OFFICE OPENING TIMES
Please note that our offices will be closed for the Easter break from 5pm on Thursday 13th April through to Easter Monday inclusive.
|Thursday 13th April 2017||8.30AM-5PM|
|Friday 14th April 2017||CLOSED|
|Saturday 15th April 2017||CLOSED|
|Sunday 16th April 2017||CLOSED|
|Monday 17th April 2017||CLOSED|
|Tuesday 18th April 2017||8.30AM-5PM|
TRADE WASTE COLLECTIONS
Scheduled dustcart rounds will be running as usual on all days over the Easter break, including bank holidays.
|Thursday 13th April 2017||NORMAL SERVICE|
|Friday 14th April 2017||NORMAL SERVICE|
|Saturday 15th April 2017||NORMAL SERVICE|
|Sunday 16th April 2017||CLOSED|
|Monday 17th April 2017||NORMAL SERVICE|
|Tuesday 18th April 2017||NORMAL SERVICE|
SKIPS AND ROLL ONS
Normal service will be operating on all days except bank holidays. Customers are kindly asked to place any delivery, exchange or collection bookings for skips and Roll On Roll Offs (including compactors) with us as far in advance as possible, as we cannot guarantee availability for bookings made with less than 7 days notice.
|Thursday 13th April 2017||NORMAL SERVICE|
|Friday 14th April 2017||CLOSED|
|Saturday 15th April 2017||CLOSED (unless booked by 4pm Thursday)|
|Sunday 16th April 2017||CLOSED|
|Monday 17th April 2017||CLOSED|
|Tuesday 18th April 2017||NORMAL SERVICE|
BUSINESSES THAT CLOSE DURING THE EASTER PERIOD
If your business is scheduled to be closed over the easter period and you do not need any collections, then to avoid being charged for us attending your site, you must notify us by contacting our Transport Team on 01732 355865 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We would encourage all our customers to book ad-hoc services as soon as possible as capacity is limited. Services on bank holidays can be arranged but require a minimum 7 working days’ notice.
HAPPY EASTER FROM ALL OF US AT EQUINOX RECYCLING!
Equinox Recycling recently celebrated 5 years in operation and we honoured the milestone with a corporate day out at Twickenham for the England vs Scotland game.
Joining our Managing Director, Andy Gibbons and Operations Manager, Zac Payne was Andy Butler, CEO at SWR Waste Management, Wayne Basham, Commercial Director at SWR Waste Management, James Capel, CEO at Simply Waste and Mat Stewart, Managing Director at Organic Waste Logistics.
The penultimate weekend of the RBS 6 Nations 2017 tournament saw Scotland descend on Twickenham Station in a bid for the all-important Calcutta Cup and what a game it was. A hat trick by Jonathan Joseph helped England to a 61-21 win against Scotland to retain their Six Nations title and equal New Zealand’s world record for consecutive Test wins.
L to R: Andy Butler, James Capel, Wayne Basham, Andy Gibbons, Mat Stewart and Zac Payne
In front of a celebrating capacity crowd they cut loose, running in three tries as they scored 30 points in a one-sided first half. Four more tries and thirty-one more points followed in the second period as they established an unassailable lead atop the Six Nations table.
There has been much debate about England’s form this Six Nations despite their long unbeaten run, but in front of a celebrating capacity crowd they cut loose, running in three tries as they scored 30 points in a one-sided first half.
Four more tries and thirty-one more points followed in the second period as they established an unassailable lead atop the Six Nations table.
Over the last 12 months, Equinox Recycling has enjoyed a remarkable period of growth, which has led to a growing number of vehicles. As always, we are fully committed to providing our customers with the best possible service and as such, we are constantly moving forward with the times and investing in our fleet and staff.
You may remember last year we had a welcome addition to the fleet in the form of a fleet support vehicle, which was fully equipped to respond to breakdowns, carry out repairs and provide roadside assistance to our trucks. Now we have gone one step further by introducing our own tyre team and taking tyre repairs and replacements in-house as well.
The system our tyre team has put in place is designed to ensure that our drivers get the most out of their tyres and that best practice is adhered to, as a way of helping with cost control and boosting operational efficiency.
We’ve found that about half of all flat tyres caused by a puncture can be repaired, avoiding the need of a replacement tyre and keeping our costs and customer costs down. All tyre repairs are, however, governed by strict rules imposed by the British Standard (BSAU 159) on how and when a tyre can be repaired. Equinox Recycling ensures that all repairs carried out by our tyre team comply fully with these standards.
