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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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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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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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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Cleaning up the waste at Glastonbury

Now we're firmly into September, the summer festival season has pretty much been wrapped up for another year. Today, we take a look at the rubbish and general waste left by partygoers to this year's Glastonbury Festival.

We stumbled upon this interesting video posted by Bristol based company Coveya, which shows how a part of the clean-up process is speeded up with the use of their conveyor belts. The video contains a few interesting stats about what happens once all the party goers have left the festival to return to their daily lives.

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Will you have a smart bin in your home soon?

Here at Expert Skip Hire, we're always interested in new and innovative ideas, particularly when it involves waste management solutions.

The Bin E

Dubbed as "The world's first intelligent smart bin" by its Polish creators, the 'Bin E' automatically sorts general household waste into separate compartments for recycling.

Smart design

Aside from looking more stylish than a typical plastic bin you can pick up for a few pounds at your local supermarket, the Bin E is also a pretty clever contraption.

It essentially has four main compartments - Mixed waste, glass, plastic and paper. When the user puts an item into the bin, it is scanned to determine what it's made from. It then attempts to compress the material and drop it into the relevant compartment.

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Brighton's Three Piers - Their history and some fascinating facts

Brighton Palace PierBrighton's Famous Piers

Without a doubt Brighton’s most famous and loved attraction, the Brighton Palace Pier is visited by millions of sightseers, day trippers and holiday-makers every year and has been since it was first opened, nearly 120 years ago.

In August 2015, VisitEngland released figures showing that Brighton Palace Pier was the 5th most visited free attraction in the UK, having had 4.5 million visitors the previous year. While in early 2017 National Express named it as the 4th most popular free attraction in the country after the results of a survey it carried out.

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