Current Vacancies at Mardon Recycling

Field Service Engineer/Fitter

Mardon Recycling Machinery Ltd are a well-established Waste and Recycling Equipment business based in the UK, which has an outstanding reputation and works with some of the leading organisations throughout both the UK and Europe. We are currently expanding our organisation and are now seeking several Field Service Engineers, based in Oxfordshire, Milton Keynes, Birmingham, Manchester and/or surrounding areas.

Attributes

Candidates will be highly motivated individuals, effective communicators and strong team players. You will have a flexible and positive approach to your role in order to achieve company objectives and maximise performance. You must be able to demonstrate your ability to work competently and accurately under pressure. You must be able to work in a team but also be capable of working under own initiative and be a strong communicator. You will need to have a good general level of health and fitness for the demands of the role.  It is essential that applicants be from a service engineering background accustomed to repairing, servicing and refurbishing recycling machinery.

Key Tasks and responsibilities:

  • You must be willing to travel to carry out service/repair and maintenance work at customer sites to reduce machine downtime.
  • Ensuring that machines are repaired quickly and efficiently but most importantly working correctly and safely
  • You will be required to install and decommission the machinery and train operatives on the safe use of the equipment (you shall receive full training prior to you attending sites).
  • To liaise with members of staff, customers and suppliers at all levels.
  • Understand and comply with Health & Safety, Quality Procedures, Company Policies and all other areas of compliance.
  • You will be competent at producing risk assessments and method statements for internal records and for customers.

Qualifications/ Skills required:

  • Qualified/Experienced hands on Field Service Engineer/Fitter.
  • Mechanical, Hydraulics and Welding experience required.
  • Forklift counterbalance License an advantage, but training can be arranged.
  • Full clean driving license.
  • Computer literate organised and possess good communication skills.

Job Specifics:

  • Must be flexible with working hours (40+ hours per week)
  • Salary depending on experience
  • Overtime available
  • Company pension
  • Mobile phone
  • Company van and sat nav
  • Up to 25 days holiday (loyalty incentive) + bank holidays

No Agency’s please.

Trojan fully auto balers – ready for dispatch

The first of a large order of our Trojan fully auto balers are ready for dispatch. These are fitted with retractable perforators to efficiently process PET. MARDON worked closely with the client to supply the specific machine from our vast range to suit their requirements. Designed to need minimum maintenance the Trojan fully autos are designed with innovation in mind!

Can Mardon take you to a higher level?

Innovative waste and recycling solutions

At Mardon our team have innovative solutions for your company to effectively manage any type of waste streams. Our most recent installation was at Ralawise in Wrexham where they have just opened the first phase of their brand new state of the art distribution centre.

Their problem: How to manage cardboard waste from four levels.

Our solution: We supplied one of our Trojan 60 XL’s with a bespoke four level feed chute system.

Gary Clibery of Ralawise says “Mardon came up with the ideal solution and the installation went well with no issues, very simple to use and a great savings of man hours already. A really good investment. Thank you to the Mardon team.”

So if you need a solution for your waste problem, give us a call on: 0800 587 3028 or send us an email to sales@mardongroup.co.uk we will have a solution for you!!!

Mardon Ongoing Progress Update

IMG_0768We have grown into one of the major suppliers of waste handling equipment in the UK. Mardon is an ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 accredited company with a good reputation within the recycling and waste disposal industry. One of Mardon’s main focuses is our commitment to our customers which is under constant development.

The ongoing challenge for Mardon is to maintain our comprehensive and efficient service that minimises ‘downtime’, in the event of equipment failure, and allow our customers to continue their business operations with minimum disruption. Our team of reliable, experienced and factory trained service engineers offer a full range of installation, training, repairs, parts and servicing anywhere throughout the UK.

Our engineers are on a continuous training plan to meet the ever changing industry standards including SPA Passport Training for the Food Hygiene Compliance. We are able to provide all the necessary health and safety paperwork i.e. risk assessments and method statements. It is our continued intention to recruit additional engineers to meet our ever growing demand. Mardon has recently replaced some of our service vehicles with new for old, and we currently have more on order, improving reliability and enhancing our capability to meet service demands throughout the UK. (Please see pictures below).

We are currently setting up the use of an established internet based management system, that will give our service team direct access all customer data within seconds, enabling rapid response and resolution of equipment failure, adding new services and sites, modifying service schedules and answering account and service enquiries. All information, including the ability for customers to log call outs and view the ETA for engineers visits, will be readily accessed and viewed via a ‘customer portal’ which means our customers have greater control. Mardon are very excited to announce these new developments and hope you will be too.

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When deciding to purchase a baler – why choose Mardon Balers?

balers_waste_1EXTENSIVE RANGE

We have an extensive range of balers and other products to suit your needs.

COMPLIANT

All machinery is CE Marked and compliant with H & S specifications.

COMPETITIVE

We are proud of our competitive pricing and various finance options.

FLEET

We have our own rental fleet.

