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How the five R's can dramatically improve our environment in Stevenage?

We have all heard of recycling our waste materials and for many years, some councils have provided special recycling bins to help residents avoid putting too much waste into landfill. But recycling is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to helping keep our environment healthy.

On top of the five steps we should all be taking to reduce the burden on our environment, we should also be reducing the product miles that our consumables create. Instead of buying produce from overseas, check beforehand to see if a similar product can be sourced locally as this reduces the transport costs and extra impact on our delicate eco system. The five @#39;R@#39; are:

Refuse

Refuse to buy or accept products that can harm you, your company and the environment. Use your spending power to tell Stevenage companies what you do and do not want.

  • Think about stuff that some companies give away. These may be plastic pens, extra loyalty cards or key fobs and carrier bags. Simply refuse to accept them.
  • Refuse to buy harmful products, such as cleaning solutions. There are so many alternatives available today that do far less or no harm to the environment.
  • Refuse chemicals that contain solvents and use alternatives that are water based. These are not only better for the environment, they will not have you gasping for air when using them either.
  • Refuse to buy materials from shops with unnecessary packaging that you will later have to dispose of. Pre packaged fruit, vegetables and meat are prime culprits, buy them loose, they will probably be cheaper too.

Reduce

Keep asking yourself the question, What is the minimum amount necessary to get the job done? Reduce your usage of certain products so that you use less. Think about what you use and buy. Could you use less of it? Reduce the amount of energy you use to heat your home by closing doors and only heating the most used areas. Why use a massive squirt of washing up liquid when a tiny squirt will do the same job and why heat an entire house when you spend most of your time in the living room? This mind set will also save you a lot of money too.

Reuse

Reuse something you already have instead of buying something new. Replace needing a single use item, with something you can use over and over again. Both of these options will save you money as well as helping the environment.

  • Reuse printer cartridges and have them refilled.
  • Reuse shipping containers such as boxes, inserts and cartons. Please do not just disgard them. Consider the amount of packaging a tiny item from Amazon has, it is quite over the top.
  • Slowly replace any single use items with reusable ones, such as reusable water bottles and food containers.
  • Reuse packaging fillers and coverings like bubble wrap or packaging beads.

Repurpose

Repurpose your products simply means to take something you already have and use it for something else instead.

  • Repurpose metal cans and buckets for making plant containers.
  • Repurpose wooden crates or pallets into benches or shelves. A little sanding or planing transforms them.
  • Repurpose scrap paper for taking notes.
  • Repurpose wood shavings to help soak up spills in the workshop.

Recycle

And if none of the above are a viable option, recycle it. Possibly you missed the opportunity to refuse or reduce because you just were unaware of the alternatives when the purchases were made. Maybe there is no alternative. Recycling is a great way to open your eyes to all that you dispose of and a chance to rethink your future purchases.

  • Recycle all electronics.
  • Recycle food wastes into composted soil or as a food for a local farm. Many farmers will often be happy to take this waste.
  • Recycle all the basics you can such as paper, plastic, metal and glass.
  • Recycle all your fabric, even if it happens to be stained or ripped clothing, it can still be recycled.

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Hire a skip instead of going to your local Hertfordshire tip

Using a local Hertfordshire tip is not the same as it was a few years ago. These days everything has to go in the correct hopper, it cannot all go in the same one any longer. This means you have to know what goes where in order to segregate all the rubbish at home.

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Useful information about skip hire in Hertfordshire

The one question we get asked the most at Stevenage Skip Hire is what size skip the customer will need. We always suggest that you think about what you need to dispose of and remember that two skips can be far more expensive than one larger skip. Skips are measured by the yard and range from 3 yard mini skips to roll-on roll-off containers more suitable for higher volume waste requirements.

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Hire a skip from Stevenage Skip Hire to save you time effort and money

Hiring a skip from Stevenage Skip Hire is without a doubt the best way to get rid of all your waste materials! It is convenient, quick, easy and saves you a huge amount of work. Generally speaking, we only get a couple of days a week away from work, and when you end up ferrying your household waste back and forth from the local tip, your weekend soon gets swallowed up.

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Having a good clear out of the garden shed or garage produces way more rubbish than you ever imagined possible. Decorating preparation can also produce a good deal of waste, such as old skirting boards and stripped wood chip paper that his been up since the war, so a skip is a great way to dispose of the waste.

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Further Information

If you would like to know more or are interested in a quote we would be happy to help. Phone us on 0800 169 8588, email us at stevenageskiphire@live.co.uk or fill in our enquiry form and we will be in touch as soon as possible.

Stevenage Skip Hire Ltd - Envirowaste Recycling Centre - Jacks Hill - Graveley - Herts SG4 7EQ

Stevenage Skip Hire Ltd
Envirowaste Recycling Centre
Jacks Hill
Graveley
Herts SG4 7EQ

Articles
New Bill designed to ban export of plastic waste
The problems with waste disposal in Stevenage
Plastic pollution around the globe
Carbon emissions and the environment
How the five R's can dramatically improve our environment in Stevenage?
Recycle or incinerate! What is the best solution for our waste materials in Stevenage?
Single use plastic products in Stevenage
A guide to what can and cannot go into a hired skip
Recycling your waste materials in Stevenage
The problem with plastic pollution in Hertfordshire
Waste reduction in Hertfordshire
Plastic waste from the United Kingdom may be sent overseas instead of recycled
Just how recyclable is the plastic we use in Stevenage Skip Hire
What happens to all the plastic we throw out
Fly tipping: A modern day curse
Recycled plastic for roads and pavements
Seaweed sachets offer an alternative to plastic
The increasing problem of plastics in our oceans
Plastic pollution in the ocean starts from the rivers
Ways to reduce your plastic waste
Plastic microbeads are a load of rubbish
Waste plastic from the UK is polluting the globe
Hiring a skip from Stevenage Skip Hire rather than using the local dump
Hire a skip from Stevenage Skip Hire for your garden waste
Get a skip and avoid fly tipping in Hertfordshire
Some facts about waste and recycling from Stevenage Skip Hire
Hire a skip instead of going to your local Hertfordshire tip
Hire a skip from Stevenage Skip Hire for your soil and mud
Useful information about skip hire in Hertfordshire
Hire a skip from Stevenage Skip Hire to save you time effort and money
The benefits of skip hire from Stevenage Skip Hire in Hertfordshire
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