German Clubbers To Generate Electricity On The Dance Floor

Dance floor that can generate electricity

Hitting the news recently on the dance music scene is a story about how some Berlin nightclubs may soon have dance floors installed that can generate electricity when clubbers dance on them.

The quirky sustainable dance floor invention will certainly have the approval of Berlin's local government, which goes out of its way to help nightclubs in order to benefit the local economy. Berlin has a thriving nightlife scene and is a mecca for dance-music lovers around the globe, so much so, that local authorities have already pledged 1 million Euros to help local nightclubs improve soundproofing for the benefit of local residents.

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Are You Giving Your Dustman A 'Wheelie' Bad Back?

Waste collection health problems for binmen

After an extensive four year study, it turns out that our trusty binmen are suffering from a variety of job-related health problems in various parts of their bodies. Glasgow Caledonian University and the University of Greenwich, who jointly conducted the study, found that many local authority waste disposal crews were suffering from ongoing problems in their spines, necks, lower backs, necks and shoulders.

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Jack in the Green Hastings 2019 - May Day Bank Holiday Festival

One of Jack's Bogeys from the Hastings parade. Image courtesy of Nicklott

With the festivities of Christmas and the New Year now firmly out of the way, the months leading up to May can be a bit of a dull and slightly depressing time of year.

With still quite a few bleak weeks ahead of us before the sun climbs higher in the sky and warms us up, we thought we'd try and cheer ourselves up by focusing on something a bit more positive.

With that in mind, we decided to look at what's happening in our area to mark the beginning of summer.

Jack in the Green - Hastings May Day Festival 2019

If you live in or around the Hastings area, you'll probably already be familiar with the Jack in the Green festival. This year, the festival runs over a four day period beginning on Friday 3rd May (2019) and ends on Bank Holiday Monday 6th May (also known as May Day).

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Eastbourne Airshow 2019 (Airbourne) - Dates, Parking & Information

Avro Lancaster Bomber at the Eastbourne Airshow

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

As we're now firmly into 2019, it's around this time of year that we to turn our attention to the 2019 Eastbourne Airshow. This year's 27th event takes place over a four-day period from Thursday 15th to Sunday 18th August 2019

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.

Please bear in mind that we don't yet have all the details for the 2019 event so this post should be used as a guide only and is largely based on the 2018 schedule.

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Herstmonceux Medieval Festival - August Bank Holiday 2019

Herstmonceux Castle Medieval Festival 2019

Things to do - August Bank Holiday Weekend 2019

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 24th to Monday 26th August 2019 (Bank Holiday weekend).

Now entering its 27th year at the castle, 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 Autumnal weather.

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Our opening times during the festive holiday 2018

 christmas opening times

As we charge headlong into the last few weeks of the holiday season, we hope you've done all your shopping and wrapped all your presents - But, if you're anything like us, there's still lots to do (including buying a few rolls of Sellotape for starters!).

We'd also like to remind you to get your skips ordered pronto if you're having a clear out to make way for the relatives popping over, or if you're still working hard on a few home improvements.

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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
Hastings
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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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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