QUALIFIED

We have a team of highly qualified, factory trained field service engineers.

COVERAGE

We provide service and maintenance throughout the UK.

Give the team a call today to discuss your waste and recycling requirements on: 0800 587 3028

A cardboard baler – the small investment with the big return

Save money

Businesses pay to dispose their plastic and cardboard waste, with landfill sites charging approximately £80 for a tonne of waste.  Recycling your cardboards and plastics could not only see a noticeable reduction in landfill charges, fuel and transportation costs, but Government initiatives to get green and save the environment have produced a flurry of cash incentives encouraging businesses to recycle.  Your business may be eligible for recycling related tax credits and landfill tax reductions – check out the Annual Investment Allowance (AIA); an allowance that sees a return of your entire expenditure on qualifying recycling items – this could include a vertical, horizontal or mill-size baler.  And if that wasn’t incentive enough, recycling companies may even offer a rebate on the value of the material.

Save time and energy

Long gone are the days of flattening cardboard boxes by hand or foot, precariously piling them on top of each other until somebody finds time to load them into a van and make numerous trips to a tip! Feed your boxes to a vertical or horizontal baler, and spend your time and energy more productively, while the baler works hard to produce a convenient and compact bale!

Save the environment

As if the financial rewards aren’t tempting enough, the positive effect baling has on our environment is worth remembering.  Every year the UK alone produces over 8 million tonnes of cardboard for packaging.  It takes 17 trees to produce one tonne of new cardboard boxes. There are a limited number of trees on the earth, they provide oxygen, shade and habitats. If we can avoid chopping trees down to make new cardboard boxes – we should! The actual process of making boxes is environmentally damaging, using chemicals known to deplete the ozone.  Recycling one tonne of paper, rather than producing new, uses 7 000 fewer gallons of water; it saves 35% of the water pollution; it saves 70% of the air pollution; it uses 4 100 KWH less energy and saves 390 gallons of oil.

So turn your cardboard into cash, and curtail your carbon footprint – call Mardon to discuss your baling options!

CHOOSING THE BEST BALER FOR THE JOB

Although there are a wide variety of balers, almost all of them fall into one of two main categories:  vertical or horizontal – each with its own advantages. Mardon provide an extensive range of balers, but which is best for your business? Here’s what we think you need to know before making your choice.

Vertical balers compress waste materials using a vertical downward force.  Waste such as cardboard, plastics, or foam are distributed into a chamber that, once filled, is closed and rammed downwards to crush and compact the waste. The process is repeated until the chamber is full of condensed materials, wire is dispensed and tied to create a bale, and the bale is ejected from the machine. Quick and easy!

Size: vertical balers are much smaller than horizontal balers so less ‘staging’ space is required. This allows a vertical baler to be used anywhere a horizontal baler can, but also in places where a large horizontal baler might be impractical, such as hospitality and entertainment venues, supermarkets and retail shops, and restaurants. Some of the larger vertical balers, such as the 60” and 72” categories, do require extra ceiling height, but many can operate under an 8 foot ceiling.

Diversity:  there is a vertical baler to process almost every sort of recyclable waste – from paper to non-ferrous metals.  If your business produces enough waste, of any type, to consider a baler give us a call for some expert advice.

Cost: due to their size and running costs, vertical balers tend to be a little cheaper than their horizontal sisters.

Horizontal balers process waste differently to vertical balers. Recyclable materials are distributed into a hopper, when the hopper is full a ram from the side compresses the material, until the bale is complete. The bale is tied with wire and ejected from baler.

Horizontal balers have a few advantages of their own …

Volume: by and large, horizontal balers can process a higher volume of bales, and often larger in size, than vertical balers.

Consistency: horizontal balers produce bales that are consistent in size and weight, making them easier to store.

Convenience: horizontal balers can be used with in-ground or above-ground conveyor belts, shredders, and air systems, and often require less manpower to operate.

Ask yourself… which baler best suits my business?

How many bales will we produce on a daily basis? This is an important factor. Vertical balers are usually the best option for businesses producing eight to 10 bales a day. Horizontal balers should be considered for operations creating a higher volume.

How much space do I have?  Consider the height of your premises’ ceilings, and the amount of floor space available, not only for storing and operating the machine, but also in the event that the baler requires servicing.

What’s the budget?  Cost is always a consideration with any business purchase.

Remember, Mardon sell, lease and hire new and reconditioned balers of all types so don’t let cost get in the way of using the best for your business. Give the Sales Team at Mardon a call on 01769 572191 to discuss the options!

HEALTH & SAFETY MADE EASY

Protect your employees and your business with these baling safety tips …

Whether you use a vertical or horizontal cardboard baler, a mill size baler or a compactor, here are some simple steps you can take to protect your employees and impress any Health & Safety Inspector.

SSOW
Employers are required by law to implement and record SSOW – Safe Systems of Work – also known as safety procedures, method statements, health & safety practices etc. Basically, detailed instructions given to employees to enable them to work safely.

