Finding Recycling Services Near You

You may think that recycling waste is a lot of work, but you could be surprised to see how much of your household waste is able to go into the recycling bin! A lot of it is made up of food items. There are other things as well that may come from your home, and they all can make a difference when it comes to reducing our carbon footprint.

One thing that makes food items so beneficial is that they usually contain a lot of protein. When you eat them they are not being wasted; they are going directly to a biodegradable form. This way, you are helping to reduce our carbon footprint and increasing the amount of food and other useful things available to the world.

There are a lot of things that can go into recycling waste. If you have an old pair of jeans that you no longer use or anything that you no longer need, there is always a recycling company that you can hire. They will take the things that you no longer want and use them for making new ones! There are also things like old CDs that you no longer want that you can donate to be recycled as well.

It’s always a good idea to do as much recycling as possible. It can be hard to think about just throwing your waste away. Some companies will even come to your house and help you with the process so that you don’t have to go out and buy all of the materials that you will need for your own home.

If you live in a certain type of place, like a city, it is even more important to recycle waste as much as possible. In a city where trash bins are almost never full, it can be harder to recycle waste and if you are unable to find it then you can have it taken away from you in the name of recycling! Even in smaller cities it can be difficult to find the bins.

The best thing to do when it comes to recycling is to start at your own home. Take all of the things that you want to get rid of and put them in one box or container. Once you get everything together, you will be surprised by how many things you can put into it!

It is also a good idea to check with your local government about what they can do to help you get your recycling program running more effectively. Sometimes it will be easier to get things like recycling fees reduced so that you are doing less of a job for them. If you have any old tires that need to be recycled then it might be a good idea to contact your local tire yard or garage sales department to see if they have what you need. Additionally, if you have hazardous waste such as used oil that needs disposing of, you should always use a waste oil collection service instead of pouring it down a drain, especially if you are a business that produces a large amount of waste oil.

There are many different kinds of recycling and you will find that each kind takes up different amounts of time to complete. This means that you may not have to actually recycle all of the garbage that you have at all. You should be aware though that there are some items that will have to be recycled and you should be sure to list them on your list before you throw away any of your own trash.

If you can afford it, you may want to consider hiring a recycling service. They will do the work for you while you can spend some time doing your own home cleaning and preparing the home for the new recyclable goods that you will be placing in there. If you can’t afford this then it might be a good idea to hire a group of volunteers who can clean out your home and store your waste in there for you so that you don’t have to do it yourself.

In general the best way to find a good company to use is to ask around or to look on the internet. There are many great sites that will give you all kinds of information about different companies in your area that can do recycling services near you. Once you know exactly where to look, you won’t have to waste your time calling around and wasting time trying to find a good company for your needs.

Teaching Children About Waste: 10 Easy Tips

Once we start to think about the global impact of waste pollution it can easily become a very scary thing, which is why it can be a difficult subject to talk to our children about. However, just because the subject may be tough to tackle doesn’t mean we shouldn’t discuss it with our kids. After all, this is the planet we are leaving behind for them and we need to make sure they know how to take care of it. If we raise our children with a better understanding of waste and an appreciation for our planet we can rest assured we are leaving it in good hands. In this article we go over ten tips that will not only help you teach your children about responsible waste management but make it a fun experience for them too!

  1. Start with the Basics: Reduce Reuse Recycle

The ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ is a term we have all heard, but it may not mean very much to a child if they don’t really understand the meaning behind it. Start asking your youngsters questions that will get their brains working and open a discussion between the two of you. Collect a mixture of rubbish from the bins around your home and discuss each item with your child. For example you can hold up a plastic bottle and ask them ‘why is it important to recycle this?’, ‘why do we need to use less of these?’ and ‘can we make this into something new?’.  This will also help you take note of where you could be making recycling mistakes as yourself.

  1. Ask Them More Questions

Ask your children even more waste-related questions to gain a proper understanding of how they view waste and recycling and what they may have already learned about it from school. questions such as ‘if I put this in the rubbish bin, where does it go next?’ will help open up a dialogue between yourself and your child, giving you the opportunity to teach them about where waste goes once it leaves your home. This may be something you can learn together as not many of us actually know what happens to the waste we put in our rubbish bins. While most adults have a basic understanding of what a landfill is and how it negatively effects our planet, not many of us actually do know how our waste makes its way into our oceans or the real harm it can do to our wildlife. The key is not to focus on the negativity of landfills and ocean waste but to focus on the positivity of recycling and repurposing our waste.

