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Government Indicates Investment in Waste Sector

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At the Conservative Party conference this month the Environment secretary Michael Gove has indicated that long overdue investment in the waste management sector may be on the way.
In particular he mentioned food waste and the challenges this brings with the suggestion that funding could be made available for better redistribution and more investment in cleaner technologies.
Mr Gove talked about current difficulties faced by the sector and described them as “a new front in the war against waste”. The talk comes ahead of Defra’s waste and resource strategy which is expected towards the end of the year. Tougher measures for fly tipping offences as well as companies that flout regulations for waste removal are also anticipated.
The background to the changes comes as no surprise to most in the wake of alarming quantities of plastic being dumped in the sea as well as rises in fly tipping rates.
According to Gove the charges from plastic bags have brought about a 90% reduction in usage. There is much more work to do however, as he reported in his speech that “the equivalent of a whole dumper truck of plastic is dropped in the sea every minute of every day.”
Food waste is another big culprit contributing to environmental and social concerns. Investment and funding that is made available could ensure greater distribution of food waste by retailers and the food industry.


The Lowdown on Clothing Waste

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When it comes to waste we may not often think about the impact unwanted clothing has on the growing landfill problem. The fact is however that around 300,000 tonnes of clothing waste is binned on average each year in the UK. By shopping differently and getting more out of the clothes we buy then this could be reduced. In addition, by thinking about how we get rid of clothes we’ve outgrown or fallen out of love with is another way we can prevent clothing ending up as waste.

Mend or re-use clothing

Today if clothing has a hole in it or a zip goes, it is tempting to just throw an item away. However, it could be mended, especially if it is something fairly minor. If an item is beyond repair it may be something that could be repurposed – cotton fabric to make patchwork or sections of adult clothing used to make something smaller for children perhaps. Even some baby clothing could be used as dolls clothing and socks could be turned into puppets! Washing at lower temperatures and no tumble drying could also help clothes last longer.

Donate to charity

Many people might already fill a charity bag and leave it outside to be collected. It is possible to donate in bulk also and some charities may pick up clothing from your home. If you are clearing a property after a loved one has died or if you are having a major clearout then it might be possible to ask the waste company you use to make a donation on your behalf.

Clothes swapping or selling

Depending on the size and type of clothing then you could go to a swapping event. Here people meet up with clean and good quality used clothing and swap.

Alternatively, if you prefer to get cash for your clothing you could take it somewhere to be weighed and get cash in return or sell it yourself privately or at a car boot or indoor sale.

Buy carefully

In order to avoid having a build up of unwanted clothes then buying more carefully may be a better solution. Buying clothes that may last way beyond the latest fashion trend could be a far better investment for yourself and the environment.


Why it is important to only used Licensed Waste Carriers for Rubbish Removal ?

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For many people the question of waste removal is down to their respective council and not really the concern of individual householders or businesses. By paying council tax most people believe that the buck stops there. Actually though the rules around rubbish removal are strict and with good reason given the influx of fly tipping in recent years. It is actually the responsibility of the home owner, private tenant or business to ensure that their waste is disposed of safely and legally.
Hiring a rubbish removal firm
Hiring someone to remove any rubbish from your property or business doesn’t mean you have done your job. When you pass on your rubbish to another party it does not mean that rubbish is then their responsibility.
Unfortunately there are several so called waste removal companies out there that will take your money and say they will dump the waste for you and do that anywhere they get the opportunity. Ultimately this could mean you being prosecuted as the law states that you are required to get rid of waste legally and responsibly.
The law governing what is required is The Environmental Protection Act 1990, Section 34, The Landfill Regulations. These define what is necessary in terms of rubbish removal and the due care afforded to private individuals when getting rid of waste.
Avoiding legal action regarding rubbish removal
Using a registered waste removal company like TH Removals is the only lawful way of ensuring that you get your rubbish removed.
A registered firm will issue you with a Waste Transfer Note (WTN) when they arrive to collect your waste. This is a document that is signed by both parties and means that ownership of the rubbish transfers to them. The waste removal company is then obliged to dispose of the rubbish and you cannot be prosecuted for any wrong doing from then on.
Should the waste then be dumped illegally the waste carrier runs the risk of losing their license but most importantly you are no longer accountable.
The implications of illegally dumping waste
If you don’t hire a registered waste removal firm or you dump the rubbish by the roadside or other illegal site then you are at huge risk of getting a big fine.
Councils can issue you with an immediate on the spot fine of £300. If your case ends up in Magistrate’s Court the fine could be up to £5000 and if it goes to Crown Court then the fines could be issued of an unlimited amount.
Using a reputable and reliable firm like TH Removals would mean avoiding any legal issues surrounding waste removal. Contact us anytime for a no obligation quote for our services.