SSOW are particularly important if your employees work with hazardous materials or machinery. The process should be pain-free and, once in place, easy to implement and monitor. Here’s how…

1. Carry out a risk assessment

Identify: What might harm people? What are the risks: electrical, physical, ergonomic?
Evaluate: What’s needed to eliminate risk? Training, access to instruction manuals, protective clothing, etc.

Implement: Carry out training, issue clothing, book a regular machine inspection, display signs, etc.

Monitor: Maintain records of training and inspection dates, keep an incident log, etc.
Review: Is the plan working? Have there been any accidents? Why? Do you need to revaluate?

2. Print and display signs

This is easy, effective and impressive. Consider some or all of the following, depending on your risk assessment results:

  • No Smoking
  • Do not climb in
  • Dangerous machinery
  • Confined space
  • Do not remove guards
  • Only trained and authorised personnel to use this machine

Display a list of trained/authorised employees and, for extra brownie points, the date of training.

3. Basic training for operators

as well as demonstrating and teaching operation of the machinery, according to the manufacturers’ guidelines, encourage operators to follow these rules – have them read and sign a rules sheet, so you can produce evidence to show the steps taken to safeguard your employees:

1. Check work area for hazards, such as spillages or obstructions.
2. Wear protective clothing: glasses, gloves and steel toe capped boots.
3. Follow manufacturer’s operating instructions and safety procedures.
4. Inspect the baler to ensure no obvious defects, broken locks or tags.
5. Keep all liquids away from the controls.
6. Never load unauthorised materials or objects into the baler.
7. Stand away from the baler during compaction.
8. Take care when using baling wire, ensure cut end faces down. Keep all cutting tools away from the baler.
9. Prevent injury to back, legs and feet by taking care while unloading bales, requesting assistance or a pallet when necessary. And follow the health and safety rules for moving and lifting heavy loads,
10. After operation, clean the baler, the floor area and remove the key from the baler’s switch.

Of course, best practices will vary from one business to another, and you’ll make sure your SSOW suits the individual needs of yours, but if you require any expert advice regarding the safe stationing and operation of your baler, please give Jen at Mardon a call – we’re here to help keep your employees safe, and your inspectors happy!

Useful links:

http://www.hse.gov.uk/risk/

http://www.hse.gov.uk/pUbns/priced/pm66.pdf

TOP TIPS FOR A TIP-TOP BALER

A cardboard baler is a valuable business asset and will be used frequently. To keep your baler in tip-top condition here are our top five maintenance tips …

1) Keep it clean

A clean baler is a happy baler, so a daily dust down is worthwhile. Simply, use a cloth to remove any dirt or grease build-up on your baler, especially around the control system.

On a weekly basis your baler will benefit from a deeper clean. Grab a pressure washer, find a few old rags and remember to unplug your baler before you begin! Only use the pressure washer to clean the inside chamber, you don’t want to get the baler’s electronics wet! Put the old rags to use and give it some good-old fashioned elbow grease.

2) Check the oil

Correct oil levels ensure stable operation. Every time you clean the inside chamber you’d be wise to check the oil and hydraulic fluid levels. You can refer to the ‘best level’ markings on the tank, if the fluid needs a top up we recommend you use a 100 mesh strainer – it’s the best strainer for the job.

The oil should only require a complete change once every two years. If your baler is situated in a particularly dusty or dirty place, you may need to change it more frequently.

Oil temperature is important – if the oil is too warm, you’ve got a sleepy baler. If you want to keep your baler in a good mood, try to ensure fluid temperature doesn’t exceed 180o Fahrenheit.

Take a look at the cylinder rod. It’s standard to see a thin layer of oil on the rod, but if there’s excess oil it’s likely the cylinder seals need replacing. Leaks are most commonly caused by improper tightening or placement of fittings. If you discover and remedy leaks at an early stage, you will avoid serious damage to the hydraulic system.

3) Inspect and maintain parts

Blockages, wear and damage can be easily spotted and quickly remedied before more serious problems are incurred. Keep a regular check on parts such as the pump, filter, wear pads, cylinder seals and valves. Mardon stock a range of parts and consumables – just give Jen a call for advice!

4) Lubricate

Easy and obvious! Lubricate hinges, latches and gate guides to keep them operating smoothly.

5) Servicing & full cover

Consider our regular servicing options. Whatever your requirements – be it use of our fully maintained cover, or assistance on an ad-hoc basis – from scheduled service visits to emergency call outs – our qualified team at Mardon are here to help!

Mardon are helping to protect the Children of Ashleigh School, Barnstaple in Devon

We are honored to sponsor the Need 2 Know Education who raise support for the Children’s Safety Education Foundation.  They fight to provide all school children, across the nation, with the knowledge and understanding to make more informed decisions in relation to the dangers of drugs, alcohol, bullying and their general safety, whether they are out and about with their friends or at home, where it is assumed, they are safe from danger!