  1. Create a Waste Jar

This is a great tip for older children as it will help them gain an understanding of how much waste they are actually producing. While it’s great to teach children the importance of recycling, simply getting them to throw empty cartons and packets into a recycle bin does still conform with a more ‘out of sight, out of mind’ mentality rather than teaching kids to be conscious about waste. Instead ask your kids to put all their empty crisp packets, bottles, and toy packaging in a clear jar,. They will be able to watch their rubbish build up throughout the week and at the end they can sort out recyclables from non recyclables.  While sorting through the waste try to make it a positive learning experience: teach them where each piece of rubbish will end up if it is tossed into landfill vs. if it is sorted and recycled properly. You can use videos and images to demonstrate this from kid friendly sources. Don’t leave yourself or the rest of the family our either! Get everyone involved with their own waste jar. You could even turn it into a competition to see who can produce the least waste in a week.

  1.  Get Composting

Composting is a brilliant way to repurpose unwanted food scraps and garden waste. It’s also a great way to show children how waste can be repurposed into something useful. Learning how to compost with your little one will also make a great science lesson as it involves balancing the right amounts of nitrogen (food waste, grass clippings etc.), carbon (leaves, twigs, newspaper etc.) and water. To start a compost bin you can either buy a purpose built one or create your own by drilling a few holes into the bottom of a standard plastic bin. Start by filling your bin about a third of the full with dried leaves, twigs and paper scraps. Then, add some manure to give your bin a head start at composting. Next, you can add your veggie scraps and household food waste. Finish by covering the food waste with more twigs and leaves and covering everything with water. When covering with water it’s important not to drown your compost, you simply want to dampen it. You children can help you with your composting project every step of the way, and once you have your compost, you can show them how it garden vegetables and plants to grow.

  1. Learn Together About what Goes Into Making our Throw-Away Products

Find out what goes into our everyday throw-away items and demonstrate this to your child in a way they can understand. A fun way to do this is to use glass bowls or jars and fill them with the amount of each ingredient it takes to make up the item. For example, according to the Pacific Institute the amount of energy taken to create a plastic bottle is equivalent to filling around ¼ of its total capacity with oil, and the amount of water is twice that of its full capacity. Get your bottle, get your bowl and fill it up with oil and water, once your youngster sees them side by side they’re likely to be surprised to see that so much of each ingredient goes into an item we throw away after just one use.

  1. Create a No-Waste Shopping List Together

Have your little one help you with the shopping list. Ask them to help you choose items that can either be recycled or repurposed. No waste can sometimes be a little unrealistic and hard to stick to so if you’re having trouble, try and limit throw away items to just five. Discuss with them how you could make swaps for some of your regular items to less wasteful ones. For example, let them help you pick fruit and veg in paper bags rather than plastic. Getting them involved in learning where their food and other everyday items come from will help them to develop a better understanding of why waste management is important, and pave the way for them to make less wasteful decisions in the future.

  1. Make Your Own Soap!

You don’t need those wasteful plastic bottles of liquid soap to get your hands and body clean! Homemade soap is just as effective at cleaningand making it is a fun, creative activity that both you and your child can enjoy together. All you need to make your soap is some melt and pour glycerine soap and silicone moulds. To make it even more fun for your kids use soap dye to make your designs into fun colours and set some of their smaller old toys into the moulds. Once you’ve made your soap, ask them to compare differences between your fun homemade version and the shop-bought version that comes in a plastic bottle. List the positives and negatives of each kind of soap, concentrating on how the homemade soap has helped save on plastic waste.

  1. Think before You Buy

The likes and dislikes of children are constantly changing. They are always into the next best thing be it a game, a toy a, song or a silly dance someone made up at school! And while it is natural for children to want to fit in with their peers, constantly keeping up with the latest fashions is expensive and wasteful. It is tempting as a parent/carer to give into the wants of our children, especially if we have the means to do so. But allowing them to build a huge toy collection or a fashionable wardrobe isn’t the best way to teach them about waste. The next time your child asks you for something ask yourself and them these three questions: ‘do they have anything similar already?’ ‘Is the old version broken/unusable?’ ‘Can we repurpose any old items instead?’. Even if the answer to every question is no, taking the time to pause and think why we want something is a good way to develop sensible and less wasteful  shopping habits, even at a young age.

