15 October, 2016

What to do with old office chairs

Everyone comes across a time when they have an old office chair that they don’t know what to do with. Whether it is your home office or your place of work, they get replaced and shoved to storage, where they sit for months gathering dust. This is not just a waste of storage space but it’s a waste of opportunities.

There are a few things that you can do with old office chairs that may help you finally get rid of the excess clutter. Here are some of the options you have:

Recycle/waste disposal of office chairs

The best way to get rid of your unwanted chairs is to recycle them, you may be thinking that it would be a long process but it is extremely simple. There are many companies out there as well as local councils that are offering services to come and collect items such as chairs so that they can recycle them on your behalf, the council are getting strict with leaving your unwanted old furniture in your front garden and fly-tipping will get you a hefty fine. As well as it helping the environment this will make you feel good and secure the future of the younger generations to come.

Donate it to charity

Donating your belongings to charity is a selfless act, people go ahead and donate the likes of clothing, shoes and furniture. Charities such as the British heart foundation and cancer research collect furniture such as chairs so that they can sell it on for a profit, which will be put into research and medicine. Giving old office chairs to schools or community centres will increase your morality and your standing in society and what better way of getting rid of the chairs that are taking up space in your house and feeling good about it.

Sell it

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6 October, 2016

Recycling your old mattress

When you buy a new mattress how likely is it that you have thought about recycling your old one? In the past did you just take your old one to the rubbish dump? What about mattress recycling, have you thought about that?

When it comes to recycling your old mattress, we don’t really think about how they contain recyclable material. The foam, cotton and metal springs that make up most of the mattresses are all recyclable.

The process for recycling your old mattress depends on what the material is constructed with but most recycling facilities follow a similar process:

  • Separating types of mattress by material type
  • The by-products and materials extracted from the mattresses, such as polyester, foam, cotton and steel are then bundled and passed on to other recycling outlets or manufacturers to re-start their future as another product
  • The steel from sprung bedding might be melted down for use into a great many other products.
  • Depending on the type of material, mattresses are then either mechanically shredded or manually stripped using specialist tools.

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30 September, 2016

How to recycle old laptop

If you are looking to get rid of your old laptop or PC, don’t just throw it away in the garbage, you can either recycle your old laptop or sell it off where someone else will be more than happy to use it.

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directive is a law which has been strictly enforced  for a while now, which means that computer retailers and manufacturers have to contribute towards having your WEEE Waste recycled.

Recycle old laptop

There are three options to what you can do with your old laptop or PC, these are the following:

  1. Take the laptop or PC to your local recycling facility
  2. Sell it
  3. Give it away

If you are recycling your old laptop or PC, there are organisations which offer a service where you can take your old computer for nothing. There is also your local council who may run a scheme where either they collect your old laptop/PC or you may have to drop off your laptop/PC and then they recycle the laptop or computer. Another option is being able to return your laptop or computer to the shop where you bought the unit, they may rebuild the laptop/PC and sell it off again.

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23 September, 2016

How to recycle your old clothes

Recycling is the best way to get rid of old or unwanted clothing products, they  can be recreated into something new for another person to re-use again. If you want to recycle your old unwanted clothes, there are many local authorities or organisations that accept your old or unwanted clothing, either recycling or selling the product to someone else. There is also charity shops or charity bags that are collected from your household who give your old or unwanted clothes to the less fortunate.

Many people believe that recycling clothes cannot be possible due to it being damaged, however there are a number of stores available that encourage the public to donate, for example, H&M stores allow customers to have 15% off on items when donating bags of clothing.

With the positive use of old clothing, billions of garments and new fashionable clothes have been recreated for consumers to purchase and make use of once again. Recycling is known to be encouraged as it helps the land filled to have zero waste.

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16 September, 2016

How to recycle your old refrigerator

If you are thinking about throwing your old refrigerator away, you can actually quickly and simply recycle it. Recycling is the best way to get rid of old bulky unwanted appliances such as freezers because they can be created into something new. There are local authorities and organisations that have recycling locations, which are able to collect all bulky unwanted items and break them down to make another item.

Bulky Item Recycling

Recycling is encouraged to be our top priority as bulky items such as refrigerators can take up huge amount of space in your house. Some residents fly-tip their bulky products which is against the law and they can be fined.

It is advised for the public to recycle their fridges as they are one of the larger products in the house compared to other products such as microwaves or kettles etc. These contain ozone depleting substances, such as CFC’s which must be removed at the beginning of the recycling process as they are powerful greenhouse gases. This would affect the environment if left and placed amongst the land filled.

Fridge Recycling

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10 September, 2016

How to recycle your old television

If you have decided to buy a new television and have no idea what to do with your old one, then recycling it would be the most beneficial option for you. Recycling in general is the best way to get rid of any old unwanted items or electrical items and recreate them into something new for others to re-use again.