Mardon are very proud of this charity and this is the second year we have sponsored them.  The thing we love the most is that although the charity is supporting schools all over the UK, we can pick a school close to our hearts if we wish.  The majority of us have young children here at Mardon, so we can support various local schools close to different team members heart each year.

Here is just a snap shot of what the Children’s Safety Education Foundation has to say

“It may surprise you to learn that every week in the United Kingdom, 40,000 children and young people are taken to A&E, over 2,000 are admitted and sadly 13 will not recover from their injuries. Many of those incidents should never have happened and could have been avoided. We passionately believe that ‘prevention is better than cure’.

Our children are the future of our nation and it is their right to be kept safe in a world that continually presents new threats and dangers, and as parents, teachers and carers, it is our duty to provide the guidance they require.

Since we launched, thanks to like-minded individuals/ organisations such as yours, we have been able to influence the safety awareness behaviour in over one million children. This success has been down to the decisions made by people like you.”

So, if like Mardon, you would like to help protect the children of our nation, or simply read more about Children’s Safety Education Foundation…….

Website: www.csef.net                    

Telephone Number: 0844 8467899

Our first ever Mardon Baby!

Love has certainly been in the air here at Mardon this February, and we don’t just mean our love of balers! Our accounts assistant Shar, who got engaged to her long term partner late last year, has announced that they are also having a baby!  For Mardon this is a really exciting piece of news as this will be the first baby born to one of our team….our first ever Mardon Baby!

So if you have any baby name suggestions, we’d love to hear them, and to start you off….how about…Mardon?!  Baby Mardon is due to arrive in the middle of July and we can’t wait…although we will miss Shar whilst she takes her maternity leave, we also wish her and Fiance, Rob, all the very best.

Due to Shar’s lovely news, we are now seeking a PERMANENT PART TIME ACCOUNTS ASSISTANT”  So if you know anyone who has an approachable and friendly personality, effective communication, is a strong team player and has a flexible and positive approach to the role in order to achieve company objectives, please read more to find out how to apply…..

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TURN YOUR CARDBOARD WASTE INTO CASH!

Rampack-R100-copyDid you know, cardboard waste has become so valuable cardboard crooks have targeted UK businesses making off with hundreds of pounds worth of recycling?

No longer is scrap metal the waste industry’s only sought after money-maker. Increases in the price of cardboard means baling and selling it can be financially rewarding, with some recycling companies offering revenue per tonne…

A tonne of cardboard sounds like a lot, but it’s amazing how quickly a small business such as a restaurant, shop or warehouse can produce this. The key is to store it efficiently, so that space and contamination does not become an issue while the cardboard accumulates, and the answer is baling!

A baler is a sound investment, and Mardon Recycling Ltd have options that make baling and selling cardboard waste financially viable for any business. For those who hank after the latest launches in fine machinery, we have brand new vertical & horizontal balers, compactors, plus more! For the developing business wanting to see cash go further, our second-hand refurbished machines are fully serviced and in tip-top condition – all available to lease, hire or purchase, and with additional advantages such as free advice, well-priced consumables, servicing and full cover.

Although lease and hire schemes can be an affordable way to bale, and an innovative way to test money-making potential, outright purchase is worth a thought. Now is the time to take advantage of the HMRC incentive of the Annual Investment Allowance (AIA). In April 2014 the AIA increased, and you can claim your entire expenditure on qualifying items, up to £500,000.00, reducing your tax bill!

Another tantalising tax reduction tip, is to check the amount of landfill tax your business may incur every year. According to the UK Environmental Agency, approximately two-thirds of landfill waste is biodegradable matter from households and industry. When waste decomposes in landfill sites it produces potent methane gases potentially harmful to the environment, naturally the government are keen to tackle this. The Gov.uk website advises  ‘You can get tax credits if you send waste from landfill to be recycled, incinerated or reused.’, and with the standard rate for disposing of waste at landfill at £80.00 per tonne, there is money to be saved, and made, via the alternative route of  baling and recycling.

Let’s not forget the economical benefits … recycling one tonne of cardboard saves over 240 cubic feet of landfill space. It takes 17 trees to produce one tonne of new cardboard boxes. Recycling one tonne of paper, rather than producing new, uses 7,000 fewer gallons of water, saves 35% of the water pollution, 70% of the air pollution, uses 4100 KWH less energy, and saves 390 gallons of oil.

So if carbon-footprint isn’t reason alone to recycle your cardboard, consider the financial benefits  … don’t allow the cardboard box bandits to reap all the rewards! 

Recycling Equipment – Lease or Purchase?

Now here’s a question. When it comes to recycling equipment do you lease or do you buy? What is the best option? And what is best for your business?

Of course I think this depends on how much waste you (as a company) generate versus how much you are willing to spend on recycling equipment.

I suppose there are pros and cons to both leasing and purchasing items and there are many businesses out there that offer rental and purchasing and many industries who do either or.

