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Halloween Waste – The Living Nightmare

Halloween is a time for pumpkin carving, spooky costumes, trick-or-treating with the kids and overeating on chocolate and sweets until you feel the size of a pumpkin. But there’s a dark undertone to Halloween which is the excessive amount of waste that we produce.

This year the UK alone will bin over 8 million pumpkins after the Halloween, a quantity which is equivalent to the entire nation having pumpkin pie to eat. This number would be even larger however a campaign #PumpkinRescue has an annual goal to reduce this number.


Pumpkin Rescue uses everyone’s favourite spooky staple as a way to talk about the edible food we throw away and easy steps we can take to make the most of it instead.

It’s a celebration of food that challenges preconceptions, teaches new skills and has some fun along the way.

More information on how you can join the campaign can be found here:


12,500 tons of Halloween costumes get sent to landfill each year perhaps this year consider creating your own costume. From metal juice lids to milk jugs, you’ll be surprised what recycled materials can be used to creative, classy Halloween costumes.

If you simply don’t have the time to create a eco friendly costume consider donating them to your local charity shop so they can be used again next year.

Check The Label

Halloween props such as broomsticks and masks can become plastic waste however not all props are non recycable so check the label and potentially reduce your plastic waste. However DIY is far greener and more fun to create, using eco friendly felt to create bats or painting a wreath black to create a eerie masterpiece the possibilities are endless.

If you’re a business looking for help with your summer event waste management, don’t hesitate to get in touch with North West Waste to learn more about what we do.

Don’t Let Go – Balloon Releases On The Environment

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If you haven’t seen this image on your social media timeline it is only a matter of time before you do. The Ministry of Environment and Housing have posted this image highlighting the impact of plastic and balloons being released into the environment.

A local traditions at memorials, schools, weddings, and other events balloon releases are something we have all done but have you ever considered the impact this can cause?

The Impact On Our Environment

Balloons that are released outside have end up somewhere, usually this is caught up in tree branches or electrical wiring.

Balloons that are not properly disposed of end up in the ocean and along coastal areas, becoming marine debris. This debris can be mistaken for food and eaten causing interal injury and potential death. The string attached to the balloons can also cause potential death as it wraps around marine wildlife and become entangled.

The Solution?

Instead of balloon releases you can instead have fun, celebrate, and remember with environmentally-friendly alternatives that The Ministry of Environment and Housing recommended.

If however balloon releases is not avoidable then the MCSUK have guidelines for wildlife friendly balloon use including the following:

  • Let go of balloons indoors only
  • Fill the balloons with air not helium.
  • Use balloons made of natural rubber latex rather than foil balloons.
  • When tying balloons use natural cotton string rather than plastic ribbon.
  • Hand tie balloons rather than using plastic valves.

    Be a party pooper We all know reducing plastic in everyday life is easier said than done but something so simple as balloon releases can be an easy way to do your part. It may be just one balloon but to a critically endangered species of marine wildlife it could be their last meal.

Sainsbury’s cuts plastic and become the first major retailer to reduce plastic packaging on their fresh flowers.

In a 12 week trial running across 167 stores nationwide Sainsbury’s will package more than one million fresh bouquets of flowers in recyclable paper and sealed with recyclable paper tape. The goal of the trial is to determine whether customer demand and experience of suppliers can manage the transition over a long term basis,

How Are They Removing Plastic?

    To save over 10 tonnes of plastic than one million bunches and bouquets will use:
  • Recycled paper packaging in place of plastic sleeves
  • Paper tape in place of sticky tape

    It forms part of the British retailer’s commitment to reduce plastics by 50 per cent by 2025, across its food operations.

    Quoted from Judith Batchelar, director of Sainsbury’s “We are proud to be the first retailer to reduce fresh floral plastics on a significant scale, across 167 of our stores. Our customers have made it clear that they want us to reduce plastic packaging – developing a more sustainable solution to minimise plastic on fresh flowers is a further step in the right direction.

    Removing Plastic Bags

    To achieve this commitment, other developments over the coming weeks include the removal of plastic bags from the bakery, and the removal of plastic bags from fresh produce.

    From the 30th September all plastic bags for loose vegetables and fruit will be removed from online grocery deliveries a move which is set to save 180 tonnes of plastic.

    Shoppers will need to bring in their own containers or buy a reusable bags charged at 30p.The change will apply in all convenience stores and about 500 supermarkets with more to follow.

    Sainsbury’s isn’t the only supermarket implementing sustainability measures as last month Waitrose revealed it would trial a “bring your own” scheme in one of it’s London stores to encourage customers to buy and refill produce.

    The supermarket giant will begin selling items such as cereals and pasta in large dispensers as part of the concept, which it hopes will effectively reduce waste from plastic packaging.

    If you’re a business looking for help with your summer event waste management, don’t hesitate to get in touch with North West Waste to learn more about what we do.

Skip Hire St Helens

North West Waste Consultants are a modern and innovative business in waste management and recycling solutions based in St Helens, providing bespoke and tailored services to meet increasing demands for local, regional and national businesses.

