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Can the UK run on fully renewable electricity?

Posted on 14/07/20, filed under Energy from Waste, News | No Comments

Can the UK run on fully renewable electricity?

Historically, the UK has depended on fossil fuels to generate energy. The problem? Not only are these finite resources, so will eventually run out, but burning fossil fuels is damaging to human health and our environment.

Coal supplies a third of energy worldwide. Yet burning coal to produce electricity generates carbon dioxide… read the rest of “Can the UK run on fully renewable electricity?”

Plastic backlash: is our dependency on single-use plastics decreasing?

Posted on 23/06/20, filed under Litter, News | No Comments

Plastic backlash: is our dependency on single-use plastics decreasing?

The problems posed by our overreliance on plastic has become part of our everyday thinking. The turning point was back in 2017, when Sir David Attenborough narrated a now-historic episode of Blue Planet II. It demonstrated the devastating impact that plastic is having on our oceans. But since then, has our dependency… read the rest of “Plastic backlash: is our dependency on single-use plastics decreasing?”

What’s happening with food packaging?

Posted on 09/06/20, filed under Litter, News, Waste | No Comments

What’s happening with food packaging?

The issues of food waste are far-reaching, not least for the environment where food disposal emits damaging greenhouse gases. But the problems go beyond the food itself – plastic food packaging has come under increasing scrutiny. But what innovations are emerging to make food packaging more sustainable?

Edible packaging

Single-use plastics have come under fire… read the rest of “What’s happening with food packaging?”

What can be done about food surplus and waste?

Posted on 26/05/20, filed under Energy from Waste, News, Waste, Waste Disposal | No Comments

What can be done about food surplus and waste?

There’s a waste crisis in the UK. As a nation, we need to reduce consumption, increase recycling, turn waste into energy, and embrace a circular economy. Another contentious point in the waste sector is food waste.

How much food does the UK waste?

WRAP, the Waste and Resources… read the rest of “What can be done about food surplus and waste?”

UK waste industry – coping with Covid 19

Posted on 05/05/20, filed under Energy from Waste, News, Skip Hire | 4 Comments

UK waste industry - coping with Covid 19

The Coronavirus pandemic has affected the human race on a global scale. Hundreds of thousands of families have tragically lost loved ones, businesses are struggling and many world economies are at an all time low.

Yet, here and there, little pockets of light have appeared to keep countries going through this terrible… read the rest of “UK waste industry - coping with Covid 19”

How is the UK powered?

Posted on 28/04/20, filed under Energy from Waste, News | No Comments

How is the UK powered?

In the era of climate change, there’s an increasing focus on how the UK should be powered to minimise the environmental impact. Historically, we’ve relied on coal and gas to generate electricity and decarbonisation. But how is this changing?

How does the UK generate electricity?

Most of the UK’s electricity is still produced by burning fossils… read the rest of “How is the UK powered?”

What is a circular economy?

Posted on 24/03/20, filed under Energy from Waste, News | No Comments

What is a circular economy?

Circular economy. It’s a term we hear more of. But what is it? And why does it matter?

What is a circular economy?

In the age of climate change and increased scrutiny of the health of our planet, the notion of a circular economy has emerged. It creates a closed-loop of ‘Make, Use, Reuse/Repair/Recycle’ replacing the… read the rest of “What is a circular economy?”

The problem with contamination and recycling

Posted on 10/03/20, filed under News, Recycling | No Comments

The problem with contamination and recycling

When we put our recycling out for collection, we might get a satisfying feeling that we’re doing our little bit for the health of the planet. But not all the items we put in the recycling bin will end up being recycled. Here’s why…

What is recycling contamination?

Recycling plants are increasingly sophisticated and able… read the rest of “The problem with contamination and recycling”

What’s the issue with the Dutch Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) tax?

Posted on 25/02/20, filed under News | No Comments

What’s the issue with the Dutch Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) tax?

In 2019, the issue of the Dutch RDF tax was hotly debated in the waste management industry. As of 1st January 2020, this tax has come into effect. But what is RDF and what are its implications?

What is RDF?

Using non-recyclable waste as an energy source is one way… read the rest of “What’s the issue with the Dutch Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) tax?”

How to have a greener 2020

Posted on 28/01/20, filed under News, Recycling | No Comments

How to have a greener 2020

2019 shone a light on the urgency of environmental issues. But at the COP25 Climate Conference in Madrid in December 2019, activist Greta Thunberg accused world leaders of attempting to find loopholes to avoid meaningful action on climate change.

