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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.

 

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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.

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The solution for your distribution waste

Flame UK is in a unique position to support customers in Distribution, Logistics and Warehousing.

It isn’t only general waste we can collect, but pallets, card and polythene.

           

Coupled with our ability to provide vehicle maintenance waste materials such as oils, rags, scrap metal and chemicals.  We are also able to provide a cradle to cradle support system that helps our customer single source with confidence.

From excellent communication, account management and forward-thinking Flame UK promises to put your requirements first by taking the time to get to know your business.

 

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The Most Wonderful time of the year or The Most Wasteful time of the year?

As the Christmas period is full of tradition and celebrations, it’s no surprise that it leads to a monumental amount of waste that is produced every year.

As an example, the average UK adult spends around £300.00 on Christmas gifts. The average child receives roughly 16 gifts in total. Considering the number of countries celebrating the festive period, that is a lot of bubble wrap, ribbons, wrapping paper, name tags and gift bags to dispose of. To add to this, over one billion Christmas cards are sold in the UK each year alone.

Christmas Gifts

Christmas gifts

In the UK alone we create 30% more waste than usual during the festive period. Including two million turkeys and six million Christmas trees. These figures are truly shocking. Something has to be done by both businesses and consumers to reduce our impact on the planet.

Christmas Trees

Christmas Trees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With extra waste being produced by pubs, restaurants, retailers, distribution/logistics, supermarkets, manufacturers and many more during the Christmas season, now is the perfect time to start making a difference in preparation for the big day.

Give us a call to discuss how Flame UK can help you manage your Christmas waste. 

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De Montfort Hall

Our litter pickers have recently worked at De Montfort Hall in Leicester.

Spread over two weekends, Saturday 17th – Sunday 18th August and Friday 23rd – Monday 26th August, our team of dedicated individuals worked a total of 52.5 hours. They ensured the area was tidy and safe for the guests who attended the Gigs In The Gardens event. Both before, during and after each day.

 

 

 

 

 

The event had something for everyone, from Kaiser Chiefs, to Groove Armada, to Years & Years, the Bardi Symphony Orchestra and many more. Some of our team members even managed to get a few selfies with the acts while there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It doesn’t matter what kind of event or function you are hosting, we have got your litter pickers sorted. Here at Flame UK, we don’t use agency workers; the company employs all of our litter pickers.

Watch this space for more updates on what exciting events our litter pickers will be attending.

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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.

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Food for Thought.

What happens to your food waste?

Each year the UK Produces approximately 20 million tonnes of food waste. An even more shocking statistic shows that more than 50% of this is still suitable for consumption. That is enough to feed around 30 million average UK Citizens per year. Just with the food that we throw away!

You may think that sending your food waste to landfill is a sustainable option. It is a biodegradable product, and that would make sense, right? Wrong! Once tipped in a landfill it is surrounded by nonorganic material, making it impossible to break down. On top of that, food waste releases methane gas, which is 20 times more powerful than Co2, contributing immensely to climate change. It is incredibly worrying to think that around 20% of solid waste in landfill is food waste product.

Landfill waste

What can you do?

The good news is that it is easy for you to do your bit in making a difference to not just the planet but your pocket too.

Crabs

Crabs shells

Have you ever considered the materials that are reuseable through food waste? For example, crabs. Crab shells can be reprocessed and turned in to Chitin. A plastic-type material which could, in the near future, replace plastic packaging and products.

Have you ever considered how dyes and colourants are created? Certain food types can be reused to produce colourings and flavourings, which diverts them from landfill.

 

 

The options are forever changing and evolving while we continually look for innovation within our sector and out of the box ideas for diverting your waste from landfill.

 

 

 

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Do my Controlled Drugs need Denaturing?

Unwanted or out of date controlled drugs need to be denatured. This must be before they are destroyed so that they cannot be recovered, reused or retrieved.

Pills in daily pill organiser

Pill organiser

What is controlled drugs denaturing?

Denaturing is when the controlled drugs are mixed with a binding matrix to make them unrecoverable.

 

 

 

 

 

Before out of date drugs are placed in a pharmaceutical bin, they must be denatured. The Sewage system isn’t an option. 

Here at Flame UK, we offer Controlled Drugs Denaturing Kits. So you can make sure your controlled medicines can’t be retrieved and are unfit for further use until they are destroyed entirely via incineration. If you are responsible for Health Centres, Surgeries, Hospitals, Veterinary Clinics or Pharmacies, the importance of the correct management of controlled medicines is paramount to your business under the Misuse of Drugs Act 2001.

Blue stethoscope

Stethoscope

Our Denaturing Kits are simple to use and ensure your compliance, available in a variety of sizes from 250ml to 4L; we have the solution for your premises.

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Beach filled with man made rubbish

Tips and Tricks to recycling – small steps to saving our planet.

 

 

You see the news reports, you read about it online, you see the effects we have on our planet.

Now, how can we help save it? Well, in this blog we’re going to give you a few of our favourite tips and tricks to recycling.

 

One straightforward method is to reduce the amount of paper which you use. You can make use of both sides of the paper, most printers now days will come with the option to print on both sides, halving the amount of paper which you use. Imagine how much paper would be saved if everyone started doing this!

 

Paper Stack

Paper Stack – image credit to products.ricoh.com.au

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How about trying to make your fruit juices and smoothies instead of buying cartons and bottles? We think this is a great idea. You could even go the extra mile and purchase the fruit from your local market, which will really reduce the amount of plastic you’re using.

 

 

 

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Fruit juices – image credit to www.medicalnewstoday.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another one is to switch to a “litter-less lunch.” Now I know what you’re thinking, how is that possible? Small things such as not using plastic or paper bags to take your lunch into work. Instead, invest in a plastic or tin lunch box. You can also buy a refillable water bottle instead of buying lots of bottled water.

 

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Tin lunch boxes – image credit to www.aliexpress.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This brings us onto another tip, instead of buying lots of coffee cups from places like Costa or Starbucks, buy one of their reusable cups. Did you know you can also upcycle your coffee cups into other useful items, such as a makeup brush or pen holder. Just clean and redecorate the cup! For more cool upcycling ideas, check out our blog: How to upcycle. You can also give up plastic bottled water by buying a reusable water bottle!

Reusable coffee cup

Reusable coffee cup – image credit to www.pengalaman.co

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did you know you can recycle water too? Well, you do now! For example, if you have boiled some pasta in a pot, use it to water your plants instead of just throwing it away. Wait until it has cooled down first though of course!

Check out this cool upcycled old table, turned into a plant bed:

Upcycled plant bed

Upcycled plant bed – image credit to savvygardening.com

 

 

Say no to plastic bags at the supermarket and invest in reusable shopping bags. They’re relatively easy to get a hold of and in addition to saving the environment, can save you money even if it is just 5p per plastic bag.

Different colour reusable shopping bags

Shopping bags – image credit to www.dhgate.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you have any examples of some recycling you’ve done yourself? Make sure you post it on your social media and tag us, our accounts are below. We’d love to hear your tips and tricks!

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How big is your bin?

Want to know the exact dimensions of Wheelie Bins, Skips and Front End Loaders?

You could just stand next to it and see or you could check out our handy guides.

You can even download these useful guides from our resources page.