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Recycle Week Enlists Support from National Landmarks

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Recycle Week which is set to run from 21st to 27th September is to enlist support from National Landmarks for the occasion. 

The London Eye will be lit up green during the week along with Blackpool Tower, Gateshead Millennium Bridge and Tower 42. 

Together-We Recycle is the slogan for the campaign and is a way of thanking the nation for continuing to recycle despite the challenges presented by lockdown and Coronavirus.

WRAP charity that organises the week has also said it hopes other notable buildings will join in and has asked that councils across the UK light up their building and town halls in green. 

This will be the 17th annual Recycle Week and the charity hopes it will be the best yet with the 2020 event being about thanking everyone from recycling and waste operatives to the general public for helping collect and recycle waste. The campaignis also designed to look to the future and encourage more people to recycle as much as possible. 

Recycle Week is the UKs largest recycling campaign and has taken place each year since 2004. Last year the event reached 16 million people across digital platforms with 91% of people saying they recycled more having seen the campaign.

For this year’s event local authorities, waste management companies and more can get involved by using #RecycleWeek on social media channels. 

The event is a week long reminder of the importance of recycling and the responsibility that lies with each and every one of us for effective waste management. 

As always, we’d like to remind all of our customers and clients that we are here to help for all your waste removal needs. We are a licensed waste removal specialist and we would be happy to discuss your requirements for domestic or commercial waste removal. 

We support Recycle Week and encourage where possible for items to be recycled or reused and we will also always dispose of waste legally and responsibly. Using TH Removals means having the confidence that your waste is being dealt with appropriately by waste removal professionals.  

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.

Coronavirus To Blame For Huge Spike In Fly Tipping

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Since our last post about waste removal in these trying times many councils have taken the decision to close their recycling centres and reduce waste collections in order to protect the public and staff. The vast majority of councils are prioritising the removal of household waste but for many, garden waste and recycling collections may have been altered or stopped altogether for the time being. 

For UK householders, they are now likely to have several weeks of waste building up at their homes which is a cause for concern and sadly many are choosing to fly tip or have the waste collected by illegal firms. In parts of the country according to the Countryside Alliance there has been a 300% rise in fly tipping. 

Contributing to the situation is the fact people are using lockdown to clear out the clutter in their homes or to organise their gardens – resulting in excess waste over and above what they would normally have.

Rural communities in particular are suffering the effects of fly tipping with countless rural spots, grass verges and laybys all being used to dump rubbish. Whilst householders may not be directly tipping waste, they are using illegal waste removal firms to take their rubbish away.

At T H Removals we are still working throughout this crisis and as a licensed waste carrier we would urge people to be responsible for their waste and how it is disposed of. Councils can and will prosecute individuals that they either catch or can trace to dumped rubbish at a later date. 

As a reminder any licensed waste carrier will be able to produce paperwork which outlines they are eligible to remove waste and dispose of legally. There are unfortunately many illegal firms that operate but without a license none of them should be hired to remove waste from properties. 

It should also be noted that garden fires are not encouraged at this time. They pose a risk to spreading out of control if not managed properly which would put extra strain on emergency services. 

Please contact us for waste removal quotes from homes or businesses at this time and beyond. Stay safe. 

Bin Collections Amid Coronavirus Chaos

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Across the country as the nation goes into lockdown many people are raising concerns over bin collections and the issues a lack of waste collection services could cause. 

Councils across the UK seem so far divided on the level of service they can provide with some declaring there will be fewer or no collections and others stating the services will remain albeit with some disruptions expected. 

In these uncertain times it is important that householders play their part and minimise their waste as far as possible and this will reduce the pressure on waste services. 

To find out how waste services may be affected in your area, you would need to contact your local council. Their websites will carry the most up to date information about collections. 

It is likely that collections may be prioritised, and that garden waste and other recyclables will have a reduced priority over household waste collections.

Food waste and Coronavirus

Food waste has already proved an issue even prior to the Coronavirus outbreak and it is even more important that this is kept to a minimum – stockpiling food can only ultimately lead to wastage in the short and long term and so should be avoided. 

Additional safety measures

If you are self-isolating due to having Coronavirus symptomsthen also take advice from your local council on how to dispose of waste, in particular, personal waste eg tissues. They may request that you to store waste for longer to eliminate the risk to their collections teams or have extra measures in place as to how things should be disposed of. 

