Why Plastic Recycling is more important than ever!

Have you ever thought about just how much plastic we use on a daily basis? If you think about your morning alone: your plastic toothbrush you used to brush your teeth, the plastic bottle of milk used for your cup of tea this morning, your cards in your purse/wallet… the list is endless.

Plastic makes up our day-to-day lives and has been incredibly advancing in modern technology. However, plastic is increasingly becoming a big problem for the environment as most plastics aren’t biodegradable, which means it is not capable of decomposing (fast) naturally. As a result, plastic can be around for years at a time and pose a threat for living animals and creatures, which is particularly prominent in the oceans where species are going extinct.

It is crucial to dispose of waste properly, however, when it comes to plastic recycling, some people are left unsure of what the best solution is.

At GD Environmental, we are knowledgeable in this field and ensure that we recycle plastic appropriately as well as efficiently. Our passion is resourcing waste, and we recycle plastics to be used again in the manufacturing industry.

Did you know that we reprocess 5 different types of Polymer?

  • PP Plastics (polypropylene plastics)
  • LDPE (low density polyethylene)
  • HDPE (high density polyethylene)
  • PVC (Polyvinyl chloride plastic)
  • UPV (Unplasticized Poly Vinyl Chloride)

If you are looking for a plastic reprocessing service and would like more information on this service, please contact us on 01633 277 755.

How to dispose of aerosols safely

Aerosol cans are made up of approximately 60% tinplated steel and 40% aluminium, both of which are recyclable metals. With an estimated 600 million aerosols being used in the UK each year, aerosols are evidently a big opportunity in the recycling world!

Since aerosols contain liquid or gas, which are pressurised with a propellant, they need to be disposed of correctly as their contents are dangerous under certain conditions, such as in heat or in a compact garbage truck, and run the risk of exploding. As such, precautions need to be taken when disposing of aerosol cans. For this reason, many people are unsure of the appropriate ways to dispose of aerosol cans.

Here are a few tips for disposing of aerosols safely:

1. Before throwing your aerosol can straight into the rubbish bin, take the time to ensure that it is completely empty.

If it is completely empty, your aerosol can may go into the normal recycling for cans/tins.

Aerosol cans that are either partially or completely full need to be separated from your other recyclables and general waste as they are considered hazardous waste. Most councils collect aerosols via household collection, otherwise, they can be taken to your local recycling facility and put into the correct banks.

2. Do not modify the aerosol can in any way – e.g. do not pierce, crush or flatten the aerosol, as this may increase the risk of it exploding.

If there are any detachable or loose parts to the aerosol, such as a plastic lid, remove them and dispose of these separately within the appropriate recycling.

If you have any queries regarding the safe disposal of aerosols or have any other general questions regarding waste disposal, contact our specialist team for advice.

Why You Should Never Throw Away Your Old Electronic Devices

As the electronic technology market develops, people are fast to ditch their old electronic devices for the latest model. But what happens to all the old devices?

The fastest growing waste stream in the UK, electronic waste, also known as WEEE (waste electrical and electronic equipment), is estimated to add up to around 2 million tonnes a year.

Many people don’t realise that old electronic devices should never be placed in your general waste bin when they reach the end of their working life. This is because electrical equipment often contains several hazardous substances that impact the environment and human health.

A strong example is flat panel displays, which contain significant amounts of mercury. Many other electronic products contain lead, arsenic, and flame retardants that when dumped in a landfill, can contaminate the ground, water, and air.

When you consider the bulk amounts of e-waste generated by businesses who are upgrading their computer systems and other business electronics, combined with generic households, then you can imagine the impact those toxins are having on our planet and health.

Here’s a list of e-waste culprits, some of which may have never crossed your mind:

  • Electric toothbrushes
  • Microwave ovens
  • Televisions (CRTs, LCDs, Plasmas)
  • Computer Monitors
  • Computer Peripherals (mice, keyboards, etc.)
  • Laptops/Netbooks/Tablets
  • Printers
  • Copiers
  • Fax Machines
  • Televisions (CRTs, LCDs, Plasmas)
  • Portable Electronic Equipment (MP3 Players, PDAs, etc.)
  • Telephones
  • Cell Phones
  • Answering machines
  • Cameras
  • VCRs
  • DVD/CD Players
  • Stereo Equipment
  • Speakers
  • Scanners
  • Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) devices

So, what do you do with your old electronic devices?

You recycle them of course!

Be aware that UK businesses that produce hazardous waste are legally responsible for the safe removal and disposal.

Whether it’s for domestic or commercial purposes, at GD Environmental we have the capacity to accept Hazardous and Non-Hazardous electronic waste, which is handled by our specialist WEEE division for recycling.

