Fly tipping advice the who why and what.

Hello guys today I'd like to talk to you about fly tipping Sheffield. What is fly-tipping fly-tipping is where generally waste is dumped illegally in certain areas normally by unlicensed individuals homeowners tradesman and many others. One of the main problems with fly-tipping is the fact that is unsightly and it's highly expensive to tidy up.

Certain councils and authorities up and down the country spent hundreds of thousands of pounds each year cleaning up illegal fly tipping year on year. There's certain things people can do a individuals and to reduce fly-tipping one of the things that they can do is make sure that they use a fully licensed waste removal company the second thing is making sure that they issued with the correct paperwork on completion of their rubbish being removed. The paperwork that you should be issued with should be what they call a waste transfer note the items on a waste transfer note should include your full address your full name a brief description of the waste that been removed the contractors full name and full address and also their waste licence number which can be checked on the environment agency website. If individuals wether that be members of the public tradesman or rubbish removal companies are found to be tipping waste in a legal areas the face of fine up to £5,000.
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The most popular items to be fly tipped are black bags this is based on a survey that was taken up and down the country by different councils The second most popular item was builders and tradesmen waste generally coming from refurbishment projects such as kitchens and bathrooms. In certain areas up and down the country fly tipping Sheffield seems to be on the increase some of the reasons people are giving for flytipping is lack of Transport the price of waste disposal and certain Council tip not allowing certain way streams to enter and also the location of some Council tips is not ideal. Thank you for reading my post please leave some comments with regards to why you think fly-tipping takes place how it can be reduced and any other comments that you would like to make on the above post thank you.


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We've all heard the expression “looks like a building site” said when a place looks messy, and for good reason. Building and construction sites are messy places and produce a lot of waste. With all the rubbish and waste materials left behind during construction, it is often difficult to manage and dispose of correctly. Did you know, for example, that an average sized 3 bedroomed house produces approximately 13 tonnes of waste? It isn't surprising that sometimes building firms attempt to cut costs by getting rid of their rubbish illegally.

Danger to the Environment
A farmer in Devon has recently been ordered to pay £6,000 in fines and court costs after he had dumped over 50 tonnes of rubbish close to a stream. The man had buried the waste underground after initially being prosecuted for tipping and burning materials on the land. He was ordered to remove the waste however was found to have buried items such as stone, construction rubble, asbestos roofing sheets and electrical goods. They were left next to a stream and close to wildlife meaning that pollution could have damaged the local environment.

Dumped Asbestos
In a similar story, asbestos piping and guttering was tipped in Spalding, Lincolnshire leaving the council (and of course taxpayers) with a £450 bill. It is unclear as to who the culprit is; it is possible that it could be vandals, or perhaps builders looking to offload the piping quickly and cheaply. Either way, it is dangerous and costly to the rest of the community.

Qualified and Knowledgeable
Clearance and Cleanup are fully licenced and able to remove any construction waste you may have. Likewise, if the waste has already been left or dumped in a public space we can remove that too. We are qualified and knowledgeable when it comes to handling asbestos, so don’t risk a large fine if you are struggling to dispose of large quantities of rubbish. Visit our contact page to see how you can get in touch.

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Sources:
Farmer Fined for Dumping Waste | North Devon Gazette
Experts Called in to Clear Dumped Asbestos | Spalding Today

Playing fields and parks are focal points within communities and are used by lots of people for a variety of reasons. As events are often staged in these public spaces however, littering and rubbish becomes a problem for those that use them afterwards. The issue of littering is one which has been around for a long time and doesn't seem to be going away. Littering shows a complete lack of consideration for other people, and local councils are keen to keep their public spaces clean.

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Litter in Doncaster's Sandall Park

Keep it Clean
In Blackpool, councillors have requested that local football teams using playing fields clean up after they have finished playing, as empty drinks bottles are often left behind. It has been suggested that the team takes black bin liners with them and perform routine walks along the touch lines after the matches have finished collecting rubbish as they go. With such a large number of people it is difficult to keep track of who is disposing of their rubbish properly, so carrying out a large sweep of the area would certainly help to cut down on the amount that is left behind.

Pitch Invasion
The clubs have responded claiming that they do not leave any rubbish behind when they leave the fields. They also say that the team’s managers regularly have to clean up before the match due to the broken glass bottles and sharp cans strewn across the pitches. This is of course extremely dangerous for players as any cuts they sustain could lead to a trip to the hospital! Litter isn't just a matter of tidiness; it can also be unsafe for children, animals and those unaware.

Respect
As these public places are shared by everybody, each with a different use, it’s important that we consider our neighbours’ needs and respect their right to a safe and clean environment. Whether we are playing football, walking dogs or sitting out for a picnic cleaning up after ourselves should be an automatic action. If fairs or outdoor events are being held then a cleanup becomes a much more difficult task. Outside help from specialist companies such as ourselves is a sensible option to make sure all waste is cleared thoroughly and effectively.