Leasing or renting waste management or recycling equipment does allow you to free up working capital for use in other areas of the business. Also seeing as this company offer flexible lease and rental packages and contracts that are tailored to your requirements: either annual rolling, three or five year contracts they do seem like quite bespoke arrangements.

Also hire purchase does spread the cost over a longer period, releasing cash flow. Again, a good point.

They have comprehensive maintenance packages available and a complete range of waste management equipment.

All valid, all good points indeed.

At Mardon they offer a comprehensive maintenance package too, and not just on equipment bought from Mardon. The qualified team of service engineers don’t only look after their own balers and waste compactors, they can look after other recycling equipment too. From one-off overhauls to regular scheduled service visits, break-downs or even complete machine refurbishment, Mardon’s competitive pricing makes them a simple solution. They do emergency call outs and fully maintained cover, which is brilliant if and when you’re in a bit of a sticky situation.

There are also many options to choose from at Mardon, too, from hiring to buying.

If you are contemplating obtaining a new piece of recycling equipment, Mardon have many finance options to suit any customers’ needs.

First is Outright Purchase. If money is no problem then you could opt for an outright purchase and with the HMRC incentive of Annual Investment Allowance (AIA). The AIA means that you can claim your entire expenditure on qualifying items, up to £500,000.00, against this allowance, thus reducing your tax bill. I mean, that’s good business sense no?

Second is Lease. For a lot of businesses it makes financial sense to use a Finance Company and Lease new equipment.  This not only saves your capital and improves your cash flow for other essential business expenses such as stock, wages, advertising and so on, but the monthly payments you make are treated like rental payments which are an allowable business expense.  Therefore if your business is making profits you could reduce the amount of profit by the amount of the rentals you pay each year which in turn reduces your tax bill.

And the last option is Hire/Rent. Depending on whether you are looking for a new or a refurbished machine, Mardon also have the ability to offer a hire/rental package to suit your needs. With their own fleet of machines on the books they are capable of offering short or long term hire/rental packages.

I suppose the main factors here are money and how much waste is generated. Picking up the phone and speaking to one of the team at Mardon will help no end in getting that decision made. And in the long run, so long as you are minimising waste with recycling equipment, both Hiring/Leasing and Buying are the better options than doing nothing at all.

Why Waste Management is Important in Business

According to Southwark Council here in London it is estimated that waste production can cost your business up to 4% of turnover, increasing to as high as 10% in some companies, which is huge when you think about it.

By implementing a good waste management plan, your business can really make huge savings as recycling truly is one of the easiest actions a business can begin in order to reduce its carbon footprint and impact on the environment.

By taking steps to reduce waste a business can save money on supplies, conserve natural resources and energy, reduce current waste disposal costs and fight against increased disposal costs in the future, give customers what they want: “green” products and environmentally conscious businesses (this helps us all sleep a little better at night, I know I do when I know I’ve done everything just so, doing my bit for the environment as and when I can), avoid adding to the environmental burden caused by producing and disposing of unnecessary materials, boost employee morale by giving staff members an opportunity to work together on an environmental project and reduce the risk of future liability associated with the disposal of solid wastes.

The most direct way to cut your disposal costs is with source reduction: that is, by reducing the amount of waste your business produces, investing in a baler or compactor would seem to me to be the easiest solution, cutting down how much waste your business produces literally, by squishing it all together nice and neatly.

All waste sent to landfill becomes subject to landfill tax but by sending more of your waste for recycling you don’t have to pay this, simple as that.   Taxes are going up and up every year and in 2014 the landfill tax is £80 per tonne.  This tax is on top of standard collection costs? No. Recycling your waste will save you money.

There are so many environmental benefits to recycling your business waste. Less waste in landfill frees up land for other uses and reduces the production of those greenhouse gases (like methane) we know cause so much damage.

Recycling saves raw materials and energy.  Recycling just one glass bottle saves enough energy to light a 15 watt low energy efficient bulb (equivalent to a 100 watt normal bulb) for 24 hours. Pretty cool huh?

Being aware – as a business – of environment issues is the done thing now, and so it should be. Complying with the proper rules and regulations gives business the opportunity to promote their environmentally friendly practices to customers. This in turn could attract new business as well as keeping old friends and customers on side.

Most of your employees will be recycling at home. Studies have shown that recycling is important to people who want to protect the environment, and so employees are increasingly looking to their employers to recycle their waste and do their bit for the environment. To take this from home to work would be the cherry on top of the cake of a productive working environment.

So you see, the benefits are many, and though I am an advocate in recycling, I think quite rightly so. It is about time things change and we begin to take responsibility for the waste we produce.

The many uses of baling wire

rewound coilsBaling wire has been around for many years. In fact, it first came into existence in the 1800s, pioneered by the agricultural industry. Nowadays, it is an essential tool for many businesses and industries thanks to its strength, malleability and versatility for a wide range of jobs on worksites. And in fact, thanks to the glory of life hacks, it has so many more uses than we originally thought. But I’ll get to that…

In layman’s terms baling wire is a type of wire that is used in either an agricultural or industrial setting for anything and everything from mending fences to manually binding a bale of hay, straw, or cut grass. It is also used to bind together condensed cardboard, textiles, aluminium and other materials that are processed in the recycling industry. Hence why I am drawing your attention to it today.

