Is your wheelie bin overflowing?

If you can answer yes, then North West Waste Consultants wants to help solve a problem that we all suffer with; irregular and insufficient bin collections.

Waste management agency Business Waste says 54% of the public, struggling with collection times and space in their normal household bins, would prefer their council taxes to pay for more frequent bin collections.


When our local Council reduced the number of collections for general household waste to two weekly collections it became evident there was a need for a bin bag collection service.

Despite residents’ best efforts to cut back and recycle as much as possible, households are still struggling. Bins are consistently overflowing, or additional bin bags are being placed at the side. This results in vermin such as maggots, flies and potentially rats … this causes some horrific odours that you or your neighbours wouldn’t appreciate, notwithstanding the risk of contamination and disease.

Although we are fully supportive of our local councils who have their hands tied with central government demands, that does not help the situation that virtually every householder finds themselves in.
We are a highly professional and environmentally-friendly company, covering a wide range of different areas, and we’re here to help you dispose of your extra waste at a sensible cost.

Call us to book in you excess bin bag collection on 01744 758349, email us on or click here to find out more

Poland to send back 1,000 tonnes of illegal waste to UK

The Environment Agency (EA) is in talks with Polish authorities about taking back around 1,000 tonnes of waste that had been illegally shipped from the UK. 45 containers that contained plastic recycling were intercepted and found to be full of boxes, tins, detergent packaging and engine oil. The containers were marked as plastic recycling and destined for Polish waste facilities. However, when they were intercepted by officials at a port in Gdynia they were found to contain tins, detergent packaging, boxes and engine oil.

A criminal investigation has been launched into three firms after the illegal waste marked as plastic recycling was intercepted at the Polish port of Gdynia. Waste and recycling trade body the Environmental Services Association (ESA) warned firms and councils to watch out for waste crime.

Waste Crime

Two years ago, EA chief Sir James Bevan warned that waste crime was becoming “the new narcotics” and cost the country £1bn a year. “If it’s correct as alleged in the press about the involvement of organised criminals then that is very serious indeed and local authorities and businesses need to be vigilant and make sure they understand their duty of care requirements,” recycling policy adviser for The Environmental Services Association – Jakob Rindegren – told Unearthed.

A Government watchdog warned earlier this month that millions of tons of waste intended for recycling may instead end up in landfill sites across the globe. Much of the UK’s plastic earmarked for recycling is sent overseas on the understanding that it will be turned into new products and reused but there have long been concerns it is simply dumped in countries such as Turkey and Malaysia.

More and more countries are saying ‘no, thank you’ to Britain’s plastic waste. This should be a wakeup call that out of sight, out of mind is not a viable solution to deal with the overproduction of throwaway plastic and exporting plastic pollutions is simply not a solution.

How can I reduce my waste this Christmas?

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, time to put on your Christmas jumpers, fill your face with mince pies and watch the Home Alone movies for only the 50th time. Christmas however is not as wonderful for landfill sites as we include tinsel, wrapping paper, toy packaging and Christmas cards to the long list of items we throw away. Landfill sites across the UK receive the following for Christmas every year:

  • • 125,000 tonnes of plastic waste
  • • 6 million Christmas trees
  • • 1,500 tonnes of fairy lights
  • • 227,000 miles of recyclable wrapping paper
  • • 50,000 trees’ worth of Christmas cards
  • • 230,000 tonnes of food waste

    Whilst the amount of Christmas waste itself is shocking there are simple things every household can do to minimise this waste.

    Wrapping Paper

    One of the most common mistakes recyclers find in the General Waste Bins during this time of year is gift wrap. However, most Christmas wrapping papers are not recyclable, especially if they are made of foil or metallic materials.

    Why not try some recycled brown wrapping paper to make your gifts environmentally friendly? Other ‘green’ wrapping paper substitutes include the Sunday comics or the sports section of your newspaper.

    Don’t forget about the box

    Online shopping is growing every year and so is the number of boxes we use for these items. Most cardboard boxes are high-value recyclables, but the sheer volume of them means they often overflow the recycling bins and end up in the trash.

    If you receive gifts by mail this year, break down the cardboard boxes to save space and make sure they end up in the recycling pile.

    Home composting

    Instead of throwing all your potato peelings, and leftover vegetables in the bin, put them to good use and turn them into compost. It’s great for your garden and even better for the environment. Egg boxes, newspapers, tea bags, fruit scraps and veggie peelings can all be composted. Composting can remove 20-50% from your household waste stream, reducing the burden on landfills while replenishing your lawn, trees, houseplants, or garden for free.

    Make your own

    Get creative and give someone a one of a kind gift. Are you a keen cook? Cakes, jams and chutneys can make useful and thoughtful presents, and cut down on food waste.

    Homemade Christmas gifts like goodies, bread or Christmas ornaments and decorations made of materials from around your home make meaningful and resourceful gifts.

