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Upcycling is Great for the Planet and for People

The Wellington Waste crew are all big fans of upcycling. Any time you can find a new use for an unwanted item it’s one less thing that would either go into landfill or be recycled. People come up with endlessly creative ways to repurpose what would otherwise be waste. Some even make a side income […]

Understanding the Waste Hierarchy

The waste hierarchy is sometimes misunderstood and sometimes wrongly interpreted as, ‘recycling is an inferior option and not worth doing’. This is a long way from the truth. The waste hierarchy isn’t intended to be a league table against which we can judge each other’s behaviour. It’s there to provide a model that will help […]

What does ‘Zero to Landfill’ Really Mean?

The phrase ‘zero to landfill’ is a shortened version of ‘zero waste to landfill’, and encompasses the philosophy of reducing the amount of waste that ends up in landfill. Although the term ‘zero’ is used, sadly not all types of waste can be processed and might still end up in landfill. But the important point is […]

The Problem of Plastic Waste

The world is seemingly drowning in plastic waste. A study in 2020 reported that the amount of plastic alone that man has created is greater in mass than all land animals and marine creatures combined. Because plastics are cheap and strong, manufacturers choose to use it over other materials. However, the chemical structure of most plastics […]

What if I can’t Have a Skip?

  Many people assume that they can’t have a skip if they live somewhere that has restricted access, or if they have no driveway. If you’re considering a large DIY project – a remodelling of your kitchen or bathroom, perhaps – you might be held back by the thought of getting rid of all that […]

What to do When You Have a Lot of Building or Garden Waste

  If you‘ve carried out a large DIY or garden landscaping project you’re bound to have a large amount of waste to get rid of. The chances are that you’ll want to dispose of it all quickly because it’s a bit of an eyesore and it’s in the way. So, what are your options? Can […]

Bioplastics – The Answer, or Part of the Problem?

In a zero carbon, more sustainable future, we will need to be less reliant on extracting petroleum from the ground and processing it into plastics. Yet on the other hand, plastics are incredibly versatile and useful. Could bioplastics be the answer? Plastics are part and parcel of modern life. They protect products from contamination or […]

Does a Small bit of Recycling Make a Big Difference?

My new year resolution for 2019 is to start taking my recycling a little bit more seriously. I know that the UK produces more than 100 million tonnes of waste every year, one tonne by the way is about the weight of a small car. In less than two hours, the waste we produce would […]

Waste Handling Regulations Apply to all Businesses – Including Yours!

Waste handling regulations are not just an issue for businesses like ours that specialise in managing commercial waste. If you own or operate a business you have a legal responsibility under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 for any waste your business creates. Even if you use a specialist waste handling contractor, they are, essentially, acting […]

Plastic Waste

Plastic Waste Isn’t Waste at all, It’s a Resource It was hard not to be moved by the scenes of plastic waste choking oceans and wildlife in the recent TV series Blue Planet II. We literally cannot go on like this. We all need to take more care of how we handle plastic waste. As […]