Talking waste, reuse, repair, upcycle, and recycling.

Have you ever had a moment when your trusty toaster or your faithful fridge gave up on you?

It’s annoying, right? And you might think that the best solution is to get a shiny new one and toss the old one in the rubbish. But hold on a minute! Did you know that electrical appliances are not only costly to replace, but also harmful to dispose of in the wrong way? That’s why you need to recycle your electronic waste (WEEE).

WEEE stands for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment, and it includes anything that runs on batteries or electricity.

And trust me, you don’t want to mess with WEEE. It contains valuable materials that can be reused, as well as dangerous substances that can pollute the environment and harm your health. So, before you say goodbye to your old gadgets, think twice about where they end up.

In this blog post, I’ll tell you more about why Electronic Waste is harder to dispose of than general waste, and how you can conquer it with the help of KwikTip.

Why is Electronic waste so tricky to get rid of?

WEEE waste is growing faster than any other type of waste, because we love to buy new gadgets and replace our old ones. Every year, we throw away about two million tonnes of WEEE waste. That’s like filling up the Wembley Stadium with broken electronics! But we can’t just dump them in the bin like we do with other rubbish.

“Why not?” you ask.

Because WEEE waste can be very dangerous for the environment and our health. It contains harmful substances like mercury, lead, and bromine, which can leak out of the landfill and pollute the soil and water.

These substances can affect the growth of plants, the health of animals, and even the quality of our food. Imagine eating a carrot that has been grown in toxic soil, or drinking water that has been contaminated by e-waste. Not very appetising, is it?

What can you do with your old electrical items?

Before you decide to get rid of your WEEE items, think about whether they can still be useful to someone else.

Reusing is always better than recycling, because it saves energy and resources. Maybe your old TV or laptop can make someone else happy. You know what they say: one man’s trash is another man’s treasure!

You can also try to fix your broken items, or donate them to a local school or college that teaches electrical skills. They will appreciate your generosity!

If you can’t find anyone who wants your items, you can still make some money by selling them online. There are many websites where you can list your items, such as eBay, Facebook Marketplace, and Gumtree. Even if your items are not working, you might be able to sell them for parts. Some people are looking for vintage items, especially old game consoles.

Recycling your WEEE

If your electronic items are beyond repair and reuse, then the next best thing to do is to recycle them. This is where KwikTip comes in handy.

We can take away any of your electronic waste items and make sure they get recycled properly. No matter which one of our services you choose, we will ensure that your items are handled with care and responsibility.

We only use waste sites that are fully certified and audited to divert as much waste as possible from landfill. We evaluate these sites based on various criteria, such as recycling and recovery rates, environmental management standards, health and safety, and modern slavery risk.

At the recycling centre, your items are sorted and broken down. They are shredded by a machine, but hazardous parts such as batteries are removed by hand. After the shredding, the pieces are sorted by type. Without the hazardous materials, it is easier to separate the remaining pieces. They are sorted into plastics, ferrous and non-ferrous metals. Ferrous metals are those that contain iron, and they can be separated from non-ferrous metals by using magnets.

The sorted materials are then sent to be recycled.

  • Metals and plastics can be melted down and reused.
  • Ferrous metals are often used for vehicles, so they can be reused in that way.
  • Non-ferrous metals, such as copper and aluminium, are also valuable and can be used for various purposes.
  • Plastics can be turned into new products, such as furniture, clothing, or toys.

How can you recycle your e-waste?

If you have large, heavy WEEE items such as washing machines, fridges, or vacuum cleaners, then we have the perfect solution for you.

We offer a convenient man and van service that can collect your WEEE items from your doorstep. You don’t need to worry about lifting, loading, or transporting your items. Our drivers will do all the work for you. They can collect your items from any safe and accessible location, indoors or outdoors. You just need to book a time slot that suits you, and we’ll be there.

Our man and van service is available throughout the East Midlands, covering Nottingham, Derby, Leicester, and more. You can check our coverage area on our website. We are flexible and reliable, and we can offer same-day collections if you need them.