And earlier in the year, Extinction Rebellion’s protests fostered more support than ever before as… read the rest of “How to have a greener 2020”

New Year, New Environment Bill?

Posted on 14/01/20, filed under News | No Comments

New Year, New Environment Bill?

Back in October 2019, before the general election in December saw a sweeping Conservative victory, the government published a wide and varied Environment Bill statement. The Bill passed its second reading in the House of Commons unopposed before Parliament was dissolved for the election. 2020 should see the Environment Bill progress through… read the rest of “New Year, New Environment Bill?”

What major waste initiatives does there need to be in 2020?

Posted on 23/12/19, filed under News, Waste, Waste Disposal | No Comments

What major waste initiatives does there need to be in 2020?

As 2019 comes to a close, we look ahead to a new decade and think about what needs to be done to protect our planet against the waste crisis. From small steps in households, to seismic shifts in manufacturing and industry, waste management requires creative thinking from all angles.

Increase

How to have an eco-friendly Christmas

Posted on 10/12/19, filed under News, Recycling, Waste, Waste Disposal | No Comments

How to have an eco-friendly Christmas

Christmas is a time of excess. It makes it a messy business, with a colossal amount of waste generated. But as with all the other holidays, such as Easter and Halloween, we can all make more eco-conscious choices at Christmas to do our bit for the environment.

Choose a real Christmas tree

Although… read the rest of “How to have an eco-friendly Christmas”

Is the UK waste industry in crisis?

Posted on 26/11/19, filed under News, Waste, Waste Disposal | No Comments

Is the UK waste industry in crisis?

The spotlight is well and truly cast on waste management and its intrinsic link to the environment. In 2018, the UK government announced a 25 Year Environment Plan, focused on creating a circular economy with less dependence on raw materials and better handling of waste. But how well is the… read the rest of “Is the UK waste industry in crisis?”

What happens to non-recyclable waste in skips?

Posted on 12/11/19, filed under News, Recycling, Waste, Waste Disposal | No Comments

What happens to non-recyclable waste in skips?

When you’ve had a big garden overhaul, moved to a new house, or undertaken some renovation works, you’ve probably created a skip full of waste. But when the skip is collected, what happens to all the rubbish next?

Recyclable waste is redirected

When you hire a skip from Rabbit, we don’t send… read the rest of “What happens to non-recyclable waste in skips?”

What are the most innovative recycling initiatives?

Posted on 22/10/19, filed under News, Recycling | No Comments

What are the most innovative recycling initiatives?

The problems caused by excessive waste are well documented and firmly in the public eye. And while efforts are being made to tackle this growing problem, there isn’t one simple solution. Here, we look at some of the innovations around the world, big and small, that will contribute to a better future.

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How to have an eco-friendly Halloween

Posted on 08/10/19, filed under News, Recycling | No Comments

How to have an eco-friendly Halloween

Two years ago, we talked about the frightening truth about Halloween waste. The stats were alarming, including that 12,500 tons of Halloween costumes get sent to landfill each year.

But with the popularity of Halloween appearing to grow each year, how can you join in on the fun, but make sensible choices that… read the rest of “How to have an eco-friendly Halloween”

Easy ways to waste less

Posted on 24/09/19, filed under News, Waste, Waste Disposal | No Comments

Easy ways to waste less

The global waste crisis has gained more and more traction over the past several years, with high profile campaigns, celebrities, TV shows and the media revealing the devastating impact of waste on the planet.

While change needs to happen on a large scale, there are also small changes that we can make as individuals to… read the rest of “Easy ways to waste less”

What is Recycle Week and why is it important?

Posted on 10/09/19, filed under News, Recycling | No Comments

What is Recycle Week and why is it important?

Recycle Week 2019 starts on 23 September. It’s an initiative run by the national government recycling campaign Recycle Now, that’s part of the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP).

Rabbit Group is proud to be an active member of WRAP.

What is

How Rabbit sorts the contents of skips

Posted on 27/08/19, filed under News, Skip Hire | No Comments

How Rabbit sorts the contents of skips

The problems of waste and the environment are well-reported and growing. Issues around the hazardous by-products of landfills and the alarming problems arising from single-use plastics, clothing over-consumption and the difficult disposal of coffee cups have schools, communities, businesses and entrepreneurs striving to find innovations and strategies that will help improve… read the rest of “How Rabbit sorts the contents of skips”

Are there any landfill sites in West Sussex?

