A new concept in food shopping has touched down on the Grangefield Industrial Estate in a town called Pudsey, near Leeds.
'The Real Junk Food Project' is the first of its kind to offer food on the basis of paying what you can afford, rather than items having their own specific price (scroll down for cafes in Brighton).
If you don't have cash available, you can also pay with your time or labour to contribute towards the project.
The shop is called 'The Warehouse' and its new customers are presented with a range of foods that have been discarded or donated from local businesses, allotments, food banks, restaurants, supermarkets, cafes, food photographers, events and functions.
This month marks two new additions to our ever expanding fleet of skip trucks. These two beauties bathed in the October coastal
sunshine are destined to be at the sharp end of our skip delivery and collection service operating throughout most parts of East
and West Sussex, six days a week.
The geeky stuff
They are two axle, rigid body trucks made by DAF Trucks and are equipped with huge 6.7 litre diesel engines. The total 'on the road' weight capacity (known as the Revenue Weight) of each vehicle is 18 metric Tonnes (18,000kg).
After years of experience in the waste management industry, we've seen all sorts of strange things dumped in our skips. Fortunately, we've never come across any live animals just yet.
This wasn't the case for one company in Luton where they found five kittens when sorting through the contents of the skip after it arrived back at their depot last month.
The rescued tabby coloured litter consisting of four girls and one boy have been named Charlotte, Pippa, Maggie, Lulu and Biffa by staff at the RSPCA, who are now caring for them.
They were found in a box by a member of staff who's job was to sort through the waste in order to seperate its contents for recycling. They were estimated to be around four weeks old when they were discovered in September.
Feeling thirsty? Fancy a pint and a bite to eat?
Well, you're in luck as a local pub in East Sussex has just won the much coveted "Great British Pub of the Year" award for 2016
If you head on over to Ditchling, make sure you pop into The Bull as they were named as the top pub in the UK at last night's award ceremony which was held in London.
The Bull also picked up the award for the best freehouse in the country, so it was a pretty successful night all in all.
The award ceremony was organised by The Morning Advertiser and its editor, Ed Beddington was quoted as saying:
“The Bull is the kind of place that everyone wishes was their local, and we’d like to congratulate Dom and his team on running such a superb site, offering great beers, great atmosphere and great food”.
New scientific evidence has shown that ocean dwelling creatures living at depths of up to 6,000ft have for the first time been found to have eaten micro-plastics.
Dr Michelle Taylor, of Oxford University, the lead author of the study is quoted as saying:
"The main purpose of this research expedition was to collect micro-plastics from sediments in the deep ocean - and we found lots of them. Given that animals interact with this sediment, such as living on it or eating it, we decided to look inside them to see if there was any evidence of ingestion - What’s particularly alarming is that these micro-plastics weren’t found in coastal areas but in the deep ocean, thousands of miles away from land-based sources of pollution".
The Heritage Lottery Fund has agreed to provide a grant of £61,200 to Lewes Town Council for a project which has been called "Our Pictures".
The aim of the project is to make pictures that are in the Town Hall more accessible to the general public and will also deal with the cleaning and restoration of three works of art.
"The Visit of William IV", "The Protestant Reformers" and "The Battle of Lewes" have been selected for restoration because of their poor condition and because they represent some of the history and cultural heritage of Lewes. The repairs and ongoing conservation will be undertaken by the Hamilton-Kerr Institute at Cambridge University.
Angry parents are furious that their local council are planning to make them show their children’s birth certificates if they want the council to continue to collect dirty nappies.
The row has erupted in Anglesey, where those responsible for the council's waste management team have said that they have "evidence that most children are potty trained between ages of two and three".
They claim that parents should be able to prove the age of their child by presenting evidence in the form of a birth certificate if they want to continue throwing away disposable nappies.
Several thousand Manchester residents are livid that the size of their grey household wheelie bins have been reduced by the local council from the original 240 litre capacity down to just 140 litres; a reduction of around 40%.
Despite the changeover costing around £1 million, the council hope that it will save an estimated £2.4 million on landfill costs each year and will also encourage users of the smaller bins to recycle more of their waste.
There are concerns that the reduction in size will bring about a spike in fly-tipping as residents will have less room in the new wheelie bins to dump their unwanted trash. This has led to thousands of householders demanding that the council do a U turn and reinstate the original 240 litre grey household wheelie bins.
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As we're out on the roads delivering and collecting skips throughout Sussex 6 days a week, we thought we'd let our local community know that there are a couple of very busy roads that will be getting a facelift this week.
Firstly, Highways England has announced that the M23 between junctions 9 and 11 around the Crawley area will be undergoing resurfacing work during the night.
It'll only affect traffic on the northbound carriageway of the M23 heading towards London and will be closed between the hours of 9pm and 6am until Sunday night.
