We all need to improve our habits drastically when it comes to becoming more eco-friendly and recycling is one way that we can all make a big difference to the planet. Although strides forward have been made in recent years to increase the amount of household recycling we produce, unfortunately, our overall rates are still far below the 50% target set by the EU.
Some fascinating facts about Worthing
It's thought that Worthing has been inhabited for around 6,000 years and you may not know that it contains Britain's largest concentration of Stone Age flint mines, which are some of the earliest mines known of in Europe. The Iron Age hill fort of Cissbury Ring lies within the Borough and is one of the largest currently known in Britain.
In a brief but interesting rubbish-related story that surfaced recently in New Zealand, a tenant was ordered to cough up $4,355 for vacating the property without disposing of all her rubbish prior to departure.
Palm oil spotted at Cooden Beach and Galley Hill near Bexhill
As we're based very close to the beach in Seaford, East Sussex, we thought we'd post a brief article today to warn local dog walkers to keep an eye on their pets if they decide to take a stroll by the sea anywhere along the East Sussex coastline.
Back in November of 2015, a white, waxy substance that was thought to be palm oil was found on the beach in Seaford. A similar story has hit the papers again back in 2017, but on that occasion, the same substance was found along the coast between Newhaven and Brighton. There were also previous reports at Rottingdean and Saltdean beaches
Today, in 2021, palm oil lumps have once again been spotted, but this time it's at Cooden Beach and Galley Hill near Bexhill.
From time to time, most companies that hire out skips and ro-ro bins find that they've been the target of a graffiti artist or two. It goes without saying that some graffiti artists are more talented than others! Most of the time, it's just a signature scrawled on the side which, we're sure you'll agree, doesn't really qualify as anything resembling art. However, that's not always the case.
Renewable energy is seen as the way forward for us all when it comes to future "green energy" solutions. Both solar and wind farms are perhaps two of the best ways of producing an almost limitless supply of electrical energy to power our homes, businesses and preferred modes of transport. While there is still some debate as to whether electric cars are a viable alternative to their diesel and petrol counterparts, there's little contention when it comes to clean sources of renewable energy.
One of Jack's Bogeys from the Hastings parade. Image courtesy of Nicklott
Friday 30th April - Monday 3rd May 2021
Following the cancellation of the main outdoor JITG celebrations last year, 2021 now sees a different kind of May Day celebration.
Similar to 2020, the 2021 event will still be held... sort of. Although there won't be the normal large outside gathering of attendees this year, you can still celebrate Jack in the Green, Hastings 2021 ONLINE. The event organisers are working closely with local community group Isolation Station Hastings and will be streaming a series of events via theirs and Isolation's Facebook page.
As we say goodbye to the awful year that was 2020, we can now turn our hope and attention to what lies in store for us this coming year.
On that note, it's a well-known fact that one way of keeping your spirits up is to focus less on the unpleasant things in life and more on the positive aspects of it. Since we're a waste management company and not a team of psychologists, we won't dwell on this but, suffice it to say, clearing out the old, unwanted rubbish that clutters up our homes is a great way to signify a fresh start and a new beginning. Since many of us have spent more time at home than usual in recent months, it makes sense to invest some time on making it a more comfortable and spacious environment to live in. So, if you're into New Year Resolutions, decluttering your life is a good one to start with!
The year is coming to a close and we'd like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to all our loyal customers for your continued support through what has been a very challenging time for us all.
As we charge headlong into 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.
Once you've decided to have a Christmas tree, the first thing you must decide is whether to buy a natural tree or an artificial one.
In purely environmental terms, natural is by far the most responsible choice - The CarbonTrust has this to say:
"A real pine or fir tree naturally absorbs CO2 and releases oxygen. The Carbon Trust estimates that a 2-metre artificial tree has a carbon footprint around 40kg CO2e: more than ten times that of real trees that are burnt".
With the way things currently are, more and more people are now ordering their goods online. Whilst internet shopping may be more convenient, and good for the likes of companies like Amazon, is it a problem from an environmental perspective?
