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  • Boosting Customer Satisfaction with Our New CRM Systems: Salesforce and Docusign

    Here at McCarthy, we strive to provide the best customer service possible to potential and existing customers across the south-west. 

    The more we know about our potential and existing customers, the better service we can provide. That’s why we’ve invested in two brand-new CRM (customer relationship management) systems: Salesforce and Docusign. This new system will help to make your experience with us seamless, allowing us to provide waste management solutions that truly deliver. Win-win!

    Introducing: Salesforce & Docusign

    Salesforce is our new CRM system of choice. This allows our operations software and new CRM system to be fully integrated and work hand-in-hand with Docusign, allowing us to better understand our customers’ needs – more on that below…

    Understanding Our Customers’ Needs

    Salesforce, working alongside Docusign, will allow us to scale our services and boost growth by providing all-important information about our customers. The system captures all relevant contact details, including individuals with significant control for making decisions within the business. We can also gather information about the business’ existing waste contractor, competitor prices and frequency of ordering.

    In response to this detailed information, we can now push specific, relevant services to targeted customers. We can also preempt sales and orders by capturing contract renewal dates and setting reminders for when to contact customers – helping to make sure that you’re never caught short. Quotations, direct debits and contracts themselves are totally controlled for sales and compliance, leaving us with more time to focus on scaling the business.

    Much More Than Just Skip Hire

    As Paul Danks, our Head of Sales, remarked: “gathering the correct information about your potential customers and their needs in the first instance makes the sales process more tailored. This allows us to deliver the best solution for their waste management requirements”. 

    With the help of Salesforce and Docusign, we’re now able to provide a more joined-up approach and offer additional services that will help to benefit your business.

    Skip hire is McCarthy’s bread and butter, but after a shift in the business strategy, we now offer a whole host of other waste management services, such as  wheeled bins, compaction solutions, grab/tipper hire, third party tipping and roll-on roll-off skip hire.



    If you’re searching for waste management with a difference, look no further than McCarthy. With sites covering most of the south-west across Gloucestershire, Bristol, Bath, Somerset and Oxfordshire, our dedicated team are ready and waiting to assist with all your waste disposal needs. Get in touch via 01666 505800 or email us at to discuss your upcoming project today.

    How the Wrong Event Waste Management Can Ruin Your Festival

    Summer festival season is now in full swing. Any large outdoor event requires careful planning and preparation – from catering to security and everything in between. Whether you’re hosting a large annual music festival or a small community get together, it’s vitally important to find a reliable waste management partner. After all, you want festivalgoers to be discussing the acts on stage, not the pungent smell coming from the bins!

    Keep reading to discover how you can effectively manage waste at your upcoming outdoor event, paving the way for a cleaner and more eco-friendly experience.

    Festival Waste Facts & Statistics

    • According to Powerful Thinking’s ‘The Show Must Go On’ report, UK music festivals with camping generate approximately 25,800 tonnes of waste each year. 68% of this waste goes directly to landfill.
    • Glastonbury Festival estimated that around 2,000 tonnes of waste is produced at each year’s event.
    • EighthPlate reported that 400 tonnes of food waste is generated at UK festivals annually, which is the equivalent to around 1 million meals.
    • The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) found that 250,000 tents are discarded at UK music festivals each year. Up to 90% of these end up in landfill.
    • UK music festival attendees only recycle around 30% of all waste generated.

    You can avoid adding to these shocking statistics by following our top tips for responsible waste management…

    Our Top Tips for Responsible Event Waste Management

    Create a Clear Waste Management Plan

    The first step to hosting an environmentally responsible event is creating a clear waste management plan. Information such as the site location, ticket sales, maximum capacity, the amount of vendors and staff on site, and any statistics from previous events can help inform your plan. 

    You’ll need to establish the types and amount of waste you expect to produce and evaluate your current event waste disposal systems. Then, you can create realistic goals that will help to manage event waste, which can be measured by key performance indicators (KPIs).

    Choose Your Event Recycling Bins 

    Once you have a clear waste management plan, you can choose which bins will best suit your event. All containers need to be completely secure, as this will prevent waste from escaping in the wind, getting wet from the rain, and experiencing any other external damage. 

    Many festival sites opt for bins of varying sizes to help suit all requirements. You could consider placing smaller wheelie bins onsite for visitors to use, which can be emptied into larger bins located backstage. Here at McCarthy Marland, we offer a wide range of wheelie bins for hire in sizes ranging from 240 litres to 1100 litres.