  1. Implement a One-in One-Out Method

Each time we buy something new for our children we are adding to the amount of waste we produce. Next time you buy your child a new toy or item of clothing repurpose or recycle one of their old items too. This helps us and our kids become mindful of the waste we create when we buy new products. Take them with you to a recycling centre or second hand store so they can see for themselves how old their items are repurposed or recycled. If you are getting rid of something broken or unusable, make sure they are aware how the item will be disposed of: which parts of it will be made into new products? Which parts will end up in landfill? Doing so will help them develop and understanding that everything we buy has to be disposed of at some point, and pave the way for them to make more conscious buying decisions in the future.

  1. Create Up-Cycled Art Together

Art and craft projects help kids to develop their creative skills in a fun way. Save used yoghurt pots, milk cartons, cans, cereal boxes, paper towel tubes and any other non-hazardous waste packages for a fun afternoon of arts and crafts. Get to work painting, gluing and decorating to transform your once discarded waste into keepsakes that will forever remind you of quality time together. Crafting with waste helps children learn on a basic level that not all waste is waste and it can actually be used to create new, fun things that they can enjoy.

Electric Vehicles and the Environmental Impact Net Effect

As divided as the world appears to be on topics such as the environmental impact of oil and other fossil fuels, I think a shift towards green sources of energy is inevitable. If it’s not a matter of what we’re doing to our only home environment, then it’s a matter that hits us where it matters most, which is in our pockets. The big oil companies have the capital resources to invest in cleaner sources of energy and in some way they’re being forced to jump on board, such as how some of their biggest clients in the motor manufacturing industry are increasingly using hybrid engines.

Speaking of cars, Dayinsure, which is one of the UK’s leading short-term car insurance firms, commissioned a survey of UK driving opinions. Different questions were asked, one very interesting one is that of whether or not hands-free kits should be illegal. You would think that it’s a straight-forward question, or rather one which is overly simplistic, but when you consider the stats associated with the safety surrounding the use of hands-free kits in comparison to using handheld devices, some interesting perspectives around the debate develop.

It very quickly gets established that things aren’t quite what they seem…

The same can be said of the question which asks if non-electric cars should be made illegal and I guess this is more in line with the main topic of this particular post.

If anything, this provokes a healthy debate which has us looking into the net effect of the intended laws which we are to progress around environmental affairs. 25% of the people who took the survey think non-electric cars should me made illegal.

This means that 75% oppose this move, but does that mean these people don’t care for the environment, or that they’re perhaps part of the lucrative global fossil fuels market?

Probably not… And here’s why:

I’m probably one of the staunchest supporters of the environmentalism movement, right? However, I think the net effect of our efforts to conserve the environment should be taken into account. Look, the UK already plans to ban a sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040, which makes for a strong statement as far as the UK Government’s efforts in forcing environmental reform.

However, in thinking about this mentioned net effect, it becomes a matter of asking ourselves the critical question of where the energy to power what would be fully electric vehicles would come from. This is how we take into account the net effect.

I mean it doesn’t help if you’ll be charging up at a charging station whose stored power supply is generated in the traditional ways that have been identified to be bad for the environment, such as using fossil fuels like coal.

I think if we’re going to go electric as a means through which to focus more on cleaner energy, we’ll have to go fully renewable, even with the original sources which power up the charging stations all our electric vehicles will be charging up at.

Dangers of DIY Asbestos Removal

Asbestos is a widely mined natural mineral having microscopic fibers that are used for building over 3000 different products for centuries. It is also named as the miracle mineral because of its resistance to heat, chemical reactions and durability. Its extensive use includes the building of ships and insulation of wood and floors using sprayed chemicals on walls and ceilings. However, there have been researches and evidence that its use has caused mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a form of cancer where fibers line around the heart of the lung, causing breathing issues. Other related diseases include asbestosis and non-malignant pleural thickening diseases. However, lung cancer and this disease can happen if asbestos is breathed through the air. Continue reading “Dangers of DIY Asbestos Removal”

What laws and bans are in place to protect our planet?

It’s clear from the headlines in the news that climate change is becoming more and more evident across the globe. From severe droughts and flash floods to devastating hurricanes and melting glaciers, the changing weather poses a real risk. However, it’s not just global warming that is a huge threat to our planet. There are a range of other issues, including the use of plastic and overusing Earth’s natural resources.

Continue reading “What laws and bans are in place to protect our planet?”

Why are new cars beginning to appeal again?