It's around this time of year that many Sussex residents will be out and about in their gardens; not for sunbathing opportunities of course, but to get their gardens ready for the frosty winter days that lie ahead. If this is what you're currently up to then you'll be familiar with the ubiquitous piles of leaves, grass trimmings and the like that are no doubt scattered around the garden. Or, perhaps you're a tad more organised and have your green garden waste all stacked up neatly in a corner of the garden.
Way back in 2017 we wrote about the possible plans to introduce a Deposit Return Scheme for used drinks bottles so it's high time we revisited the topic to see how things have progressed.
In late August of 2020, the Government updated the outcome of its consultation (which was open for 12 weeks between 18th February and 13th May 2019) on the subject, so let's take a quick look and see what it reveals.
Sussex astronomy buffs were no-doubt thrilled by the unexpected arrival of Comet Neowise which graced our sky during mid-July 2020. The comet, which was first discovered by a NASA space telescope in March, was visible to the naked eye for a few precious nights up and down the country as it passed close to the earth on its return journey to deep space. However, the comet was only visible if you had a good, uninterrupted view of the northern night sky AND there was virtually no light pollution. This meant that Neowise was tricky to spot without binoculars unless you were a reasonable distance from towns, villages and, of course, street lights.
Described by Plantlife.org as critically endangered, the rarely-seen spiked rampion wildflower is having a bit of a resurgence in East Sussex. Much to the delight of local environmental experts, this beautiful plant with creamy-white spikes is flourishing by a roadside in Hadlow Down, close to Uckfield.
Although fairly common throughout much of the European continent, spiked rampion (a.k.a. 'phyteuma spicatum') is typically only seen in the wild in eight places in Sussex and as such, it's a criminal offence to pick or destroy it intentionally.
Useful tips for a garden clearance
At the time of writing, many of us are facing the problem of getting rid of our unwanted garden waste due to COVID-19 restrictions. Although many local authorities up and down the UK offer free 'green waste' collections, some do still charge householders a fee. This is fine if you only accumulate a small amount of organic waste on a weekly basis but if it's more, or you're having a major tidy up outside, you could run into problems if you're planning a trip to your local recycling centre.
Image courtesy of Terry Ryder
UPDATE: The 2021 eastbourne airshow has been cancelled - pLEASE DISREGARD THE REST OF THIS POST
Airbourne will be back on Thursday 12th to Sunday 15th August 2021 - don't miss it!
***Please note - We're not affiliated with the Eastbourne Airshow so we can't answer any phone or email questions
Older information below regarding times and parking which are usually the same or similar each year although prices for 2021 may be slightly higher and some other coronavirus restrictions may also apply. We'll try and update this page nearer the time in the Spring of 2021
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.
By Ron Strutt, CC BY-SA 2.0, LinkWith the current lockdown continuing for the time being, you may have already developed your own daily exercise regime to keep you fit (and sane!). Although this clearly won't entail going to your local gym at the moment, you may already be working out at home, going out for a long walk or taking a ride out on your bicycle.
So, if you haven't considered it, or don't know about it, why not make use of your free time with a ride along the East Sussex Cuckoo Trail?
So, if the weather's good and you're in the mood for a day of activity whilst surrounded by the very best that nature has to offer, this is our top tip for residents of East Sussex.
On the Cuckoo Trail, there's no shortage of things to see and it'll also give you the opportunity of spending some much-needed time away from home whilst still spending time with the rest of the family if you're all normally cooped up indoors together.
A while ago, we posted a story about Beachy Head Road in Eastbourne being recycled. The process involved skimming the existing surface off, reprocessing it and laying it back down again. Amongst other things, this saves on the cost of new raw materials and consequently saves money.
There are derivatives of this idea happening around the world, where plastic waste is now mixed into the tar used for the new road surface before it is laid down.
One such example came from India, where Jambulingam Street in Nungambakkam, Chennai first came to the attention of the recycling world by being one of the first streets to undergo the process.
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.