Bin Collections in Warm Weather

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It doesn’t seem that long ago since we were discussing the freezing weather and how snow might disrupt bin collections. However, we’ve now been experiencing some lovely summer weather for a few weeks which has in turn caused some consequences for rubbish removal – cue rainfall within 24 hours!
In all seriousness some councils across the UK have experienced delays to services and in some cases missed collections due to the hot weather. Where possible they have notified residents through their websites and social media and informed them to expect late or delayed collections. In the hot weather some vehicles may be subject to greater chance of breakdown and workers need additional time in order to pace collections whilst maintaining health and safety.
Of course it is still possible to engage local private waste removal services should you need extra or additional rubbish collections if you have been missed off your regular rounds.
There are things you can do to reduce waste in warmer weather. Using reusable drinks containers could reduce plastic waste and just trying to plan food supply so you eat more fresh meat and produce could reduce the amount of food waste. At this time of year bins for household waste can be prone to smells and even unpleasant infestations so reducing the kind of waste you throw out can reduce the chances of this occurring. Ensuring you rinse recyclable waste thoroughly should help to keep special bins for other materials cleaner.
If you are going on holiday try and ask a friend, family member or neighbour to keep on top of your bins by still putting them out on your behalf. This reduces the chance of rubbish being left longer than necessary and even if there are delays it means that you aren’t coming back to any nasty surprises.
For anyone seeking advice or assistance with rubbish removal in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire or Buckinghamshire then we would be happy to help. We can also help with one off collections, commercial waste and house removals. Contact us for more details about any of our services.


Reasons To Hire a Waste Removal Company

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If you’re on top of the contents of your home and business and regularly comply with council waste removal collections then the chances are you might never have crossed paths with a private waste company.
However, this doesn’t mean that you won’t at some point in the future require the services of a reliable removal firm. There may be many reasons why a company may need our help and here are just a few of the main ones.
Rubbish Overflow
There may come a time in any company or person’s lifetime where they simply need to get rid of more than their fair share of rubbish. This could be after a big clearout or it could simply be that circumstances mean you have more waste than usual. As such having a private firm deal with the waste rather than waiting with the problem for several weeks to be collected in regular collections may be much simpler.
House Clearance
When someone in the family dies then it could be left to loved ones or families to deal with their belongings. Often this may be their clothing and other personal effects but often it could be a complete house full of things. Even the most organised person may still generate a healthy amount of things which could be overwhelming to dispose of or re-distribute when someone has died. Having an independent company to come in and help lighten the load in a sensitive manner could be extremely helpful.
Cost Effective Waste Removal
Paying someone to get rid of what you no longer need might sound unnecessary. However, factor in your time, fuel, potential vehicle hire, storage costs etc and it could be much more cost effective to hire a firm to get rid of things all in one go rather than do it all yourself.
Health & Safety
Many people might not even think about health and safety implications of rubbish removal but actually hiring a firm to deal with large quantities or unusual items could prevent injury or exposure to something unpleasant. Our operatives are fully trained to deal with all health and safety considerations.
Contact us today for a no obligation quote for help with waste removal in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire


What Are The Top 5 Recycleable Materials ?

