a shared experience, you could plan a weekend away together. Travel via public transport such as a train to reduce your emissions, you could even go the extra mile by booking eco and sustainable accommodation.

Potted plants

Rather than gifting a bunch of flowers, which will eventually die and get thrown out, gift a potted flower or plant which you can keep alive.

Nothing

The best way to save the environment this Valentines Day? Do nothing. It’s always a big debate this time of year as to whether you should celebrate Valentines Day or not, a lot of people think it’s pointless. The opinion being that you shouldn’t need one day to show your partner you love them. What do you think, do you celebrate Valentines Day?

 

   

 

Waste disposal costs are rising – here’s why

The waste industry in the UK is having a difficult time, global markets have driven recycling revenues down, tax increases and levies threaten disposal routes, and the uncertainty of the market post-Brexit has all added to an already struggling market.

It has been well publicised how the world’s doors have closed to UK exported waste and recyclable materials, being at the forefront of sustainable solutions has been harder to keep up with than ever for UK businesses over the past 12 months.

Many businesses have been exposed to cost increases for the disposal and handling of its waste, as well as tumbling recycling rebates. In some areas of the UK, businesses have reportedly had no option but to pay for the disposal of their cardboard and paper recycling.

Government Taxes over the past 10 years have increased the strain on disposal costs, and a serious shortfall of infrastructure capacity of UK based waste to energy facilities are being blamed. The UK government are licensing more power plants than ever before, but ultimately, is it too little, too late? I guess we will have to find out.

The changing situation in the UK and the EU

A large percentage of the UK’s 32 million-plus tonnes of waste produced each year is sent for recovery through energy from waste plants. The UK has a small number of plants however, plants in Northern Europe are used to process waste into energy. Some countries in Northern Europe have now implemented additional taxes for plants turning waste into energy, these incineration taxes have impacted on UK disposal routes gate fees.

Cardboard and Paper

Recycling rates for the UK’s cardboard and paper have dropped by as much as 70% in 2019, as demand for our recycled material dried up, without new licenses being issued and recyclers opening their doors to the UK product, we can expect yet more reductions. Some parts of the UK have already seen rebates totally dry up, and some businesses are being charged for the removal of cardboard. Specification for recyclable cardboard has also increased during the last 12 months, putting pressure on recycling facilities to improve the grades of material they accept and process.

Helpful articles for you

We have done our research and put together a list of the articles we think will be the most helpful to you:

Cost of rubbish disposal to rise £1bn as landfill taxes increase

Landfill Tax: increase in rates

Dutch RDF import tax could see waste cost hike

Sweden introduces energy from waste tax on refuse derived fuel (RDF)

Dutch senate backs ‘RDF tax’ but court case looms

Sweden confirms EfW tax from April 2020

Quality push remains in falling cardboard market

Working through the worst of times (for cardboard recycling)

 

   

 

 

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!

 

 

Meet the team – Jamie-Leigh

Name: Jamie-Leigh James

Position: Marketing Assistant

Start Date: 1st July 2019

Why did you choose this background for your photo?

I really love music from rap to pop to heavy metal, there isn’t much I don’t like. The first concert I went to was Green Day when I was about 5 years old and a few months later I went to see Kylie Minogue. I have a very varied taste in music.

What do you enjoy the most about working at Flame UK? 

That I’m given the freedom to be creative and always feel like I can share my marketing ideas. I’m listened to and supported by everyone. The office has a second home vibe, not just a workplace.

What is one of the best things you have experienced in your life? 

I have to say when I was in Turkey, just one particular moment first springs to mind. We went with my grandparents who used to go every year for 2 weeks for around 10 years. Then they didn’t go for a few years until they went with us in 2018 and they were like celebrities. Restaurant and shop owners were shouting them and so happy to see them again. We went back this year and will be going next year too.

If you could invite 3 celebrities over for dinner (dead or alive) who would it be and why? 

Demi Lovato because she’s one of my idols and I think she’d be such a character.

Billie Joe Armstrong, the lead singer from Green Day, he was my first ever crush and I think he’s great and an honest person.

Kaley Cuoco who plays Penny from The Big Bang Theory. It’s my favourite TV show at the minute. I follow her on Instagram and she seems like great fun, plus she’s an animal lover.

What did you want to be when you were younger?

The earliest memory I have is wanting to be a fashion designer. I chose business studies and fashion & textiles for my GCSE’s because I wanted my own business. Then my first assignment was to make a skirt. I very quickly changed my mind after that.

If you were an animal, what would you be and why?

I would be a Koala because they get to sleep for 22 hours a day.

What is your favourite movie? 

My go-to movie is always Trainspotting, it doesn’t matter how many times I’ve seen it I’ll always happily sit and watch it.

What would you tell someone new starting at Flame UK? 

That they’re going to be looked after.

 

 

Meet the team – Lauren

Name: Lauren Nash

Position: Account Manager

Start Date: 1st October 2019

Why did you choose this background for your photo?

It was the first time I’d painted my daughters’ feet at 4 months old and because she means a lot to me, so does the picture.

What do you enjoy the most about working at Flame UK? 

 It feels like I’ve joined a second family and I’ve only been here 5 minutes, everyone is so welcoming and the environment is spot on.

 What is one of the best things you have experienced in your life? 

