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 SussexBy Alan Stanton - originally posted to Flickr as De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, CC BY-SA 2.0, Link

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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Jack in the Green Hastings 2018 - May Day Bank Holiday Festival

Jack in the Green HastingsImage courtesy of Janet Richardson

With the festivities of Christmas and the New Year now firmly out of the way, January and February 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 2018

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 4th May (2018) and ends on Bank Holiday Monday 7th May (also known as May Day).

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Our environment - Who or what are The Unflushables?

Southern Water wants to teach you about The Unflushables

If you're a Sussex resident then the buck stops with Southern Water for the supply of water and removal of sewage in your local town. The company is on a PR drive at the moment that's designed to make you aware of.... "The Unflushables".

As the quirky name suggests, these are the items that Southern Water wants you to stop either flushing down your toilet or pouring down your sink. Essentially, it's a short list of the most common thing that cause blocked pipes which can lead to a deluge of raw sewage flooding your home.

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Our opening times during the festive holiday 2017

 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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Plans to charge Wealden residents for garden waste collections

Garden waste collection charges in Wealden

Roy Galley, Cabinet member for waste management at Wealden District Council has recently said that the council intends to start charging local residents to dispose of their garden waste. He said it was a regrettable decision but the tough choice needed to be made due to a sharp dip in the price of organic waste on international markets in recent years. He said that he was proud of Wealden's recycling rate of over 50% and it was a decision that the council didn't take lightly.

The proposed charges are likely to come into effect around the summer of 2019 and it's hoped that recycling rates will at the very least remain the same, and will hopefully even increase as a result of the new charging scheme.

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Nearly 3 out of every 4 aluminium cans are being recycled

Nearly 3 out of every 4 aluminium drinks cans are now being recycled

It may not be a story that's going to make the headlines of your favourite tabloid newspaper, but as we're inextricably linked with the world of recycling, we think it's an important statistic that's noteworthy of a brief blog post today.

According to European Aluminium, the recycling rate for aluminium drinks cans has seen a modest increase in the overall percentage recycled in 2014 to 72.9%. This increase makes the compulsory target of 75% by 2025, which has been set by the EU, a realistic goal.

When you consider that the number represents almost 3 in 4 cans being recycled, it gives cause for some optimism about the future of recycling for our weary planet; not just with metals, but all other materials that are capable of being turned into something new.

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Gravity Lamp - Is a gravity powered light bulb fact or fiction?

gravity lamp

Everyone likes something for free, especially when it comes to sources of clean, renewable energy. Enter the Gravity Lamp - It's a story that pops up from time to time on Facebook, Twitter etc. about a device that can produce free, renewable energy in the form of light, and all it requires is a bit of muscle power - and crucially, no batteries. But is it a hoax or is it real? - Is it just another one of those internet scam stories with no basis in scientific reality or does the device really exist AND deliver the goods?

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What are the benefits of hiring a skip?

Overloaded car when not hiring a skip

Expert Skip Hire provides a comprehensive range of waste management solutions. Although we hire out large RoRo (Roll on/off) containers and provide a convenient caged lorry rubbish clearance service, our most popular service by far is the hiring of skips to Sussex residents.

Here's a brief overview about why hiring a skip could save you time and money and also prove to be easiest and most environmentally ethical way to clear all your household rubbish, garden waste and building rubble... all in one go.

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Fairy Liquid bottles to be made from ocean plastic

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.

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Will dirty nappies be powering your next long-haul flight?

airplane window

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.

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