Our full qualified technicians remove tyres from the wheels and carry out certain mandatory checks before repairing any tyre to ensure that it is suitable to be safely repaired. Any repairs required are then carried out by them.
The new tyre team is a welcome addition to Equinox Recycling as it enables us to continue providing an efficient, reliable and cost-effective service to our customers. Our technicians have the ability and resources to respond to flat tyres immediately, which minimises the length of downtime and any negative impact that may have on customer collections.
Latest government figures have revealed an alarming number of fly tipping incidents across England, with local authorities reporting 936,090 cases of fly-tipping in 2015/16 – up 4% on the previous year.
There’s been a significant rise of cases in Kent, with nearly 3,000 additional instances of fly-tipping occurring in the county since 2013. Despite the harsh penalties for fly-tipping, the number of incidents has gone up from 16,661 in 2012/13 to 19,547 incidents in 2015/16 – a rise of 17%.
Cases of rubbish being dumped illegally have more than doubled in West Kent in the past four years, with the largest increases being seen in Sevenoaks and Tunbridge Wells. Sevenoaks recorded 355 incidents of fly-tipping in 2012/13 and saw a considerable jump in 2015/16 to 883 incidents.
It is vital for members of the public to remember the importance of using a reputable and fully compliant waste management company, like Equinox Recycling, to collect and dispose of their waste.
2016 saw almost 1 million fly-tipping reports in the UK. The cost of clearing up those incidents was £45.2 million – a 24% increase on the previous year.
Fly-tipping is primarily a domestic waste issue and it’s been suggested that complicated charges introduced by councils for the removal of bulk waste from households is to blame for the increase. However, many businesses in Kent are also risking prosecution by not using a reputable and licensed waste carrier.
HOW EQUINOX RECYCLING CAN HELP
Does your business produce a lot of waste?
Do you have a problem with fly-tipping in your area?
Are you having a house clearance and in need of a skip?
Are you looking for a company to remove bulk waste?
Equinox Recycling provides a number of services to both commercial and residential customers across Kent. If you would like to discuss ways in which we could help manage your waste more effectively, please call one of our friendly and experienced sales team on 01732 355865.
To make sure your business is fully compliant, we can arrange for a free audit of your existing operations and make recommendations on how things could be improved.
Call us today on 01732 355865 or use the contact form on our website.
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Willson as Sales Manager for Equinox Recycling Ltd.
Paul first began his career with Equinox Recycling in September 2015, where he worked as an HGV Class 2 Driver and was responsible for the emptying and delivering of wheeled bins and REL skips. During that time, he demonstrated a keen work ethic and full commitment to providing the highest level of service to our customers.
Paul now takes responsibility for sales and marketing, a role that will see him enhancing and further developing the company’s existing relationships with customers, while identifying new business opportunities and ensuring that marketing activity continues to drive new sales.
Andy Gibbons, Managing Director at Equinox Recycling said: “Paul has certainly earned his laurels and has always been an extremely capable member of the Equinox team so we are very pleased to see him take up this role.
Paul’s new responsibilities will include identifying new business opportunities and working with me to develop sales strategies. He will also spend time building relationships with new and existing clients and key accounts to ensure that we always provide the very best service for our customers.
Paul Willson said: I am delighted with the promotion, which is a new challenge and a great opportunity for me to use the skills and knowledge that I have built up during my time with Equinox Recycling. My transition to Sales Manager is going really well and I’m looking forward to continuing to progress during an exciting time for the company.”
We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Paul and wish him the best of luck for his new role. We have every confidence that he will settle in quickly and do Equinox Recycling proud.
2016 was an incredibly exciting year for us here at Equinox Recycling, so we’re kicking off 2017 by looking look back on 2016 and reflecting on the progress our business has made over the last year.
Read on to find out about some of our successes and achievements in the past 12 months.
Equinox Recycling was featured in an issue of “Weighty Matters”, the Vehicle Weighing Solutions newsletter, as part of the launch for their VWS PurGo software. As a company, we having been using PurGo to streamline our operations since late 2015 and so were more than happy to share our views and experience of the IT system.
We were appointed as the waste management provider for Grapes Direct Ltd, supplying compactor bins and wheeled bins for dry mixed recyclables and general waste.
Equinox supported the Big Day Out Festival at Mote Park in Maidstone by providing 100 general waste wheeled bins to cover the 2-day event. But it turned out that our bins were needed for far more than just the collection of waste…they were utilised as make-shift shelters as well!
We were appointed by Lenham Storage as the waste management provider for their site at Lenham, Kent.
A new Leyland Daf Dustcart was added to the fleet and we bid a fond farewell to our Scania dustcart, which was the only vehicle to have been with us since our humble beginning in 2012.
