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Advice from Stevenage Skip Hire on 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. Now more than ever, pressure is applied to governments and corporations to accept responsibility for these products and take action where necessary, but what can we as private individuals do to cut down our personal plastic usage?

Some great advice on ways to reduce your plastic waste from Hertfordshire.

Make good use of reusable bottles

In the United Kingdom we use over 35 million plastic bottles every single year. This is a staggering amount of plastic when you consider that these bottles will only be used the one time. Carrying a reusable bottle is a great way to cut your plastic use and save lots of money too. You can even download an app on your smartphone that tells you where you can refill your bottle for free.

Refuse to use those plastic straws

Plastic straws have a dreadful impact on the environment. Let's be honest, the only people who really need a straw in a drink are people in hosital or those with certain disabilities, the rest of us can make do without. You can even ask your pubs and restaurants to stop adding straws to drinks as standard and offer paper straws to people who really want one.

Cut waste with your own coffee cup

Two and a half disposable billion coffee cups are thrown away every year in the United Kingdom and when you consider that only about than one out of every four hundred are recycled, you will begin to appreciate the scale of this problem. You can do your bit for the environment by carrying a reusable coffee cup with you. It may sound strange, but the bulk of coffee purchased from these outlets are by local office workers who often take the coffee back to their office to drink, or by people who meet at a pre arranged time with friends for a coffee. As this is the case, why not simply provide your own mug for your favourite beverage. Some coffee shops even offer a small discount if you use your own cup and if they don't offer it, challenge them as to why they don't. Change only ever happens when enough people react to a problem!

Avoid food packaging that creates too much waste

We should all be cutting down on the amount of plastic we buy and food packaging makes up a good proportion of this waste. To make matters worse, some councils have banned soft plastics from their recycling bins, so you can't stop this waste going into landfill sites. Remember that loose fruit and vegetables are often cheaper than pre packaged goods and you are also able to choose exactly the produce you want too.

Reuse bottles for as much as possible

There are some products where it can difficult to avoid using a plastic container. Washing up liquid or kitchen and bathroom cleaning sprays virtually all come in plastic bottles. If you can find eco friendly refill pouches that you decant into the existing bottle, fantastic, or you may be able to find places where you can refill your old bottles. The refills are frequently cheaper than buying a new bottle. Some products are so concentrated that a one litre bottle of product can be diluted to make as much as 200 litres of cleaning product, this clearly cuts down on a huge amount of waste plastic.

Cut out disposable cutlery. Pun intended!

Much like taking our own coffee cup, having your own cutlery makes good sense too. Plastic knived, forks, sporks and spoons are often horrible things to use. They often snap, have sharp edges and clearly contribute to the plastic waste mountain. It may be tricky to plan for every take out snack or meal, but taking your own cutlery in your bag or in your desk at work makes a good deal of sense.

Milk bottles or cartons?

As well as helping the environment, getting your milk delivered in glass bottles, which are then collected and reused, will also support your local milkman. If you really don't want to have a milman deliver your daily pinta, consider buying milk that comes in PurePak containers, just ensure they are the ones manufactured from vegetable or plant based materials such as coconut mulch.

Avoid microbeads

Fortunately the United Kingdom government have announced a ban on microbeads that will come into force in 2018. Sadly there will still be products on the shelves, so keep checking the labels of products before you buy and avoid products containing polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) and nylon. Microbeads are manufactured solid plastic particles of less than one millimeter in their largest dimension. They are most frequently made of polyethylene but can be of other petrochemical plastics such as polypropylene and polystyrene. They are used in exfoliating personal care products, toothpastes and in biomedical and health-science research.

Microbeads can cause plastic particle water pollution and pose an environmental hazard for aquatic animals in freshwater and ocean water. The United States has already introduced the Microbead Free Waters Act 2015, that phases out microbeads in rinse off cosmetics. This legislation came into effect in 2017.

Take your own shopping bags

Since the plastic bag charge was introduced in England, there has been a substantial drop of 85% in their use. As most of the reusable bags are easily folded, why not keep a set in your car for every shopping trip? Some of them are very robust and attractive and many people use them instead of their normal bag in case they want to a bit of impromtu shopping.

If everyone makes just a few small changes in their consumer habits, a major positive impact on the amount of plastic we use on a day to day basis will be seen.


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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

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Waste reduction in Hertfordshire

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

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What happens to all the plastic we throw out

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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

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The increasing problem of plastics in our oceans

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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
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The increasing problem of plastics in our oceans
Plastic pollution in the ocean starts from the rivers
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