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Welwyn Hatfield Community Housing Trust helps residents to ‘waste not, want not’

Welwyn Hatfield Community Housing Trust has recently teamed up with local company, Waste King to help Hatfield residents recycle unwanted items.

The ‘waste not, want not’ event was held over a whole Saturday. Waste King provided a waste collection cage for the day, and the Trust invited residents from across the Hillfield area of Hatfield to bring along rubbish and any other items they no longer had use for. Chair of the Trust, Paul Wren said: “We chose Hillfield because there had been some problems with fly tipping there, which is costly to dispose of. By taking a proactive approach and enabling residents to get rid of rubbish easily, we hope this will reduce future problems. The money saved on cleaning up the area can be put to much better use, to improve this and other parts of the borough."

"The day also turned into something of a community event. The innovative waste cage attracted a huge amount of interest, and in the end residents were not only bringing along their rubbish but also volunteering to help sort it – and the Street Wardens and local Police Community Support Officers also joined in!”

Waste cages are a cheaper and more environmentally friendly way of disposal than skips and other methods, allowing people to separate different types of waste out for recycling, but also see if there are any items someone else has thrown away but they could make use of. Waste King’s Managing Director, Glen Currie explained: “During the day there was some ‘instant recycling’ – where one resident’s rubbish proved to be just the thing that someone else was looking for – but in the end we removed 4.6 tonnes of rubbish from the day’s collection. The event was a great success: residents had a great time helping us segregate the rubbish in the cage, which also meant we were able to recycle 97% of everything collected.”

Following the success of this event the Trust, with Waste King will be inviting residents to ‘waste not, want not’ in other areas of Welwyn Hatfield too.

David Lloyd Leisure Club (Sudbury Hill)

Before the David Lloyd Leisure Club in Sudbury Hill, North West London, discovered Waste King, it used a number of waste collection companies to collect and dispose of the wide range of waste materials. Now it uses Waste King, the specialist collections, clearance and recycling company, for all its specialist waste removal.

David Tate, the operations manager at David Lloyd Sudbury Hill, explained: “The Club and its surrounding sports fields cover 16 acres and attract a large number of users on a daily basis – so it’s inevitable that it will generate waste, from litter to hazardous waste in the form of spent light bulbs. In addition, occupying such a large site, we tend to be the victims of fly tipping."

“Not only does Waste King send along a two man team whenever we ask but they deal with all of the various forms of waste,” he added. “This means we only need to deal with one company for all our waste needs – and, compared with the previous situation, that saves a great deal of hassle."

“Moreover, Waste King ensures that we meet all our obligations as far as the safe disposal of the waste is concerned – for example, in the proper disposal and recycling of fluorescent light bulbs, since these contain mercury and, so, are hazardous.”

Glenn Currie, the managing director of Waste King, which provides a Mercury Recycling Service, commented: “The mercury from just one fluorescent tube is enough to pollute 30,000 litres of water beyond the UK’s safe drinking level so, ideally, fluorescent tubes should be recycled or, if this isn’t possible, taken to specific landfill sites which can cater for mercury bearing wastes. Apart from the environmentally-friendly aspect to recycling fluorescent tubes and lamps, it’s also vital to do so for the health and safety of all those who’re involved in disposing of spent bulbs. For example, someone who attempts to dispose of a fluorescent tube in a skip not only is condemning the whole skip’s contents to be hazardous waste – which has costly consequences for its safe disposal – but is also exposed to the potential dangers of broken glass and the inhalation of small amounts of the toxic materials that are released as dust and vapour.”

“Using Waste King takes the organisation of waste collection away from us, giving us peace of mind and the ability to concentrate on running the Club,” said David Tate. “It simplifies the whole waste disposal process – and ensures that this process keeps within the law."

“Waste King is particularly easy to deal with – and helps us a great deal, especially when it comes to disposing of hazardous waste,” he added.

Sunrise shines light on the wonders of Waste King

Sunrise of Elstree – one of the chain of residential care homes run, since 1981, by Sunrise Senior Living – has found an efficient and highly cost-effective way of disposing of the waste materials it generates. Moreover, this solution also helps to improve the aesthetic quality of life for the home’s 78 or so residents.

The home’s Maintenance Manager, Alan Harris, explained: “We used to use skips to dispose of the home’s waste – and, then, we found that Waste King offered us the best price when it came to hiring skips. But skips tend to be unsightly and not in-keeping with the home’s aim of maintaining beautiful grounds giving our residents stunning views across the London skyline."

“Again, Waste King was able to help – by supplying a cage, or waste pod. This cage has been placed in the woods – out of sight to residents."

“When the cage is full, Waste King’s fully insured and Environment Agency-licensed staff arrive – always promptly, when requested – and empty it. It’s a brilliant arrangement!” he said.

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