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Fly Tipping On The Increase In England

Fly Tipping On The Increase In England

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

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.


The impact of clothing waste

Clothing has hit the headlines recently as one of the main areas of waste in a typical UK household. It has been estimated that clothing to the value of around £140 million is sent to landfill each year. Moreover, it is also estimated that the value of unused items hanging in wardrobes is around £30 million. 

As such there is a push for householders and local authorities to put more emphasis into reducing clothing waste by changing shopping habits, extending the life of clothes people own already and managing better disposal for clothing that has reached the end of its life. 

The charity WRAP has put together some estimates regarding the bigger picture concerning clothing waste which make for alarming reading. For example:

It is believed that the yearly footprint of a typical household’s new clothing purchases, including laundering is equivalent to – the carbon emissions of driving 6000 miles in an average car, the water required for 1000+ baths and in excess of the weight of 100 pairs of jeans. 

The charity believes that there are opportunities to reduce the impact of clothing on waste overall and their report ‘Valuing our clothes’ highlights some of these and includes:- Reducing the impact of new clothing sold – Extending the usefulness of existing clothing- Raising the demand and availability of pre-owned and re-usable clothing- Prevent clothing reaching landfill- Reducing the impact that washing and cleaning clothing has

Extending the lifetime of clothing is seen as a big way to reduce the impact on the environment. The average life of a typical garment is thought to be around 2.2 years but even just increasing that by 9 months could have a positive influence. Ways to extend clothing life include: – Ability to mend or alter clothing- Design of clothing and suitability to adapt to fashion changes- Consumer willingness to wear things again and again

All of this but in addition people should take great responsibility for how they dispose of clothing and get waste removed by the local authority or registered waste carriers only.


Bin lorry trial begin in Sheffield and Westminster

In Sheffield and Westminster it has been reported that trials of electric bin lorries will commence. The bin trucks will be powered by the very thing they are designed to collect – household waste!

Diesel lorries that had been earmarked for scrap have been instead fitted with electric engines enabling the 26 tonne bin lorries to operate using energy from collected waste. Any additional energy left over is expected to be returned to the system and be used to power homes.

These transformed vehicles have zero carbon emissions and form part of challenges to reduce the pollution levels in both areas. Illegal levels of dirty air are present in Sheffield and Westminster – following an emergency meeting in Sheffield earlier this year the city council have pledged to become carbon neutral by 2030.  

Spearheading the project is Councillor Mark Jones who says: 

“Using local expertise, we are piloting a new repowered 26-tonne bin lorry which is powered by the electricity produced by the waste it collects. We believe we are the first local authority ever to do this, putting Sheffield at the forefront of the green energy revolution.

“Our city is working hard to deliver clean air and green jobs. We are rightly proud of projects such as this alongside our own proposals for a clean air zone to cut nitrogen dioxide.

“I’m looking forward to seeing this bin lorry and another set to be delivered soon powering up Sheffield’s hills and leading the way for a new approach to tackle climate change and poor air quality.”

Local firm Magtec actually fit the electric engines to the lorries and their director Marcus Jenkins has revealed that a single conversion is the equivalent to removing 30 diesel cars off the road. 

“The quickest and most economical way to reduce harmful emissions in our cities is to repower diesel trucks with electric drives,” he said.

Air pollution is linked to certain health conditions including asthma, dementia, mental health concerns and some cancers. Government advisory board The National Infrastructure Commission has previously called for a ban on new petrol and diesel HGVs sales by 2040.


Plastic Free July – What’s it all about ?

We’re well into July now and the tech savvy amongst you may have seen Plastic Free July being bandied about social media land. But what is it and why does it matter? Let us explain a little more….

Plastic Free July is a little like zero waste living but is essentially a month ‘trial’ for people who want to give living without disposable products. The idea is that you choose one of the main four groups of plastics to avoid – these are plastic straws, takeaway coffee cups, plastic bags and plastic bottles. If you’re feeling like a bigger challenge, then opting to avoid all of these is of course an option too.

The whole concept is designed to help people try out living without plastics for a month – after that time they can decide if they want to give up completely and how feasible that is. Here are some alternatives to the main four groups: 

Plastic Straws

Giving up straws completely might seem like the best option. However, for some people this just isn’t possible. There are a variety of options available such as stainless steel or silicone. For those looking for something more unusual there’s also glass straws or bamboo!