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Knowing what can be recycled may seem like a difficult subject at times. Many households now have special bins for different kinds of rubbish but knowing if your waste is the ‘right kind of recycling’ can be confusing. We’ve compiled a simple list of the top 5 materials that can be recycled and why. We also know how problematic it can be getting rid of your unwanted items so if you have any waste issues you need help with then it could be worth giving us a call.
1) Aluminium & Steel – empty drinks cans and other items made from aluminium are 100% recyclable. What’s more is that the energy used to make new aluminium from recycled waste can mean a up to a 95% reduction. Steel is also completely recyclable and making new steel from old is a real energy saver overall.
2) Cardboard & Paper – Breaking down boxes instead of chucking them in the household waste can make a significant energy saving. Along with paper it is one of the most readily available commercial and domestic waste products. In the UK we get through around 12.5 million tonnes of cardboard and paper each year and it takes 24 trees to make 1 tonne so recycling what we can is obviously important.
3) Glass – Savings of up to 50% energy could be made by recycling glass products. It uses much less air and water pollution and take note as any glass that does get to landfill will never decompose. Glass is also 100% recyclable.
4) Plastic – Currently considered the enemy by pretty much everyone and whilst it is the cause of much debate lately it is shown to be on the rise by around 4% each year in Western Europe. Annually it is estimated that a family will throw out 40kg of plastic that could be recycled which is staggering considering it takes 500 years to break down and decompose.
5) Computers/Technology – With the fast pace of technology development it may not be a surprise to find that this makes our top 5 list. Reusing or sending old computers, laptops and other technology to recycle centres could mean there is less waste and parts can be reused.


Individuals Could Now Face Fly Tipping Fines In New Legislation

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DEFRA is said to be considering responses from a consultation that they opened back in January. Part of the consultation was the possibility of fines being introduced for individuals that don’t take ‘all reasonable measures’ when employing someone to dispose of their household waste. This proposal very much places the onus for reducing fly tipping with the householder as anyone found to be hiring unlicensed waste companies could be fined up to £400 if the waste is then found to be tipped illegally.
The proposals go further than ever before to tackle the issue of fly tipping which is thought to be on the increase and is problematic in rural and country locations throughout the UK. According to figures household waste is effectively two thirds of illegally tipped waste and so this proposal is thought to be a solution to the problem. Until now the introduction of on the spot fines as well as the fact that waste carriers must have a license have had less of an impact on fly tipping figures. It was reported last year that on the whole fly tipping is still on the increase for the third year running and so it is hoped that these new measures under consultation could have the desired effect.
The maximum fine is suggested to be £400 with £200 being the default minimum. For many people the proposals are a welcome prospect as certain areas in towns and cities are repeatedly suffering at the hands of illegal waste tipping.
Finding a licensed waste carrier like TH Removals is very straightforward and we will gladly help people to dispose of excess waste in a responsible and efficient way. We understand how difficult it can be to get rid of unwanted items and bagfuls of waste but we are committed to providing a thorough and proper waste removal service to all households in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire. It is important for anyone getting rid of rubbish to request to see the relevant waste carriers license to ensure the firm is reputable.


Overcoming Plastic Waste Problems

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Plastic has taken a real hammering lately in the press – plastic bags, plastic bottles and plastic in general have been blamed for a huge global waste problem. The problem can’t be ignored but it really needs people to change their attitudes towards waste in general and to see it as a collective problem. Waste removal has to be done responsibly and with the Government pledging to put £61.4 million to help tackle ocean plastic waste it is also something that needs to change at source too to prevent further build up. Here are some ways householders can reduce their plastic usage:
Use plastic alternatives – by no means an easy task at this point but looking for glass bottles, zero waste options in shops when replenishing drink and food supplies is an option that is growing. Even small changes like getting milk delivered in bottles helps to reduce plastic waste.
Take your own bags – since October 2015 large shops have had to charge for carrier bags. Taking your own not only saves money but also reduces the volume of new bags being used.
Use reusable drinks cups/bottles – the UK is responsible for discarding 35 million plastic bottles a year. Taking a resuable cup for hot drinks or a reusable bottle for water etc could start to impact his figure.
Take cutlery to work – when eating on the go the only cutlery on offer is often plastic – planning ahead by taking some with you or keeping some at work may mean being able to say no to plastic options in future.
Say no to straws – consider whether you need to use a straw at all for drinks and either use an alternative that isn’t as damaging to the environment or is reusable (paper or stainless steel).
Consider how you shop – convenience food including ready meals and prepared vegetables are usually accompanied by lots of plastic wrapping. Even committing to just 1 main meal a week where you use fresh ingredients could help reduce your plastic footprint.
Thinking about how you use or re-use plastic could make a big difference to the overall impact. Even if the changes you make seem small the collective change could be huge.