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Source:
Teams Urged to Clean Up | Blackpool Gazette
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We are often called in to properties that have been repossessed to clear the house of the previous occupiers’ mess. We were asked not too long ago to carry out some work on a fire damaged property in Barnsley. The work was issued by a national company and had to be carried out in a very short time scale as they themselves were working to a deadline.

Exposed
There were many problems with this property, but the most difficult to contend with was the fact the roof had being taken off following a fire. So despite the house being fire damaged, the whole building was soaked throughout due to being exposed to the elements.

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Wet & Heavy
Every room in the upstairs of the house was covered in pieces of the ceiling, which had fallen through. The wet plasterboard had to be removed prior to removing the items of furniture and carpeting which were also soaked, very heavy and filthy from the fire. Naturally, we found moving the heavy, damp plasterboard a bit of a struggle!

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Making the Property Presentable
Once the property was cleared and fully swept through we had to go back and give it a thorough “basic” clean before the property was ready to receive viewings from prospective buyers. The front and back gardens were also very overgrown. Coupled with the fact that they were full of rubble and broken tiles from the damaged roof, this made it hard work cutting back and clearing it. We needed to make sure the gardens were presentable so that people viewing the house could appreciate the size.The job was a tiring and extremely dirty job which needed to be tacked fast. We put in a lot of effort so that we would be finished for the deadline date.

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After We Had Finished
Overall the property went from being overgrown, filthy and full of rubbish to a clean and clear space with a nice garden. Of course there was little we could do about the fire damage and roofing situation, however we put the property in a position where it was able to be viewed by the public safely, and so that they could visualize what a completely renovated house might look like.

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Success!
In total, we cleared away 4 van loads of rubbish, which equates to approximately 5 tonnes! All rubbish was taken to a local waste transfer station and anything that we could recycle was done so appropriately. The work we carried out went a long way to helping the owners in selling. The house was sold on the 1st viewing after we had finished, whereas before, 3 previews viewings wouldn't even go inside! Another success for Clearance and Clean Up! If we can help with your clearance and removal needs, drop us a line. Find out how on our contact page.

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Our more practical services involve the more typical lifting and shifting work that you would probably expect of Clearance and Cleanup, however there are many other facilities that we offer aside from large clearance operations. One of the most varied parts of our job is the deep cleaning service. We have undertaken many different jobs, and trust us, every single one is new experience for us. We should note that during deep cleans we have to be extremely careful, as we put ourselves at risk. We deal with hazardous materials regularly, and so take the necessary precautions.

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Remaining Professional
There are many reasons as to why a person may need a deep clean of their property, with numerous different objects and substances that need to be cleaned.  We cater for all situations, and remain respectful and professional throughout, despite the fact we are perhaps working under sensitive conditions.

Property Cleaning
Perhaps you’re a landlord of a rented property, if so we are able to clean up after messy tenants - Not everybody leaves a house how they found it! This goes for all properties that are void or empty. Factories, offices or residential, we will deep clean after occupiers have left, or if the property has been left vacant for a long time. Cleaning properties used by hoarders also falls under our extreme cleaning category, due to the potentially hazardous nature of the task. An excess of possessions and waste materials can become a breeding ground for rodents and insects, which in turn spreads bacteria. For more information about hoarding, refer to our previous blog post on the subject.

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Biological Waste
We are able to clean up biological waste too. Of course, operating with the correct biohazard clothing and equipment, a clean-up of fecal matter from humans and animals is not a problem for the team. We have been called out to toilet blocks, prisons (dirty protests), and cleared public monuments and spaces of animal droppings too.

With extreme cleaning we are regularly required to attend crime or accident scenes. We have worked on traumas, suicides and undiscovered deaths too. We are fully certified and licenced and have the relevant equipment in order for us to be able to carry out our work to the highest standers. What’s more, we use environmentally friendly cleaning products exclusively.

Safety First
The priority for us is safety when it comes to deep and extreme cleans. We do everything possible to ensure the safety of our team when executing the work and the state of the property after we've finished, so that it can be used safely again. If you think we may be able to help, then get in touch freephone on 0800 410 1086.

 

We talk a lot about the importance of checking that your waste removal professionals are fully certified to be handling your waste and will dispose of it in a legal and environmentally friendly way. We've seen a lot of stories in local media in the past few weeks that show exactly why we are so concerned about illegal waste removal.  The welfare of our environment is very important to us, which is why we recycle whenever we can, but we also care about our clients and don’t want to see them being ripped off or worse!