Posted on 13/08/19, filed under News, Waste, Waste Disposal | No Comments

Are there any landfill sites in West Sussex?

A landfill is a structure built into the ground where layers of solid waste are filled and compacted, usually an old quarry, chalk pit or clay pit. West Sussex’s previous six landfill sites are now closed and maintained by West Sussex County Council, along with the numerous privately operated sites which are monitored… read the rest of “Are there any landfill sites in West Sussex?”

How are metals handled after they’ve been skipped?

Posted on 23/07/19, filed under News | No Comments

How are metals handled after they’ve been skipped?

Metals can form a large proportion of waste in skips. Old pipework from home renovation projects, furniture with metal frameworks, old bins, car parts and metallic home decorations are commonly found in skips. And while some items could be donated to charity or re-sold, fortunately, those that end up in a skip… read the rest of “How are metals handled after they’ve been skipped?”

How is hardcore recycled?

Posted on 09/07/19, filed under News, Recycling | No Comments

How is hardcore recycled?

Hardcore is low absorbency, solid material. Made of large aggregates such as construction waste, bricks, rubble, tiles, rock and gravel, hardcore often ends up in skips from construction and demolition projects.

Can hardcore go into a skip?

Although some items cannot go into a skip, hardcore can. Once a skip is full and taken away… read the rest of “How is hardcore recycled?”

How to clear out your wardrobe

Posted on 25/06/19, filed under News, Recycling | No Comments

How to clear out your wardrobe

The task of clearing out a wardrobe can be a daunting one. Years and years of unworn clothes can lurk in its depths. Crumpled and neglected items might be strewn on the bottom. And further clothes could be crushed into drawers. But in just a few hours, your wardrobe can be transformed and clutter-free, making… read the rest of “How to clear out your wardrobe”

Rabbit Group support the transformation of a Sussex charity garden

Posted on 11/06/19, filed under News | No Comments

Rabbit Group support the transformation of a Sussex charity garden

Rabbit Group has supported Willmott Dixon Construction to transform the garden of the Sussex MS Centre in Southwick to make it into an inspiring and accessible space for its users.

The Sussex MS Centre is a charity that supports Sussex residents with Multiple Sclerosis by providing drug-free treatments, exercise classes… read the rest of “Rabbit Group support the transformation of a Sussex charity garden”

Planning a garden overhaul this summer?

Posted on 21/05/19, filed under News, Waste | No Comments

Planning a garden overhaul this summer?

As the days get warmer and longer, it’s the time of year that we can start enjoying our gardens. If you’re planning a garden revamp this summer to maximise your outdoor space, make sure you’re ready for the work ahead.

Plan and prepare

Whether you’re getting a landscaper on board or going it alone with… read the rest of “Planning a garden overhaul this summer?”

Things you need to know when hiring a skip

Posted on 14/05/19, filed under News, Skip Hire | No Comments

Things you need to know when hiring a skip

Before hiring a skip, think carefully about what size you’ll need. Our handy size guide can help steer you in the right direction. If in doubt, it’s best to go up a size, remembering how much access room you have available on site. If access space is tight, we can… read the rest of “Things you need to know when hiring a skip”

How big does my skip need to be?

Posted on 23/04/19, filed under News, Skip Hire | No Comments

How big does my skip need to be?

When it comes to hiring a skip, one of the first questions you’ll ask yourself is – how big? But along with size comes considerations about weight, position and access too.

Think about the job

Skips come in different sizes, from two yards to twelve, that are suitable for different jobs. If… read the rest of “How big does my skip need to be?”

The Easter Bunny’s plastic problem

Posted on 09/04/19, filed under News, Recycling | No Comments

 

The Easter Bunny’s plastic problem

Over the past few years, excessive packaging around Easter eggs has come under scrutiny. The cute little mascot of the season, the Easter Bunny, has a lot to answer for. As we all become more aware of our plastic consumption, how can we reduce our plastic this Easter?

Avoid ‘flow-wrap’ and vacuum plastic

Try… read the rest of “The Easter Bunny’s plastic problem”

What can (and can’t) go in a skip?

Posted on 26/03/19, filed under News, Skip Hire | 2 Comments

What can (and can’t) go in a skip?

Whatever size skip you need, whether it’s a mini for a spring clean, or a 6-yard builder skip for a major home renovation, the rules about what can and can’t go into it stay the same.

Most things can be safely disposed of in a skip. If you’re renovating your… read the rest of “What can (and can’t) go in a skip?”