There are many local authorities or other organisations that have recycling locations where they are able to collect all unwanted items, which is then recycled into something else. However if you cannot find a recycling centre near you, you can simply give your old television to your local charity store who can re-sell if in good, working condition.

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5 September, 2016

Bottle recycling process explained

If you are you wondering what happens to glass bottles once you have thrown it into the recycling bin, here are three stages to what happens to the glass once collected.

  1. The glass is transported to a materials recycling facility or glass recycling and treatment plant where the glass is sorted by colour, this is because different chemicals need to be added to different coloured waste glass to produce recycled glass of the desired colour.
  1. Once they are sorted by colour, the glass then undergoes a number of processes to remove contamination from the cullet, large metallic objects such steel cans and bottle caps are removed with magnets before the material passes into enclosed chambers where blown air is used to remove large lightweight objects such as paper, plastic bottles, and plastic jar lids or picked up manually.
  1. Once the contamination is removed from the cullet, the recycled glass has to undergo glass decolorizing in the glass recycle process, followed by dyeing. In order to do this the material is fed into a vertical dryer, which draws air up though the cullet as it enters the dryer, this flow of hot air will remove the moisture from the cullet as well as glass dust and paper labels which have been freed from the bottles and jars. If the bottles are coloured, the decolorizing process will include oxidizing the melted glass cullet. Some of the most commonly used colouring agents for dyeing of recycled glass include borax, potassium permanganate, zinc oxide, erbium oxide, cobalt carbonate, neodymium oxide, and titanium dioxide.

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28 August, 2016

Back to school – back to recycling

There are approximately 34,000 schools in the UK and they play a vital role in dealing with waste. Educating children about the importance of recycling and the environment leads the way to a greener future.

Recycling Paper

Even with the progression of technology, paper is still the main form of waste created by schools – making up almost 25% of all its waste.

To reduce the amount of paper waste try the following:

  • Contact the local council and ask them to provide the school with a paper-recycling bin.
  • Set up a paper collection scheme for each classroom by making ‘paper only’ boxes for the children and teachers to put used paper in.
  • Involve pupils by allowing them to create posters and bright labels for the recycle bins.
  • Educate teachers and staff to ensure they understand the importance of recycling, and this should filter down to the pupils.

Metal Recycling

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20 August, 2016

What to do with your old mattress?

Mattress Disposal in London

So you’ve bought a new bed and along with it came a new mattress but you don’t know what to do with your old one. Many bed and mattress companies remove the old one within the delivery agreement for the new bed or mattress, while some don’t. This leaves you with the dilemma of having to do mattress disposal in London.

Not many people are aware that mattresses are recyclable, and tend to dispose of it in rubbish dumpsters. Mattresses are made from many recyclable materials such as foam, cotton and metal springs.

The recycling process for a mattress is:

  • Separating types of mattress by material type.
  • Depending on the type of material, mattresses are then either mechanically shredded or manually stripped using specialist tools.
  • The by-products and materials extracted from the mattresses, such as polyester, foam, cotton and steel are then bundled and passed on to other recycling outlets or manufacturers to re-start their future as another product.
  • The fabrics and fibres salvaged from your old mattress could bounce back to you in the guise of cotton and foam could be recycled into pillow stuffing; furniture upholstery; carpet foam or underlay padding.
  • Other textiles, such as rayon and sisal, might be recycled into new mattresses.
  • The steel from sprung bedding might be melted down for use into a great many other products.
  • The wood from box springs is often chipped and recycled as garden mulch, animal bedding or used to produce a biomass fuel.

There are a few ways to dispose a mattress in London :

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13 August, 2016

Plastic Bottle Recycling Process

Recycling has been encouraged to be one of our top priority as we become aware of our surroundings and begin to keep the environment clean. Even though we all need to keep ourselves hydrated with bottles of water through our daily activities, it would be interesting for the public to know and fill themselves with important information to the procedures of bottle recycling.

People at home recycle their bottles and other things, placing them in one bag for rubbish collectors to collect. It allows recycling companies to gather and place it in a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) which is a machine that separates plastic bottles from all other recyclable products such as milk bottles or tins.

After the bottles have been collected altogether, they are compressed and sent to UK re-processors. The bottles are made sure to be dry cleaned and stored together, by their groups of plastics, as there are many types of plastic bottles that are sold and used in the UK. The plastic bottles will then be grinded into small pieces of flakes which will be once again washed and stored. However, the flakes are removed from any unwanted chemical substances by the use of chemical solution or melted down and sieved to create beads, depending on the types of plastics used.

With great success these beads and flakes are melted down again to be recycled into something new such as drain pipes or new plastic bottled products.

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