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Seaweed sachets offer an alternative to plastic in Hertfordshire

How many times have you encountered those single use sachets of detergent? You may think that because they dissolve in the washing machine they are safe to use. However, they do not fully dissolve, they merely break down into micro plastics that bring havoc to our marine ecology.

For example, Indonesia is the second worst maritime polluter in the world but the 11,000 islands that make up this nation also produce one of the most environmentally sound alternatives to single use plastics.

Replacing plastic sachets in Hertfordshire

Indonesia has a wealth of naturally growing seaweed that can make an edible, water permeable film that can be used in sachets that hold tea, coffee, and hot cocoa as well as a whole host of other useful daily consumable products.

The heat sealable sachets readily infuse in hot water. The film is opaque, has negligible smell and is tasteless, best of all it dissolves in warm water. It has a two year shelf life, even without preservatives. It is edible and nutritious with a high fibre content, minerals, and essential vitamins. The film is manufactured to food safe standards and is printable using natural coloured dyes.

The seaweed sachets are made without chemicals and will biodegrade completely in both soil and water in no more than thirty days and make a great fertiliserer when disposed of.

A great deal of plastics referred to as biodegradable, such as shopping bags, will only break down in temperatures of 50 Centigrade. They are also not buoyant, so they will sink. Also as they will not be exposed to UV light and break down, this means that they will not degrade in the ocean. Only about one percent of marine plastics are found floating at or near the ocean surface. 30 days and make a great fertilizer when discarded

Plastics are contaminating just about everything, our air, our food and our rivers and oceans. Something needs to be done fast to reduce the amount of plastic waste that ends up in the environment. A great way forward would be to adopt seaweed and other plant based products. Indonesia produces 10 million metric tons of seaweed annually, a number the country hopes to double in the next few years. Strings of these plants mature in just forty five days. Ocean farming does not require fertiliser, and a mere two acres of shallow ocean floor can produce forty metric tons of dry seaweed. During this cycle the plants absorb 20.7 tons of carbon dioxide as they give off copious amounts of oxygen, it will be like having a mini rain forest in the sea!

Sachets are used by noodle soup manufacturers in place of flavour packets made of non degradable aluminum film that is too small to recycle.

Seaweed sachets an alternative to plastic in Hertfordshire

These seaweed sachets dissolve along with the instant coffee and tea they contain. Experiments are underway to determine their usefulness with micro ground coffee and tea leaves, two beverages where a different formulation allows the film to retain its shape. Soap packets, for example, protect and conserve the bars of soap and then biodegrade in backyard composting conditions.

Currently harvesting and processing the seaweed is still largely done by hand, which makes it more expensive than plastic, however, the more demand will attract large scale investment, bringing down the cost.

Bans by cities, countries, and soon the entire European Union make non-traditional packaging materials viable alternatives. What is bad for plastic straw manufacturers is good for paper straw manufacturers. Across the world, plastics make up 85 percent of marine litter. The 10 most frequently discarded single use plastics make up 70 percent of all marine litter. This is why the European Commission voted to ban single use food containers, bottles, and drink cups where alternatives exist. In March 2019, the 28 countries that make up the European Union are expected to adopt the ban.


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A guide to what can and cannot go into a hired skip

At Stevenage Skip Hire we are frequently asked what waste materials can be placed into the hired skips we supply. So we thought it would be a good idea to offer a quick guide as to what is and is not acceptable.

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Recycling your waste materials in Stevenage

Recycling is something most of us do now to some degree. Some do it more than others, but we mostly appreciate that it is an important part of our daily lives. It is more important to recycle waste in order to conserve resources and maintain a healthy environment than ever before. The question is, are we really doing everything possible when it comes to recycling our waste materials? The achances are that many of us are probably not doing all we can. So here are a few tips to help you recycle properly.

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The problem with plastic pollution in Hertfordshire

Plastic pollution is now one of the biggest environmental concerns we have to face. You may feel that large amounts of plastic waste are unavoidable in the world we live in, but you and your family can help with the plastic pollution issue by being aware of its dangers and taking the necessary steps to reduce your plastic waste.

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Waste reduction in Hertfordshire

The country is now committed to reducing the amount of waste and the government have set targets for waste reduction. A new plan for cutting waste was published back in 2007 that aimed for at least 40 per cent of household waste to be recycled or composted by 2010, this rose to 50 per cent by 2020.

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Plastic waste from the United Kingdom may be sent overseas instead of recycled

Massive amounts of packaging waste is being sent overseas to be recycled and turned into new products. However, concerns have been raised that in reality a good deal of it is being dumped in landfill sites in countries that we have no agreement with.

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Just how recyclable is the plastic we use in Stevenage Skip Hire

We all know that plastic is recyclable, so as long as we put it in the correct bin it will be made into something else useful. Sadly this is a myth that all too many people believe, the painful truth is quite the opposite. We have all seen the triangular set of chasing arrows logo on plastic products and seem to automatically assume that it denotes that the product is recyclable.

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What happens to all the plastic we throw out

Just where would we be without plastic? The production of plastic has exploded over the last fifty or so years, growing from 16.5 million tons in 1964 to 343 million tons in 2014; it is expected to double by 2036. The question is, where does all of this plastic go when people in Hertfordshire throw it away?

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Fly tipping: A modern day curse

Fly tipping is simply another term used to describe illegal dumping of all manner of waste material, it is also called fly dumping. Whatever term is used, it is the dumping of waste illegally instead of using an authorised method such as kerbside collection or using an authorised rubbish dump. It is the illegal deposit of any waste onto land, including waste dumped or tipped on a site with no licence to accept waste.