Whether it’s a new piece of jewellery, a holiday or eating out, we appreciate the finer things in life. Well, it appears that the new-car phenomenon is back too! The Society of Motor Manufacturers has revealed that 193,000 new cars were registered in May this year — up 3.4% on the figures recorded in the same month last year. That followed a 10.4% increase in new-car sales in April compared to April 2017. Continue reading “Why are new cars beginning to appeal again?”

Fuel in the future – What’s in store?

With the help of Lookers who offer a variety of car servicing plans, we explore the future of fuel. Recently, diesel has come in for a lot of scrutiny recently due to the levels of Nitrogen Oxide our vehicles emit. So much so that the government in the UK proposed plans to ban any sales of new diesel and petrol vehicles by 2040 as they try to clean the nation’s air quality. As a result, 2017 was a record year for sales of electric vehicles, with over 4,000 new registrations per month in the UK — a significant increase compared to 2013 figures, which witnessed just 3,500 new registrations over the entire year! Continue reading “Fuel in the future – What’s in store?”

How Community Gardens Reduce Rubbish Removal

Recently, there has been highly enthusiastic renewed interest in community gardens and city farms, also called allotment gardens, across the UK. The location of these community growing groups range from highly urbanized London to the Wales countryside. Much of this renewed interest is spurred on by the educational work of charity groups like The Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens (FCFCG), the National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners (NSALG), and the Scottish Allotments and Gardens Society (SAGS). Of the many benefits community gardens bring to communities, reducing rubbish removal is one in which many participants are most proud. Continue reading “How Community Gardens Reduce Rubbish Removal”

Small Actions for BIG, Positive Environmental Effects

We sometimes love to do a little “people-watching” and not in a creepy way — it’s just sometimes really nice to sit atop a hill, overlooking one of the biggest and busiest roadways in the country and sort of try to guess where everybody is going, why they’re in such a rush and whether or not they’re happy. Some crazy thoughts naturally tend to creep-in at times, like perhaps whether or not one of the drivers has not maybe won the lottery and they’re driving to work one last time just to stick it to their boss… Continue reading “Small Actions for BIG, Positive Environmental Effects”

More Consumers Satisfied with Their Water Service

Value for money has been cited as the main reason behind an increased number of customers declaring their satisfaction with the service delivered by their water company, with these satisfaction levels currently at a five-year high. This is according to an annual survey completed by the Council for Water (CCWater), which they published on June 28th, 2016. Continue reading “More Consumers Satisfied with Their Water Service”

Clean and Green – 6 Ways to Get the Kids Thinking About the Environment

Whether you’re looking to reduce your carbon footprint, or for something as simple as wanting to cut down the cost of your bills, getting your children to think more about the environment can have a number of positive effects, including helping your children value that which they have. However, some people can take it too far and try to be environmentally friendly in every single aspect of their lives.

LEED Certification & Standards: Making Our World Greener One Building at a Time

LEED certification, which stands for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, began as an outgrowth of conversations held in 1993 that led to the establishment of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) [http://www.usgbc.org/about/history]. Continue reading “LEED Certification & Standards: Making Our World Greener One Building at a Time”

Can You Really Go Fully Paperless?

Looking beyond the often very simplistic arguments of global warming and climate change disputants, the practicality of going fully paperless should come under as much consideration as its realistic possibility. Is it really possible to go fully paperless and is it practical? Does a world completely free of paper really have the positive environmental impact that it is increasingly made out to have? Continue reading “Can You Really Go Fully Paperless?”

Environmentally Friendly Gardening

Our environment has suffered harmful effects in the years due to carbon footprint emitted through land clearance, transport, buildings, roads, manufactured goods, fuels etc…. A major step towards diminishing your carbon footprint is to create an environmentally friendly garden. Though many of us are beginning to comprehend the significance of eco-living, our gardens often go untouched and overlooked. Now is the perfect time to start taking more control on the many environmental issues. Continue reading “Environmentally Friendly Gardening”

Moving Forward – What to do Following a Flood

While extreme weather can be uncommon in the UK, if your home does fall victim to excessive flooding and flood damage it is important to know exactly what you can do following the event. It is important that, in the event of a flood, you get everyone to safety before calling the authorities and before you can start rectifying any damages caused. Flooding is a serious issue and can lead to some devastating effects if you don’t know what to do afterwards. Continue reading “Moving Forward – What to do Following a Flood”