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Recycled Art: From Junk to Masterpiece

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Recycled Art: From Junk to Masterpiece


There are many ways to recycle what someone else has thrown away. You can, of course, turn everyday waste such as metal, glass and plastics into new versions of the same. You can repurpose things – for example, by making furniture or landscaping your garden out of old pallets and railway sleepers. You can also turn rubble from an old building project into hardcore for a new building project. Or you can turn someone’s junk into something beautiful, something impressive, something to be admired. Whether the artists concerned are making a statement about waste in modern society, enjoying the visceral power…

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A Guide to Recycling Paint


When it comes to doing a bit of decorating at home, it’s very rare that you manage to buy the exact amount of paint that you need. That’s not a problem with white emulsion, because we always need more of that.  But what if you’ve bought a special colour for that feature wall or chimney breast that’s going to need half the smallest tin available at most? Or you want to do one room, and one room only, in Botanical Noir and you end up needing exactly one and a half tins? The point is, we all end up with leftover…

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Strangest Things Found in Skips


Usually, skips are full of as uninteresting a collection of things as you could imagine. Rubble. Garden waste. Recently dismantled kitchens. Rubbish, basically. You might find the odd useful thing every now and then, but nothing particularly noteworthy – it’s just that some people are happy to make best use of what others no longer want or need. But every now and then, if you’re lucky, or just in the right place at the right time, you might come across something worthwhile, or even valuable. Then again, you might just come across something downright odd…    Coffins and Ashes In 2013, two…

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How To Identify Asbestos


As perhaps the best known and most prevalent hazardous waste we are likely to come across, it seems hard to believe that asbestos was only fully banned in the UK in 1999. Especially when you consider that some of its effects on the lungs were first identified in the 1920s, and links with lung cancer were first described in the 1950s.  Yet so much a part of the building trade was it, so commonly used in such household items as cement, paint, insulation and ceiling and floor tiles, that many of our homes are likely to still contain asbestos somewhere. In…

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A Guide to Battery Recycling


There are a lot of batteries in our lives these days, probably more than you might at first think. Take a few minutes to work out just how many you have in your own home.  First off, every laptop, tablet or mobile phone you or your family own has a battery, so in the average home that’s going to be quite a few for starters. Every remote control will also have a battery. If you’ve got kids then you’ve probably got any number of battery-powered toys lying around. Then you can count in your electric toothbrushes, battery shavers, e-cigarettes, wall clocks,…

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Everything You Need to Know About Skip Diving, Junk Hunting and Freeganism


If you’re having a major clear out of your home, office or business, chances are you’re going to be wanting to get rid of a lot of things. Probably far too much to fit into the back of the average car to take down to the local recycling centre. In which case, your best bet will usually be to hire a skip – then all you have to do is remove what you don’t want from your property, empty it into the skip and let someone else worry about dealing with it for you. But the minute your skip is dropped outside…

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How to Dispose of Bricks, Soil & Rubble


Gone are the days when bricks, soil and rubble left over from a major building or gardening project could just be dumped into landfill and be done with. Quite apart from all the ethical concerns, since 1996 a landfill tax has been in place, which from April 2021 will increase to £96.70 per tonne. At CSH Environmental, we agree that everything should be done to encourage individuals and businesses to recycle where possible and in any case to dispose of all waste with the utmost regard for the environment. But that does beg the question: what do you do with them…

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The History of Recycling


“The transformation of waste is perhaps the oldest preoccupation of man.” Patti Smith Patti Smith might have been being a bit optimistic about recycling’s history when she included this line in her poem/song ‘High on Rebellion’, but she was right in one respect, and that is that recycling in one form or another has a much longer history than we might imagine. After all, until the boom period following World War II, scarcity had been the norm for the majority of mankind ever since we came down from the trees. Throwing away what could be used again wasn’t just wasteful, it…

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What happens to Skip Waste

Loading skip onto CSH Environmental truck

There are several things to think about when you’re deciding which company to hire a skip from. Cost is inevitably going to be a consideration, as will how fast the skip can be both delivered and taken away again. After all, nobody wants a skip full of rubbish sitting outside their house for any longer than necessary.   You might also want to check out any reviews left by previous customers so you can be reassured that the company you might be dealing with is both reliable and trustworthy. But perhaps the most important thing to find out is what the…

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Can I still hire a skip during lockdown?


If your area has been affected by the current lockdown, you might be wondering if you’re still able to hire a skip? The answer is yes, you can! And with all this extra time we have at home, you might be tempted to have a clearout so you can finally get on with some home improvements. So to alleviate the stress of having enough space in your general waste and recycling bins – pick up a skip! Reasons to hire a skip Quick, clean and professional disposal  Save time and money Responsible waste management Convenient, contact-free service   Why you might…

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