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Acrylic or Polymethyl (PMMA) Recycling

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Acrylic or Polymethyl (PMMA) Recycling


Acrylic is a familiar name to a lot of people, but if pressed, not that many would probably be able to come up with more than a couple of common applications or whether it’s recyclable. So this month, the team at CSH is taking a look at what acrylic is, what it’s used for and whether it can be recycled. What is acrylic? Acrylic – also known as PMMA, polymethyl and, more formally, polymethyl methacrylate – is a type of tough, transparent plastic that has become widely used in a number of applications, including as an alternative to glass, thanks to the fact…

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Different Types of Trade Waste


When you first look at the website of a specialist waste management company such as CSH Environmental, you may find all the different categories of waste somewhat overwhelming. After all, isn’t waste just…well, waste? The short answer is no. As we do everything we can to ensure the waste we produce in our commercial and domestic lives causes as little damage to the environment as possible, different types of waste need to be treated, recycled, reused, incinerated or simply disposed of differently depending on their composition. One particular category you may be wondering about is trade waste, and what it is…

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Types of Hazardous Waste


Safe and responsible disposal of all kinds of waste is a key consideration for licensed operators such as CSH Environmental. That’s especially the case when it comes to disposing of hazardous waste, which could otherwise pose a serious risk to humans, animals and/or the environment. But what exactly is classified as hazardous waste? There are several main categories that you need to be aware of, which are listed below. Incidentally, there are many hazardous items that fall into more than one of the following categories – an obvious example is petrol, which represents both a flammable and a toxic hazard.   Flammable…

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Different Types of Waste


The days when we just threw all our waste into one bin and waited for it to be carted away to be tipped into landfill are long gone. As we have become increasingly aware of the effects of the consumer and industrial societies on an overpopulated planet, it has become essential that we treat every bit of waste we produce individually and on its merits, to ensure that any further adverse effects to the environment are kept to a minimum. To this end, different categories of waste have been classified, although there is some crossover between them – for example, many examples…

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Overloading a Skip: The Risks, Dangers and How to Avoid Them


When you hire a skip – whether it’s to get rid of unwanted belongings after a garage or loft clearance, soil and other green waste after a garden renovation, or bricks and rubble after more substantial home refurbishment – there are a number of things you need to think about. This can include whether you’ve got somewhere to keep it, if  you’re actually allowed to put what you want to get rid of into the skip, and what size skip you’re going to need. This last point is crucial, because if you order one that’s far too big, you’ll end up paying…

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The Most Popular Skips in the World


For many people, skips are mundane items barely worth a second glance. For others, known as skip divers, they’re a source of hidden treasures of all kinds that can even be used to fill a home. Then there are those of us for whom skips form a large part of our lives because we work with them every day and even make our living from them.  But there are also a group of people who, when you say ‘Skip’, will look up and answer you, because you may well have called their name!   The origins and popularity of the name…

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Skip Hire Vs. Grab Lorry – Which is Better?


When you’re planning a major building or renovation project, one of the most important things you need to consider is how you’re going to get rid of the resulting waste. The best options are usually hiring either a skip or a grab hire truck.  You may be wondering which is best – and the answer is, understandably, that it depends on the type of job you’re doing and the amount of waste you’ll need to dispose of. Let’s take a look at the differences between the two, and the pros and cons of each.   The difference between using a skip and…

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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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