    Prioritise Waste Segregation

    Prevent littering and encourage recycling by setting up separate bins for waste disposal. Use different coloured bins and make sure they are clearly marked according to the type of waste i.e. food waste, plastics, cardboard. 

    Signs should be distributed throughout the site to point towards recycling bins. We recommend placing event recycling bins next to general waste bins, as visitors will be more likely to think twice before discarding any materials. Focus on keeping these areas tidy, as festivalgoers who see litter on the floor will be likely to follow suit. 

    Arrange Waste Deliveries & Collections

    All bin deliveries should be booked well in advance of the festival. This will ensure they are placed on site in plenty of time, minimising the disruption caused to site setup. 

    Commercial waste collections should then be carefully arranged to suit the needs of your event; for example, collection services for one-day events should be arranged for the following day, but multi-day festivals will require collections throughout the weekend. These should be booked for quieter periods when access routes are likely to be clearer, avoiding delays and potential additional costs.

    Implement Sustainability Initiatives

    Finally, you should spend some time implementing sustainability initiatives that will encourage visitors to dispose of their waste in a responsible manner. For example, many vendors now provide reusable cups that can be exchanged for money if returned to the bar. You could also ban specific materials such as glass bottles, as this will ensure that all waste brought into site can be sustainably disposed of. 

    Ensure that all incentives are clearly outlined within any relevant marketing channels, such as leaflets, social media posts, and promotional videos. 

    Responsible Wheelie Bin Services for Your Event

    Searching for a reliable waste management partner for your upcoming festival? Look no further than McCarthy Marland. We provide a comprehensive range of event waste management services, including wheelie bins, to sites across the south-west, allowing us to remove, recycle and dispose of all waste in an environmentally friendly manner. Get in touch via to discuss your event management requirements today.

    How to Reduce Your Waste in 2024

    As we step into 2024, the urgency to address our environmental footprint is more critical than ever. McCarthy, a leader in waste management, deeply understands the repercussions waste can have on our planet. With over 20 years of dedicated service, McCarthy is not just about managing waste; it’s about reducing it at the source and finding sustainable solutions that benefit our communities.

    Understanding Waste Impact

    The journey towards waste reduction begins with awareness. Every item discarded thoughtlessly has a life cycle of negative impacts—on landfills, wildlife, and even our climate. McCarthy champions the cause of not just managing but minimally generating waste, aligning with global efforts to preserve our environment for future generations.

    Strategies for Reducing Household Waste

    Minimising Food Waste: 

    Planning meals and shopping smartly can drastically cut down food waste. Innovative apps like Olio connect communities, allowing us to share surplus food instead of disposing of it, embodying the adage, “One person’s surplus is another’s supply.” =

    Not only can planning meals help reduce food waste, but it can also help reduce your overall food bill, meaning you are wasting less food and less money.

    Recycling and Composting:

    Recycling at home is getting easier with more opportunities from councils. DEFRA plans to make recycling even simpler in the next two years. 

    By properly sorting your recycling, you can significantly reduce the landfill burden. While many councils now allow more plastics to be recycled at home, most do not take soft plastics such as crisp packaging and bags. These can now be recycled at local recycling centres and supermarkets. 

    Composting is a great choice for organic waste such as vegetable and fruit peels and green waste from around the garden. Composting organic waste not only turns potential methane into nutrient-rich soil but can also help reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills. 

    Donating and Repurposing:

    Many of us have clutter in our homes. When we decide to clean up, our first instinct is often to throw things away. But instead of tossing everything, consider donating or selling items you no longer need. This could include clothes you don’t wear or furniture that is taking up space. By doing this, you can declutter your home and possibly help someone else in need. 

    Donating to a local charity not only can help clear some space but can help to improve someone’s life making you feel even better. 

    Sustainable Consumer Choices:

    Opt for products with minimal packaging, reusable over disposable, and items made from recycled or sustainable materials.

    When you need help, we’re here

    No matter what choices you make, there will always be times when you need to clear a lot of waste and you need it gone fast, and for these times we at McCarthy have a number of solutions to help. 

    Skip Hire. 

    For bigger jobs, like house clearouts or big improvement projects, hiring a skip is not only a great way to get rid of all your waste in one time but can also be a fast way of clearing the waste so you can get on with the job. 

    We offer a range of skips perfect for a wide range of jobs, from traditional builder skips for most jobs to drop-end skips, great for clearing heavier materials and using a wheelbarrow, or an enclosed skip for those times you want to make sure no one else is dropping their waste in your skip. 

