Proctor and Gamble, the makers of Fairy Liquid, have announced that they will be making a limited edition bottle in 2018 that is made from 100% recycled plastic. 90% will come from plastic destined for landfill and the remaining 10% will come from plastic that has been floating around in our oceans.
An oft-quoted prediction on the internet suggests that by 2050, the amount of plastic in the ocean will weigh more than the number of fish - A scary statistic if it comes true.
British Airways are leading the way with an innovative scheme to turn household waste into jet fuel. According to the company's recent press release, it has joined forces with Velocys, a company that specialises in renewable energy, in an attempt to develop long-term, sustainable fuel options for its fleet of aircraft.
Now we're firmly into September, the summer festival season has pretty much been wrapped up for another year. Today, we take a look at the rubbish and general waste left by partygoers to this year's Glastonbury Festival.
We stumbled upon this interesting video posted by Bristol based company Coveya, which shows how a part of the clean-up process is speeded up with the use of their conveyor belts. The video contains a few interesting stats about what happens once all the party goers have left the festival to return to their daily lives.
Here at Expert Skip Hire, we're always interested in new and innovative ideas, particularly when it involves waste management solutions.
The Bin E
Dubbed as "The world's first intelligent smart bin" by its Polish creators, the 'Bin E' automatically sorts general household waste into separate compartments for recycling.
Aside from looking more stylish than a typical plastic bin you can pick up for a few pounds at your local supermarket, the Bin E is also a pretty clever contraption.
It essentially has four main compartments - Mixed waste, glass, plastic and paper. When the user puts an item into the bin, it is scanned to determine what it's made from. It then attempts to compress the material and drop it into the relevant compartment.
At Expert Skip Hire we're passionate about supporting local events so if you've never been before or are looking for something to do towards the end of August, why not check out the Herstmonceux Medieval Festival which runs for 3 days from Saturday 26th to Monday 28th August 2017 (Bank Holiday weekend).
It's one of the last summery things to do before people begin to turn their attention to the new school term and the fast approaching Autumn weather.
Without a doubt Brighton’s most famous and loved attraction, the Brighton Palace Pier is visited by millions of sightseers, day trippers and holiday-makers every year and has been since it was first opened, nearly 120 years ago.
In August 2015, VisitEngland released figures showing that Brighton Palace Pier was the 5th most visited free attraction in the UK, having had 4.5 million visitors the previous year. While in early 2017 National Express named it as the 4th most popular free attraction in the country after the results of a survey it carried out.
The Brighton Zip Wire has finally opened for a few test runs and also for a few lucky friends of the owners of the attraction. The official launch is due to take place on 1st August 2017, with the new zip ride being open to those who have already booked in advance. At the moment, staff are familiarising themselves with the ride, which should be in full swing once the summer holiday season is underway.
How much does the zip line ride cost?
If you're prepared to clamber up the 90 steps to reach the launching platform, you'll have to cough up £16 if you're on your own, or £30 for a dual ride (the ride consists of two parallel lines). If you're looking for a cheaper option, the ride also has a second attraction called the Drop Zone. If you want to experience both the Zip Wire ride and the Drop Zone, you can buy both for £22.
The Drop Zone allows to you plunge straight down from the upper platform, which will give the feeling of weightlessness for around a second. This freefall experience will set you back £8.50
A 140 cover restaurant which was also part of the project will now be built over the winter months and is expected to open some time in 2018.
How can I book?
If you're seeking the thrill of riding this new attraction, you can book your space by visiting the ride's official booking page.
We're going a bit geeky with today's article and talking about sciency stuff happening soon in Brighton...
Coming this September 2017 is a chance to discover the historic and beautiful city of Brighton and at the same time explore our universe and our own consciousness.
British Science Week
This year’s British Science Festival will be taking place in Brighton. Taking place over 5 days, from 5th September to the 9th of September and organised by The British Science Association (BSA) the festival will be co-hosted by The University of Brighton and The University of Sussex.
There will be over 100 events open to the public covering the entire spectrum of scientific research, theory and achievement. Covering engineering, technology and the social sciences.
This is the latest beauty added to our fleet for 2017. As you can see, it's lovely and shiny now and we wish it would stay looking this pristine forever.
However, the reality is that this DAF RoRo (or hooklift) truck is already out on the Sussex roads earning its keep and is doing the job it's intended for. Bumps and bruises are par for the course but we hope it won't pick up too many of those in the coming months and years.
A pretty penny
Investing in new vehicles like the one you see in the picture is always a difficult decision to make. The cost of putting a brand new DAF HGV on the road isn't cheap but a critical part of our business is being able to offer a responsive and reliable service to all of our clients, all of the time.
We thought we'd share this fabulous video again this summer as it's an interesting trip down memory lane from the 1960s titled "Hastings Rocks Mods" talking about how around 5000 Mods and Rockers planned to invade the town and create a second 'Battle of Hastings'.
It's a fascinating snapshot of one 1964 summer Bank Holiday weekend in Hastings, mirroring the same story of several south coast seaside resorts in the '60s.