We are committed to recycling your WEEE items as much as possible. We only use licensed and audited waste sites that have high recycling and recovery rates. We avoid sending any waste to landfill, and we aim to divert more than 95% of the waste we collect. We also provide you with a digital waste report, so you can see exactly where your items go and how they are recycled.

If you have any smaller electronic waste items that you can carry yourself, such as kettles, hairdryers, or radios, then you can take them to your nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre. You can find your local centre on your council’s website. There, you can dispose of your items safely and responsibly.

Please do not put them in your regular bin, as they can cause harm to the environment and waste valuable resources.

If you have any questions about our service, or if you want to book a collection, please contact us. Our friendly team is here to help you with any queries you may have about your WEEE waste or our services.

We spend an alarming amount of time staring at screens. And perhaps not enough time learning how to achieve responsible disposal of those same screens!

Monitors, our trusty portals to the digital world, are often neglected when it comes to their final curtain call. But fear not, we have a few tips when it comes to monitor disposal s in a way that leaves both you and our planet smiling.

Why Responsible Monitor Disposal Matters?

Old monitors, especially vintage models, can harbor nasty chemicals like lead. Plus, electronics contribute significantly to the ever-growing e-waste problem. Recycling ensures valuable materials get a second life and hazardous components are handled safely.

Monitor Disposal Options Made Easy:

  • KwikTip Collections: Let the KwikTip crew handle the heavy lifting! We offer convenient collection services, taking away not just your monitor but any unwanted clutter. This peace-of-mind option ensures responsible disposal and saves you the hassle.

  • Local Recycling Facilities: Check your local council’s website for designated e-waste drop-off points. Often, supermarkets and electronics stores also offer recycling options. Remember to call ahead and confirm accepted items.

  • DIY Dismantle (Expert Level): For the tech-savvy, some monitors can be dismantled to separate recyclable components like plastic and metal. Research proper dismantling techniques and ensure you have the necessary tools and safety gear.

Extend Your Monitor’s Life:

Before hitting the eject button, consider these life-extending tips:

  • Adjust settings: Lower brightness and activate sleep modes to reduce wear and tear.
  • Surge protection: Invest in a quality surge protector to safeguard your monitor from unexpected voltage spikes.
  • Clean with care: Use a microfiber cloth and avoid harsh chemicals to keep the screen squeaky clean.

Bonus Kwik Tip: Got other unwanted electronics lying around? KwikTip partners with e-waste recycling specialists to give your old tech a new lease on life! Want more info on this? Feel free to get in touch!

By choosing responsible disposal methods, we can all play a part in reducing e-waste and protecting our planet. So, the next time your monitor kicks the bucket, remember: don’t just toss it, KwikTip it!

Remember:

  • Research local e-waste disposal options before taking action.
  • Consider the environmental impact of your chosen method.
  • Opt for dismantling only if you have the expertise and necessary equipment.
  • Give your monitor a fighting chance with proper care and maintenance.

With a little effort, we can all be responsible tech citizens and keep our planet glowing even after our screens go dark.

So, the next time you upgrade your monitor, remember: KwikTip is here to help you ditch the dead display responsibly. We offer convenient collection services to ensure your old monitor gets recycled the right way, keeping our planet and communities safe.

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Do you have an old TV that’s taking up space in your home? Or maybe you’re thinking about upgrading, but you’re not sure what to do with your old one.

Whatever the reason, it’s important to know that televisions are a ticking time bomb. They contain a variety of hazardous materials, including lead, mercury, and cadmium. If these materials are not disposed of properly, they can leach into the environment and harm human and animal health.

The Problem:

Every year, millions of televisions are discarded. Many of these televisions end up in landfills, where they can take hundreds of years to decompose. In the meantime, the hazardous materials inside the TVs can leach into the soil and groundwater, contaminating drinking water and harming wildlife.