Licensed waste removal

Private waste services will continue to provide additional services for as long as possible and at the time of writing here at TH Removals we are here to help. Contact us for assistance with removals and the reduction of excess waste at your property. We are professional and licensed waste removal experts and can help with the vast majority of waste removal services. 

Contact us for more details and if you don’t fall into our areas covered please remember to always use a registered and licensed waste removal company to ensure any waste is removed responsibly.

In England Fly Tipping Happens Every 30 Seconds !

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A report released this month has shown that based on figures from last year 2018/19 local authorities in England are dealing with two fly tipping incidents per minute. This totals 1072,000 incidents reported by authorities that year. With fly tipping on the increase as we reported in our last blog this is a shocking amount of waste being dumped. 

The report by Expert Market has not only shown the quantity of fly tipping incidents but also the cost associated with them which was £12.9 million – an increase of £5000 on the year before. 

Boroughs in London were amongst four of the top five worst offending areas in the country. Data was used from 323 local authorities in England. Despite a 16% reduction in fly tipping offences compared to the previous year, the City of London still had 172 fly tipping incidents per 1000 people making it the worst in England. In third, fourth and fifth place were Camden, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow. 

Sheffield in South Yorkshire showed a huge rise in fly tipping and was the second worst in England with a whopping 552% increase from 22 per 1000 people to 137 in 1000. 

The report also stated that household waste was the biggest portion of the waste dumped at almost two thirds. However, construction waste and trade waste were also found too. Whilst fines amounting to £1,090,267 have been issued by English councils for fly tipping this figure still only amounts to 0.2% of cases that end up in prosecution.

It is a bleak picture that is painted by the report with Lucy Crossfield, environmental content editor at Expert Market stating: The findings are alarming, especially when we consider the huge amount of money that is spent by overstretched councils on this avoidable problem.Residents need to be more aware of how to identify a legitimate waste carrier, the location of their nearest tip and who to get in touch with for waste disposal.”

Here at TH Removals we would always urge householders to ask to see our Waste Carrier Licence as proof that we are professional waste removal experts. Anyone that removes waste should be able to demonstrate that they are licensed and that they can dispose of waste responsibly.

Fly Tipping Still on the Increase –50% in Six Years

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Figures from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) show that across England there was over a million incidents of fly tipping last year. The rise shows an overall increase of 50% in just six years with no sign of any change in trend anytime soon. 

Over 60% of the reported cases involved household rubbish which had been dumped at roadsides, on pavements and in laybys. 

Whilst punishments for fly tipping are now stricter than ever before it seems that people are just running the risk of being caught. Fines and court action are also on the rise for offenders and councils also have powers to punish those that waste can be traced back to. So even if householders don’t directly dump the rubbish they can still be traced and charged. 

Rather than individual householders going out fly tipping a proportion of the incidents are thought to be down to so called professional waste removal firms. Many people are still being caught out by unlicensed waste carriers taking away one-off loads and household excess. 

It is now more important than ever when using private waste services to ensure that they are licensed to remove rubbish from a property and that they are going to dispose of it responsibly. Professional waste removal firms like TH Removals require an Upper Tier Waste Carrier Licence in order to: • Carry waste as part of a business• Buy, sell or dispose of waste• Arrange for someone to take other people’s waste

We would urge any household or business with excess waste to check the authenticity of any waste carrier carefully. They should be able to produce a copy of their licence credentials upon request. 

Councils are urging householders to access recycling and waste services that are readily available rather than blight the roadsides and beauty spots of the country with their excess waste. 

Council collections of household waste may now be less frequent however, it is now much easier to recycle certain items meaning less pressure on household waste bins. There is a shift in people’s environmental awareness which should mean that the dumping of waste isn’t at all necessary.

Last minute zero waste Christmas gift ideas

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It’s Christmas – a time of indulgence, gift giving and excess! However, the inevitable clean up afterwards could be much reduced if people took more time to consider the festive aftermath! 

At this time of year space for waste is at a premium especially with reduced council collections in the vast majority of the UK depending on when the bank holidays fall. Rather than stressing about the lack of space in your bin being a bit more resourceful about what you buy may be a better option. Here are a few last minute waste reducing ideas to help get you through the season.1) Don’t panic buy! – We’ve all been there and felt that last minute panic that you’ve not got enough or that you might run out of essentials. Resist the urge to run out to the shops one last time to purchase stocking fillers and take the time to really evaluate what you have got and think carefully if you really need to buy more. 2) Manage food waste – food waste is arguably the biggest culprit when it comes to holiday indulgence – in reality supermarkets are only shut for one day and so it really isn’t necessary to buy food in the quantities we do unless you know for sure things will be eaten. Another good tip is to look for recipes to allow you to use up leftovers rather than them ending up in the bin!3) Buy experiences over gifts – the gifts that are more memorable are those that are experience based rather than material items. Create lasting memories by purchasing gifts that will be more unique than just another pair of socks! 4) Donate to charity – although not just for Christmas it is a time of year when charities find themselves overstretched – particularly homeless charities and food banks. Give them the gift of time or extra food that can go to help those in need.

