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Welwyn Hatfield Community Housing Trust helps residents to ‘waste not, want not’
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)
David Lloyd Leisure Club (Sudbury Hill)
one supplier, many solutions
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.”
According to Currie’s fellow director, Andy Cattigan, Waste King not only provides a safe, convenient and efficient method of disposal but, importantly, ensures customers comply with the current Landfill and WEEE Directives, as well as existing Duty of Care legislation.
“Waste King doesn’t just ensure that we, at Sudbury Hill, comply with ‘national’ waste regulations. It also ensures that the Club complies with local Council regulations,” added David Tate. “The Club shares an access area – and that has to be kept not only clear but also clean. So Waste King carries out a weekly litter-pick in that area to ensure that we don’t, inadvertently, transgress any Council regulations.
“I suppose that, each month, you could fill the largest available skip with the waste that comes from the Club,” estimated David, “but skips look unsightly – which is another reason why we use Waste King. They don’t supply a skip. Rather, they supply a waste pod. This keeps the waste out of sight – and allows it to be segregated, enabling more of it to be recycled and, thus, greatly reducing the environmental impact of that waste.”
Waste King, which guarantees to recycle at least 90 per cent of every load of waste it collects, currently supplies these waste pods to some 50 of its commercial customers.
Glenn Currie, explained: “When it comes to waste storage and then recycling as much of that waste as possible, the waste pod is highly efficient and effective – and it’s installed for free. In addition, each pod provides privacy and excellent security – since it consists of one solid sheet of metal that’s difficult to break or climb.
“A waste pod acts as a solid barrier separating your waste from the outside world – and it can be customised in shape and size to each customer’s particular needs. Moreover, waste pods can be used for almost all types of waste including electrical waste, TVs and fridges, plasterboard, batteries, light bulbs and fluorescent tubes,” he continued.
“In addition to being the same size but appreciably cheaper than a skip, waste pods take up no more space than a car and fit more or less anywhere,” said Andy Cattigan, Waste King’s operations director. “Importantly, these containers are particularly helpful for customers wanting to get rid of such things as waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), plasterboard and hazardous waste – which can be difficult to dispose of safely and legally via other means.”
“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.
Waste King in the swim - around the country
Waste King in the swim – around the country
Many of Great Britain’s swimming Olympians, including the four time Olympic medallist Rebecca Adlington, are now helping Britain’s schoolchildren to learn to swim. Their vision – that every child in Britain will be able to swim at least 25 metres by the time they leave primary school – is being helped to fruition by Total Swimming.
Total Swimming, the UK’s leading private sector swimming business, was founded by Olympic swimmers Steve Parry and Adrian Turner. Aiming to make a difference to people’s lives through swimming, it delivers products and programmes along an aquatic pathway from ‘Swim a Song’, which develops water confidence in children as young as four months, to ‘The Steve Parry Academy’ which offers high quality swimming lessons for people of all ages at its centres in Merseyside and Scotland.
It also works with the public and private sectors to deliver the British Gas Pools 4 Schools and the Mayor of London Make a Splash programmes, which take mobile steel tank swimming pools to communities across England. Of course, providing these mobile pools at a number of locations throughout England is a serious logistical commitment – as is collecting, removing and disposing of all the waste that each mobile pool project generates.
Vicky Turner, Total Swimming’s mobile pools project manager, explained: “The Mayor of London Make a Splash project involves two pools in London and these stay in situ for a duration of 12 weeks. This means that we get involved in erecting and dismantling four swimming pools in London each year. In addition, the British Gas-sponsored Pools 4 Schools project currently provides two mobile pools in the rest of England, each of which remain ‘in situ’ for 12 weeks – and we aim to carry out eight pool ‘builds’ a year using these resources.
“Each time we build a temporary pool, we aim to use it to teach a further 1,000 children to swim – and, so far, we always achieve that aim – but once you’ve built a temporary swimming pool, you can generate a lot of waste,” she continued. “There’s the pool liner; large amounts of cardboard from the boxes which held the piping; timber; matting which provides the surface around the pool on which people can walk, and chemical drums. On average, the waste materials would easily fill a 12 yard skip.
“However, working at sites all over England it’s difficult to find reliable, efficient and professional skip hire firms without lots of local knowledge, which we don’t have,” she said.
“So we were delighted when we found that not only does Waste King operate nationwide but its operatives are trained and qualified to dispose of hazardous waste – such as the chemical drums – safely and in line with all the regulations. Indeed, we’re grateful for the advice and practical guidance we receive from Waste King on how to dispose safely of all the hazardous waste that’s generated.