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Recycled plastic for roads and pavements

Plastic use in road and pavement construction is not exactly a new concept, but it does appear to be increasing. Using plastic waste to make plastic roads is definitely on the upward trend. Plastic roads mainly use plastic carrier bags, disposable cups and PET bottles that are collected from landfill sites prior to burial and are a vital part of this construction material.

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The increasing problem of plastics in our oceans

The amount of plastic in the oceans of the world is predicted to treble in the next ten years unless affirmative action is taken to deal with the problem, according to a new report just published.

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Plastic pollution in the ocean starts from the rivers

A scary statistic is that more than eight million tons of waste plastic ends up in the ocean every single year. If we continue to pollute our oceans at this rate, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050 and it can take many years to break down if at all, not to mention the toxins it leaches in the process.

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Ways to reduce your plastic waste

Plastic is a great product in so many ways, but the environmental impact it can have is enormous, particularly when it comes to the single use plastic products we seem to uses on a daily basis in our throw away society. Can we as private individuals do to cut down our personal plastic usage?

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Plastic microbeads are a load of rubbish

Would you like to fill your mouth with plastic, or cover other parts of your anatomy with it on a regular basis? The answer would most likely be a resounding no, but we are already doing just that.

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Waste plastic from the UK is polluting the globe

Literally thousands of tons of plastic scrap collected for recycling from British households have been transported and dumped on sites across the world. This shocking revelation was revealed from a recent freedom of information request.

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Hiring a skip from Stevenage Skip Hire rather than using the local dump

Have you got a load of rubbish to dump? Is it better to hire a skip or use the local dump? Do you need a permit for having a skip? Can anyone apply for a permit? Here are a few answers which could help you when hiring a skip from Stevenage Skip Hire

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Hire a skip from Stevenage Skip Hire for your garden waste

No matter what the season, a medium sized Hertfordshire garden can generate a massive amount of waste materials. The winter will leave a lot of dead leaves and twiggs from nearby trees to clear up, and when the warmer months hit, the waste is generated on a weekly basis as things grow rapidly.

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Get a skip and avoid fly tipping in Hertfordshire

Not only does fly tipping blight the Hertfordshire countryside around us, it can have a devastating effect on the wildlife that we co-exist with. Then of course there is the eye watering cost of clearing up the mess that inconsiderate people have created. We all pay the price for this ecologically unsound practice through increased council tax bills from our councils. This could all be avoided if everyone disposed of their waste in the correct manner and hiring a skip is probably the best way to go about this, particularly if you have a large amount of waste to dispose of.

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Some facts about waste and recycling from Stevenage Skip Hire

The United Kingdom produces over 100 million tonnes of waste every single year. If you consider that one tonne is about the weight of a small car, it is easy to see how it mounts up. In less than two hours, the waste we produce would fill the Albert Hall.

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Hire a skip instead of going to your local Hertfordshire tip

Using a local Hertfordshire tip is not the same as it was a few years ago. These days everything has to go in the correct hopper, it cannot all go in the same one any longer. This means you have to know what goes where in order to segregate all the rubbish at home.

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Hire a skip from Stevenage Skip Hire for your soil and mud

A Hertfordshire client recently hired one of our skips as they just could not believe how much earth they had to get rid of when they dug out a pond in their back garden. Our client had intended to build up their flower beds and other low spots of their garden with the excavated earth. They never thought they would need to get rid of any earth at all.

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Useful information about skip hire in Hertfordshire

The one question we get asked the most at Stevenage Skip Hire is what size skip the customer will need. We always suggest that you think about what you need to dispose of and remember that two skips can be far more expensive than one larger skip. Skips are measured by the yard and range from 3 yard mini skips to roll-on roll-off containers more suitable for higher volume waste requirements.

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Hire a skip from Stevenage Skip Hire to save you time effort and money

Hiring a skip from Stevenage Skip Hire is without a doubt the best way to get rid of all your waste materials! It is convenient, quick, easy and saves you a huge amount of work. Generally speaking, we only get a couple of days a week away from work, and when you end up ferrying your household waste back and forth from the local tip, your weekend soon gets swallowed up.

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The benefits of skip hire from Stevenage Skip Hire in Hertfordshire

Having a good clear out of the garden shed or garage produces way more rubbish than you ever imagined possible. Decorating preparation can also produce a good deal of waste, such as old skirting boards and stripped wood chip paper that his been up since the war, so a skip is a great way to dispose of the waste.

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Further Information

If you would like to know more or are interested in a quote we would be happy to help. Phone us on 0800 169 8588, email us at stevenageskiphire@live.co.uk or fill in our enquiry form and we will be in touch as soon as possible.

Stevenage Skip Hire Ltd - Envirowaste Recycling Centre - Jacks Hill - Graveley - Herts SG4 7EQ

Stevenage Skip Hire Ltd
Envirowaste Recycling Centre
Jacks Hill
Graveley
Herts SG4 7EQ

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A guide to what can and cannot go into a Stevenage Skip Hire hired skip
Recycling your waste materials in Stevenage
Plastic waste from Hertfordshire may be sent overseas instead of recycled
Just how recyclable is the plastic we use in Hertfordshire
What happens to all the plastic we throw out in Hertfordshire
Fly tipping: A modern day curse in Hertfordshire
Fly tipping: A modern day curse in Hertfordshire
Recycled plastic for roads and pavements in Hertfordshire
Seaweed sachets offer an alternative to plastic in Hertfordshire
The increasing problem of plastics in our oceans
Plastic pollution in the ocean starts from the rivers
Waste reduction in Hertfordshire
The problem with plastic pollution in Hertfordshire
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Article about waste and recycling from Stevenage Skip Hire
Article about hiring a skip instead of going to your local Hertfordshire tip
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