Equinox Recycling donated an 1100ltr wheelie bin to Marden Russets Hockey Club for use at the club’s astroturf pitch and clubhouse throughout the 2016/17 season.
As the sole waste provider for Elite Pubs – who have a portfolio of seven pubs across Kent and Sussex – the management team at Equinox enjoyed a complimentary dinner at the newly-opened Potting Shed in Langley.
Moving forward into 2017, we hope to achieve an equal amount of success. As a company, we are constantly growing and striving to provide the best possible service to our customers, so will continue to invest in vehicles, services, training and employees that enable us to achieve and maintain current high standards.
On a final note, Equinox Recycling would just like to thank our partners, customers and staff members for making 2016 an exciting year.
Over the last 12 months, Equinox Recycling has enjoyed a period of remarkable growth, which has led to a growing number of customers. As always, we are committed to providing our customers with the best possible service, so in order to maintain our high standards, we have increased our operational hours in line with customer demand.
The move has seen our dustcart drivers split into two shift patterns, with the morning team starting at 4am and the evening team taking over in the afternoon and working until 10pm. Not only has this change enabled us to improve the level of service we provide our customers, but we have also been able to maximise operational capacity and increase the number of wheelie bin and REL lifts we can complete in a day.
Andy Gibbons, Managing Director at Equinox Recycling said: “As our customer base grows, so must the business, so the decision to increase our operational hours was an obvious one. The move has been received well and has allowed us to increase operations and maximise output, while retaining our high standards and level of service.
HOW EQUINOX RECYCLING CAN HELP YOU
Equinox Recycling is a privately owned company operating a waste and recycling collection service that caters for all sizes of business establishments in Kent. Collectively we have a wealth of knowledge and experience built up from many years working within the industry and that allows our staff to develop tailored solutions for each individual customer.
Our aim is to collect and dispose of your waste in the most economical and environmentally friendly way. We are firmly focussed on diverting waste that can be recycled from landfill and disposing of residual waste at destinations such as Energy from Waste to achieve zero waste to landfill.
We are able to provide a fully comprehensive range of waste management and recycling solutions for all businesses. Using a range of vehicles including trade waste (rubbish sacks & wheeled containers), rear end loaders, skip and Roll On Roll Off, Equinox Recycling operate throughout the South East of England.
Please call us on 01732 355865 or use the contact form on our website to discuss your requirements and needs with one of our friendly and experienced sales advisors.
Two of the UK’s largest supermarkets have announced plans to ban the sale of cotton buds with plastic stems in a bid to cut waste and reduce plastic pollution in rivers and seas.
Both Tesco and Sainsbury’s have committed to replacing the plastic stems with biodegradable paper ones by the end of 2017 in their own brand products.
Other major companies, including Morrisons, Asda and Boots, are currently considering a plastic ban, while Waitrose, the Co-operative and Johnson & Johnson have already committed to paper stems. The move follows a growing campaign “Switch The Stick” that now has in excess of 142,000 backers.
Plastic cotton bud stems are the number one item of plastic, sewage-related debris on UK beaches and rivers. Small plastic items can be particularly detrimental to marine life as animals confuse them with food. Plastic is found in the stomachs of Loggerhead Turtles, Seabirds and many species of caught fish, so humans eating seafood can also ingest the plastic.
Plastic bags found on UK beaches by the Marine Conservation Society’s annual beach clean fell by more than half in 2016, after a 5p charge was levied on the bags by the government. Ministers have also said they will ban plastic microbeads in toiletries, which also wash into the oceans.
Natalie Fee, founder of the City to Sea campaign to cut plastic pollution, said: “We’re delighted with the announcements to ‘switch the stick’ from plastic to paper stem buds. Whilst they still shouldn’t be flushed, this move will stop millions of plastic stems ending up in the marine environment each year and is a huge win in the fight against marine plastic pollution.”
A spokesman for Sainsbury’s said: “We have been working hard to improve this product. Our new cotton buds, with 100% biodegradable stems, will be available before the end of 2017.”
A Tesco’s spokesman said: “We’re committed to ensuring all of our own label cotton bud products will be made with paper stems, and will do this by the end of 2017.”
“These are great commitments from Tesco and Sainsbury’s, but we’d like to see much more prominent ‘don’t flush’ labelling on cotton bud sticks,” said Emma Cunningham at the Marine Conservation Society. “We found over 23 [plastic] cotton bud sticks on every 100m of beaches we cleaned in September. The message is clear: only pee, poo and paper should go down the loo.”
