5 Tips to Reduce Your Plastic Consumption This Christmas

plastic free wooden toys

With Christmas just around the corner, some of us will (or have already started) doing our Christmas shopping. Whether it's toys for the kids, gadgets for the guys or makeup box-sets for the ladies, there's usually a ton of packaging involved and, as you'll no doubt know from experience, this leads to a heap of rubbish to dispose of on Boxing Day.

Whilst the cardboard boxes that the items often come in isn't a problem, the huge amounts of plastic that's usually part of the deal certainly can be. We've written extensively about the dangers of plastic waste on our blog so, with this in mind, let's take a look and see if there are practical ways to reduce or even eliminate our festive plastic consumption this year.

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Tesco Pilots Deposit Return Scheme for Plastic Bottles

Supermarket plastic bottle recycling scheme

You don't have to be Einstein to work out that more plastic bottles being recycled = less plastic waste going to landfill or ending up in our oceans. So, if you want some free cash and Tesco is your retailer of choice, then this article is for you.

The good news is that they're now trialing in-store recycling machines that will give you 10p for every plastic bottle you return to them as part of a new scheme to cut down on plastic waste. This follows on from the supermarket's aim to ban all non-recyclable plastic packaging by 2019.

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Become an Eastbourne Ghost Buster at the Redoubt this Halloween

Ghost hunting at the Redoubt Fortress EastbourneImage courtesy of The Voice of Hassocks - Own work, CC0, Link

Saturday 27th October 2018 - Tuesday 30th October 2018

If you're looking for a way to get you in the mood for Halloween, why not take a torchlit guided tour of the Redoubt Fortress?

Tales of gruesome battles, clanking chains and ghostly manifestations are guaranteed to send shivers down your spine!

The Fort will open for 4 consecutive nights (suitable for ages 13 and over) and you might just witness some ghoulish goings-on first hand.

The fort is around 200 years old and is well known in the ghost hunting community for its stories of a crouching man seen on the gun platform and a mysterious lady clothed in a long white gown.

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One Simple Change to Reduce Your Plastic Use

lush shampoo cake wrapper

Is there a little voice inside your head that's been nagging away at you to 'get with the program' and become more of an eco-warrior? OK, maybe not, but we sure bet you've noticed all the commotion surrounding the whole plastic debate at the moment. Let's face it, you can't avoid it. It's on TV, in our newspapers, and the internet (as well as the ocean) is awash with it.

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Hastings Seafood and Wine Festival 2018

Hastings Seafood and Wine Festival 2018

If you love seafood and adore wine then we've got just the thing for you this September 2018 in Hastings.

The Hastings Seafood and Wine Festival takes place this year over two days on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th September 2018 at

Stade Open Space
Hastings Old Town
East Sussex
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The festival marquees on The Stade by the historic Net Huts will play host to this year's event and you'll be able to sample a dazzling array of food and wine together with live music and themed activities to keep you busy over both days.

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New App To Report Fly Tipping & Other Problems to Sussex Councils

Fly Tipping

Whilst the team at Expert Skip Hire can usually respond quickly to deal with fly-tipping incidents, Lewes and Eastbourne Councils now also have an app that's available to download whereby local residents can report a range of rubbish related problems directly the relevant council department to be dealt with. The app, named "Report It", allows local people to report a range of issues including

  • Fly tipping and littering
  • Graffiti
  • Dog fouling
  • Dangerous items or equipment
  • Playground damage
  • Issues with trees, parks and other green spaces

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Post DIY Rubbish Removal Options

DIY junk

You may have decided to go it alone and attempt your own DIY project in your home or garden. If you have, chances are that you'll find yourself with a mountain of rubbish to get rid of afterwards.

If you are going it alone, then let's face it, it's all too tempting to just dump your old fixtures and fittings somewhere convenient so that you've got more time available to complete your project. Typically, your back garden, front garden or garage (if you have one) are the most likely candidates. We've all driven past houses with old kitchens and bathrooms dumped in the front garden but at some stage, it's all going to have to go. Astonishingly, if you leave your rubbish there for too long, you can even be prosecuted for fly-tipping on your own land!

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Dolphins Spotted Off Coast at Newhaven

Bottlenose dolphins spotted in East Sussex

As you're probably all aware by now here at Expert Skip Hire we're passionate about our environment and write many blogs to raise awareness about recycling and sea life conservation so you can imagine our excitement about this:

Dolphins on our doorstep!

Dolphin sightings are surprisingly frequent during the summer months off the East Sussex coast, and there has been a surge of sightings from Newhaven recently.

In the video below, what looks like at least a dozen dolphins were filmed not far off the coast by YouTube user Stuart Smith. As you can see, there are also a couple of people on jetskis following the pod trying to get a closer look. The white cliffs can be seen in the background before the dolphins finally dive, bringing the video to an end.

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Plastic bricks made from used water bottles

What the plastic bricks look likeByBlocks image used with kind permission from ByFusion 

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.

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The Ocean’s Plastic Diet: The Impact of a Human Habit

whale plastc pollution

Unless you have been living under a rock (and not one anywhere near the sea), you will have some kind of awareness of the plastic crisis currently swamping the world’s oceans. Single-use plastics, such as bottles, bags and food packages, have been in use for a relatively short time; we have only been using them for around 50 years. During that short time, the human race has managed to choke the world’s oceans with waste plastic to such an extent that the marine life across the globe is in serious peril.

