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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?

 

   

 

Food Waste: What happens when it’s collected?

The topic of food waste has started to pop up more and more as we are becoming increasingly concerned about the impact we have on the environment. Food waste can come from a variety of different outlets. From pubs, restaurants, cafes or food manufacturing sites, where ever it’s generated, we all have a part to play in reducing food waste.

Is separating food waste from general waste, actually worth it? Yes. Here is what happens to food waste once it’s collected, and why it’s worth separating.

What happens to food waste after it’s collected?

Food waste bins for commercial properties are around the same size as the bins we have at home. The services available are very flexible, both packaged food and uncooked food can be accepted within the collection. The bins come with a heavy-duty liner to ensure they remain clean and food waste from the prep area can be bagged and dropped into the bins at the end of the day. When these bins are collected, the truck driver will tie up the bin liner, put it straight on the collection truck, lift, tip and replace the liner when the bin has been emptied. The collections are flexible and based on the requirements of each customer.

Once the truck arrives back at the anaerobic digestion plant they tip into a specialised de-packaging area. Anaerobic digestion is the process of breaking down food waste to produce biogas and biofertiliser. During the process, bacteria break down the material and reacts to give off methane gas which is captured within the dome of the AD holding tanks. The methane is then captured and used as a fuel to power generators which feed electricity back into the National Grid. The remainder of the material can then be used as fertiliser, local farmers collect the fertiliser and spread it back onto their fields creating the perfect closed-loop approach.

It’s really important for businesses that produce food waste to consider this approach. Many waste processors are opting for energy from waste, however, leaving wet food waste in your business waste means that energy from waste facilities don’t want it. Leaving landfill as the only option even after the waste has been sorted.

Food is now a recyclable, just as card and plastics are. We pride ourselves in giving our customers a flexible service and offering a route of disposal for all materials, to suit every business need.

 

   

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)

 

   

 

 

Waste Management – Solutions for every size event

The team at Flame UK has been in the event waste management industry for over 15 years, providing assistance with event planning, logistics and waste management for every size event. Here’s how we do it:

Litter picking/clean up services

Our litter pickers are dedicated, hard workers who are all employed by the company. Whether it be in a field or a stadium, we provide our litter pickers with the correct tools and equipment to ensure the job is done properly, no matter the weather conditions.

Did you know some sites will impose fines if you leave the event untidy or with litter? By using Flame UK’s litter pickers, we’ll ensure your site is left just as it was before your event.

Waste disposal and storage

We can offer a wide variety of wheelie binsskips and roll on off containers which are available for rental or to purchase. With years of experience in the waste management industry, we put our skills to excellent use, helping you to budget, plan and understand the options available for your event.

Bins on truck for event

Outdoor temporary lighting and power

Flame UK offers a broad range of temporary and portable lighting solutions. Suitable for any works environment or event, whether indoor or outdoor, we have a selection of lights and power solutions for hire that’ll suit your needs.

Temporary fencing and barrier hire

Events often use temporary fencing for hire as a short term and cost-effective perimeter for their venue, we have a range of barrier solutions to ensure your event is secure.

Water storage

We offer a range of services including water tankers, pallets of bottled water and deployment of bowsers and static tanks to any location, ensuring that your event flows as smoothly as possible.

Portable toilets and washrooms

Our portable toilets and washrooms are fully maintained and serviced by us; we’ll empty and service all units on a schedule to fit the requirements of your event.

Our bespoke solutions mean that we can provide a service tailored to your event. We will provide a solution that meets your environmental and operational objectives within a single communication stream, combining the strengths of several individual suppliers under one umbrella.

   

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!

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Ice melting due to climate change

How can we tackle climate change?

What is climate change?

Climate change is the large-scale, and long-term change in the planets average temperatures and weather patterns. Humans have taken part in the release of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases since the mid-1800s. As a result of this, global temperatures are rising and causing long-term changes to the climate. These changes include rising sea levels as the glaciers and ice sheets melt, ocean acidification as carbon dioxide is absorbed into the ocean, and extreme weather events such as floods, heatwaves etc.

Nottingham is making a change

Nottingham has committed to becoming the first carbon-neutral city in the country by 2028. They have already reduced citywide CO2 emissions by above 41% since 2005. However, they still emitted 1.17 million tonnes of CO2 in 2017, meaning more work is still required.

How your business can help

  • Transition to renewable energy such as installing solar panels to power your office, which can reduce your electricity bill, protect you against the changing utility rates and help you to become a green business.
  • Electric vehicles, whether you switch over to them for your business fleet or install EV charging points to encourage staff to make the transition, electric vehicles will have a much better effect on the environment and can have a reduction in your transportation costs.
  • Keeping control over your waste and recycling as much as possible to avoid waste going to landfill, which is harmful to the environment.

For more information about anything we have mentioned in this blog give us a call on 0115 896 5460 or fill in the contact us form below:

 

 

 

Inside Care Home Waste

If you follow us on social media, you may already be aware of who Dove Cottage Day Hospice is. If you don’t, then Dove Cottage Day Hospice offers high-quality palliative daycare to those with life-limiting illnesses. Flame UK has been supporting Dove Cottage by encouraging businesses and schools to collect plastic bottle tops which they send to be recycled and in return, get money.

