Can polystyrene be recycled?

Polystyrene recycling is one challenge on which progress has been made, but there is still a long way to go before cheap, efficient recycling methods are found.

The white, fluffy material most of us think of when we hear ‘polystyrene’ is actually made from the same plastic as CD cases, but air is mixed in during the production process to make it much bulkier and more lightweight.

Dow Chemical Company invented the process in the 1940s – and own the rights to the trade name Styrofoam, which many people use when referring to polystyrene in conversation.

More recently, expanded polystyrene or EPS has become the commonplace term for the material, and there are slight variations available in terms of the exact production method, density and even the colour of the finished product.

One thing all of these materials have in common, unfortunately, is that there is currently no cost-effective way to 100% recycle them into new materials.

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Why everyone in Leeds needs to recycle glass

Depending on the profession you work in, glass is probably either something you throw away in only small quantities – the occasional broken tumbler or empty coffee jar, for instance – or in large amounts, for example if you run a pub or restaurant.

No matter how much or little you produce each year, it’s important to make sure you collect it separately from your other waste for recycling, or that your commercial waste collection service provider will separate it out retrospectively.

The benefits are huge – in terms of energy security, resource efficiency and climate change, recycling glass makes sense.

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Why recycling makes financial sense for SMEs

If you’re a new business, or even a well established SME, long-term profitability can be all about the margins, cutting costs, and making the most of the resources you have available.

Luckily, issues like resource efficiency, usage reduction, and reuse or recycling all contribute towards a lean environmental strategy too.

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Recycling facts & figures for the UK

How much do you know about recycling in the UK? For instance, did you know that we create around 200 million tonnes of waste each year? Or, did you know that very single day we throw away 20 million slices of bread and 1.6 million bananas? They are quite shocking figures, however, the nation is steadily getting better at recycling. Take a look at our infographic below, and learn all about it. Could you or your business make a difference? Every bit of waste saved from landfill helps, as does every item made from reusable materials instead of single use.

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What to do with electrical waste in Leeds

Electrical waste is subject to specific regulations under the 2007 EU WEEE Directive, which requires electrical goods to be reused or recycled when they reach the end of their usable life.

That doesn’t just mean computers – although they need to be disposed of in the right way too – but it includes even smaller everyday items like toasters and kettles, which the vast majority of businesses may have on hand for staff to make snacks and hot drinks throughout the day.

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Top 5 skip hire safety tips

Safety is always of paramount importance when hiring a skip – after all, it is a very large and heavy metal item, which only gets heavier when you fill it. Businesses have health and safety rules in place for commercial skip hire, but what about domestic skip hire?

Before you hire a skip from us, have a read through these important safety tips to ensure you use your skip correctly, and keep yourself and your family free from any harm. Accidents involving skips are very rare, but it is always better to be safe than sorry – let’s keep that figure low.

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Office waste: how to get the most out of it

Office waste is a burden every company must bear – not only in terms of disposing of your waste affordably and ethically, but also in terms of minimising the amount of waste you produce in the first place.

Here are four tips for ways you can reduce your office waste and do more with the waste you produce, so that you create less recycling and, crucially, less landfill. Continue reading Office waste: how to get the most out of it

Why fly tipping damages our countryside

We’ve all encountered fly tipping to some extent – whether it’s an old sofa or mattress dumped in an alleyway, or a bag of commercial waste thrown out on the pavement.

The name itself gives an indication of why this is a problem: fly tipping literally means tipping or dumping rubbish ‘on the fly’ before running away, which is why much of this waste can go some time before it’s cleaned up.

But it’s not just a problem in the inner cities – fly tipping happens in the remotest of countryside locations too, where the risk of being caught in the act might be significantly less for the perpetrators.

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Recycling with a skip: top tips for recycling while hiring a skip

Hiring a skip is a great way to meet your environmental obligations, as you know anything you throw away will be recycled as much as possible, before the rest is dealt with in other ways.

These are five of the main things to remember when hiring a skip to help with your recycling.

1. Skip hire companies can help you do more

Often a skip hire company will have access to recycling facilities you might not be able to deal with directly, allowing a much wider range of materials to be recovered from your waste.

This is true for all customers, from one-off domestic refurbs where you just need a skip for your scrap building materials, to large-scale construction work and regular commercial orders for waste collection and disposal.

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