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Ask to See a Licence

A man from Soham, Cambridgeshire last week was ordered to pay almost £3,000 in fines and court costs as he was found guilty of profiting from scrap metal and carrying controlled waste without a Waste Carriers Licence. Anybody that transports or sells unwanted scrap metal is required by law to register with the Environmental Agency and purchase a licence which costs around £150 and lasts for 3 years. If you are found handling this type of waste without a licence you are liable for a hefty penalty.


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People that offer to take away rubbish for a small price or even for free make their money illegally. The way that this man made money was by selling the metal to scrap yards, however not all individuals can make profit from selling on materials they are offering to remove. If this is the case, often the waste is dumped in public spaces.

 

Fly TippingYour Waste is Traceable

In a particularly distressing case, one man found himself at the centre of a flytipping incident involving the possessions of his recently deceased Father. The man gave up the belongings to two people working on behalf of the British Heart Foundation, requesting that they be recycled. The unsaleable items were agreed to be disposed of for £150. The two BHF workers gave the items to an unlicensed individual who then dumped them in a forest. Mr Locker, working for the BHF, has since lost his job working for the charity and was ordered to pay just under £500 in fines for using illegal waste removal services.

"It could be you who ends up in court"

Due to the fact that the unlicensed person could not be traced, it was Mr Locker who was charged as he failed to check for proper documentation. A spokesperson for the local environmental services said:

“This should be a lesson to all residents, there are unscrupulous people out there who will take away your rubbish and dump it illegally […] if they cannot be found and the rubbish is traced back to you, it could be you who ends up in court”.

Safe & Legal

It is important to keep in mind the effects that using unlicensed waste carriers can have on the environment, but also the risks that you put yourself under if flytipped waste is traced back to you. ALWAYS ask to see a Waste Carriers Licence to ensure that your rubbish is being handled safely and legally. Clearance and Clean Up are a fully licenced company and are capable of removing any waste you need taking care of. Get in touch if you think we can help!

 

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Sources:
http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/news/149442.aspx
http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/10612231.Charity_driver_admits_fly_tipping_offence_after_dead_man_s_items_dumped/

It’s perhaps a natural assumption that you can send your old and unused electrical and electronic goods to a landfill site, however it is actually illegal to do this. Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) is harmful to the environment and if not disposed of correctly can potentially release harmful toxins. Due to the guidelines listed in the WEEE Directive and other such schemes a certain amount of electrical and electronic appliances must be recycled or reused each year. Manufacturers and distributors have responsibilities for arranging disposal of goods no longer in use, but users have a responsibility for their own waste too.

When should you Arrange a Collection?

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If you see this image anywhere on your equipment, then you should not send it to landfill, instead arrange for collection or proper disposal. The black bar at the bottom of the image shows that the equipment has been manufactured after August 2005 when the WEEE directive was first established. The initiatives put in place regarding correct EEE waste disposal are excellent  as they encourage manufacturers to make it easier for consumers to recycle or discard old EEE.

There are lots of different materials involved in electrical equipment such as glass, metal, plastics etc. The list of hazardous metals and materials is also long (for example arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury can all be found in household appliances) and it is for this reason that WEEE removal is a specialist service.

What we can Do for You
Clearance and Clean Up offer a fully WEEE compliant collection service. We collect, dispose and where possible, recycle all of your electrical/electronic waste. We are certified to take away almost anything that you need removing, but here is a list of EEE that we regularly remove on behalf of our clients:

If you are unsure whether or not we are able to take your appliances, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We most likely can help you out!

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Our complete service includes:

The great weather we've been having means that we’re all able to get out and about to parks and other public spaces. Summertime is prime time for children to be able to go and explore the outdoors too. Unfortunately, there is no shortage of news stories concerning discarded needles and sharp objects, and while we can’t wrap our families up in cotton wool we at least need to be aware of the dangers. We thought we’d highlight some of the incidents from around the country that have happened in recent weeks.

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Children Particularly at Risk

Often with needles and sharps, occurrences are isolated to specific areas rather than a widespread distribution (although you should be wary at all times). A housing estate in Wigan has been hit with a spate of drug related activities, and 20 syringes were found in a small wood next to the estate. Children and animals have been put at risk, and so the police in conjunction with the local council have worked to discourage people from meeting there. This is only a temporary solution of course, but it is good that steps have been taken to improve the situation.

Recent Incidents
Needles can cause serious infection, and there have been numerous incidents within the last few months that serve as reminders of how much of a threat they pose. A council worker in Sunderland is currently waiting on test results after pricking himself on a needle hidden inside a toilet roll holder, whilst cleaning the public toilets. He has been tested for HIV, Hepatitis A and B. In Reading two weeks ago a young boy stepped on a hypodermic needle that was lying on the grass. He and his family face an agonizing 3 month wait for test results too. The danger is serious, and innocent people can suffer serious consequences through no fault of their own. In County Durham alone there was 179 used needles found in 2012. This is unacceptable and more steps need to be taken to both prevent needles being dropped and clean up ones that are.

