Monthly Archives: April 2016

Dispose of your garden and building waste quickly

Disposing of large amounts of rubbish can be time consuming and costly, even moreso if you are performing home renovations, or have a sizeable garden to tend to. It’s all too easy to let a large mountain of waste build up in your garden during home DIY sessions, or whilst landscaping your garden, and loading the rubbish into your car or van could mean hours of work and multiple trips to the landfill site.

You could use a skip hire company to help you take the muck away from your garden if you’ve just laid a new patio, or returfed your lawn, but if your garden is exceptionally large, or you have waste from knocking down an old shed, or garage, or if you’ve been doing some home improvements, you may need 2 or more skips to manage the amount of rubbish you have amassed.

Companies that provide grab hire services will usually charge a single fee for collection, and disposal of the waste – much like conventional skip and dumper hire companies.

The most convenient part of using a grab truck rather than skips is, you can dump all of your rubbish in one huge pile, in a convenient location which a grab truck can access, the company will then send a truck out to you and the driver will operate the on-board crane arm to pick up all of your rubbish and place it into the truck – a much simpler process than trying to lift wheelbarrows of dirt and rubble into a skip.

It is important that all of your waste is disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner, most garden waste will break down easily, but disposing of rubber tyres and other material needs to be done carefully – a specialist company will ensure they take all of your waste to the correct type of waste processing service, whether it be direct to landfill, or to a recycling plant.

Did you know that over 9 million tonnes of waste was sent to landfil in the UK alone over the year 2013? That’s a serious amount of rubbish, but what’s even more shocking is, that of all waste disposed of, over 40% was sent to be recycled, so the amount of waste in real terms was closer to 13 million tonnes – now think of that in terms of waste across the world, landfill sites cannot take waste indefinitely, so it is important that you dispose of your waste responsibly – reputable skip and grab hire companies will deal with this for you, and will be licenced to dispose of certain types of waste which smaller 1 man band, man with a van type rubbish disposal companies will not.

Don’t let the amount of waste you’ll generate scupper your plans for a new kitchen, a decked garden, or a fully renovated home, just be sure to call in the specialists when it comes to disposing of your waste material, that way you can be sure it’s going to the right place and not harming the environment.…

Keep your car running for longer, for less

Recently whilst looking at a change of car, I stumbled upon a lot of conflicting information relating to car warranty schemes, and extended car warranties, after hours of research I decided what was right for me, but I realised it is a seriously confusing market, and knowing what is what can take you a lot of time.

I was specifically looking for an extended car warranty, the car I was looking at did not have any manufacturer warranty left on it, but if you’re looking for any type of car warranty, you should check the following first:

– How old is the car, does it have any existing manufacturers warranty left on it?
– What extras does your car have? The reason for this will become apparent later in this article.

What is a Manufactuers warranty? – A manufacturers warranty is usually provided with a new car sale, that is – a brand new car, the manufacturer will repair and replace any problem parts, or other issues with your vehicle whilst it’s under warranty (the warranty generally does not include wear and tear items such as tyres, brakes, and other service items, unless explicitly stated). The issue with a manufacturers warranty is, however, that it lasts just long enough that not a lot will go wrong, they usually last from 3 to 5 years, and it’s generally around the 5 – 6 year mark when problems start to arise, so unless there is a manufacturing defect, you won’t generally need to call on your manufacuters warranty all that often.

Some people may say this is dishonest, however, it’s actually what the warranty is supposed to do, it protects you against any unforseen faults during manufacturing, or any part breaking down in an unreasonable amount of time – not to cover items which will break after a large amount of use.

This is where an extended warranty would come into play, the purpose of an extended warranty is to cover items beyond the manufacturers warranty, meaning you have a lot less to worry about in terms of expensive repair bills. With today’s modern cars, come modern features, and with modern features you get large repair bills if something goes wrong, so have a think about your particular car, and what it has, and ensure it is covered by any extended warranty you may take out.

The types of features we’re talking about here aren’t something that are on every car, but are generally optional extras on most models, things such as;

– Satellite Navigation
– Reversing camera/reverse sensors
– collision avoidance
– adaptive cruise control
– Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
– Turbocharger / Supercharger
– Four wheel drive system
– Multi fuel/Hybrid system

All of these can be expensive to repair in the event of a fault, so it’s important that you ensure all of your extras are covered. Some warranties will cover the full cost of repair, whilst others will cover part of the repair cost, with you needing to make up the difference, both of these can have their uses, it’s up to you to decide which you require.

Once you’re ready to start shopping around, make a list of companies you contact, and save the following information;

– The price you were quoted
– What you get …

Kitchen Items You Can Start Recycling Today

The kitchen is one of the busiest parts of the house. Whether you love to cook or you let your spouse take charge of the food preparation, it is likely that you often frequent the kitchen just to check out what’s being prepared. The truth is, this area is that part of the home where a lot of waste is being disposed.

This doesn’t mean, however, that you should throw away everything you use in the kitchen. You don’t need to have an energy consulting company tell you that there are many kitchen items you can recycle, such as:

1.Glass bottles

Glass bottles usually go to waste in the kitchen. But you shouldn’t put these items in the trash bin. These are often accepted by curbside recycling programs. Or if you can’t find one, repurpose them into vases and jars.

2.Cardboard boxes

Once you have consumed a box of oatmeal, you’ll likely throw away the packaging. But cardboard boxes can be recycled for other purposes. You may find them useful for the school projects of your children. And even if you don’t have children yet, don’t throw away those boxes as they may serve as new storage down the road.

Once the expiration date of bread passes, you will immediately throw this common kitchen food, right? But there are other things that you can do instead of putting it in the trashcan. You can reuse bread by making breadcrumbs, French toast, and even bread pudding.

4.Leftover food

On the average, a household in the United States will throw away around 480 pounds of food scraps every year. All those leftover food generated by US households would be enough to fill a football field.
Arguably the most practical way to make the most out of scrap food is to compost it. Composting is one of the best ways to make natural fertilizer for your plants.
By learning how to compost your food scraps, you can decrease your household waste by up to 30 percent.
Just don’t use meat and fish waste as compost because these can attract rodents and other scavenging animals.

5.Milk cartons

Milk cartons don’t have to be thrown away once all the milk has been consumed. Just like glass bottles, a curbside recycling program can pick up milk cartons. Carton recycling has also been increasing in the United States over the past few years; proof that more and more households are recycling these kitchen items instead of throwing them away.

6.Old appliances

If you’re buying a new oven and your old one still works, then there’s no reason to toss it to the trashcan. There are lots of curbside programs that will accept the old unit. You can even check out Craigslist and see whether you can sell your old oven.
These are some tips that you should keep in mind whenever you see a kitchen item about to be tossed out.…