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Lockdown Waste Causes Chaos For Charity Shops

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It is fair to say that the Covid-19 lockdown has caused the waste industry a fair few headaches over its duration so far. Over and above regular waste from households, local authorities have also been dealing with the increase in waste too. Charity shops are expecting to be inundated over the next few weeks as they re-open their doors. Many are operating donations by appointment only in order to cope with demand.
According to Wrap, the recycling and reuse body supported by the Government they predict that across the UK around 67 million items of clothing and 22 million pairs of shoes will be making their way out of people’s homes. 2 in 5 Brits have cleared out their wardrobes during lockdown and this means that approximately 184 million items are ready for donation.
A Wrap survey reports that just under half (49%) of survey respondents have said that they will give clothes to charity. However, 14% said they will get rid of clothing in their general household waste and in fact 1 in 3 have already disposed of textiles in this way rather than storing them at home.
Householders are urged by Director of Wrap Peter Maddox not to dump their donations outside charity shops or next to over-flowing donation bins. Charity shops and warehouses are about to receive countless amounts and with many reliant on volunteer workers it is important that they aren’t completely overwhelmed.
Just as with any other kind of household waste it is important for people to remember that they need to be responsible. Dumping outside a charity shop is a selfish act in these times and many charities are having to find extra funds for additional waste removal collections from such donations that have been ruined sat outside for months.
There are other options for people looking to remove items from their homes which includes private waste removal firms. Contact reputable and licensed companies that will be able to offer advice and their services when it comes to waste removal of clothing or any other kind of items.


Composting at Home in UK Lockdown

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As we mentioned in our last blog waste services in many areas of the UK have changed or paused during the Covid 19 lockdown. In particular, garden waste collections have been stopped altogether in many areas. As a result, householders are looking for new ways to reduce their garden waste and waste in general – so we’ve decided to revisit a topic we’ve looked at before – home composting. 

Whilst composting may be on many people’s to do lists it may not be something they know how to start doing. Here are some simple tips to get you started.


1) Composting doesn’t need a great deal of investment to get going. You can create a heap or makeshift bin with some old pallets. However, if someone does invest in a bin it should be rain, sun and frost proof. Wood or recycled plastic can provide the best insulation and breathing potential but there are various alternatives out there. Positioning is also important so consider this too and look for a bare soil, sunny area – somewhere that is aired easily and enables drainage.

2) Naturally not everything can be composted and for any waste that can’t be recycled or composted then we’d recommend using a professional and licensed waste removal service like TH Removals. Putting items that can’t be composted in with compost will just hamper the whole process. Striking a balance between green waste like grass cuttings and brown waste such as egg boxes, junk mail and even toilet roll tubes is key. It is also important to introduce nitrogen rich items such as uncooked fruit and veg peelings and carbon rich ingredients like paper towels, paper etc. Cooked food, meat, fish and dairy products should not be composted as they can end up attracting rats and other vermin. 

3) The best quality compost will take anything from 9 to 18 months to reach maturity. Turning compost on a regular basis will help make the decomposition faster. This process aerates the soil keeping microbes within the heap working. Even during the final stages when compost can look mature it is best to leave it between 1 and 3 months to further mature to become usable.

For advice on licensed waste removal in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire don’t hesitate to contact us. Stay safe.

 
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