It’s this stuff …

Baling wire is also commonly used in many non-industrial/agricultural ways, usually in an informal, make-do and mend kind of way. It is one of the basic repair materials and as such is used for a huge range of things. Typical uses range from supporting loose mufflers to patching chain-link fences. Baling wire is a pretty ad hoc, fix-anything kind of material, and falls in the same realms as chewing gum, duct tape and the cable tie.

So! Back to those lifehacks I was talking about. Baling wire is actually number 8 on the greatest tools of all times list, how’s about that? Here is a brilliant list of all the stuff you can use it for.

  1. Getting your keys back. Combine a length of bailing wire with a chewed up piece of gum to get back that pesky key that fell through the grate.
  2. Chum tie. Grind up your bait fish in a big milk jug and freeze it with a length of bailing wire sticking through it. Then cut off the plastic and hang it off the back of your boat. Hey presto, a fishes chummy dream!
  3. Wrench holder. String all your box end wrenches and hook the wire ends together.
  4. Socket holder. Same as above.
  5. Fish stringer. Inside the gill out the mouth.
  6. Wire fisher. Hook it on your coax cable and you can fish it through nearly anything.
  7. Toasted marshmallows! Poke it on and find a fire.
  8. Music. Combine a length with an empty bucket and a broom handle. Makeshift instrument, thanks.
  9. Fastener. It will hold nearly anything that is just a bit too hot for duct tape.
  10. Lid protector. Attach your rubbish bin lid to one side of the can and – if it’s a particularly windy season and you have those black bins with the lids that everyone hates – the wind won’t blow it away.

Those are just a few uses that google has told me about, and I’m sure there are plenty more besides. Baling wire – not just for tying recycled waste together (although it’s really good at that too).

The Rubbish Diet – Can the average person lead a zero waste lifestyle?

That’s  the  question,  isn’t  it?  Can  the  average  person  or  even  household  lead a zero waste lifestyle? Is it possible? And if so, how?

I do think about this quite often, I have to admit. Because every can, every latte, every flapjack or  Sainsbury’s  meal  deal  I  am  always left with the waste of. In London we are quite lucky, because  there  are  “plastic”,  “paper  and  card”  and “general waste” bins dotted around the place, so it is possible to still be conscious of recycling when not at home.

But we are human beings, and we produce a lot of waste. The average person is responsible for 592kg of waste each year. That’s eight of me! And trust me, the world does not need eight more of me.

In the UK each year we produce enough waste to fill Lake Windemere. I mean, that’s a lot. I’ve been there. It takes about ten minutes to drive down just one length of it.

I’m sure you’ve all read one fact or another about recycling and Carbon footprint, and have been made to feel sufficiently guilty about the whole thing, but I am not here to make you feel guilty. I am here to call you to action. Something genuinely must be done to reduce, or even eradicate the amount of waste we are producing. Why, when we can recycle most things and all food and garden waste is compostable, are we still producing so much waste?

A glass, plastic, and paper and cardboard bin and a compost bin are all it takes to drastically reduce the wastage of a household. But really leading a completely zero waste lifestyle does take a bit more effort. Buying food in bulk, to avoid lots of unnecessary packaging is one thing – this can easily be done with dried goods for the food store, and buying refillables is another clever  solution  –  with  coffee,  tea,  and  even  milk  this  is  easy.  Spending  a  little  more  time thinking about packaging and what you will do with the packaging of the product after it has been used, and then knowing where to put it afterwards is so important.

Honestly, the only two bits of advice I can give to you in order to lead a zero waste lifestyle are these. Shop consciously and separate waste properly. I am ready to do it, and so can you.

Zero Waste Week: How your business can get involved to help rethink waste and reduce landfills

Whether you are a small to medium enterprise, or even one of our bigger businesses, everyone could benefit from getting involved in Zero Waste Week and having a good hard rethink about how to reduce waste and reduce landfills.

This may sound very preachy, preachy, and that is not my intention at all, but as I have said in previous blogs, just being conscious and actively thinking about what, how and where is very important.  What  you  are  wasting  or  indeed  recycling.  How  you  are  reducing  your  carbon footprint and doing your bit for the environment and where you hope yourself, your business and indeed the world will be in the future. As a business owner, these are all things that must be considered, not each and every moment of the day, but at least sometimes – we cannot all live in the dark and ignore the effect our waste has on the world around us.

So! How can your business get involved to help rethink waste and reduce landfills eh? Well, there are many ways. Now, the most efficient way would be to buy balers and compactors from Mardon Recycling in order to drastically reduce the amount of waste your business produces and indeed recycle a great deal more in one sitting, but there are many other ways too.