By Les Chatfield from Brighton, England - Portrait of Seaford station, CC BY 2.0, Link
The past 2 months have been pretty tough for Seaford commuters and many have had to switch to using buses to get to and from work. But the extra hassle for many is set to come to an end next Monday as many services will be restored.
The new service will herald the return of half-hourly train services for passengers, bringing a sigh of relief for many weary commuters.
One of the most important services that Southern provide between Seaford and Brighton will also be restored in full from next Monday and passengers can now look forward to a half hourly service.
On Monday September 19th, Beachy Head Road in Eastbourne will be closing for around eight weeks whilst the road surface is being "recycled".
The popular road will be shut from the junction of Warren Hill along to Birling Gap.
There will be diversions in place but contractors say they will do their best to maintain access to properties including the Beachy Head Pub, Countryside Centre and coastguard and chaplain stations as well as farms.
A National Trust team began an important archaeological dig on Tuesday at Belle Tout (on top of the Seven Sisters cliffs, near Beachy Head, Eastbourne) and will be excavating trenches close to the cliff edge until the 21st September.
If you fancy a trip down there whilst the weather is still good, then members of the public are being invited to take part in free daily tours of the site.
You'll get to see the archaeologists at work in the trenches and also examine what they find; all in all, a great opportunity to learn more about this fascinating, historic site.
A reseacher at Brighton University’s Aquatic Research Centre is supporting calls by MPs to ban plastic microbeads in cosmetics.
PhD student Matt Turley has said:
"Microplastics do not biodegrade, and so they accumulate in the marine environment and are extremely costly and difficult, if not impossible, to clean up.
A ban on the use of microplastics in personal care products in the UK is a step in the right direction to reducing further inputs of plastic to the marine environment and to begin to address the wider problems of marine plastic pollution".
Along with much of the country, Sussex is in the midst of a summer holiday heatwave for the next few days and perhaps even longer.
The Met Office issued a Level 2 heat health watch alert for Sussex and the South East in general as temperatures continue to soar.
The hot weather is expected to continue throughout today reaching 27 degress C and there is the very real possibility that it will continue right throughout the entire Bank Holiday weekend.
A recent fire at the Burgess Hill Household Waste Recycling Site is being treated as an accident.
Firefighters took around an hour and a half to put out the blaze which started at 8.15pm on August 4th but they stayed on site until around 3.30am to make sure the fire was fully extinguished.
The huge fire, which broke out in a corner of the 75 x 25 metre structure, took eleven fire crews to deal with it - Seven crews from West Sussex and one crew from East Sussex attended the inferno together with an aerial ladder platform, a water tender carrier and a command unit.
The 250ft long trail of household rubbish was dumped in broad daylight and included a toilet, a mattress, a wheelie bin and even a bath. There was also an assortment of toys, bits of furniture and old wood.
Because the trail of rubbish was dumped right down the centre of the street in Chadfield Road, Blackpool, residents were unable to leave the road in their cars until the mess was cleaned up by the local council.
Here's a story from the summer of 2012 that caught our eye. It tells the story of a battered old skip (with added neon lights) placed outside Brighton Town Hall.
This art installation has the incredibly creative title of “Skip” and is the work of British artist David Batchelor. It was displayed on the streets of Brighton in the summer of 2012 as part of the city's annual arts festival.
The intention of the installation was supposed to make people “stop and think” and apparently, it was also OK if you wanted to throw your own rubbish in it.
By Dr-Mx at the English language Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link
**We now have an updated 2019 article regarding Hastings Pier; read it here.
After closing to the public in 2008, Hastings Pier was destroyed by a huge fire in 2010. The future of the Pier was looking bleak until a compulsory purchase order implemented by Hastings Borough Council allowed the Hastings Pier Charity (HPC) to buy the Pier for £1 in August 2013.
A plan for redevelopment was submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund, who awarded a project grant of £11.4m towards the estimated £14.2m that was required to restore the pier to the former glory of its Victorian heyday.
A farmer in West Sussex has captured an amazing video of a mini tornado (known as a 'dust devil') on his farm in Rudgwick.
Tim Bargman was out collecting hay from his fields at Canfields Farm on the 18th of July when he spotted the small swirling phenomenon.
He is quoted as saying:
“It was about lunch time, around 12ish or 1ish. I was just hay turning and I looked up and all this hay was coming towards me. “It must have been 25-30ft (wide) and went up in the sky 100 odd feet.”
Following on from our recent story about a woman who was prosecuted for fly tipping in her own back garden in London, a story has surfaced in the papers today of what appeared to be the entire contents of a house fly tipped in a public car park in Boulton Road, Handsworth, Birmingham yesterday afternoon.
Aside from a mountain of black bin liners, the terrible mess also included a bed (complete with mattress, blankets and pillows), a huge assortment of clothes and shoes and bits of old furniture.