Apparently, Sussex Police had organised to fly in a plane full of London 'Bobbies' from RAF Northolt to keep the Mods and Rockers apart.
A brilliant, yet simple invention is keeping the harbour in Baltimore USA cleaner than ever before by slowly hoovering up any trash that strays into its path.
The inventors of the solar and water powered device, Daniel Chase and John Kellett, say their aim is to eventually put themselves out of business. Daniel says:
"Ultimately though, our aim is to put the water wheel out of business, We know that it's an end-of-pipe solution, it's great because it's immediate and innovative but the real solution is that people need to change their behaviour".
Have you seen a critter like the one in the picture above? If so, university researchers want to hear from you.
The wall lizard (Latin name - Podarcis muralis) is a type of lizard that's already common in Europe and parts of North America.
For better or worse, the population has now begun to increase in the south of the UK as well. The wall lizard is easy to spot as it can grow up to about 20cm in length and, as the name suggests, can often be seen basking on walls and rocks during sunny, summer days in Sussex.
As technology marches on, it's important to stay up to date with the latest tools the internet can offer us. To this end, we're rolling out a couple of apps to make it even easier and more convenient to use our skip and RoRo hire service. We now have an app for both Apple and Android users.
The apps allow you to book a skip and also provide information about how much it will cost for each size of skip from our smallest 2 yarders right up to our 16 yard skips.
You'll also be able to read our FAQs, get more information about skip permits or enquire about our caged lorry rubbish clearance service.
Julian Lennon creates children’s book highlighting ecological issues around the world.
Julian Lennon, the son of legendary Beatles band member John Lennon, has co-written and released the first of a planned trilogy of children’s books highlighting the damage that pollution is causing to our planet.
Julian is a keen environmentalist, a talented musician, a writer and a photographer and his new book creates an entertaining, interactive and easy way of approaching environmental issues affecting people all around the world.
As anyone who shares time with children will know, this combination is a great way for them to learn.
Touch the Earth is a beautifully illustrated book, bringing together an interactive story of the problems facing the planet due to pollution, and most importantly shows children solutions to those problems.
***Please note - We are not affiliated with the Eastbourne Airshow in any way so we are unable to answer any phone or email questions you may have about it.
Avro Lancaster By Kogo - Own work, GFDL, LinkAs summer spreads its wings and soars into full-flight, it's around this time of year that we to turn our attention to the 2017 Eastbourne Airshow. This year's 25th anniversary event takes place over a four-day period from Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th August.
You can watch the air display completely free from the prime location of Eastbourne Seafront and as always, this event is extremely popular so expect to be part of a large crowd!
If you don't want to be in the thick of it, there are plenty of opportunities to view from further afield - The air display line stretches a colossal 2 miles so anywhere within a mile radius of Eastbourne's seafront will still give you a great vantage point.
As Eastbourne is one the areas where we provide our skip hire and rubbish clearance service, we thought we'd mention a recent bit of local news about the iconic Seven Sisters chalk cliffs. The well known local landmark has popped back on the radar again by managing to make it into a poll of the top 20 most stunning views in the UK.
As you'd imagine, the cliffs share their prestigious rating with some of Britain's (and indeed the world's) most well know landmarks such as Stonehenge, Loch Ness and Snowdonia.
Although we missed reporting this story when it broke last year, it's still worth a mention today due to its implications for the future of the world's energy consumption.
Despite 40% of the country's electricity being generated by burning fossil fuels, Germany hit the headlines back in 2016 when it emerged that, for a short time, some consumers were actually PAID to use electricity.
Wind turbines can be a bit like Marmite - People either tend to love them or hate them. Whether you're in favour of more electricity being produced by them or not, one thing is clear; they're a clean source of renewable energy.
Back in December of last year, Scotland’s wind turbines generated more electricity than the entire country used for four consecutive days. Wind powered turbines provided a record amount of energy over the Christmas period between the 23rd of December and Boxing Day included. Not only that, the total amount of wind energy produced on Christmas Eve alone set a new record with more than 74,000MWh produced, which was enough to power over 6 million homes.
This guest post has been submitted by Daniel Brooks who is currently in Bali whilst filming a fly on the wall documentary for UK Television. It highlights the huge problem of plastic waste not just in Bali, but throughout Indonesia.
Myself, my wife Deborah and our three children, Oliver 9, Hazel nearly 5, and Heather Blue nearly 2 have moved to Bali for an experimental six month period to see if we want to live in south east Asia. A UK TV crew are following our story and have given us a camera to film as we go for a new documentary series about families going to live more sustainable lives in the wild.
We arrived during a spell of the very worst weather Bali has seen in years. The most rain I have EVER experienced in all my worldly adventures! Torrential rain, gales, electrical storms, floods and landslides! What had we gotten ourselves into?! This was not what we had imagined.
We often write articles about plastic waste - The reason for this is that plastic is the biggest culprit when it comes to waste production; we throw away more plastic than any other material. Not only this, it also accounts for around 90% of all the waste that bobs around in our seas and oceans. The 3rd worrying factor is that it can take hundreds of years to biodegrade, making it a serious problem for future generations to deal with as well.