The ins and outs of glass recycling

Glass recycling has been one of the most familiar forms of recycling for decades, and many of us cannot remember a time when there weren’t green, brown and white bottle banks in supermarket car parks and other public places.

But the problem has always been getting to those public bottle banks when you have large amounts of glass to recycle, not to mention when you have anything other than a green, brown or clear bottle to recycle.

Here are our five top tips for recycling glass at home, which can help you improve your commitment to the environment with some simple everyday lifestyle changes.

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Fly tipping costs £1.2m since 2010

The blight of fly tipping in the UK’s beauty spots since 2010 has diverted over £1.2 million from funds that could otherwise be used to protect woodland against disease, or to plant new trees to create future forests.

Figures from the Woodland Trust show 2016 was the worst year on record for the crime, with a total clean-up cost of over £350,000 – more than a quarter of the entire amount spent since the start of the decade.

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Christmas food waste: knowing the figures

The autumn is a peak time for edible waste, and while Christmas food waste is a major concern for many households and businesses, it is by no means the start of the seasonal problem.

Already UK households have carved 15 million pumpkins without eating the flesh, according to Hubbub, enough to give everyone in the country a bowl of pumpkin soup.

A third of people believe the pumpkins we carve for Halloween are an inedible variety, and more than half don’t think of them as food.

Combined with other celebrations like Easter and, of course, Christmas food waste, the UK throws away 7 million tonnes of edible waste every year.

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11 astonishing things that were found in a skip

When you hire a skip you are able to dispose of the majority of waste in it, which is often fairly predictable stuff: rubble, broken furniture, plasterboard, and so on. However, every so often there is an unexpected or surprising item discovered in a skip – an item nobody would expect to find tucked away in there. There have been some fascinating finds over the years, so we’ve collected some of the most amazing stories together here for you to enjoy.

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Avoid the red cups and go green this Christmas

One of the landmark events in the run-up to Christmas is also a red flag – quite literally – for companies aiming to go green as we move into the new year.

This is the time of year when the major coffee shop chains release their festive takeaway cups, which include the infamous Starbucks ‘red cups’, along with seasonal designs from the other big brands too.

It’s a marketing gimmick that puts the traditional red and green colour scheme of Christmas into customers’ cold hands on the morning commute from early November right through December, but it poses a challenge to sustainability too.

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Yellow hard hats banned from building sites

Bob The Builder is now wearing the wrong colour of hard hat, and wouldn’t be allowed on site. Build UK, the body that represents some of the UK’s largest building contractors and trade associations, have set new guidelines regarding hard hats on building sites, which omits the traditional yellow hats altogether.

White hard hats will now be the most common headwear on building sites – worn by site managers, qualified tradesmen, qualified labourers, and those directing vehicles.

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Hello and welcome to the brand new Forge Skip Hire website!

Since purchasing Cross Green Skips in 2015, Forge Recycling are expanding. As part of this growth we are proud to announce the launch of our brand new Forge Skip Hire website, which features a simple online booking system to make our customers’ lives as easy as possible.

If you are taking on a project in Leeds this summer – perhaps a house renovation, a garden revamp, or a huge clear-out then look no further. We offer competitive and transparent pricing, and a top quality service, which make us the number one choice in the Leeds area.

Our skips are perfect for professional or domestic use, and are available in a range of sizes, so there really is something to suit everyone and every job.

If you would like to talk to us about any aspect of our skip hire service, please don’t hesitate to get in touch today. If you would like to book a Leeds skip hire, then please do so via our brand new online booking service.