After the devastation of Storm Desmond and Storm Frank Cumbria is now in a state of repair. The clean-up operation is in full swing as residents who had previously aimed to recover before Christmas, now try to start the New Year by returning to normality.
To help with the recovery process, a team from Feedback went up to Carlisle to join the clean-up process. Based in a supermarket, we were tasked with clearing the waste and soled products from the shop floor in preparation for the refit. On our way to the site our team were able to see first-hand the devastation caused by storm Desmond. Large areas of Carlisle were still without power, and the streets were strewn with family possessions and house contents. The brick work of buildings were stained by the water line from the previous few days. In some parts of the city, the water had reached three to four foot high.
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It’s not uncommon to see fridges abandoned in front gardens, in the corner of the office car park, or fly tipped on the banking of Britain’s roads, but when it comes to fridge and freezer disposal what should you do about disposing of yours safely?
As the Environment Agency classifies fridge freezers as hazardous waste this means that they can’t just be thrown out in a skip or sent off with the bin men. This is due to Chlorofluorocarbon gasses (CFCs), pentane and other chemicals contained within the cooling systems and insulation of modern day fridges. Although most of these chemicals are not directly harmful to humans, they react with the upper stratosphere and deplete the ozone layer, a contributor to global warming.
Thank fully It’s usually not too difficult to dispose of these items.
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Over the coming few weeks Feedback Local will be releasing a series of blog posts advise how to manage waste at a business level. This will be everything from the waste hierarchy, through to how to dispose of those tricky items. Keep an eye out for the “managing waste at a business level” tag, for more information.
First this week it’s the Waste hierarchy. All the industries we have come across love a good framework and diagram, and the waste industry is no exception. The waste hierarchy is a five step framework that outlines the most appropriate way to process waste through your business according to the EU. Applying the principles of the waste hierarchy to aims to both reduce the environmental impact of your operations and intends to save you money.
The basic principles of the hierarchy is to reduce the amount of waste created from business processes, however it is incredibly unlikely that any company will have zero waste output, so the hierarchy also highlights the value of re-purposing and recycling the waste produced.