    Cage Tipper Hire

    Our Cage Tipper Hire is great for jobs that are too big for the car but don’t require a skip. These can be single items or maybe a room clearance. Our Cage Tipper Hire can be booked the same day from as little as 30 minutes, and even better for you, our professional team will load the waste onto the tipper. 

    If you are unsure what you need or just to discuss your options, just get in contact with our specialist team, and they will be more than happy to help.


    The Key Benefits of Skip Hire

    Homeowners are often obliged to remove any residential waste in a safe and legal approach. Hiring a skip service provides customers with efficient and cost-effective removal services for hazardous waste and general rubbish where needed. 

    There are plenty of benefits to hiring a skip removal service and in this blog, we discuss the reasons why a skip hire could be the best option for you and your waste.

    Eco-friendly methods are the way forward

    Skip hire services are a much more eco-friendly alternative to waste disposal and provide proper waste management, rather than do-it-yourself routes that could be hazardous for the environment. For example, some homeowners may get rid of their waste by burning it, causing a risk of toxic smoke that could harm other residents and the environment. 

    The use of a skip ensures that all waste will be disposed of in an environmentally conscious manner. All litter is sorted into allotted skip bins, and most are recycled to prevent further pollution. Most services will also provide several waste treatments that are designed to remove toxic substances. 

    Endless versatile solutions

    Skips come in an extensive variety. There are many reasons as to why someone would choose to skip hire, and not everyone requires the same size or type of skip when it comes to waste removal. Some may be looking to dispose of a huge amount of waste suited for construction sites, while others may need a small skip for the removal of smaller appliances. 

    Both open and closed skips are on offer, and open types are most suitable for removing non-hazardous waste that poses no threat to the environment, animals or humans. Closed containers are designed to safely dispose of hazardous materials that may risk causing harm. 

    Time-saving results 

    Skip hire professionals are well trained in taking over the entire waste removal process, saving more time for other tasks, such as moving home or work relocation. The process of sorting waste and disposing of it at the nearest landfill takes time – and this could be taken off your hands. 

    Health and safety comes first 

    Some people may resort to placing waste in their gardens as a way of storage – however, this solution can be harmful to the health and safety of homeowners and pets. Broken glass, metal, or even an excess of general rubbish can cause tripping hazards or even release toxins into the atmosphere. Skip services can remove any unwanted junk from your garden and keep it stored neatly before transporting it. Professionals are trained in handling all kinds of waste without causing injury or harm to the environment.

    No litter, no legal problems

    Fly Tipping is sadly a very common issue, but it is one that thankfully comes with repercussions. Improper litter disposal is something that the government does not take lightly and there are serious rules to follow when it comes to these procedures. You must abide by such regulations – and that includes properly removing waste. Hiring a skip service is the best way to not get in any trouble if you are unsure of what is acceptable and what is not. The last thing anyone needs is a hefty fine and stern telling off. 

    Cost-effective outcomes

    Vehicle rental for waste removal is more costly than hiring skip services. Equally, using your vehicle to make continuous trips to landfill would be more expensive than hiring a professional. 

    Often, you will have to make many trips due to the need to separate different types of waste. 

    What can go in a skip?

    Or…more importantly, what can’t go in a skip? Here are some examples:

    • Medical waste
    • Asbestos
    • Paint or cans of paint
    • TVs and other technical appliances
    • Batteries
    • Fridges and freezers
    • Air conditioning units
    • Plasterboard
    • Oil
    • Petrol
    • Diesel
    • Tyres
    • Any liquids

    If your skip is placed in an open or public area, it is advised that you keep an eye out on whether any of the above items are found in your skip. Even if it wasn’t your doing, you are responsible for all waste that it contains.

    We have a wide range of skip hire solutions to suit every requirement, from domestic skip hire to commercial. From mini-skips for those small jobs, 6 Yard skips for remodelling your home, 8 and 10 yard skip for construction projects, right through to roll-on roll-off skips and large 35/40 yard containers for those bigger jobs. 

    McCarthy provides flexible skip hire solutions in Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Wiltshire and the surrounding areas. Get in touch with us today for your instant quote. 

    Skip Hire for Plasterboard

    Some skip hire companies won’t take plasterboard at all, for a variety of reasons related to public health. With McCarthy, our team of professional waste disposal experts have decades of experience in plasterboard recycling – and we’re happy to help get DIY and trade waste sorted for you. The rules around placing plasterboard in a skip are simple and in this post, we outline why they are in place.