Local authorities in England and Wales are using new powers to seize and crush vehicles used for the illegal dumping of waste in a bid to crackdown on fly-tippers.
Councils are also calling for a legal loophole – which means enforcement officers have to give some fly-tippers seven days written warning before inspecting them and seizing evidence – to be closed immediately to help them tackle the growing problem.
The zero-tolerance approach comes as fly-tippers are becoming increasingly brazen with some operators even dumping waste next to ‘no fly-tipping’ signs. Local authorities are also reporting a significant rise in the number of cold callers approaching homeowners and offering to dispose of unwanted household items such as large kitchen appliances, furniture and mattresses in exchange for cash. All of which is then dumped illegally.
UK householders are being warned to be vigilant over the Christmas and new Year period and only use reputable companies who can prove they dispose of rubbish responsibly. Residents should always ask to see a copy of their waste carrier registration details and obtain a waste transfer note as proof of the transfer or rubbish to an authorized person/company.
The call comes as the cost of clearing up fly-tipping in England has hit nearly £50m, with councils having to deal with almost 900,000 incidents every 12 months. Latest figures show the number of recorded incidents rose by almost 6% for 2014/15 compared with 2013/14, while the clear-up costs increased by 11%. Councils are carrying out over half a million enforcement actions every year, costing local taxpayers almost £18m.
The Local Government Association has long called for the system for tackling unscrupulous fly-tippers to be overhauled. It successfully campaigned for councils to be able to issue on-the-spot Fixed Penalty Notices by council enforcement officers to help tackle small-scale fly-tipping, like dumping items such as pieces of broken furniture, old televisions and mattresses.
These new powers, which were introduced in May, allow councils to issue on-the-spot fines of up to £400 for fly-tippers.
Cllr Martin Tett, Environment Spokesman for Local Government Association said: “Councils are taking a zero-tolerance approach to fly-tipping and this means using every power at their disposal – including seizing and destroying vehicles used by the dumpers. At a time when councils face difficult choices about services in light of reducing budgets, they are having to spend a vast amount each year on tackling litter and fly-tipping. This is money that would be better spent on vital services such as filling potholes and caring for the elderly. Litter and fly-tipping is environmental vandalism – it’s unpleasant, unnecessary and unacceptable.”
He added: “The Government has responded to our call for councils to be able to issue Fixed Penalty Notices for small scale fly-tipping – and this is a big step in the right direction. Councils also need a faster and more effective legal system which means fly-tippers are given hard-hitting fines for more serious offences. Local authorities should also be able to recoup all prosecution costs, rather than be left out of pocket.
“Councils use enforcement powers proportionately and take a range of different approaches to raise awareness and change culture. This includes providing advice and encouraging residents to report incidents and businesses to keep areas next to their premises clean and clear of litter and mess that can attract dumping.”
The Carbon Trust has launched a new certification for companies that achieve zero waste to landfill.
The Carbon Trust Standard for Zero Waste to Landfill recognizes an organisation’s achievements in reducing its environmental impact through actively diverting its non-hazardous waste streams from landfill by reducing waste, reusing materials, increasing recycling or sending waste to energy recovery.
Its intent is to provide a framework for verifying zero waste to landfill claims, which aligns with the existing Carbon Trust Standard for Waste. This supports organisations that desire independent and credible recognition of their achievements in improved waste management.
The Carbon Trust certifies organisations that achieve year-on-year reductions to their environmental impact, using framework to improve sustainability and efficiency in resource management.
Achieving zero waste to landfill is no mean feat, but It can produce tangible savings through better use of resources and reduced landfill costs. It also demonstrates their commitment to becoming a more sustainable company.
The zero-waste-to-landfill certification is the latest expansion of The Carbon Trust’s work to drive a low-carbon, resource-efficient economy. More recently, TheCarbon Trust has also upped its work on promoting an increased awareness of food labelling. A survey by YouGov and the Carbon Trust found that there are now big opportunities for green-labelled products, services and brands to serve an increasingly environmentally-concerned populace.
ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A WASTE MANAGEMENT COMPANY WITH GREEN CREDENTIALS?
Equinox Recycling is firmly focused on diverting waste that can be recycled from landfill and disposing of any residual waste at alternative disposal routes such as Energy from Waste to achieve zero waste to landfill.
Our aim is to collect and dispose of your waste in the most economical and environmentally friendly way.
Collectively we have a wealth of knowledge and experience built up from many years working within the waste management industry. That in-depth knowledge allows our staff to develop tailored solutions for each individual client.
Call our friendly sales team today on 01732 355865 to discuss your requirements.