Effective waste management can provide financial benefits for your company and improving your waste management can come with very real and noticeable cost-savings to boot.

One  particularly  good  example of a business who does think, does recycle, and is aware of their effect on the environment is another company I work for, namely Yelp. I went to their offices at 55 Baker Street (the most daunting building in all of London, I’d wager) the other week for a training session, and found it remarkable. Not only did they provide free food and juice  for  all  their  employees  (and  not  the  cheap  stuff  either!)  but  their  staff  kitchen  was immaculately laid out, with different types of recycling bins for anything you could imagine, a compost  bin,  plastic,  glass,  paper  –  all  the  things!  It  was  great  to  see  such  a big company actively  working  on  combating  waste  and  indeed  reducing  and  recycling  what  they could. Now, I don’t know if they had compactors, though I can’t imagine they did, but even so, it was impressive.

I  think  the  first  steps  are  really  rather  simple.  Supporting  the  Reduce,  Reuse,  Recycle campaign in the workplace, having a range of recycling bins in order to get employees thinking about what they are using and where it goes, and compacting everything to reduce the waste tax,  recycle  more  and  ultimately  both  save  money  and  the  environment.  Consciousness  is powerful, and self-awareness is sexy, and you want to be the powerful, sexy business … don’t you?

How Mardon Recycling supports a circular economy

Now I know what you’re thinking, what is a circular economy? Is it really as  simple  as  it sounds? Well, yes and no. Remember those diagrams we used to draw in geography? The pattern of evaporation, condensation, transpiration, precipitation and so on and so forth round and round and round it goes? Well that is kind of, in some way, what a circular economy is. Please bear with me here.

The  circular  economy  has deep rooted origins and cannot really be traced back to a single point  in  time.  We  currently,  in  everyday  life,  exist within the bounds of linear ‘take, make, dispose’ and that goes on and on, but it must have an ending point, this model for life relies on large, even endless quantities of resources which makes it ever more unsuitable to continue in this way. All fossil fuel quantities are finite, one day they will run out, and even so called ‘efficiency’, finding a way to reduce the amount of energy consumption per unit, will only delay the inevitable.

It is time something changed.

The circular economy, in essence is restorative, and aims to rely on renewable energy, which in  turn  will  minimise,  track  and  (we  hope)  eliminate  the  use  of  toxic  chemicals,  which ultimately eradicates waste through careful design.

This is where Mardon comes in. Their balers and compactors positively influence and support this circular economy model. Since the formation of Mardon in 2003, they have supplied their recycling machinery to some of the big boys, including Sainsbury’s, M&S and Nestle – if only everyone else would hurry up and jump on the bandwagon.

And the best part about Mardon is that they even offer nationwide maintenance and repair for their machinery, whether your recycling machinery has been supplied by Mardon Recycling or is  already  owned.  How  cool  is  that?  And  good  business  and  all.  I  guess  the  point  is  that although Mardon would obviously prefer businesses to buy from them (and they really are exceptional  quality,  so I mean, you should) but if you haven’t, you are not cast out into the wasteland of broken equipment, they are there to help, and all this is to add to the model of the circular economy.

Business reduction of cardboard, plastic bottle and glass waste through baling, compacting and then recycling means that Co2 emissions and a business’s Carbon footprint is massively reduced, at the same time as saving that business money.

The  circular  economy  is  not  new,  nor  is it nearly as prominent as it should be. Though we recycle, our levels of waste are as high as they have ever been, and we can only continue in this way for so long.

Mardon Recycling are pioneers in the field of waste reduction, and indeed are blazing the trail towards the future.

Discover a creative way to reuse your plastic bottles

If you type “creative ways to recycle your plastic bottles” into Google, so many hits come up. So many people have already thought about this. Pinterest and a range of other Blogspots are rife with ideas, simple and extravagant and though I don’t have any plastic bottles to upcycle right now, I intend to next time I acquire any!

From plastic bottle flowers, to LED lights, the possibilities are endless for what to do with your recycled bottles. You can make plant pots, Christmas trees, even chandeliers.

I’m  sure  you  all  know  that  plastic  is  one  of  the  most  popular  and  useful  materials  in contemporary  society.  Nearly  everything  is  made  of,  encased  in  or  covered  by  plastic. Its ceaseless popularity is part of the problem: we now use about 20 times more plastic than we did 50 years ago. But the thing is, with so many creative options out there we can optimise the lifespan of plastics by reusing and recycling items as many times as possible, and not just by chucking them in the recycling bin.

I think what is important is that so many people all over the world are jumping on this and going for it with gusto.

Design Rulz website: www.designrulz.com is one such pioneer. In a particularly interesting article, blog, whatever it may be, they pose the question: are you a fan of sustainable design? Well surely we are, and one such lesson is that plastic bottles are indeed a form of sustainable design.