Tackling Roadside Waste Needs To Start With Drivers

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Environmental waste is once again hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons as it is announced that around 3.2 million mice, voles and shrews die each year due to rubbish thrown into roadsides and hedgerows from vehicles and illegally dumped waste. Once again plastic waste comes under fire as a death trap for these small mammals but essentially waste like this along with aluminium cans are causing unnecessary deaths as these vulnerable species crawl into the waste and then can’t find a way out.
The 18 month study on roadside waste was led by RSPB volunteer Graham Moates and supported by the Keep Britain Tidy campaign. By examining waste in South Norfolk the study found that 1 in 10 cartons or items had traces of dead animals in them. Both organisations are urging people to not toss rubbish out of the vehicles and Keep Britain Tidy have launched a ‘Don’t be a Tosser’ campaign that targets this very issue. It also further highlights the need to clamp down on fly tipping and people using unlicensed waste removal firms.
These small mammals are essential to the food chain and so protecting them from a completely unnecessary end is of huge importance according to Moates and fellow supporters including Keep Britain Tidy ambassador and TV presenter Chris Packham.
Fortunately new rules that come into force in April means that councils will be able to fine individuals caught littering. Registered keepers of a vehicle may find themselves receiving a fine, even if they didn’t throw the rubbish, in a bid to come down hard on anyone found to be littering on CCTV footage. Chief of Keep Britain Tidy Allison Ogden-Newton is imploring councils to enforce the new rules to punish those that litter these roadside verges and wildlife havens.
Simple ways to keep your vehicle tidy could include having a bag or bin placed in the vehicle to capture all the waste. Rubbish can then be removed periodically in a quick and easy way. When looking for ways to get rid of excess household waste people should also request to see the waste carriers license, otherwise they also risk a hefty fine.
Packham is passionate about British wildlife and believes that we all have a responsibility to do more to protect our environment. Not throwing litter from vehicles and dumping waste needs to stop in order to protect wildlife and their natural habitats.


What to do if your waste services are disrupted by snow

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The country is in the grips of significant snowfall. The so called ‘Beast from the East’ has dominated the news and weather headlines for days. Flights, trains and other transport services are cancelled, hundreds of schools remain closed and people in general are being advised not to travel unless absolutely necessary.
As a consequence bin collections across many counties have also been suspended leaving householders unsure of when their rubbish may be next picked up. Bad weather continues and travel and public service misery is compounded. Here is what we recommend in the event of suspended waste services in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and other areas.
Don’t panic! OK, we understand you’re probably not panicking just yet but we understand how frustration disruption to bin collections can be. If your bin collection is due or overdue leave your bin out ready for collection and usually on the next available day it should be collected, weather permitting.
Bag up extra waste – as waste builds in the absence of a bin collection just continue to collect waste as normal and bag up what you can. If you have run out of room in your bin the chances are that the council will accept additional waste in the short term to make up for the weather delays.
Make other arrangements – if the icy weather continues or the council closest to you doesn’t make up the back log of waste you may want to consider contacting private waste clearance services or make plans to remove the excess waste yourself. Local firms may be able to respond quicker than council services and could be more convenient than waiting.
Book specialist waste services – if you’ve taken the opportunity to have an early spring clean with the unexpected ‘snow days’ then you may have extra waste to clear. Electrical items, excess timber and unwanted furniture may be removed by private services or specialist companies. Contacting a local company could give you the best options for getting rid of spring waste quickly. Ensure that they have the appropriate waste carrier’s license for removing your items.
We would be happy to help anyone in the Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire areas struggling to get their ‘snow’ waste or excess waste picked up. We can also assist with ad hoc requests and ongoing waste removal contracts.