With the current air quality crisis in London and the new ULEZ (Ultra Low Emissions Zone) regulations that have recently come into force in April 2019, many people are asking why London’s iconic ‘black cabs’ are still exempt from the charge. According to Transport for London’s own figures, black taxi cabs are responsible for spewing out nearly one fifth of the total amount of nitrogen oxide (NOx) fumes in central London. Despite being responsible for 18% of NOx in the air, black cab drivers won’t have to pay the £12.50 ULEZ charge, which operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in the centre of London. Read more
Reported to be the first of its kind, a new scientific study published on the psychiatry section of the JAMA Network website suggests that young people living in high-pollution areas may be at an increased risk of having a psychotic episode.
It may come as no surprise that people who live in densely populated areas such as London already have a higher chance of having a psychotic experience. Although one specific factor can’t be pinpointed as the cause in young people, such things such as smoking, drinking alcohol and using drugs are thought to increase the chances of psychosis. There are also other environmental factors to take into account such as living in a deprived area, family income, exposure to crime and perhaps even noise pollution. Read more
Nurdles – They sound kinda cute don’t they. Perhaps they’re a new, lovable cartoon family on CBeebies or a tasty 60-second microwave treat?
Well, no… Despite the rather appealing name, they’re anything but cute and lovable. They are in fact the bigger brother of microplastics. We’ll assume you’ve already heard of microplastic as the word has now made its way into popular culture and is often the subject of mainstream news articles. Just in case you haven’t, microplastics are tiny particles of plastic ranging in size from 10 nanometres right up to 5mm in diameter. Read more
Depending on where you live, you may have weekly or fortnightly rubbish collections by your local authority. You may get your food waste collected or you may not. Quite frankly, it’s a postcode lottery as to what your council will collect, and how often they’ll do it…. and also whether they charge you for it (as some councils already do for compostable garden waste). Read more
There aren’t many urban woodland areas left that are still undeveloped but if you’re lucky enough to live near one and love to ramble or dog walk your way through them, you’ll no doubt be confronted with a myriad of rubbish along your journey. From paint tins, old tyres, furniture and mattresses, most urban woodland areas have become an illegal dumping ground for all types of rubbish.
Countryside woodland isn’t immune either, with some unscrupulous firms choosing to dump their waste at the edge of wooded areas which often spills onto the quiet country lanes adjacent to them. Read more
Back in March of 2018, we wrote about the Government’s announcement that it intended to introduce a Deposit Return Scheme for glass bottles, plastic bottles and tin cans. We’re now nearly a year down the road and there’s still precious little information available concerning any updates on this promising idea. Read more
According to statistics on the OneLessBottle.org website, Londoners guzzle more mineral water from disposable plastic bottles than anywhere else in the country. On average, each of us buys more than three single-use plastic bottles of water every week and, whilst this may not sound much, it equates to around a BILLION bottles every year; and that’s just London alone.
It’s no secret that we’re slowly poisoning our oceans with harmful plastic waste, and the River Thames hasn’t escaped our bad habits either. Around 10% of all litter that’s retrieved from the Thames is made up of plastic bottles, and half of those are used water bottles. Read more
With only a few days to go until many of us finish work and spend some much needed time with friends and family, we’d like to make our customers aware of our opening/closing times for Christmas and New Year.
Our normal opening hours apply except for the following:
We will be closed every day from 2pm on Friday 21st December 2018 until 8am on Wednesday 2nd January 2019.
If you haven’t done all of your Xmas shopping yet, we hope you’re prepared to battle the usual throng of shoppers on London’s busy high streets but, if you’re still hard at work, we’ll be on hand right up until the 21st to clear away all your unwanted rubbish, either by skip or with our large capacity tipper trucks.
If you’re having a get together at home and the relatives are staying over, you may need to have a clearout beforehand to make some extra room. If that’s the case, get in touch quick to find out if we can still squeeze you in!
We’d also like to take this opportunity to wish all of our customers a very happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year and hope you all have a great time.
See you all in 2019!
According to a recent report in the Leicester Mercury, huge amounts of London’s waste may eventually end up filling a quarry in the Leicestershire countryside once the quarry comes to the end of its productive life.
Croft and Huncote Quarry, or Croft Quarry as its more commonly known, is one of the biggest man-made holes in Europe and is well-known for the huge amounts of granite it produces each year; if you have granite worktops in your kitchen, they may well have been quarried at Croft. Read more
If you’ve written out all your Christmas cards and are preparing to pop along to post them in your nearest mailbox, you could find that it’s already bursting at the seams with empty Walkers Crisps packets.
Why Crisp Packets?
Well, in case you didn’t know, Walkers Crisp packets can’t be recycled and this has infuriated the campaign group, ’38 Degrees’. They’ve started a campaign urging their members to post empty Walkers Crisps packet back to the manufacturer using Walkers’ FREEPOST address in an attempt to raise awareness about the issue and spur Walkers into action. Read more
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