Call our team to find out how we can help you recycle your electronic waste on 01633 277 755.

Recycle, Recycle, Recycle!

We recycle over 96% of all collected waste

We currently recycle over 96% of all collected dry waste at our Newport and Llanelli recycling and transfer stations, forging our reputation as one of the most efficient waste-sorting company in Wales.

5 Eco-friendly tips for your office:

  1. Buy a nice mug for your morning ‘cuppa and reuse and you can avoid any waste.
  2. Make sure the office doesn’t just have recycling bins for paper, but also for plastic and metal.
  3. Buy re-manufactured ink and toner cartridges.
  4. Recycle old newspapers laying around the office.
  5. Look for the recycled option in all the products you buy. It’s not just paper that is recycled.

We have developed specialist teams and innovative equipment which effectively treat and dispose of waste, helping make local communities a safer and healthier place to live and work.

As well as collecting and transporting waste on behalf of our clients, we also welcome direct use of the recycling and transfer station facility. The station has efficient two-way vehicle access, assuring minimum waiting time for customers who transport waste onto our site for processing.

As part of the service, GD Environmental can provide you with an interactive reporting facility that delivers a comprehensive waste break down, including how much of your waste has been diverted from landfill to recycling.

If you would like more information, or to discuss your waste management requirements, please call us on 01633 277 755.

Just how dangerous is Asbestos?

What exactly is Asbestos?

Asbestos was used extensively as a building material in Great Britain from the 1950s through to the mid-1980s. Although some of this material has been removed over the years, there are many thousands of tonnes of asbestos still present in buildings today.

Why is it dangerous?

No amount of asbestos is considered safe. Products that contain greater than 1 percent of asbestos minerals are considered to be asbestos-containing. The more asbestos you are exposed to, the more likely you are to get an asbestos disease. Asbestosis and lung cancer are dose-related diseases.

How dangerous is Asbestos?

  • Asbestos still kills around 5000 workers each year, this is more than the number of people killed on the road.
  • Around 20 tradesman die each week as a result of past exposure
  • However, asbestos is not just a problem of the past. It can be present today in any building built or refurbished before the year 2000.

GD Environmental is licenced by the Environmental Agency to accept all forms of cement-bonded and fibrous asbestos. We can provide approved drivers, licensed to collect and transport all types of asbestos and hazardous waste, and professionally operates one of the few asbestos transfer stations in Wales and the West Country.

In the event of an emergency, GD Environmental is able to provide an efficient asbestos removal service to any location across the UK. This quick turnaround is to reduce the impact of any fly-tipped asbestos on both the public’s health and the environment.

If you would like any more information regarding Asbestos or its removal, give us a call on 01633 277 755.

Eco-friendly Microbeads Made From Cellulose

You’ve heard the bad news about microbeads, right?

These tiny pieces of plastic are often used as exfoliants in a range of personal care and cosmetic products such as face scrubs and toothpastes, and concern has mounted over the impact these microbeads (which are designed to wash down the drain but are too small to filter out during wastewater treatment) could be having on marine wildlife. Some microbeads are visible to the naked eye, but others are as tiny as one micrometre! Conservationists have warned that they can affect fish growth and persist in the guts of mussels and fish that mistake them for food.

According to the UK parliament’s environmental audit committee, a single shower can result in 100,000 plastic particles being washed down the drain, so the UK government has acted and made plans to ban them by the end of this year.

The good news is that Scientists and engineers from University of Bath’s Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies have developed biodegradable cellulose microbeads from a sustainable source which could be used as a replacement. The beads are made from cellulose, (the material that forms the tough fibres found in wood and plants) which is not only from a renewable source, but also biodegrades into harmless sugars.

Scientists say these microbeads are robust enough to remain stable in a body wash, but can be broken down by organisms at the sewage treatment works, or in the environment over a short period of time.

This shows there are great alternatives to plastics out there and we hope to find many more of them in coming years.

Rising Stars of Welsh Business

Here are this year’s 25 Rising Stars of Welsh business – ambitious, entrepreneurial and driven to create.

They told Insider about their plans for the year ahead, inspiration, best decisions and life ambitions.

Below is GD Environmental’s CEO, Oliver Hazell’s profile from the article

Oliver Hazell (27)

Chief executive, GD Environmental

Hazell stepped up from the role of operations director to run Newport commercial and domestic waste handler GD Environmental this year. GD has grown quickly since his family took part in buying it in 2005.

Plan for the year

To continue growth and develop in the Welsh market, while improving internal processes to drive recycling rates within our yeards, and become part of the new Welsh forum to enable us to address the government.

Business inspiration

Richard Branson, particularly his views on looking after staff, and not having to be an expert in all areas.