We asked Jenny Hendry at Dove Cottage what kind of waste they produce inside their hospice, here is what she had to say:

“We have all sorts of waste to deal with at the hospice, some of which will be familiar to the regular homeowner, but also other types that present different challenges.

The bulk of our waste is the regular kind, which we split into general waste and recycling. There are separate bins in different rooms around the hospice, with signs on those in the common areas explaining what can and cannot be recycled. These bins then get emptied regularly and put into large outdoor receptacles.

The facilities that we have for our regular waste are generally okay, although we can struggle for space when we’ve hosted an event, and the bins are too full. This then has a knock-on effect as we must find somewhere to store any overflow until we have a collection. As with any organisation, you don’t want too much waste hanging around! The other thing we need to stay on top of, as an environmentally responsible organisation, is ensuring we’re recycling everything we can.

With a lot of volunteers on our books, some 250, this can sometimes mean the waste needs to be checked and sorted to ensure that everything is in the right bins, especially when things change or it’s not immediately obvious what can and cannot be recycled.

Our other type of waste, which is more specific to a care environment, is contaminated waste. This is put in yellow and black striped bags, known as ‘tiger bags’. All such waste must be disposed of correctly, which is why we need to have a clear bagging system and a storeroom for the bagged, contaminated waste. Only certain people from our nursing or cleaning team handle the contaminated waste so we can make sure everything is done correctly; we also need to ensure everyone who’s in contact with the contaminated waste wears the correct protective clothing. The hospice is a relatively big space, and we need to manage the waste efficiently and safely in and around the building. The contaminated waste then gets placed in our normal outside black bins, with the onus being on the binmen to ensure it’s correctly separated from other types.

As a hospice and a care environment, our challenge is to make sure we are always handling waste in both a safe and environmentally responsible manner.”

Our support structure and account management is very communication focused. We can provide larger waste bins, or skips on a temporary basis, increase waste bin collections frequencies, or event-specific waste services. Identifying opportunities to recycle is extremely important, and all of our customers, where possible in the country will receive zero waste to landfill options.  Some waste material must go to landfill, but limiting this is essential to the environment.  Energy from waste is our preferred method of treating non-recyclable materials. A customer that generates large volumes of waste can benefit from waste compaction, or baling of card and polythene.  This has two main benefits; reduced cost from haulage and transportation, and reduced CO2 to the atmosphere, making your site more efficient.

Flame UK can offer any advice and services to the care industry, contact us on 0115 896 5460 to discuss your waste.

 

 

Care home

How Flame UK can support Care Facilities

Managing waste and energy correctly for our Care Facility Partner is a priority to us. We share the same goals and aspirations as our Care Facility partners, ensuring you have the necessary support long term.  The nature of care is that waste is created and energy is used, but why should your business suffer.
How can Flame UK support Care Facilities?

Offensive & Clinical Waste

We understand that these waste streams are sensitive to care; we will support you to find the very best solution for your business.  We offer Orange, Tiger, Yellow and sharps waste services to suit your business and volumes.

General Waste

Do you know what items should only be disposed of as general waste? It’s polystyrene, floor sweepings, plastic bags and contaminated plastic packaging. No other type of waste should be included in your general waste. We offer a wide range of container sizes, service frequencies and technology to help reduce vehicle movements. Waste to energy is our preferred method, and we would always advise food waste be separated to lower your costs.

Food Waste

Collected as a separate waste stream, we will support you to put this in place and take advantage of lower processing costs. The food waste collected is treated and turned into energy and fertiliser.

Packaging

We can help you to become more efficient with packaging waste materials created from deliveries and food processing such as cans and plastic bottles.  We can offer you a solution that suits your business, whether that be large wheeled bins, or if your volumes are high, we can supply baling equipment.

Clearances

We can provide skips / large container or on-demand collection service for your large seasonal volumes of waste around Christmas, or clearances.  We can also offer electronic waste collections, mattress clearances and furniture clearances.

Wash Rooms

We can provide air fresheners, hand dryers, sanitary bins and services, soap dispensers or water management to help reduce your water usage. Flame UK can support you and complete a comprehensive service package.

Energy

Did you know that if you do your laundry at night, you will save money because of cheaper night tariffs? By choosing Flame UK to manage your energy, we will make sure that you know about all of the tips and tricks to saving money. Such as how you can switch to LED lights and get renewable and green energy at no additional cost, making your care home more energy-efficient.

Flame UK will ensure that you get the right contract for your care facility which is up to date with the latest energy compliance and that the supplier terms fit with your needs. You can even find out how much money you can save by using our price comparison. 

PAT Testing

PAT Testing may not be on everyone’s mind when it comes to compliance but it is crucial, not only to ensure that everyone remains safe and worry-free but to also conform with the below regulations:

  • Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974
  • The Electricity at Work Regulations of 1989
  • The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations of 1998
  • The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations of 1999

Electricity usage is unavoidable for care facilities, from powering lights, nurse call systems, CCTV systems, and so on. If poorly managed, it can have devastating effects.

PAT Testing involves the testing, both visual and full electrical tests, of all electrical appliances that are powered through the sockets and could cause any potential dangers. With our highly trained, professional team, Flame UK offer a reliable and cost-effective service that will ensure your business is compliant to the before-mentioned legislations.

Allow us to help you be sustainably strong in a competitive and developing market.