Following on from our recent post about how to prevent a fire breaking out in your skip, an article in The Standard highlights how easy it is for a waste fire to get out of control. According to the article, a huge blaze at a waste disposal site in Leyton, East London, has taken over 70 London Firefighters to get it under control. The rubbish that caught fire is estimated to be over 1000 tonnes so it’s no surprise that firefighters had to battle the blaze all through the night to get it under control. Read more
The hot, dry weather that the UK is currently enjoying is the perfect environment for skip fires. Whilst it’s also relevant during the winter months too, it’s particularly important to be extra cautious of the dangers that this dry weather we’re currently experiencing can cause when you hire a skip in London from Metro Waste. So, what precautions should you be taking once your skip is delivered to prevent the risk of a fire breaking out in one of our skips?
Whilst they don’t happen that often, there are generally 2 main scenarios that can cause this to happen:
- Deliberate arson
- Accidentally due to carelessness
Regardless of the cause, it can be a costly experience if the fire isn’t put out immediately. Because of this, we’ve put together this brief post highlighting a few basic precautions you can take to minimise the risk of a fire in your skip. Read more
At Metro Waste, we’re normally up with the lark but even we’ll have to get up early if we want to catch a glimpse of this year’s Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Regatta, which is likely (weather permitting) to take place in Central London this July 2018.
Where and when?
UPDATE :: According to the official update page, the next available date for lift-off is now:
Sunday 22nd July 2018
Due to the nature of hot air ballooning being dependent on weather conditions, the event was originally due to take place on one of the following dates Sunday 17th June or July 1st (Sunday 24th June is excluded). However, all of these dates fell through so organisers have now secured the above date of Sunday 22nd July 2018. Read more
As today is another incredibly hot summer’s day in London, we thought we’d explore what can be done to minimise the impact of breathing in pollution if you’re walking, jogging or cycling in London.
Whilst some of us commute to the UK’s capital city from the suburbs using our own vehicles or public transport, many Londoners living near their place of work will want to get there under their own steam. This is great of course, but aside from cutting down on travel costs, is it actually doing our heart and lungs any good?
Well, you’d assume that any form of exercise would ultimately be beneficial, but this isn’t necessarily the case. If you live well outside of London, then this is more likely to be true – But in the thick, pollution filled streets of Central London, it can actually do you more harm than good. Read more
According to this report on the Wandsworth.gov.uk website, three young Royal Pythons were found slithering around the Battersea area in June 2017, including one in Chelsea Bridge Road. It’s thought that they may have been released into the wild by their former owner, who either released the juvenile snakes after deciding they didn’t want to care for them, or simply placed the eggs in the area before they’d even hatched. Read more
In support of the UN’s drive to halve food waste by 2030, leading food behemoth Tesco has announced that it intends to remove ‘best before’ dates from around 70 fruit and vegetable lines in its stores. Along with several other big companies including Asda, Co-op and Boots, Tesco is a signatory of the Courtauld Commitment 2025, which is a voluntary agreement for companies that are committed to achieving this target. Read more
Please note: Metro Waste cannot collect asbestos – However, this guide contains information to help you dispose of it safely.
As a Registered Waste Carrier, we can collect and dispose of most types of household and business waste. However, one of the few materials that we’re NOT licensed to collect is asbestos. If you live in London and need to safely dispose of asbestos, here are a few options:
- Visit the Government’s handy location page. You simply pop your London postcode into the finder and the results will give you information about your local council, together with a link to their website.
- Visit the Health and Safety Executive website to find a local registered contractor who is authorised to work with asbestos. Bear in mind that the types of licences vary so you’ll need to contact the contractor to see if they can meet your needs.
- Use your favourite Search Engine to search for a local company that’s authorised to work with and safely dispose of asbestos in London. Do bear in mind that if you choose this option, it’s important to make sure that they are properly licensed, so always ask to see their licence before making a decision and parting with your hard-earned cash.
Unless you have been living under a rock (or pile of plastic), you will have been made aware that the world has a serious issue when it comes to waste plastic. Since the revolutionary development of plastic over a century ago, we have gone mad for the stuff. Of course we have! Its flexible, robust, multi-faceted, and cheap to make. However, we have been so busy putting plastic to good use that we didn’t notice the fact that rendered plastic a double-edged sword; it doesn’t biodegrade. Read more
This encouraging statistic could hopefully spell the end of traditional coal-fired power stations as the UK has set a new record for being powered without the aid of coal for just over 3 consecutive days.
Coal has a long history of being the backbone of the UK’s domestic and industrial power requirements since the Industrial Revolution, but it looks like that could be about to change. Last year saw the first milestone in the decline of coal used to produce energy when the UK saw its first 24-hour period of coal-free power (in modern times at least). Read more
The world’s growing plastic pollution problem is a hot topic at the moment. With programmes like Blue Planet bringing the issue to the fore, discussions on the subject are currently trending heavily on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Most centre around the devasting problems this is causing on land and in the oceans, but thankfully, new hope of a real solution could be at hand.
Whilst major changes in our purchasing habits are being suggested, such as plastic free aisles in supermarket and deposit return schemes, a more long-term, all-encompassing remedy is what’s really needed. Read more
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