One such designer, Michelle Brand “designed an aesthetic curtain most people would perceive to be waste or rubbish. The fabric is composed of plastic drinks bottle bases, which have been cut, sanded and then tagged together. When asked what kind of special material and craft she

applied  in her designs, she answered: “I use plastic drinks bottles in my designs. It is so much more  challenging to use an existing shape and material. My inspiration came from my method of enquiry  about  plastic  as a material. I deconstructed the material, rather than asked, “what can I make from plastic bottles?”. I applied my creative design, maker, and artistic skills to transform the overlooked into the beautiful. I would like to think that my designs are the Sex in the City of the reuse world!

 

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Isn’t it beautiful?

And I’m not saying you should go out there and instantly become a champion of sustainable design  and  turn  every  plastic  bottle  you come across into a sculpture or a lamp, but I am saying it’s possible, and in fact, really fun. To start with, why not cut the tops off and use some glass paint to colour some plastic bottles to assemble together as a swanky new newspaper rack? The kids will love it (and the big kid inside me loves it too).

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Recycling Etiquette

So I’d like to think that I am a recycler. I am. I am a person who recycles. And not even just the regular stuff either. I have a recycling bin, a general waste bin and a food and garden waste bin and I even have a kitchen caddy – you can’t get more recycling mad than that, can you? Especially not now it’s been made so much easier by many councils, so now I don’t have to separate glass and metal and paper and blah and instead it all goes into one handy bin and gets carted off each week by the lovely bin men.

 

But, am I an efficient recycler? And could I do more? Probably. And actually I am quite finickity about, oh, you know, everything, so I can’t think of anything I’d like more than an army of different bins all lined up shoulder to shoulder standing proudly in my kitchen. But I just don’t have the space, nor have I been properly briefed on recycling etiquette, and that’s what this blog is about. Together we shall learn the do’s and don’ts of recycling, and hopefully create a more harmonious world for all in doing so.

 

Services and facilities vary from separated waste collection (glass, plastic, newspaper etc) to a single kerbside “green box” which is so simple, and actually encourages (I think) more people to recycle: once you know what you can recycle, just chuck it all in one place and hey presto, you’re doing your bit for the environment! Unfortunately, we, dear people, are a little bit lazy, a little bit forgetful and often very busy – we want ease, and ease comes in the form of one box for all.

 

Now, the variation in recycling schemes is due to the following:

 

  1. Cost – it costs a lot to invest in new recycling facilities, so councils that are strapped for cash are happy to stick to the already established processes instead of implementing change.
  2. Targets – Of course recycling targets are weight-based, so the focus shifts onto heavier waste streams (glass, metal) at the expense of lighter plastics, which makes us look like we are doing more, when in fact, it isn’t the case
  3. Logistics – Collection can be problematic in rural (long distances between homes, scarcity of recycling facilities) and urban areas (limited space, tower blocks).
  4. No nationwide framework – Industry bodies, charities and campaign groups encourage best practice but there is still a lack of government guidance.

 

So what is the best way to recycle? And, indeed, is there a “best” way? Well, there are two common ways: “co-mingled” and “separate”.

 

Clearly, separating recyclables takes time, whereas “co-mingled” or “mixed waste” collections are easier for the householder, and boost overall recycling levels. Co-mingled kerbside collections reduce the number of trips householders make to recycling centres – however – to collect the material accepted in co-mingled schemes individually, kerbside collection lorries would need to be highly compartmentalised – but! Once this has been implemented co-mingled collections certainly become more energy-efficient.

 

On the other hand, costs increase as more collection and separation is required once your box has been taken away. And co-mingled waste leads to an increased risk of yucky contamination. Different types of material are in contact with each other, and a single kerbside box may result in us householders being less attentive when sorting stuff out, I know I’ve been known to not properly wash out or squash a thing before chucking it in the box. I’m guilty! I’m sorry, okay?!

 

But there is a nice and easy solution: the dual bag method which has been adopted by several local authorities. Powys County Council, for example, provide households with two bags – a red one for plastics and metal, a black one for paper, card and textiles. Partial separation makes the process more efficient for the council, without placing a burden on householders, which is quite cool and as long as you know which bag is which and what you can put in it, you’re good to go.

 

Now, for the two most important recycling rules, wash and squash!

1.     
Wash: Scrape out any food remains/pour away excess liquid and rinse the container just by using your washing-up water.

2.      Squash: Crush metal cans and squeeze plastic bottles flat to expel as much air as possible.

 

Doing this helps prevent contamination and reduces the volume of the recycling, meaning you can fit more into your box each week, making collections more energy efficient – and we all want to reduce our carbon footprint now don’t we?

 

And that’s that, really. The etiquette depends on where you’re living, but we should all be doing it, and actually we don’t have any excuse to not! So get recycling, people! Check out recycling provision in your area by visiting Recycle Now. If you are unsure, contact your local authority for details. Ask to speak to the Waste Minimisation Team or Recycling Officer and have all your questions answered. In the meantime, I’ll be making sure I wash and squash more, and who knows? I might even look into composting …

 

Blog By: Annie M