Awareness Schemes
In Carmarthenshire, South Wales an initiative has been set up in order to educate residents about the dangers of discarded needles. Community safety officers will be patrolling needle “hotspots” with special equipment to be able to safely remove sharp objects. Residents are also encouraged to call the local council should they spot any dangerous materials. Under no circumstances should you attempt to move or dispose of needles yourself. Schemes like this are an excellent way to raise awareness and reduce accidents in the community.

We can Help
We offer a needles and sharps removal service, whereby our specially trained team operates safely using appropriate equipment. Take a look at our post on needles and sharps removal for an idea of how we tackle sharp objects, and remember to always call professionals if you come across any hazardous objects. NEVER try to move them yourself.

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Sources:
http://www.wigantoday.net/news/local/discarded-needles-pose-real-danger-to-children-1-5922096
http://www.southwalesguardian.co.uk/news/10548471.Battle_against_discarded_needles/?ref=nt
http://www.getreading.co.uk/news/local-news/anxious-wait-family-after-eight-year-old-5596700
http://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/crime/council-cleaner-s-hiv-test-wait-after-drug-needle-stab-in-sunderland-toilets-1-5901925?

One of the more dangerous aspects to our work is our needles and sharps removal service. Often found discarded in public places, they can pose a serious threat not only to wildlife, but also children and unsuspecting adults. It is extremely unsafe for you to go near such items, let alone attempt to clear them yourself. We are trained and certified in handling hazardous waste, so let us explain why our service is so important.

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Careful Process
If we suspect that a property or area that we are working on contains sharp objects or needles, we will survey the surroundings before we start work. This enables us to prepare ourselves with the correct attire and equipment in advance. We will then proceed with caution as we remove all unsafe items.  We sterilise and fumigate the affected location after we have cleared the site in order to make it safe for occupation. All needles/sharps/medical wastes are destroyed legally and safely at licensed stations.

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Safe Disposal
All of our work is carried out with the highest of care and attention, and we operate under strict and structured guidelines to ensure that objects are not only removed carefully, but disposed of in a safe and sanitary manner. Our team is fully trained and able to carry out their jobs at the highest level of safety and to the best standard possible.  We will provide official documents as proof of disposal and all of our work is completely transparent.

Reasonable Pricing
Due to the hazardous nature of removing needles and sharps, many companies will charge extortionate prices to cover the risks involved. Clearance and Clean Up recognise how vital it is for dangerous paraphernalia to be removed quickly, and we aim to make it as affordable as possible to return safety to public places. The removal and disposal of needles and sharps starts at £85.00 and we operate in the Yorkshire area. This picture was taken at a recent clearance in Bentley – the needles had been thrown from a public walkway into a car park:

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After a tentative start, I think it’s fair to say that summer has officially arrived. Those of us landlocked in west and south Yorkshire will no doubt be making a few trips to the seaside over the coming weeks, but a recent story caught our eye that we thought important to share with you.

Mess on the Beach
As you’re out and about it’s important to think about what you’re going to do with your litter. The aftermath of the sunniest weekend of the year resulted in tonnes of litter strewn across beaches up and down the country with Brighton beach (a notoriously busy beach) suffering particularly badly.

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Unsightly & Dangerous
Thousands of people enjoying the sun flocked to the coasts to cool off in the sea, however locals didn't have quite as much fun when they saw the carnage left behind by tourists. It’s only when you see the mess left on the beach that you realise just how unsightly, annoying and potentially hazardous it can be. If any of that rubbish finds its way into the sea, it could be dangerous to the sea life. It takes no effort to take a designated carrier bag along with you to easily transport your waste with you as you leave.

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Refuse Strikes
Speaking of Brighton, as a city they’re having a tough time dealing with waste removal at the moment as many of their refuse collectors are striking for a second time over disputes about pay. Household waste collection and street cleaning will cease for a week as staff are unhappy that their wages will be cut by an average of £1,000 per year. In some cases this could be as much as £4,000.

Volunteers to Help
The litter left on beaches may be left to volunteers to clean, as the local newspaper has called for help. Last year around 60 volunteers helped to clear up the famous beach, and with refuse collectors on strike it may be left solely the generosity and hard work of locals that the area is kept tidy. We’d come and give you a hand guys, but we've got our hands full up in Yorkshire! We do offer a litter picking service though, so if you're a little closer to home and you have any public or private spaces that require cleaning, don't hesitate to get in touch!

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Sources:

http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/10548062.Brighton_and_Hove_beaches_left_in_a_mess_after_hot_weekend/

http://www.brightonandhovenews.org/2013/06/18/brighton-and-hove-binmen-to-strike-again-next-week/21956

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2362875/UK-Weather-Blazing-temperatures-school-holidays-Britain-continues-sizzle-week-hottest-far.html

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