With further rises in tax on waste-to-landfill, the cost of disposing of your waste is ever increasing. Added to this is the pressure to continually improve your business’ social and environmental impact by recycling more waste than ever before.

At North West Waste Consultants, they understand these challenges and work with customers across a variety of sectors to develop bespoke waste management solutions. Our cost-effective, efficient and convenient waste management services will reduce your carbon footprint, and increase your environmental performance and savings for your business.

Nationwide Skip Hire

North West Waste Consultants was set up in 2009 in St Helens by Warren Aspinall, with the view to help local and national companies reduce their landfill and general waste costs, ensuring higher rebates are paid for recyclables and food waste.

They achieve this by diverting as much waste as possible from landfill; therefore massively reducing waste costs as well as being environmentally friendly.

Every waste management program is bespoke to each specific site with the aim that within 12 months to achieve complete zero waste to landfill. With landfill prices increasing year-by-year we are always looking to use new and innovative methods for the disposal of waste in a cost effective and an environmentally friendly manner, with regular, weekly and monthly updates provided.

What We Offer

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At North West Waste, they can help find the right waste solution for your business on a national scale, delivered seven days a week to any location across the UK. Supplying a full range of skips, from 4 yards up to 16 yards, as well as larger roll-on, roll-off containers, from 20 yards up to 40 yards.

  • North West Waste offer:
  • Skip and Waste Container Hire
  • Domestic and commercial use
  • General waste disposal
  • Recycling
  • Social Value

Regardless of where in the United Kingdom you have your next project, North West Waste Consultants has the experience and capabilities to fulfil your requirements. With access to a vast network of vehicles from wheelie bins to caged lorries wagons and much much more. They provide recycling and disposal solutions to the domestic, shop fitting, construction and specialist sectors of the market including hazardous, bulk liquid, asbestos, chemical, pharmaceutical and contaminated waste.

Depending on the size of skip you require, NWWC team of experts make managing your waste disposal as easy as possible.

We have experience of managing a wide range of waste management contracts. Our solutions are designed to deliver a high quality, legally compliant waste management service incorporating the management, site logistics, storage and collection of both hazardous and non-hazardous waste streams working closely with our waste management partners.

What Makes Them Different?

North West Waste ensure that the client is the priority with every job that they take on, which is why they provide a tailored waste management plan in order to fulfil your needs. The team are willing to provide a customised plan that will make you feel more valued as a customer, as they know that every job is different, and requires a lot of careful consideration.

This also helps to give your staff some industry know how for future waste disposal needs, which includes how to segregate waste correctly at source, this will help you to reduce your costs and divert your waste form landfill.

Unlike other skip hire providers, NWWC committed to a 100% recycling rate, meaning that anything you dispose of in your skip that can be recycled will be recycled.

Customer service

We pride ourselves on providing the best possible customer service. Our highly trained dedicated customer services team are at hand to provide advice and discuss your specific requirements. Our polite and courteous team will make sure you get the best skip solution for your needs and that the skip is delivered on time and with the minimum disruption.

Flexible and reliable

Skips can be provided as required or on a fixed contract basis. When an order is placed the skip will be delivered to you at a designated time by one of our highly experienced and qualified drivers. Our drivers will endeavour to make sure the skips are delivered on time and are positioned in the most convenient place possible.

With solutions delivering a streamlined waste management service for all waste streams through one point of contact, maximising management efficiency – a one stop shop. Compliance is at the heart of what we deliver; underpinned by accredited services in the industrial setting demonstrating a robust environmental and quality assured service.

North West Waste has the experience and capabilities to fulfil all your requirements. With access to a vast network of vehicles we provide recycling and disposal solutions to the domestic, hospitality, construction and specialist sectors of the market including hazardous, asbestos, chemical, pharmaceutical and clinical waste. The waste management industry has undergone many changes over recent years, however North West Waste is at the forefront of adapting our capabilities to meet the ever changing legislation.

Annoyed with paper straws? Could pasta straws be the solution?

Roughly 8.5 billion plastic straws are used in the U.K. each year, but as a new ban takes effect next April, that number will shrink to zero. One startup is hoping to corner the market for alternative straws using an unlikely material: pasta.

Stroodles straws are said to provide greater durability, are flavourless, vegan, 100% biodegradable and are edible raw or cooked after use.

A core principle for Stroodles is their ‘drink-easy’ ethos, meaning drinkers shouldn’t have to change behaviour or compromise on drinking experience to do good for the environment.

Company founder, Maxim Gelmann, said: “While we’re a very logical and effortless solution to the plastic problem, Stroodles is not just a straw company.

“Our driving goal is to become a vehicle for change and we hope that Stroodles can act as an enabler, subtly inspiring people to question how they consume everyday items. We hope these incremental changes will lead to a ripple effect and create a greater shift in behaviour, one Stroodle at a time.”

The concept of conscious consumerism also extends to Stroodles’ business model and operation. Pasta straws that don’t meet the standard get donated to food banks and a share of Stroodles’ sales are donated to charities who help fight plastic waste.


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