“Using Waste King – who’re great to work with and always cope efficiently, effectively and professionally with whatever job we give them – saves us a lot of hassle and allows us to concentrate on our main job of erecting swimming pools and helping to teach children to swim.”
Based in Hemel Hempstead but able to operate throughout the UK, Waste King is a specialist collections, clearance and recycling company, serving both the domestic and commercial markets. It focuses not only on providing a friendly, efficient, cost-effective service but also one which is highly environmentally friendly. Indeed, it guarantees to recycle over 90 per cent of every load of waste that it collects.
The company’s managing director, Glenn Currie, commented: “If you’re in the waste and recycling business, I think it’s important to be seen not only as professional and competent but also as caring for the environment. From that point of view, it’s important that Waste King provides a ‘green’ and ‘clean’ service – as well as a competitive one in terms of cost and a comprehensive one in terms of national coverage. It’s also important that our customers realise that the materials we collect may be of no use to them but they still have a use when they’ve been recycled. That way, we can reduce ‘waste’ and its impact on the environment – while continuing to help our customers.
Sunrise shines light on the wonders of Waste King
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.
Waste King is a specialist collections, clearance and recycling company, serving the domestic and commercial markets. It focuses not only on providing a friendly, efficient, cost-effective service but also one which is highly environmentally friendly. The company’s managing director, Glenn Currie, commented: “A waste pod acts as a solid barrier, keeping the waste apart from the outside world. Each pod provides privacy and excellent security – since it consists of one solid sheet of metal that’s difficult to break or climb – and the pod can be customised in shape and size to each customer’s particular needs.
“In addition, Waste King waste pods can be used for almost all types of waste including electrical waste, TVs and fridges, plasterboard, batteries, light bulbs and fluorescent tubes. And when it comes to waste storage and then recycling as much of that waste as possible, the waste pod is highly efficient and effective,” he added.
“Customers from a wide range of sectors are finding that waste pods are easy – and free – to install. In addition, they seem to meet our customers’ needs cost-effectively, compared with skips,” said Glenn.
Since the all the waste collected in the pod is segregated – and then loaded by hand into a Waste King truck by the company’s operatives – there’s a much greater chance of recycling all, or almost all, of the waste collected. This enables Waste King’s customers to justify their claims about being ‘environmentally friendly’ when it comes to disposing of their waste.
“In addition to being the same size but appreciably cheaper than a skip, waste pods take up no more space than a car and fit more or less anywhere,” said Andy Cattigan, Waste King’s Operations Director. “Importantly, these containers are particularly helpful for customers wanting to get rid of such things as waste electronic and electrical equipment (WEEE), plasterboard and hazardous waste – which can be difficult to dispose of safely and legally via other means.”
As with all of the Sunrise chain of homes, Sunrise of Elstree aims to create a place that champions the quality of life for seniors in a homelike, person-centred setting. So, among the options available to residents is their ability to bring their own furniture with them when they move in. However, when these residents move on, their furniture tends to be unwanted and needs to be disposed of.
Alan Harris revealed that, on average, the home generates some 30 to 40 metres of waste a year, much of which includes former residents’ furniture. Alan commented: “If you used a skip for this, it’d be full up after putting four beds in it – and it’d cost you around £200. Whereas the benefit of using Waste King’s waste pod system is that you’re only charged for waste disposal by the metre. That means you only pay for the actual amount of waste – so you don’t pay for the ‘air’, or the unused space, in the loaded skip.
“What’s really helpful is that Waste King takes away all of the home’s waste – even the hazardous waste, the safe disposal of which is now heavily regulated,” he said. “Moreover, we need certificates and other paperwork to show that these things have been disposed of safely and correctly – and Waste King supplies us with all of this paperwork.
“Some people think that using skips is a cheap option but we can’t use skips to dispose of this waste because current legislation and regulations forbid it,” he added.
“So, we used to have a box into which we put hazardous goods, such as spent bulbs and batteries, and it used to cost us £169 each time we wanted to have it taken away. Then we discovered that Waste King offers a similar service – using a bag rather than a box – which is extremely easy to use and costs us less than half what we were paying before.
“We’ve found Waste King to be efficient and cost-effective as well as environmentally friendly and aesthetically pleasing,” said Alan. “I think their service is brilliant. I can’t praise them enough.”