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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.

 

   

Clearing out your work space?

Like many of us across the country, you may have reduced business due to the restrictions in place while we tackle the Coronavirus. That doesn’t mean the time has to be spent being unproductive, it’s time to get those jobs done that you’ve been meaning to start but just haven’t had time for in normal business. Maybe that’s clearing out an old office, or sorting your archive cupboard, or maybe even disposing of redundant products. Now is the time to get those jobs done that you keep putting off, so you’re ready to bounce back once this is all over. And to help you during this process we’ll act as a single point of contact for all of your waste disposal needs, so you don’t need to waste time finding different companies, you can focus on clearing out your workspace.

Can you really collect all types of waste?

Our clearance teams are on hand to safely collect and recycle pretty much any type of waste product you have, but if you’re unsure what type of waste we’ll collect, here is a list of common items we remove from clearance jobs. Don’t worry if your items aren’t on here, get in touch with us and we’ll try our best to help!

Pallets – you can download our helpful resource on the types of wood pallets here.

Oil Rags

Tyres

Cardboard and Paper – Do you produce cardboard on a regular basis? Find out about our cardboard collection service here.

Baled Waste

Hard and Soft Plastic

Old Furniture

Rubble

Soil

Wood

Fabric

Newspapers and Pamphlets

We can provide a variety of services to suit your needs from skip hire, you can find out what size skip will suit you here, or we can offer on-demand waste services. Our on-demand waste service is a fast, and efficient all in one rubbish collection that we can offer nationwide. Get in touch to find the right option for you.

 

   

On demand waste collection

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.


   

Image of litter in bin

School Waste: Where does it all go?

It’s estimated that on average 4.2 million tonnes of good food produced by schools is wasted each year. That isn’t including any other types of waste, which we’re going to discuss in this blog. If you’d like to find out more about where food waste goes head over to our blog Food Waste: What happens when it’s collected. Schools produce such a wide variety of waste types, and we’re going to look into all of them.

Paper and Card

Paper and card can both be recycled (as long as it doesn’t have any sort of glitter, foil etc on that you would usually find with Christmas or Birthday cards, so make sure you try to pull any off before recycling). When they have been collected, they’re taken to a recycling plant where they get separated by type and grade. It then gets washed with soapy water to remove ink, plastic film, staples and glue. This then is put into a large holder and mixed with water to create “slurry” and by adding different materials, different paper products can be created from newspaper to cardboard. The slurry then gets spread into large thin sheets using large rollers. Once the paper is dry it is ready to be cut and sent back to shops. However, the paper is made up of long fibres meaning, each time it is recycled, those fibres are shortened so, therefore, paper cannot be recycled indefinitely.

Plastic Waste

Some plastics can also be recycled, once collected it gets taken to a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) and plastics are sorted into polymer types, because not all plastic items are made from the same form of plastic, some are also mixed. Once the materials have been separated they get transported to reprocessing facilities to be recycled by plastic-type. The plastic will either be shredded into flakes or melt-processed to form pellets, which can then be moulded into new products such as water bottles.

Unfortunately, a lot of UK plastic recycling is exported abroad due to the labour cost and infrastructure in the UK waste industry, and while some of it is still recycled into new products it’s hard to track exactly what happens to it once it has left our borders.

Garden Waste

Garden waste gets taken to a composting site where it then gets turned into a nutritious soil conditioner. Once it arrives at the composting site any material that isn’t compostable gets removed, usually by hand, and the remaining waste is shredded, and then left to decompose. The last part of the recycling process is to screen the compost to remove any remaining contaminants and grade the material for various end uses. This process can take between 8 and 16 weeks.

Another process that is available is in-vessel composting, this is the same however is under pressure and microbes are added to the material to speed the process up.

General Waste

General waste is waste which can’t be recycled such as non-recyclable plastics, polythene, some packaging, etc. 10 years ago, This waste would have been disposed of in landfill sites but with the advances in technology and space in the landfills decreasing rapidly, it means that there are different ways that we can deal with general waste, such as recovering energy from waste. Non-recyclable products are taken to an incinerator which burns the waste and collects the gasses, the gasses produced are then treated and converted into Gas and Electric that powers your home/business.

Metals

Waste metal is segregated down into types and is sent to a furnace to get melted down into ingots, a mass of metal shaped suitably for further processing, and can be sent to manufacturers and production companies. These ingots can be shaped and moulded into a variety of products, one of the most common uses for recycled metals is packaging such as cans or even computer components.

Glass

Once glass waste has been collected and taken to be reprocessed it gets crushed, and contaminants are removed at this stage. The glass then gets melted in a furnace and moulded or blown into new bottles or jars. Glass is 100% recyclable and can be endlessly reprocessed with no loss of quality.

We can provide services for any of these waste types and will work with you to find the best sustainable solution for you.

 

   

Gas Cylinder

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.