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!

A Litter Free World

Every day in the UK over 2 million items of litter are dropped on our beaches, fields, towns and roadsides, spoiling our landscape, harming our wildlife and threatening our planet.

Clearing up the litter dropped in the streets and green spaces in England alone is costing the UK taxpayer £1 billion a year. This is money that shouldn’t really need to be spent, and money which could be much better spent on public services. £1 billion would fund 38,644 social care workers or pay the running costs of 4,400 libraries. Alternatively, it would enable the NHS to pay for 33,200 nurses or 26,900 paramedics or allow the fire brigade to fund 31,990 extra firefighters each year.

As we know, the earth is a big place to keep clean. But a recent app developed by TED Resident Jeff Kirschner has created a community that’s crowdsource-cleaning the planet – Litterarti, an app for users to identify, collect and geotag the world’s litter. After tracking trash in more than 100 countries, Kirschner hopes to use the data he’s collected to work with brands and organisations to stop litter before it reaches the ground.

The most commonly tagged items so far have been plastic, cigarettes, paper, cans and bottle caps. But we’re doing well – the UK is currently the third most active country in the world on the app, having collected 22,425 bits of rubbish from our streets! We want to make it all the way to the top of the rankings, and think we can do so with you help.

Join the community identifying, mapping, and collecting the world’s litter. Download the Litterati app.

Plastic Bottle Recycling: The Truth

It is estimated that an average of 35.8 million plastic bottles are used EVERY DAY in the UK, but only 19.8 million are recycled each day.

This means that approximately 16 million plastic bottles a day are not making their way into the recycling bin, but instead end up in landfill sites or in our oceans.

Plastic bottles are usually made of PET or HDPE:

  • PET has some important characteristics such its strength, thermo-stability, gas barrier properties and transparency. It is also lightweight, shatter-resistant and recyclable. PET is widely used for mineral water, carbonated beverage, juice, alcoholic beverage and cooking oil.
  • HDPE plastics make up the heavier containers that many of our everyday goods are stored in as it has properties of stiffness, strength and toughness. It is widely used in the UK for fresh milk bottles, shampoo and detergent bottles.

Both PET & HDEP plastic bottles are recyclable, so there’s no reason these shouldn’t be heading straight to the recycling bin – or better still, being reused! Making a small change like using a refillable bottle might not seem heroic, but your actions can help make a huge difference.

Sky Ocean Rescue have some really great tips for reducing the amount of plastic you use. Are you up for the plastic challenge? Visit https://skyoceanrescue.com/plastic-challenge/

The one with GD, Spring Clean Cymru & 450 Bags of Litter…

Volunteers and members of our team cleaned up 450 bags of litter from the banks of the River Usk last month!

We came together on Saturday, March 25, to clean up rubbish from around the Transporter Bridge as part of the Spring Clean Cymru campaign run by Keep Wales Tidy.

Most the litter was plastic which had been left on the banks of the river by the tides and could be dangerous to wildlife both on land and in the water at the Site of Specific Scientific Interest. We take our corporate social responsibility commitment seriously – so weren’t best pleased about this! We were delighted to take part in the campaign; the day was a great success and we were pleased to make a difference to our local area.

Newport project officer with Keep Wales Tidy Steve Chamberlain said: “It’s vital that we all do our bit to care for our local environment and this event has been a perfect example of what local communities can achieve when they work together.

Most of the rubbish was plastic and we saved all of that from re-entering our oceans.

Julie, our Operations Manager, explained “It’s a beautiful area on the riverbank that is now cleaned up so that the local community can enjoy it. Well done to everyone involved.

All in a day’s work Julie!

GD Environmental Wins Huntsman Corporation Contract

GD Environmental, Wales’ leading indigenous waste management company has been chosen as the dedicated waste management service provider for Huntsman Corporation in Llanelli, a specialist producer of amines, used in pharmaceuticals, coatings, resins, gas treating and for the prevention of corrosion.

In a bid to improve Huntsman Corporation’s recycling efficiency and reduce their environmental impact, the contract will see GD Environmental supply a series of containers for a selection of materials including wood, metal, Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), general waste, cable and batteries. Alongside these containers will be two 1,100 litre wheelie bins for Dry Mixed Recyclables (DMR).

The Huntsman Corporation and GD Environmental’s facilities are based within close proximity to each other in Llanelli, making GD ideally placed to process and deal with all the Huntsman Corporation’s waste streams.

Commenting on the contact win, Oliver Hazel, Chief Executive of GD Environmental said: “I am delighted that Huntsman Corporation has chosen us to become their dedicated waste management service provider.

We provide a tailored and dedicated service to all our customers and this contract is reward for our continuous effort to improve our services and meet the waste needs of our customers whatever they may be. We are also pleased to be able to assist another business that is based in Llanelli and look forward to working with Huntsman Corporation for the foreseeable future.

