Keeping Our Capital Tidy During the Six Nations

It’s that time of year again. Six Nations rugby is finally back and Wales kicked off their campaign with a bang against Scotland in front of a delighted home crowd.

Hundreds of thousands of fans arrived in Cardiff on the opening day of the tournament and it was a brilliant weekend full of celebration that showcased our fantastic Capital.

Picture of Welsh flag.

But the opening weekend of the Six Nations also represented a massive match day challenge and that was how to tackle all the rubbish.

It’s easy to get caught up in the match day atmosphere and forget about the huge clean-up operation that takes place after a game in the capital, but don’t!

Here are a few simple ways you can help keep Cardiff clean during the rest of the Six Nations and help us keep our Capital tidy.

1. Stick to one pint…cup

Plenty of pints will be drunk out of plastic cups during match day, but rather than get a fresh cup every drink, try sticking to just one and recycle your cups if possible.

If you can’t find a recycle bin to put your cup in, leave it at the bar, but don’t drop it in the streets.

2. Don’t drop your litter

There are more than enough waste bins provided across Cardiff for anything that can’t be recycled such as some food packaging and wrappers.

Please don’t dump your rubbish on the streets. It leaves a bad impression on everyone.

Not only will people have to clean up your waste, but, if you’re caught littering by a waste enforcement officer, you will receive a Fixed Penalty Notice of £80 (Cardiff Gov).

3. Gum be gone

Chewing gum belongs in the trash bin. It isn’t bio-degradable, which means it won’t naturally decompose and will remain as a tough-to-clean eyesore on our pavements and roads.

4. No if’s, no butts

Don’t forget to use appropriate ash bins to dispose of your cigarette ends, there are plenty of them around Cardiff city for you to use.

If after the 6 Nations games, you find yourself surrounded by waste that could and should be recycled, contact the GD team and we can answer any questions you may have.

Give us a call on 01633 277 755 for specialist advice.

‘Tis The Season To Recycle!

Christmas is truly the most wonderful time of the year. We are surrounded by presents, food and most importantly, family and friends.

However, Christmas is also an extremely wasteful time of year.

We spend hundreds of pounds on food and drink, only to throw large amounts away. The average household throws away 30% more at Christmas than throughout the rest of the year.

On average, an unbelievable 226,800 miles of wrapping paper is thrown away each year.

This year why not help our environment by recycling your wrapping paper? It can be reprocessed back into packaging, extending its lifespan for years to follow.

Around 1 billion Christmas cards are thrown away each year.

The majority of Christmas cards are paper-based and can be recycled, along with their envelopes. Some may believe that Christmas cards are an out of date notion. However, they are still widely used and will probably hang around for many years to come.

TIP: Create your own cards from recycled paper, fabrics and other items you might otherwise throw away.

A whopping 6 million Christmas trees are disposed of, every year.

Artificial Christmas trees are far more environmentally friendly, as they can be packed away and reused again each year. Alternatively, purchase a real tree with a healthy root ball and you can re-plant and reuse it again the following year – now that is a green Christmas.

Merry Christmas from all at GD and a Happy New Year!

If you have any queries or require specialist advice, please don’t hesitate to give us a call on 01633 277 755.

Blue Planet II – Small Changes Make A Difference

Packaging is an essential resource used for protecting produce and providing information for consumers. Once packaging has served its purpose and disposed of, most people don’t give it another thought. However, given the topical problem of too much plastic in our oceans, very much brought to light in the second edition of David Attenborough’s Blue Planet, it’s important we take responsibility and look at ways to reduce and recycle packaging.

Blue Planet II took a deeper look into the amount of plastic in our oceans, highlighting that every year, around 8 million metric tons of plastic waste enters the ocean, where it can prove fatal to marine life.

Dolphin caught in plastic waste
Original image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jedimentat/7576773812

 

If Blue Planet II has inspired you to help our oceans, we can help shed light on how small changes you make, really can make a difference to the bigger picture.

Here are some tips that we have for reducing, reusing and recycling packaging:

Reduce

Choosing to purchase products with less packaging, such as loose fruit and vegetables rather than pre-packed, will play a vital role in the reduction of waste produced.

TIP: Replace your general waste bin with a smaller container, as well as ensuring there are additional containers for recyclables. This will encourage segregation and correct disposal of waste.

Reuse

Alternatively, look to re-use your packaging. For example, plastic and cardboard boxes can be used as storage for a number of household items; including food tins, toys, clothing and shoes.

How much money do we waste in purchasing new carrier bags each time we go shopping? Re-use will not only save us money but will benefit the environment.

TIP: Keep a store of plastic bags in the boot or glove box of your car, so that they are to hand whenever you decide to go shopping.

Recycle

Making wiser choices when shopping can also help: Choose products with packaging which can be easily recycled. Simple changes such as this can have a big impact on the amount of waste you are recycling, rather than throwing away.

If you have any questions regarding recycling, please get in touch on 01633 277 755

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.

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

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