Plastic Bags

There are many alternatives to plastic bags since the introduction of charges in the UK. The trick is to find a solution that isn’t too bulky and can be easily stored. Reusing any bags as often as possible and remembering them for each shopping trip is also a great commitment.

Plastic Bottles

Plastic bottles are everywhere and a large part of our plastic problem. Drinking on the go is all about being prepared. For cold drinks a drinks bottle that is sturdy and reusable and holds enough liquid to make all the fuss worthwhile!

Takeaway coffee

Who would have thought that the takeaway coffee cup contained plastic? However, in order to keep their shape many disposable options contain plastic and not a kind that makes it easily recyclable. Many shops now sell their own ‘keep cup’ versions which shops will refill for you. Often there’s a financial incentive for those taking their own cups to a café or coffee station. 


3 Reasons To Use A Rubbish Removal Company

Many people getting rid of waste from their property may naturally think of hiring a skip as a means to getting rid of a lot of waste in one go. However, this may mean lifting and getting waste into a skip themselves which may not be feasible for some. As such hiring a local waste removal firm such as TH Removals may be a better option and here are three of the main reasons why this could be more appropriate for some. 

Professional Waste Removal

Using a waste removal firm can be much more straightforward for anyone getting rid of waste. They can remove bulky items, garden waste, furniture, electrical appliances and even full house clearances. It can be removed at a time to suit the property owner and may be much more convenient. 

Loading Done For You

When it comes to getting rid of waste half the battle can be moving it around and having somewhere to store it in the meantime. This is just one reason why skips can prove popular but loading a skip isn’t necessarily an easy task if you have large and heavy items. However, a waste removal firm will typically lift and carry all the waste away for you. 

Licensed To Remove Rubbish

When using a waste removal firm it is important to check that they are have a waste carriers license. This will make sure that the firm has the relevant permissions to dispose of waste in that specific area. Not only this but they will also provide paperwork detailing what they have taken away and householders can be confident that they will deal with the waste responsibly. 

The laws around waste removal introduced licenses back in 2014 in an attempt to reduce instances of fly tipping and waste collectors that then went on to fly tip. 

We can help with a full range of waste collection services in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire. Contact us for a full no obligation quote and we can discuss your requirements for bulk collections or house clearances and more.


Arrest Made in Fly Tipping Investigation


There has been another reminder from authorities this month about the importance of using licensed waste carriers when getting waste removed, as an arrest is made in a widespread investigation in the South of England.

The arrest of a 44 year old man came about after investigation into several incidents of fly tipping and illegal dumping across Surrey, West London, Buckinghamshire, Kent and Hampshire.  The incidents are said to have occurred from March this year and a tipper lorry and van have also been seized as part of the investigation. The Environment Agency has stated that the arrest was in connection with ‘large scale illegal waste tipping’. 

Emma Viner of the agency stated: “Waste criminals put both the environment and local communities at risk with their reckless actions. The Environment Agency is determined to bring culprits to justice.We encourage anyone with information to contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.”

Laws that changed in 2014 mean that now anyone that removes or carries waste of any kind should be registered and they are required to have a waste carrier’s license. This is a requirement whether this is their own business waste or if they have removed for someone else. The laws were introduced in an attempt to reduce fly tipping incidents from illegal waste removal firms but problems are still occurring. 

The offence of fly tipping is criminal and can be punished by way of a fine of up to £50,000 or 12 months in prison if the offence is dealt with by a Magistrates’ Court. The severity can increase if the crime is dealt with by Crown Court with an unlimited fine and 5 years in prison a possibility. 

TH Removals is a fully licensed waste removal company and we are happy to help anyone in all areas of Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire. We can help you to remove excess waste from your home or assist with a house clearance or garden waste. We are experienced removals experts and will work with you to clear waste and leave you with a clear space along with peace of mind that waste will be dealt with appropriately.


Garden Waste Removal Challenges

Following a bank holiday with great weather for most of the UK many people may have chosen to take to their gardens and tackle rubbish removal, cut back overgrown areas and cut lawns. This effort is likely to have generated some waste that requires removal. 