Best decision

Working in Dubai gave me the chance to learn and experience life in other cultures.

Life ambition

To create a company that can drive change, instil good values and a culture that local communities can be proud of

Car Scrappage: All You Need To Know

A sad day dawns when the cost of fixing your car turns out to be more than it is actually worth, at which point it may be time to take a deep breath and say ‘goodbye old friend’ to your pride and joy.

Of course, there are exceptions to every rule. If your car is rare or an appreciating classic then it’s certainly wise to keep hold of it! If not, you can bring it to us to take care of.

Scrapping your car is straightforward, but if you don’t follow the process correctly you could find yourself on a one-way street to a fine – we’re here to make sure that doesn’t happen.

All you need to do is let us know about the car via this contact form and we will contact you with a quotation. Don’t worry about the make, model, age or condition of your car, we will accept any vehicle. If the vehicle has no wheels, no MOT or tax, we can arrange collection from you!

We will also need photographic ID (in the form of photo driving licence or a passport), along with a recent utility bill/official document that is less than three months old. We’ll also need your V5 document, this will enable us to contact the DVLA on your behalf to let them know of your vehicle’s destruction.

As an Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF), we are committed to the responsible management of all vehicles that arrive at our site. Once everything is agreed, we will safely scrap your vehicle and give you a ‘certificate of destruction’ within 7 days if you’ve scrapped a car, light van or 3-wheeled motor vehicle.

Any payment will be in the form of a non-transferable cheque.

If you’re interested in our car scrappage service and would like to find out more, or contact us on 01495 762611.

A Question of Waste: Tackling Sport’s Waste Problem

The Champions League final in Cardiff a few weeks ago was phenomenal, bringing approximately 170,000 fans into the Welsh capital city, but it got us thinking…

Along with the excitement and anticipation surrounding these superb events comes a serious waste issue.

We’ve considered just a few ways that businesses and organisations can take measures to reduce and manage sport’s waste performance…

Limit Food Waste

When you look at the footprints of sporting events, food is a significant part of the impact” said Ronan Leyden, head of sustainable places at Bioregional, who spent four years on site in the run-up to the London 2012 Olympics advising on sustainable construction and waste management planning.

Tackling food waste is vital to improving sporting event’s environmental performance. This means taking steps from the very beginning to reduce waste production – for example, portion control and looking at menu design throughout the city whilst events take place.

Forward-Thinking

Often, there is a large element of ‘tidying up’ after sporting events have occurred. From cleaners within the stadiums to city authorities beyond the walls, the tidy up is on a large scale, with most waste heading straight to landfill. By reducing branding on items from the initial design phase, merchandise and signage can be recycled for future events.

Strategic Placement

Placing trash and recycling bins strategically, and pairing them when feasible. All bins should be clearly located, well-marked and easy to use.

Working Together

Managing sport’s waste problem needs the support and involvement of many organisations. By hiring local co-operatives, for instance, to oversee elements of waste management planning and talk to spectators (where appropriate) about the importance of recycling, we’d be taking steps in the right direction.

If you’re looking for complete management solutions, we’d love to talk. Call us on 01633277755 or fill out our contact form

Goodbye Garbage

It’s hard to visit a landfill site without being struck by the craziness of taking very valuable minerals and resources out of the ground, using a lot of energy, turning them into short life products and then just dumping them back into the ground.

“It’s an absolutely monumental waste of energy and resources. As someone from the fashion industry might say, it’s just so last century.” (Michael Pawlyn, The Guardian, November 21st 2005)

Some packaging is necessary in our modern industrialised food chain, but so much packaging we use is unnecessary…

It’s unnecessarily expensive – you pay for your overpriced, over packaged item then pay through your council tax for them to dispose of your rubbish & recycling.

It’s unnecessarily wasteful – Its production, storage, transport and disposal.

It’s unnecessarily polluting – Landfill and incineration are the two mains ways of dealing with un-recyclable packaging waste. Both are major pollutants for people and the environment as they leach out toxins and release greenhouse gases.

And recycling isn’t always the answer. Some products are too complex to recycle as the facilities don’t exist, or aren’t cost effective. Whilst recycling more is huge step, it’s not the only solution – we need to find new ways of reducing the amount of packaging we’re using.

Packaging-free shopping isn’t a new thing. Our grandparents went to local grocery stores, the markets or farmers – where flour was sold from giant barrels and fruit from wooden crates. But today, consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the environmental impact of waste and are striving to shop more sustainably.

‘Unpacked’ are the first UK supermarket to be packaging free, inviting customers to bring their own containers to refill. This model is being used by similar businesses around the world and their services are needed more than ever, given the environmental challenges we face as a global community.

We only hope to see more packaging-free shops on the horizon!