 Having my daughter 2 years ago, nothing can beat giving birth to a ‘mini me’, although she seems to have inherited my attitude…

 If you could invite 3 celebrities over for dinner (dead or alive) who would it be and why? 

 Patrick Swayze – because who doesn’t love him in ‘Dirty Dancing’

Whitney Houston – her voice is insane!

Mrs Hinch (the Instagram clean queen) – so she could clean my house and give me all her tips in person (yes, I know I’m sad!)

 What did you want to be when you were younger?

 I wanted to be a Nurse as that’s my Mums profession and I’ve always looked up to her, however, I soon realised it wasn’t for me when I fell into the energy industry by accident.

 If you were an animal, what would you be and why?

 I would probably be a cat, you get 9 lives, sleep and eat whenever you like, demand attention and swan in and out of the house like you own the place.

 What is your favourite movie? 

 I can never choose between Dirty Dancing and Goodfellas.

 What would you tell someone new starting at Flame UK? 

 You’ve made the right choice.

 

 

Meet the Team – Natalia

Name: Natalia Pegram

Position: Head of Finance

Start Date: December 2017

Why did you choose this background for your photo?

Its a photo I took in the Maldives – One of the most beautiful and peaceful places I’ve travelled to.

What do you enjoy the most about working at Flame UK?

I love implementing systems to improve efficiencies and there are plenty of opportunities to do this as the business grows.

What is one of the best things you have experienced in your life?

This is a really tricky one for me to answer as there have been many experiences I have been fortunate to enjoy. Living in sunny California for almost 7 years was pretty awesome!

If you could invite 3 celebrities over for dinner (dead or alive) who would it be and why?

Gabriel Bonheaur “Coco” Chanel – She was an amazing successful woman and her legacy lives on. My downfall has to be Chanel Handbags and Jewellery!

Gordon Ramsey – I would need someone to cook for me, plus he’s smart and charismatic.

Blake Shelton – I love his music and he’s pretty tasty!

What did you want to be when you were younger?

Successful!

If you were an animal, what would you be and why?

Right now I would choose to be a dog, but only if it was my dog “Bob”  He has such a chilled out life and goes everywhere with me.  He gets lots of treats and cuddles and is always happy.

What is your favourite movie?

Dirty Dancing!

What would you tell someone new starting at Flame UK?

Working at Flame is a great opportunity, not just a job.  Don’t be a passenger, you can make it happen.

 

 

Meet the team – Adil

Name: Adil Mahmood

Position: Energy Department Sales Manager

Start Date: 19th July 2018

Why did you choose this background for your photo?

I’m calm and collected, but if you get the wrong side of me I’ll bite like a snake – hence the rocks looking like a snake about to bite!!

What do you enjoy the most about working at Flame UK? 

The Directors’ trust me to do my job, no micro-management. The fully supportive team around me at Flame regardless of department – all with similar dreams/ambitions which is to ensure Flame absolutely smash it!

What is one of the best things you have experienced in your life? 

Going to Mecca and being at the centre of Islam.

If you could invite 3 celebrities over for dinner (dead or alive) who would it be and why? 

Cristiano Ronaldo – massive United fan and he’s the best footballer ever

Kevin Hart – so funny!

Dwayne Johnson – an absolute tank and has been in various industries, would be good to get a taste of his life story

What did you want to be when you were younger?

Aeronautical Engineer!

If you were an animal, what would you be and why?

Monkey! Because my mum has always told me I’m a little Monkey!!

What is your favourite movie? 

Blue Streak – cracking film!

What would you tell someone new starting at Flame UK? 

Flame is going places – you’re at the right place. Work hard and be part of it.

 

 

Meet the Team – Mark

Name: Mark Lonergan

Position: Business Development Manager

Start Date: January 2019

Why did you choose this background for your photo?

I love open spaces, especially at night, when you can see the moon and stars really clearly.

What do you enjoy the most about working at Flame UK?

The vision, determination and ethic is infectious.

What is one of the best things you have experienced in your life?

My boy being born.

If you could invite 3 celebrities over for dinner (dead or alive) who would it be and why?

Helen Mirren, National Treasure

Bradley Wiggins, inspirational, and a real story to tell.

Michael McIntyre, Hilarious

What did you want to be when you were younger?

A fireman, now I want to a kid again 😊

If you were an animal, what would you be and why?

A Blue Whale, the biggest personality out there, and the entire ocean to explore.

What is your favourite movie?

A few Good Men.

What would you tell someone new starting at Flame UK?

Great decision.

 

 

Meet the Team – Henry

Name: Henry Gash

Position: Operations Officer

Start Date: 15th July 2019

Why did you choose this background for your photo?

I chose the photo because it was from an amazing family holiday.

What do you enjoy the most about working at Flame UK?

The friendly Atmosphere

What is one of the best things you have experienced in your life?

Learning to backflip

If you could invite 3 celebrities over for dinner (dead or alive) who would it be and why?

Frank Lampard, the current Chelsea manager, all-time Chelsea top goal scorer and Legend

Didier Drogba, who won Chelsea the Champions League

Tammy Abraham, the current Chelsea top goal scorer for the season

What did you want to be when you were younger?

A vet

If you were an animal, what would you be and why?

An elephant because it’s my favourite animal

What is your favourite movie?

The Inbetweeners

What would you tell someone new starting at Flame UK?

That it’s a great environment to work in, and that all the staff are friendly