As the nights get shorter and colder, and with Bonfire Night just around the corner, many of us will be celebrating with a bonfire in our garden. With this in mind, the East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service have published an article on their website which provides nine excellent tips on how to keep wildlife safe this autumn.
If you live in the Eastbourne area and need a skip delivered fast, then Expert Skip Hire are the best company to call. We're based in Seaford and as you'll probably know, Eastbourne is a mere stone's throw away at around 9 miles distance. This means that we can usually get a skip delivered to your door in lightning-fast time.
Now we're at the peak of the 2021 summer, the warmer, drier weather can bring about a particular type of hazard that is less common in the winter when it comes to hiring a skip. With this in mind, it may not cross your mind to think about what you can do to minimize the chances of a skip fire breaking out.
Although it's a rare occurrence, it can happen either through carelessness or even a deliberate act of arson. It can also end up being a very costly experience if the fire isn't put out immediately. So, here's a brief overview of some of the basic precautions you can take to help prevent a fire from breaking out in the first place.
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.
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?
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.
With 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.
At the risk of stating the obvious, we hire skips to homes and businesses throughout East and West Sussex but are you aware that we also provide an alternative way of clearing all of your unwanted household and business waste too?
A man working for a waste management company in Spain was filmed by a colleague fly-tipping a fridge freezer by throwing it down a ravine from the side of the road.
After the video went viral, Spanish police tracked him down and he ended up having to explain his actions in court. The outcome was a costly one; he ended up being fined €45,000 (roughly £41,500) for the offence and was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge as well as forking out for the prosecution's costs.
The colleague who filmed the 'recycling' stunt can be heard saying "We're going to recycle it, let's see how many flips it will do" as the man lifts the fridge over the barrier and pushes it down the slope.
We're based in Seaford and as you'll probably know, Eastbourne is less than 10 miles away.
This means that we can usually get a skip to you in lightning-fast time.
There are plenty of skip hire companies to choose from but many are agencies that don't actually have any skips, vehicles or waste recycling facilities of their own.
Once their commission is added on top, you'll usually be paying over the odds for a service that is far cheaper if booked directly through us. For example, our 2-yard skips can be hired in Eastbourne for just £140+VAT.
We're open from 7.30 am six days a week and our friendly team are on hand to take your booking or to just give you some free, no-obligation advice if you prefer.
Amusement arcades and the seaside are synonymous and it's also not uncommon to see rows of gaming and video amusement machines when you take a stroll along most piers around the country. This hasn't been the case over recent years for Hastings Pier although this now looks set to change. Whether you love them or loathe them, proposals to open an amusement arcade on Hastings Pier were given the green light earlier this month (May 1st 2019) by Hastings Borough Council’s planning committee, who approved an application to allow an amusement arcade in the visitors' centre building. From what we can gather, this won't include any adult gambling machines within the building so we assume that all the amusements will be of a family-friendly nature.