 

Garden waste disposal via a local council comes at a price in some areas with some local authorities opting to charge annually for garden waste collections that take place every fortnight. What this means is that those with small gardens or less garden waste overall could be paying all year round for a service that they may only take advantage of occasionally as and when the waste builds up. It could also mean finding the space to store an extra wheelie bin!

Other options for garden waste removal could be:

Take it to the tip – rather than pay for council garden waste removal it may be preferable if you have the means to take garden waste to the tip directly. This may be a good solution if it all fits in one trip and assuming all the waste is approved for disposal at your waste / recycling depot.

Burning – a full blown garden fire is probably not going to impress the neighbours and is not without risks but some garden waste such as wood and twigs could be burnt in a garden chimnea or log burner indoors depending on the wood. Check with your local authority first to ensure you know the rules or bylaws about what could be considered anti-social burning.

Composting – if you’re already a keen gardener then you may already have a compost bin and be familiar with how it works but if not then it could be an option to explore. Garden and some waste can be composted down and reused on the garden meaning garden waste is reduced to a minimum. 

Private Waste Removal Services – a licensed waste removal expert could help to clear garden waste on an ad hoc basis. As the waste is gathered you can arrange a collection with them directly and negate the need for council garden waste services.


How to recycle electrical equipment !

In the UK each year in excess of 170 million electrical items are purchased. This equates to around 3 appliances or gadgets per head nationwide. Some people may think this is a conservative calculation when they think about the electrical items in their own household. 

Electrical items may break over time or increasingly may be superseded by a newer model with many people having objects in their home languishing in attics, the bottom of cupboards or desk drawers to be dealt with another day.

Ultimately electrical waste needs to be addressed and whilst some may choose to simply dispose of their unwanted goods that may not be possible in some instances that require specialist removal or have specific rules. The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations came about in 2007 as an attempt to encourage more recycling in this area and prevent electrical items ending up in landfill. 

Recycling electrical products such as mobile phones, kitchen appliances, televisions, computers and tools could be much more beneficial in the long term than simply disposing of unwanted items. 

Electricals in landfill could be damaging to the environment as they can cause soil and water contamination which may harm wildlife and humans. Recycling electrical items can prevent them from ending up in landfill altogether thus reducing the pressure on these areas.

TH Removals seek to recycle as much waste as possible in our waste removal services and this includes electrical items. We will always encourage our customers to opt for recycling services wherever possible and practical.

In order that working electricals get their maximum shelf life then donating unwanted items to charity or other good causes could prolong the time that they are in use. 

For items that can no longer be reused as they are they could be broken down and the parts and components used in creating new items. These items could include car internal parts as well as external vehicle bodywork, mobile phones, jewellery and even currency!

If you have a tricky electrical items that is no longer fit for purpose contact us for help with electrical waste removal and disposal. 


How to recycle electrical equipment !

HIn the UK each year in excess of 170 million electrical items are purchased. This equates to around 3 appliances or gadgets per head nationwide. Some people may think this is a conservative calculation when they think about the electrical items in their own household. 

Electrical items may break over time or increasingly may be superseded by a newer model with many people having objects in their home languishing in attics, the bottom of cupboards or desk drawers to be dealt with another day.

Ultimately electrical waste needs to be addressed and whilst some may choose to simply dispose of their unwanted goods that may not be possible in some instances that require specialist removal or have specific rules. The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations came about in 2007 as an attempt to encourage more recycling in this area and prevent electrical items ending up in landfill. 

Recycling electrical products such as mobile phones, kitchen appliances, televisions, computers and tools could be much more beneficial in the long term than simply disposing of unwanted items. 

Electricals in landfill could be damaging to the environment as they can cause soil and water contamination which may harm wildlife and humans. Recycling electrical items can prevent them from ending up in landfill altogether thus reducing the pressure on these areas.

TH Removals seek to recycle as much waste as possible in our waste removal services and this includes electrical items. We will always encourage our customers to opt for recycling services wherever possible and practical.

In order that working electricals get their maximum shelf life then donating unwanted items to charity or other good causes could prolong the time that they are in use. 

For items that can no longer be reused as they are they could be broken down and the parts and components used in creating new items. These items could include car internal parts as well as external vehicle bodywork, mobile phones, jewellery and even currency!

If you have a tricky electrical items that is no longer fit for purpose contact us for help with electrical waste removal and disposal. 

 
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