Monthly Archives: July 2014

SME’s and waste handling

waste11The Federation of Small Businesses have produced an excellent paper on waste management for small businesses. click here to download the pdf.

In essence what they are saying is that local aurtorities really do not support the SME’s and they are left to make their own waste disposal arrangements with companies such as www.sitr.com

For SME’s, waste can seem an unnecessary cost, however a meeting with www.sitr.com will soon make you realise your responsibilities and allow you to protect the environment and your data without impacting too much on your bottom line.

Contact www.sitr.com today to arrange a meeting to discuss your waste management and planning.

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Mercury is a growing problem

mercury toxinsMercury is the part of a  fluorescent light that makes it work, including compact fluorescents (CFLs) and it is also a health hazard.

Almost 98 per cent of all fluorescent lights are crushed into landfill. When you consider that in the UK we dump over 100 million lights a year, that’s a lot of mercury. In fact, that’s over 1,100 kg of mercury. It’s safe to say that fluorescent lights are the most significant source of mercury contamination of all the waste we produce.

When fluorescent lights are broken, the mercury they contain can vapourise. Inhaling even a small amount of this vapour can impact us in many ways – from harming our kidneys, to causing respiratory failure or even death (at high doses).

Contact us at www.sitr.com to arrange for storage and collection of unwanted florecent lights..don’t just dump them!

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What are the Toxins in Landfill

toxinsWe took this from Environment Victoria a state web site in Australia because they describe the 3 toxins present in landfill sites in a simple and easy to understand way.

“The three most important are toxins, leachate and greenhouse gases.

Toxins – Many materials that end up as waste contain toxic substances. Over time, these toxins leach into our soil and groundwater, and become environmental hazards for years. Electronic waste is a good example. Waste such as televisions, computers and other electronic appliances contain a long list of hazardous substances, including mercury, arsenic, cadmium, PVC, solvents, acids and lead.

Leachate – This is the liquid formed when waste breaks down in the landfill and water filters through that waste. This liquid is highly toxic and can pollute the land, groundwater and waterways.

Greenhouse gas – When organic material such as food scraps and green waste is put in landfill, it is generally compacted down and covered. This removes the oxygen and causes it to break down in an anaerobic process. Eventually this releases methane, a greenhouse gas that is 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide. The implications for global warming and climate change are enormous. Methane is also a flammable gas that can become dangerous if allowed to build up in concentration. Composting your food scraps and green waste in a compost bin eliminates many of these problems.”

Excellent reading and really helps us explain to you why it is so important you allow a company such as www.sitr.com to manage your waste.

Done properly landfill can be avoided and produce really can be recycled.

Contact us at www.sitr.com to find our more.

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Landfill Issues

landfillAt www.sitr.com we are focused on reducing the impact Waste has on Landfill, not only the enviormental issue but that of the space issue.

Product needs to be recycled and use of landfill sites must be reduced, contact www.sitr.com to make sure your waste avoids being placed in a landfill site wherever possible.

We take the environment seriously…do you?

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Waste at the Commonwealth Games

Commonwealth+GamesWe at www.sitr.com like to look at all the waste policies set up when big events are organised and there are not many bigger than the Commonwealth games in Glasgow.

Like we do, they took waste seriously and produced a “Procurement Sustainability Policy” document that was sent out to all suppliers.

It is a pretty long document, but on packaging for example….

“Suppliers and subcontractors shall support the OC in adopting Zero Waste principles, helping deliver the commitment to stage a Games where all waste sent directly to landfill is minimised either through design or recycling processes. Where practicable, all products should be able to be reused, recycled or recovered.”

If you are organising an event, perhaps a Festival or a market and need guidance on how to set up the waste management strategy contact www.sitr.com for an initial FREE consultation.

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