As a last reminder it’s also a good idea to check your bin collection day. There are likely disruptions to waste collections and checking with your relevant council to see if your regular day has moved might avoid unnecessary waste building up. Alternatively contact your local and licensed private waste collection firm for additional help.

Fly Tipping On The Increase In England

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Figures recently released by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) show that fly tipping is on the increase again. Reports from local authorities showed 1072,000 incidents of fly tipping in 2018/19 which is an 8% increase from the previous year. 

It is also a stark reminder for householders that only approved waste removal companies like TH Removals are licenced to take rubbish away and dispose of it via legitimate channels. A waste carrier’s licence should be available to householders when researching who they should hire to take their excess waste. 

Almost two-thirds of the 2018/19 statistics show that household rubbish is category contributing to the majority of fly tipping cases. This ranges from black sacks to household debris, old carpets and furniture as well as DIY project waste. The dumping of rubbish has been reported on roadsides and pavements across the UK. 33% of the reported incidents were a small vanload in size with 30% being the size of a car boot or smaller. Items like mattresses or furniture contribute to 18% of the total figure. 

Whilst not all the rubbish tipped may have been from illegal waste removal companies but from householders themselves it is important to note how stiff the penalties can be if caught. Fines far outweigh the cost of paying for professional waste removal and councils have more and more ways of tracing back dumped rubbish to the owner. 

Illegal waste from commercial companies has also been reported which included tens of thousands of incidents of construction waste including demolition waste, electrical items including white goods and garden waste.

The newly released figures don’t include the estimate of how much it costs local authorities to clean up after fly tippers overall. However, the cost of larger clean ups (thought to be the size of a tipper lorry or bigger) in 2018-19 were £12.9m which was an increase of £0.7m on the previous year. 

On a positive note enforcement for fly tipping has increased with local authorities carrying out nearly 500,000 enforcement actions which includes full investigations, fixed penalties and prosecutions. The volume of penalty notices issued has increased by 11% to £76,000.

To find out more about our licensed waste removal services contact us.

Pumpkin waste at an all-time high in UK

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As such we’ve put together some tips on what to do with your leftover pumpkin flesh and carvings:

Just last week it was reported in the UK that food waste would be at record levels this month as an estimated 8 million pumpkins are carved for Halloween and subsequently binned. This equates to an approximate 18,000 tonnes of pumpkin flesh that could well have been eaten. 

Make soup or pumpkin puree

Separate the seeds from the guts of the pumpkin and then for soup bring to the boil with some stock, onion and any other favourite vegetables. Once the veg has softened then blend the ingredients together until smooth. Serve with chunky bread for an autumnal treat or freeze once cooled for a later date. 

For pumpkin puree again you’ll need to separate all the seeds out and then just blend or food process until smooth. You can then use this puree as a basis for lots of dishes including curry, pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie and more. 

Roasted pumpkin seeds

For a delicious snack this is a simple solution. Spread the separated pumpkin seeds out on a baking tray and lightly drizzle olive oil on top. Pop in the oven to roast until they’ve a golden toasted appearance and then enjoy!

Pumpkin juice

As inspired by Harry Potter as a firm Diagon Alley favourite you could use your pumpkin flesh to make this wizard mixture. Pour boiling water over the flesh including stringy areas and seeds. Let it soak for around half an hour and then strain, removing any solid parts. To sweeten you can add insome brown sugar with the boiling water. Put together with some apple juice for an extra seasonal twist. Adults only can add some apple cider for an alcohol inspired pumpkin treat.

Feed wildlife or use as a planter

For the pumpkin lantern itself once you have finished with it you can feed the leftover shell to wildlife. Leave in your garden or take to a nature spot and leave for wildlife to eat. Alternatively, you can turn it into a planter. Fill with compost and some of your seasonal favourite plants and plant in your garden. The pumpkin will naturally fertilise and compost in the soil over time.

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