Even if your old TV is still working, it’s important to dispose of it properly when you’re finished with it. New televisions are much more energy-efficient than older models, so upgrading can save you money on your energy bills. It’s also better for the environment, as it reduces the amount of electronic waste that ends up in landfills.

The Solution:

KwikTip Waste Management can help you dispose of your old TV safely and responsibly. We offer a variety of services to meet your needs, including:

  • Collection: We will come to your home or business to collect your old TV at a time that is convenient for you.
  • Transportation: We will transport your TV to a certified recycling facility, where it will be properly disposed of.
  • Documentation: We will provide you with documentation of your recycling, so you can be sure that your TV is disposed of properly.

Why Choose KwikTip?

KwikTip Waste Management is a fully licensed and insured waste management company. We are committed to providing our customers with safe and reliable services. We also offer competitive pricing and a variety of payment options.

How to Make Your TV Last Longer

If you want to extend the life of your TV, there are a few things you can do:

  • Keep it clean: Dust and dirt can build up on your TV’s screen, blocking airflow and causing the TV to overheat. Clean your TV regularly with a soft, dry cloth.
  • Avoid direct sunlight: Direct sunlight can damage your TV’s screen and shorten its lifespan. Place your TV in a shaded spot in your home.
  • Use a surge protector: Power surges can damage your TV. Use a surge protector to protect your TV from power surges.
  • Turn it off when you’re not using it: Leaving your TV on all the time can shorten its lifespan. Turn off your TV when you’re not using it, even if you’re just going to be gone for a few minutes.

If you have an old TV, don’t just throw it away. Contact KwikTip Waste Management today to learn more about our TV disposal services. We can help you dispose of your old TV safely and responsibly.

P.s. Did you know that the average person spends six hours and 58 minutes every day looking at screens? That’s more time than most of us spend sleeping! If you’re looking for a way to reduce your screen time, start by getting rid of your old TV.

Hazardous waste can come in many forms, and if it’s not managed properly, it can be incredibly dangerous to the environment and humans.

That’s why it’s important for businesses to, firstly, understand the regulations around hazardous waste disposal and, secondly, work with a reputable waste management company to ensure that their waste is disposed of safely and legally.

What is hazardous waste?

The Environment Agency states that waste is considered hazardous if it can be dangerous to people and the environment or contains harmful materials and substances. This kind of dangerous waste can come in a variety of shapes and forms, including:

  • Liquid waste such as oils, chemical lab waste, and solvent waste
  • Solid items such as biological waste and contaminated packaging
  • Other items such as asbestos, batteries, and WEEE waste (including your fridge and tele!)

Why is it important to dispose of this waste safely?

If hazardous waste is not disposed of correctly, it can have serious consequences for the environment and human health.

It can very easily pollute our air, water, and soil, as well as cause health problems such as cancer, birth defects, and neurological disorders.

What are the haz-waste disposal regulations in the UK?

There are a number of regulations in place here in the UK to ensure that hazardous waste is disposed of safely.

The main piece of legislation is the Hazardous Waste Regulations 2005. These regulations state that businesses that produce more than 500kg of hazardous waste per year must register with the Environment Agency as hazardous waste producers.

Businesses also have a duty of care to ensure that their hazardous waste is disposed of safely. This means that they must take all reasonable steps to prevent their waste from causing harm to people or the environment.

How should you dispose of hazardous waste?

The best way to dispose of hazardous waste is to work with a reputable waste management company. There are various ways to safely treat and dispose of your hazardous waste in line with the regulations in place.

Once you have identified the hazardous waste you have, you can contact a licensed waste carrier to collect and dispose of your waste safely. Once collected, there are various ways the hazardous materials can be managed, including:

  • Recycling: We will try to recover and recycle as much of your waste as possible. Depending on the type of waste, it could go through solvent extraction, washing, and recycling, or waste-to-energy recovery. Items such as batteries are separated to be recycled. Paint cans are often washed to remove any harmful materials, leaving a metal can that can then be easily recycled.
  • Neutralization: If the waste can’t be recycled, it can be transformed at the molecular level and neutralized. This is when the acids and alkalis are blended together to get a neutral PH level in the material. This means it can then be sent to cement kilns or incinerators to be burned safely.
  • Landfill: This is the least desirable option, but it is sometimes necessary for waste that cannot be recycled or neutralized. Asbestos, for example, cannot be recycled and must be transported to deep landfills.

