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

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.

Trash to Treasure: Upcycling Courtesy of GD Environmental & Art Students at Coleg Y Cymoedd!

For the second year running we donated a skip full of scrap to the art students at Coleg Y Cymoedd, who turned raw materials into a broad range of creations as part of their upcycling projects.

Jeremy Spencer, a 3D Lecturer in Art & Design at Coleg Y Cymoedd, visited our Newport site for a grand tour and discussion with site manager, Jason Andrews, to determine which materials would be suitable for the art class. Jeremy explained, “The donated recycled materials form the raw ingredients that our students creatively ‘upcycle’ into objects of value both functionally and aesthetically.

Once the materials had been chosen, we gathered the team and worked together to fill a skip and get it delivered it to the students.

The results were incredible! Upcycled products ranged from sculptures made from reclaimed pallets to functional furniture.

We caught up with Megan Barker, an Art and Design student at Coleg Y Cymoedd, who told us about her upcycling experience: “I haven’t always been a maker. Despite this I have translated my creativity into making, wanting to embrace all of the splinters and hot glue burns that come with it! Although I’ve adapted, being confronted with the task of producing a piece from recyclables was challenging, however diving into the skip and stumbling upon hidden treasures was inspiring, thinking about the potential for each piece of someone else’s old belonging.

The generosity shown by GD Environmental Services in their donation of the recycled materials is extremely helpful to us budding artists as it gives us the opportunity to broaden our creative minds. I am very thankful for the donation and love that my sculptural pieces carry a story beyond the aesthetics.

Jeremy added, “A visionary company like GD Environmental Services shares our course’s values of sustainability and ensuring recycled resources are made the most of. I very much hope to continue and develop our relationship in the future with their kind support.

We certainly hope so too, a great job all round!