CEO’s Vision for the Future

Oliver Hazell, chief executive of waste management company GD Environmental, tells Karl West how he plans to double turnover, lead the South Wales market and expand beyond it.

Oliver Hazell held the cold pint glass to his mouth as the mobile phone on the bar in front of him began to buzz. It was January 2015, and the young oil and gas engineer was in Dubai, enjoying a post-work drink with a friend from the UK who was in town. The call was from an old family friend who informed Hazell that GD Environmental, the waste management company based in Newport, was up for sale.

Hazell, now chief executive of GD Environmental, is from Newport, and knew the business had a good reputation under its previous owner, James Norvill.
I got in touch to register our interest,” says the 27-year-old. “It all happened really quickly. Within a few months, I had given my notice in Dubai and left.

Along with his father, Mark Hazell, and investor Ian Lynass, former chief executive of BIS Industries, the Australian mining and metals group, they snapped up the rubbish collector and scrap recycler. Hazell senior and Lynass are both directors of GD, which provides waste collection and recycling services for commercial and domestic customers, including skip hire, blocked drains and asbestos disposal. It has 95 full-time employees and 30 to 40 agency staff, working on six sites across South Wales.

We were on site to have a look around the business by May or June and we took over GD in October 2015,” Hazell says.

The move back to South Wales may not have been planned, but Hazell says he would probably have returned home at some point: “In the grand scheme I wanted to be in charge of my own destiny. It wasn’t an urge to come back, although I thought I might come back to Wales eventually.

The young executive has taken a firm grip since returning to Newport. Under his guidance, GD has bought Fred Lloyd & Sons, a scrap metal business in Pontypool. It has also invested in new picking lines, a plastics recycling operation and has put more trucks on the road.

GD’s turnover rose 27 per cent in the first year following the takeover, and Hazell reckons it is on course to double turnover in the two years since the buyout. “It was already a great business and we’ve put some horse-power behind it,” he says. “We’ve just focused on improving the service we can offer to our customers.

Part of the growth has been down to a focus on bigger and longer contracts with factories and local councils. Hazell aims to attract trade with the breadth of GD’s offering, spanning wet and dry waste, scrap and hazardous materials disposal.

Commercial customers, particularly, like one company dealing with all their waste,” he says. “We do everything a national operator does, and customers have the added benefit of being able to pick up the phone and deal with me.

GD has an even spread of business between domestic and commercial customers. But the commercial arm is growing more quickly. Hazell believes going after bigger deals with councils and large industrial players could reap handsome rewards for GD. “There are a lot of new tenders coming out at the moment and we’d like to get into some of these longer term contracts,” he says.

Half time show, round 2: WAL v IRE

Following the success of our last halftime show, we decided it would be a great idea to take over the Principality Stadium once again, this time during the Wales versus Ireland game.

Repeating the same concept as the previous challenge, we pitted a husband and wife against one another to see who wears the trousers. The wife, Emma Phillips, was armoured in the Irish green and the husband, Matt Phillips, in the red of the Welsh.

Unlike last time, where an extra round was needed to find the victor, there was a clear winner. Victory went to Emma having scored the most points, meaning she won bragging rights over her husband. This was, once again, the opposite result of the game where Wales were triumphant over Ireland with a score of 22 – 9.

Wow… what can we say! An amazing evening, we’re so grateful to everyone at GD Environmental, it was as good if not better than our wedding day… Thank you!: Matt Phillips

GD Environmental gives a helping hand to tackle litter

Members of the Bynea Forum and a group of locals were becoming increasingly concerned about the growing amount of litter and fly tipping that was starting to build up in the area, especially Heol-Y-Bwlch which is the main road leading to our premises.

The group had already started going out on a regular basis to do litter picks collecting lighter rubbish such as, drinks cans, plastic bottles and food wrappers that had built up in the area.

Eileen Bartlett approached us to discuss her concerns about the amount of litter and fly tipping that was starting to appear in the area. She had an idea of working with us and our neighbours, Quantum, to tackle the heavier rubbish that had accumulated there that the volunteers could not clear on their own.

Obviously, we were more than happy to provide a helping hand. We decided to provide the group of volunteers with a skip for collection of the litter. This enabled the team to clear site much quicker than normal.

As well as the skip, we also sent members of our team to assist the group with clearing the litter. Lee Anson, Site Manager, joined the volunteers along with Paul Williams, Driver, and Curtis Francis, Yard Supervisor, to help fill the skip and clear the rubbish.

Once we had cleared everything that could be lifted manually, there was still heavy and filthy waste and rubbish that the group could not have lifted manually so we then got one of the boys to go back to the yard to get something to deal with the remaining waste. That’s when one of our JCB’s came roaring down the road and lifted the remaining waste with ease into the skip, clearing the area completely.

Following the joint effort between the volunteers, our neighbours and ourselves, we have invited pupils from both Casllwchwr and Bynea primary schools to have a tour of our premises. This will give them an insight into what happens to our rubbish. Hopefully inspiring them to look after the environment even more in the future.