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Plans To Make Sea Between Eastbourne And Hastings A Marine Conservation Zone

The beach at Hastings

Locals living between Beachy Head and Hastings Pier are hopeful that the stretch of sea could become a Marine Conservation Zone. A recent announcement by the government states that the sea will go forward for consideration as a marine protected area. Aside from residents, there's also widespread support from local commercial fisherman, businesses, divers, windsurfers and community conservation groups, all of which want their voices to be heard.

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Herstmonceux Medieval Festival - August Bank Holiday 2018

Herstmonceux Medieval Festival 2017Things to do - August Bank Holiday Weekend 2018

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 25th to Monday 27th August 2018 (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.

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De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill - A Brief History

De La Warr Pavilion Bexhill, East Sussex

The De La Warr Pavilion is probably Bexhill's most iconic building. It was built as a result of an architectural competition that was initiated by Herbrand Sackville, the 9th Earl De La Warr. As a result, the building also inherited his name, as (we assume) did Herbrand Walk, in nearby Cooden.

Herbrand Sackville was the Mayor of Bexhill and managed to persuade the council to develop the site as a public building. In order for the project to go ahead, it would, of course, need an architect. So, in February of 1934, a competition to design the new building was announced in the Architects' Journal which would be run by the Royal Institute of British Architects.

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What Cannot Be Put In A Skip?

Items that can't be put in a skip

Hiring a skip from Expert Skip Hire is cheap and convenient, but there are a few things you'll need to know regarding what you can and can't put in one of our skips. Firstly, we're licensed as a Waste Carrier for non-hazardous waste by the Environment Agency and as such, there are certain items that we're not permitted by law to collect. Amongst other things, these include:

  • Asbestos
  • Car tyres
  • Old style televisions
  • Fridges & freezers
  • All liquids
  • Fluorescent tubes & light bulbs
  • Car batteries
  • Gas bottles
  • Clinical waste/medical items

If there are any other materials that you're not sure about, contact us prior to booking your skip to confirm whether we can or can't collect it/them.

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May 12th 2018 - A Fun Day Out On The Cuckoo Trail, East Sussex

The Cuckoo Trail in East SussexBy Ron Strutt, CC BY-SA 2.0, LinkIf the weather's good and you're in the mood for a day of activity, why not consider joining in the festivities along Wealden's Cuckoo Trail, which takes place on Saturday 12th May 2018. There's no shortage of things to do and it's a great day out for the entire family.

If you want a quick heads-up of how the day will unfold, we've also put together a quick list of what to expect.

In case you've never heard of 'The Cuckoo Trail', it's a 14-mile (23 km) stretch of mainly disused railway line which has now been converted into a footpath and cycleway that runs from Hampden Park to Heathfield, East Sussex. It passes through Polegate and Hailsham, as well as the villages of Hellingly and Horam. Whilst suitable for dog walkers and cyclists, you may also see horse riders between Ersham Road, Hailsham and Hampden Park.

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Eastbourne Airbourne Airshow 2018

***Please note - We're not affiliated with the Eastbourne Airshow so we can't answer any phone or email questions - We just love planes!

Avro Lancaster Bomber at the Eastbourne Air ShowAvro 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 2018 Eastbourne Airshow. This year's 26th event takes place over a four-day period from Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th 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.

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Expert Spring Clean 2018 – 11 Ways to Freshen Up Your Home

Spring cleaning tips

The clocks have gone forward, the days are getting lighter, the weather is getting warmer and the snow has finally gone (hopefully)! Spring is finally in the air, and although the idea of the ‘spring clean’ is a little old-fashioned, it really can bring a new lift, freshness and lease of life into your home! The long winter nights of comfort and cosiness impose a certain strain on your home, and by the time the brighter months come around your home can look very much like a musty and dusty site of hibernation. A good few days put aside to have a good scrub and a sort out can be just what your habitat needs to bring the season from outside to inside.

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Shocking Food Waste Statistics! How Can You Make a Difference?

Food wasted and thrown in the bin

The western world suffers from a bit of a waste problem. Our planet has put up a good fight and has appeared to be extremely resilient to the strains put upon it by us, its inhabitants. But now, as we are becoming increasingly aware, the planet we live on is struggling to keep up.

The boom in technology and population over the last 50 years has bludgeoned functionality, environmental health and standards of equality, globally.

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Our Plastic Addiction: The Importance of Recycling and Plastic Use Reduction

Our addiction to plastic is destroying marine life and killing fish

Rubbish is a part of all of our lives. Like it or not, we create waste on a daily basis, and even though we are more aware of the environmental cost of our waste than ever, we are still, on the whole, pretty good at ignoring it. Our methods of waste management are becoming more conscious and more sophisticated every year, but for a real environmental change, we all need to be a little better when it comes to dealing with our day-to-day domestic waste.

Here at Expert Skip Hire, we are striving to make the world a little cleaner and a little more aware of the impact that our rubbish has on the planet. But, we can’t do it alone; we need you to help us build a community that makes better choices, through awareness, new habits and education.

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The ongoing problem of fly-tipping in the South East

Fly tipping in country lanes

A recent report making the news in most of Sussex and Kent's local newspapers has highlighted the growing problem of fly-tipping. The story is prompted by recently released figures from DEFRA (the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) claiming that around one million flytipping incidents were dealt with by councils across England from 2016 to 2017.

Locally in Eastbourne, there were 473 cases of fly-tipping which amounted to a total cost of over £19,000. Lewes fared slightly better with 147 cases costing about £11,000 and Mid Sussex figures came in at 324 cases, costing £35,000. The estimated overall cost to taxpayers in the UK was a whopping £58million.

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