Monthly Archives: November 2015

Get Rid of Unwanted Electricals

It may not be obvious what to do with old, unwanted electrical goods, but if they still work then there are many options.

Some charity shops or used furniture stores will accept electrical goods to sell on, these charity shops generally have a member of staff who is trained to test and certify electrical goods to ensure they are safe for resale to the public.

If you don’t have a local charity shop, you can look to the internet, with groups such as Freegle and Freecycle available in most areas, there is almost always someone who can make use of your old items – you can also post furniture and other items on these groups, although it’s worth checking the rules before posting.

Facebook groups are more and more common, there are local selling and freebie sites on Facebook for most areas, and everybody loves a freebie, you won’t be short of takers.

Do you have a friend in need, or a friend of a friend? Helping out others with your unwanted goods is always satisfying. Perhaps a friend’s child is moving into their own home and needs the essentials, your free item could be a great help.

Try looking for local events where people swap unwanted goods, you might just find something you need, in place of something you don’t need – and you’re saving 2 items from the landfill!

You can also check out local high street stores such as Cex, Cash Generator, and cash converters, if your item is still in good condition, you may get a little money in return for your unwanted item(s), and again, you’re saving it from the landfill and getting something back in return.
If all of the above fail (very unlikely!) or your item is broken beyond repair, then taking it to your local recycling centre is your best bet. If it’s something such as a washing machine or cooker, the shop which delivers your new item may take the old item away free of charge – it’s worth asking the retailer.

Remeber, if you’re getting rid of a phone, laptop or other device of this nature, ensure you wipe the device clean (factory reset or similar) before passing it on to ensure no personal data is left in place

If you have any recycling tips for unwanted electrical goods, let us know and we’ll add them to our list!…

3 Simple Recycling Tips

Know what you can recycle

It can be hard to know exactly what you can and can’t recycle, and even harder to know what you can put in your local council recycling bin for collection. Generally council recycle bins will accept tins, cans, paper, cardboard and plastics such as milk cartons, plastic takeaway trays etc, but will not take glass (unless you have a seperate glass bin!) but you can take glass to your local glass bin. You can often find local clothes bins too, some of which will go to local charities for re-use, some will be shipped overseas and the rest will be recycled in other manners.

Use your council’s collection service.

Most local councils provide a recycling bin as well as a general waste bin, use both! Know when your collection dates are, some councils collect weekly and others collect fortnightly, it’s amazing how empty your general waste bin can be come collection day if you’ve recycled correctly! If you don’t have a recycling bin, call your local council, they may have a scheme which you’re missing out on!

Make Recycling Convenient

You may find it easy to dump all of your rubbish in the same bin for convenience and to save time, but here are some tips to make recycling less of a time hog.

– Wash out jars and tins when you’re finished with them, we like to throw them in the sink after we’ve washed up, reusing the dish water. Recycling doesn’t need to be spotless, but being clean is important, not only does it help the recycle centre, it keeps your recycling bin clean and fresh.

– Keep the recycling bin or box next to your general bin, that way you don’t need to make several trips, or go out of your way to recycle, if you’re already taking out general rubbish there’s no need to not recycle at the same time.

– Drop off glass bottles and jars at your local supermarket when you’re doing your weekly shop, you can even shop with recycling in mind, buy products which have less packaging, or packaging which can be recycled. Take your own reusable carrier bags with you to save buying or using the shops bags – often shop carrier bags are bad for the environment and take many many years to break down.…

Local Business Supports Recycling

Local Business, PixelCraft Digital Services is sponsoring the Blanchardstown Recycle Christmas Fair in Castleknock Village.

The fair will be promoting the recycling of both packaging from Christmas presents (and dinner!) as well as recycling of old toys, games, electrical items and unwanted gifts.

PixelCraft Digital Services are very well know for their services, they are known as the primary SEO consultant in Ireland.

A source, who wishes to remain un-named said “Much of our business comes from the local community, we help local business owners build an online presence which promotes their business and draws in new custom, sometimes this will mean that more packaging and products are sold locally, so we felt we’d like to give something back by promoting the recycling of the packaging, and old goods.”

Whilst most of us do our normal recycling, seperating our unwanted cardboard, paper, glass, tin and plastic, most of us aren’t quite sure what to do with old electrical goods, batteries, car parts etc, so it is an excellent move to have this information circulated to the public in a community event.

Did you know, things like motor oil must only be disposed of at approved locations, pouring it down a drain or dumping it with normal waste could have serious environmental implications, and burning it may land you in serious trouble with the law.

We would reccomend using someone such as Rilta to collect your oil – they are fully authorised and will provide evidence of this, as well as a receipt upon collection. You can book a collection from Rilta here:

Electric Vehicles Just Got Small!

We’ve all seen the news about the latest EV technology making it possible to do not only short journeys, but slightly longer commutes in an Electric Vehicle – With chargers showing up in many fuel stations and service stations, you can drop in a quick charge part way through your journey.

But did you know, things like electric scooters, and self balancing scooters, also known as swegways are becoming more and more popular, and are replacing motorcycles and mopeds for short journeys, which is helping the environment immensely.

If you’ve never heard of a swegway, you soon will – these little gadgets are looking set to become this year’s must-have Christmas gift, and we can see them being huge next summer, whether it’s kids playing out, or Adults using them to get to and from work, or the shops, self balancing scooters are certainly going to be game changers in the electric transport world.

Popping to the shops, or doing your local office commute every day will be trivialised by a Swegway, unlike Electric cars, there’s no need to have a charging point outside, you can simply plug your swegway into a standard power outlet at home or work, and it will be fully charged within a few hours.

This is the new age of clean travel, help the environment by using an electric smart scooter instead of a moped or other emissions emitting vehicle.…

Save Money And Be Green With This Device

Everybody likes to save money, and if you can do a little to save the planet whilst saving money, even better – right?

So why not invest in an Android TV box, these little devices have a one off fee, so they will actually save you money in the long run, as there is no expensive monthly TV subscription to pay. You can rest assured that your monthly outgoings will be seriously slashed with one of these devices. But you may be wondering exactly what they are.

Well, an Android TV Box is primarily a TV streaming device, allowing you to watch TV shows, movies and more, whenever you want (all you need is an internet connection!)

That’s not all – of course you’ll benefit from the money you save, but how will that help the environment? Well, these smart tv boxes are small in size which means they need a lot less packaging than a conventional Sky or Cable box, so there will be less waste packaging, and should you ever need to dispose of the box itself, it is already smaller than a standard TV box.

Additionally, there is no need for a dish, so no unsightly chunk of metal attached to your home, and even better, no damage to the environment from mining the metals required to create the dish – ok so the dish may have been made already, and the damage done, but less demand = less requirement for supply, so the short term effect may be negligible, but in the long term we’ll certainly be doing some good!

So if you’re looking for a money saving tip, and a way to reduce the amount of waste material you bring into the home, we recommend one of these.…