We just had to take a few moments out of our day to write a brief post about this snippet of good news. As the title suggests, the popular discount high street store Lidl has announced that it will no longer be selling any fruit and vegetable items in wasteful black plastic trays. Read more
OK, OK, I know; we’re always going on about recycling and what we can all do help. This post is no exception, although we thought we’d add a sprinkle of humor in today’s post instead. The picture you see here is a classic example of fun and innovative things you can do to avoid producing too much landfill waste. Read more
In a bid to encourage Europe to reduce its ‘Carbon Footprint’, it’s now not permitted for retailers to replace their stocks of halogen lamps and bulbs. As of September 1st 2018, LED light bulbs will be taking their place, despite the higher purchase price. LEDs use around 5 times less electricity than their halogen counterparts, mainly due to the huge amount of heat they produce.
In energy rating terms, halogen bulbs are energy efficiency class “D” (which is bad) whereas LED light bulbs generally fall into the “A” class (which is good). Read more
A recent report highlighting the problem of the sheer volume of rubbish left behind at the Reading Festival in Berkshire is an all too common occurrence up and down the country. With the 2018 summer festival season now coming to an end, it’s the same old story at pretty much any festival you attend. After the partying is over, the organisers are left with the mammoth task of the cleaning up all the waste that just simply gets left behind by revellers. Read more
In an interesting move recently, France has stepped up to the mark and said it plans to introduce incentives that should lead to a reduction in plastic waste. The aim of the scheme is to make products made with recycled plastic cheaper to buy than the same item made from brand new plastic.
France is significantly behind some of its other European neighbours when it comes to plastic recycling at the moment as it only recycles around 25% of its plastic packaging waste. When compared to Germany and The Netherlands, which recycled about 50%, it means that France has the second-worst recycling rate throughout Europe. Read more
Dealing with London’s overburdened road network is a constant struggle for most businesses operating in the Capital. If that wasn’t stressful enough, trying to visually absorb the myriad of new road signs constantly popping up is also hard work.
Following a recent FOI (Freedom of Information Request) made by the RAC motoring organisation, it was revealed that nearly £10 million (£9,713,499) in traffic fines has been raised in a single year between May 2017 to July 2018. Read more
At last, a real alternative to non-biodegradable food and drink plastic packaging waste could be within the world’s grasp. It shouldn’t be necessary to spell out that the implications of this are colossal and it’s hoped that everyday, disposable plastic items such as drinks bottles and flexible food wrapping could soon be a thing of the past. Whilst we’ve already talked about deposit return schemes and other ingenious alternatives to using plastic, a viable substitute to this incredibly useful and versatile substance really needs to be found… and soon. Read more
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 year (2018).
Where and when?
Update 24th November 2018
If you’ve reached this page to find out if and when the Hot Air Balloon Regatta is going ahead, we’re sorry to have to inform you that BOTH dates for 2018 have now been cancelled. In the main, this is due to the grass/ground being too wet and soft for vehicular access. The official updates page notes that the organisers are now looking ahead to dates in June 2019 when it will hopefully be much drier (and warmer!). Like you, we’re disappointed as this is a great spectacle and we certainly were looking forward to the bright colours of the balloons improving the drab winter London skyline.
We will of course be keeping our eye on the official Hot Ait Balloon Regatta updates page (link below) and will be posting again in 2019 with an update on this page.
Onwards and Upwards! – Although not in 2018 it seems :)
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