Why choose KwikTip Waste Management for your hazardous waste disposal needs?

KwikTip Waste Management is a veteran-run business that is committed to providing excellent customer service. We are fully licensed and insured, and we have a team of experienced and knowledgeable professionals who are trained in the safe and legal disposal of hazardous waste.

We offer a variety of services to meet the needs of our customers, including collection, transportation, and disposal.

We have the experience and expertise to dispose of all types of hazardous waste, including batteries, paint, electronics, aerosols, clinical waste, oils, and chemicals.

We understand that hazardous waste disposal can be a complex and daunting task, but we are here to help you every step of the way. We will work with you to develop a customized waste management plan that meets your specific needs and complies with all applicable regulations.

If you have hazardous waste that needs to be disposed of, don’t take any chances.

Contact KwikTip Waste Management today to learn more about our hazardous waste disposal services. We are here to help you keep your business and your community safe.

A British army veteran says he is using his military training to serve communities and the environment after setting up a waste management company with an environmental promise.

Tyler Bloomhill, of Breedon-on-the-Hill in North-West Leicestershire, says his training and service with the British Army’s 4 Armoured Medical Regiment are now helping him in his new venture: waste management company Kwiktip.

Bloomhill says his time in the army has helped him realise the importance of decluttering and having tidy habits for his own mental health and productivity. Now he wants to help businesses and residents to dispose of their waste in the most responsible way, learn to live with less and make a social impact.

Read the full article here.

Kwiktip, which Bloomhill runs with his father Simon, works with customers and large national waste brokers to dispose of a whole range of different types of rubbish, including clinical waste produced by the NHS, electrical goods being disposed of by businesses, sofas, mattresses and fridges that are thrown out, shop refit construction waste, kitchen and bathroom waste created when developers or landlords are giving their properties a re-vamp.

He added: “When we go into businesses and meet householders to talk about their waste disposal needs, in just a quick 15-minute conversation we can really help them save money and implement quick easy wins that don’t cause inconvenience. We can be responsible citizens, and contribute to our community by just giving them simple advice on how to sort out their rubbish before we come to take it away. Just doing that can have a huge accumulative impact.

Read the full article here.

Now Kwiktip wants to perform a role in the wider community by educating people about what happens to waste when it leaves their property or premises.

The father-and-son team believes that by educating businesses and residents about where and how waste is disposed, and by providing some quick ways of recycling so that waste that can be recycled is not contaminated, they can play a vital role in helping fight back against climate change.

UK Weather, Easter, Rhthms and Rituals, Meaning

In much of the UK, Good Friday during Easter was overcast, while Holy Saturday had amazing weather. We barbecued (braai’ed to our South African friends) and Easter Sunday was okay, albeit a bit cloudy. Unfortunately, Easter Monday is rainy and overcast. Nevertheless, we are into spring and summer is on its way!

During this time, we have been cleaning, sorting the house, and washing the car. In essence, we have been “falling into rhythm with the natural way of life” by doing Spring Cleaning, a centuries-old tradition and annual ritual we always seem to follow after the long winter months.

We’ve also had some lively discussions (or mild arguments) about the meaning of Easter, how it should be observed, consumerism, spirituality, and more. This got me thinking, so I did some research about why spring cleaning is done, and what it symbolizes, and even included some hacks and concepts learned in the army (or habits ingrained, you could say) that I try to apply to my life. These have particular meaning at this time of the year…

Spring Cleaning and New Beginnings

Spring cleaning is more than just a way to get rid of dust and grime. It has a symbolic meaning that transcends the physical act of cleaning. It represents fresh starts, new beginnings, and a renewal of life. In many cultures, it is believed that cleaning the home and preparing for warmer months brings good luck, prosperity, and health to the family. And more than likely, it probably does.