    For all your Christmas waste needs please get in touch with North West Waste Consultants via our Christmas collection page or call us now on 01744 758 349 for more details about how we can help with your overflowing bins this Christmas.

  • Waste Management at FIFA 2018 World Cup

    With the FIFA World Cup now reaching the business end of the tournament, fans in attendance are in almost unanimous agreement that it has been a complete success – at least from a hosting point of view. Supporters of current cup holders Germany might be disappointed with their team’s performance, but no one can deny that Russia have put on a magnificent welcome for the visitors.

    With an aim of reducing the impact of FIFA World Cup Russia and raising the awareness of climate change, FIFA has launched a campaign that encourages the ticket applicants to offset the carbon emissions resulting from their travel to the tournament for free! When a FIFA World Cup Russia ticket holder signs up to participate in the campaign, FIFA will offset 2.9 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents (tCO2e), which is the average emission per ticket holder travelling from abroad.

    Waste Management Concept

    Fifa have ensured efficient and sustainable World Cup-related waste management, with waste-reduction measures including banning non-recyclable tableware, cutlery, packaging and plastic bags from stadiums, and offering hand dryers instead of paper towels in event toilets and using digital rather than paper-based communications “wherever possible”. FIFA have also committed to drive behaviour change among fans and stadium staff by offering a waste training programme to all employees and providing spectators with information on what type of waste can be recycled, bans on single-use items or the use of recycled materials is noticeably absent from the strategy. In Brazil, the tournament saw 39% more waste recycled than FIFA’s target of 320 tonnes after separate bins for recycling and general waste were used for the first time– but the event nonetheless created 776 tonnes of recyclable and 1,595 tonnes non-recyclable of waste, with no less expected to be produced in Russia this summer.

    Already at this year’s tournament, Japanese fans have shown a shining example to their counterparts from other countries by tidying up in the stadium after their games – and their good deeds have encouraged similar behaviour from Senegalese and Polish fans as well. It will be particularly interesting to see if the biggest single-sport event in the world lives up to its tall claims regarding environmental sustainability.

    Plastics packaging tax to fund waste management from 2022

    Plastics packaging tax to fund waste management from 2022

    The UK government this week announced that it would introduce a new tax in 2022 to discourage the use of non-recycled plastic packaging. The exact details are subject to consultation, but it is likely to apply to manufacturers or retailers, in a similar way to the soft drinks “sugar tax” introduced earlier this year. Hammond said in his Budget: “There will be a new tax on the manufacture and import of plastic packaging which has less than 30% recycled plastic content.” He said 2.26 million tonnes of plastic packaging were used in the UK each year, most made from new plastic because of the higher costs of recycled material. The Treasury document made it clear that, subject to consultation, the new tax would take effect from 1 April 2022, hitting any business that produces or imports plastic packaging that does not contain at least 30% recycled content. It said: “The tax will provide a clear economic incentive for businesses to use recycled material in the production of packaging which, in turn, will create greater demand for this material.”

    Creating the new normal for plastic

    Plastic Packaging tax

    The new tax, described by the Treasury as “world-leading”, will work alongside planned reforms to the packaging producer responsibility system that would encourage businesses to ensure that far more packaging can be recycled and to use more recycled plastic in their products. There will be a separate consultation on these. Hammond also allocated £10m more for plastics research and development work and £10m for recycling innovations such as smartbins. The Treasury said it shelved ideas for a tax on disposable plastic cups, despite the popularity of this in a public consultation last summer. “The Government recognises this is a problem, but has concluded that a levy on all cups would not at this time be effective in encouraging widespread reuse,” it said. “Businesses are already taking steps to reduce the impact of disposable cups. The Government expects industry to go further and will return to the issue if sufficient progress is not made.” Hammond also shunned an incineration tax, which some had expected might figure in the Budget. The Treasury said that, in the long term, the Government “wants to maximise the amount of waste sent to recycling instead of incineration and landfill”. If this did not happen as a result of other policies, it would “consider the introduction of a tax on the incineration of waste, operating in conjunction with landfill tax, taking account of the possible impacts on local authorities”.

    Ambitious 2025 targets

    The commitment’s targets include:

    Eliminating problematic or unnecessary plastic packaging and moving from single-use to reuse packaging models 100% of plastic packaging to be easily and safely reused, recycled, or composted by 2025 Significantly increasing the amounts of plastics reused or recycled and made into new packaging or products Signatories include Danone, L’Oréal, Mars Incorporated, PepsiCo, The Coca-Cola Company and Unilever. Commenting on the announcement, Nestlé CEO Mark Schneider said: “This Global Commitment is a step-change we urgently need in order to move from a linear to a circular economy. We want to act and lead by example. We will do our part to ensure that none of our packaging, including plastics, ends up in the natural environment.”


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