The Easter holiday, celebrated by Christians worldwide, is closely associated with spring, rebirth, and renewal. Easter marks the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and customs linked to Easter reflect the theme of new beginnings. Coloring and decorating Easter eggs represent the emergence of new life from an egg, while the Easter bunny symbolizes fertility and new growth. Easter is a time to reflect on the previous year, renew one’s faith, give thanks, and look forward to the future with hope and optimism.

So spring cleaning can be an exercise in spirituality, and the Easter holidays actually center on renewal and the cyclical nature of life, something all people of whatever faith or persuasion can relate to.

Persia, Passover, and China

Spring cleaning is a tradition that has been practiced for centuries, with its origins tracing back to ancient civilizations. In ancient Persia, people would clean their homes on the first day of spring in preparation for the New Year, welcoming the new season and starting the year fresh and clean.

In the Jewish tradition, spring cleaning takes on a deeper significance. It is done before Passover, a major holiday that celebrates liberation and freedom. During Passover, leavened bread is not consumed, and families go through their homes to remove any traces of leavened bread. This symbolic act of cleaning represents the removal of the “leaven” or the “puffiness” of ego, pride, and arrogance in one’s life.

In China, spring cleaning is done before the Lunar New Year. It marks the beginning of a new year and cleanses the home of any bad luck that may have accumulated over the past year. By cleaning the house thoroughly, Chinese families believe that they are making room for good fortune and prosperity to enter their lives.

Spring cleaning is a tradition that is steeped in history and culture, with each civilization adding its own unique twist to the ritual of cleaning the home. Whether it is to welcome the new season, prepare for a holiday, or ward off bad luck, spring cleaning remains a beloved tradition that is celebrated and observed around the world.

Some Army-Inspired Tips, Rituals, and Rites, for Spring Cleaning

In my time with the military, I took on some life habits that can be applied to dealing with waste, clutter, spring cleaning, efficiency, clear intention, productivity, and connectedness.

  1. Live with less: The army teaches you to live with only the essentials when deployed or on exercise. This means that you should get rid of things you don’t need or use. Here’s how you can apply this hack to spring cleaning:
    • Sort through your belongings and create three piles: keep, donate, and throw away.
    • Be honest with yourself and ask if you’ve used the item in the past year. If not, it’s time to let it go.
    • Consider donating items to a local charity or thrift store.
  2. Be organized: In the army, everything needs to have a place. This lesson has helped me in my civilian life as well. By organizing your belongings, you can reduce clutter and make it easier to find things. Here’s how you can apply this hack to spring cleaning:
    • Start by creating a cleaning plan and schedule.
    • Make a list of tasks and prioritize them.
    • Use storage containers to organize items in your home.
  3. Be resourceful: The army teaches you to make do with what you have. This means that you should find creative solutions to problems and make the most of the resources you have. Here’s how you can apply this hack to spring cleaning:
    • Consider repurposing or recycling items that you are getting rid of.
    • Donate clothes or furniture to a local thrift store.
    • Sell items online or at a garage sale.
  4. Teamwork: The army teaches you the importance of working together to accomplish a common goal. This lesson can be applied to spring cleaning by involving your family in the process. Here’s how you can apply this hack to spring cleaning:
    • Assign tasks to family members and make it a team effort.
    • Consider turning spring cleaning into a fun activity by playing music or offering rewards.
    • Take breaks and enjoy snacks together to build camaraderie.

Start New, Start Fresh

Spring cleaning over Easter is a tradition that has stood the test of time. It symbolizes a fresh start, a new beginning, and a renewal of life. By using some army hacks, you can make the cleaning process more efficient and effective. So, roll up your sleeves and get ready to welcome the new season with a clean and fresh home!

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