    You Can’t Mix Plasterboard and General Waste

    Plasterboard has become the most popular interior construction material – because besides being excellent for creating internal spaces quickly, it’s cheaper and more fire resistant than traditional methods of interior construction (like lath and plaster).

    Just about any kind of remodelling, conversion or renovation is going to involve plasterboard – either gutting out the old stuff or cutting and installing new board. Getting rid of waste plasterboard has to be done carefully, though.

    The one rule? Don’t mix it with anything else. 

    But why?

    Plasterboard is made of gypsum powder – a natural, chalky mineral that’s soft and moldable. This is the base material of plaster, a material used since ancient times to decorate buildings, for sculpture and until recently, to make casts for setting broken bones.

    To make plasterboard, wet plaster is sandwiched between thick sheets of paper, thoroughly dried and then treated to reach optimal humidity. Too dry and it’ll crack, too wet and mildew can form – but additives can be mixed into the plaster to help strength and reduce mildew formation.

    Once set, the boards are strong enough to build with.

    But gypsum has drawbacks. While it’s perfectly safe as a material on its own, it can react with other organic compounds in general waste to release hydrogen sulphide, in a process called putrefaction.

    Hydrogen Sulphide

    Hydrogen sulphide is colourless, poisonous, corrosive and explosive. It also stinks of rotten eggs. In short, it’s bad news. It’s denser than air, so it sinks in the atmosphere and can form gas pockets underground or in landfill, contributing to pollution.

    This dangerous gas is the reason that plasterboard cannot be mixed with general waste – and so if you need to dispose of plasterboard in a skip, you have to make sure it’s separated from everything else.

    Disposing of Plasterboard in a Skip

    The Environmental Agency changed the rules on disposing of gypsum-based materials in 2009. Plasterboard can’t be sent to landfill – instead, it should be separated for recovery and recycling, to avoid contamination with other waste and the release of harmful hydrogen sulphide.

    If you’re undertaking a DIY remodelling project, we suggest hiring more than one skip. For example, use mini skip hire to store and dispose of plasterboard – and hire a builders skip to take care of bulky, general construction waste.

    As long as the separated plasterboard is kept clean and dry, it’ll be safe to take away and recycle!

    Skip Hire Experts – Helping You on Every Project

    Hire a skip now from McCarthy, for quick and convenient disposal of all kinds of waste – including separated plasterboard. Need help choosing the right size of skip for your project? Call us on 01235 760555 or fill out our contact form and our waste disposal experts will guide you.

    Packaging Symbols Explained

    We all know the drill; we all think we know what can and can’t be recycled but sometimes we need a little help. Luckily the symbols are there to explain whether that product/packaging can go into that big green bin (or any other colour a recycling bin can be!). However, have you ever actually stopped to read what that symbol means – No? Us neither. Up until now, we’ve gone through and taken the time to explain each symbol so you don’t have too. Why not print this out and put above the bin just to remind you and the family of each little thing.

    Symbol Explanation
    Widely Recycled Label applied to packaging collected by over 75% or more of local authorities across the UK.
    Widely Recycled – Rinse Label applied to packages that need rinsing to ensure any food residue do not contaminate other packaging
    The Green Dot Does not necessarily mean that the product packaging is recyclable, has been recycled or will be recycled. It signifies that the producer has made a financial contribution to recycling and recovery of packaging overall.
    Mobius Loop Indicates an object is capable of being recycled not that it has been recycled or that it will be recycled as it may not be accepted in all recycling collection systems
    Plastic Resin Codes Identifies the type of plastic resin used to make the item by providing a resin identification code. This is represented with chasing arrows symbol. Surrounding a number between 1-7 defining the resin used
    Mixed Glass This indicates that this bottle/jar should be disposed of at a bottle bank or by using the household glass recycling collection if you have one
    Recycalable Aluminium Indicates that the item is made from recyclable aluminium.
    Recycalable Steel Indicates the item is made from recyclable steel. All local authorities collect steel cans for recycling however all types of other steel or metal items need to be taken to your local household recycling centre
    Tidyman The symbol is from the campaign Keep Britain Tidy. It asks you not to littler. Does not relate to recycling but acts as a reminder to be a good citizen and disposing of the item in the most appropriate manner.
    Waste Electricals This symbol explains that you should not place the items in your general waste bin. They should be recycled through a number of alternate channels
    Compostable Products certified to be industrially compostable according to European standard. Never place compostable plastic into the recycling with other plastics; as it is designed to break down it cannot be recycled and contaminates recyclable plastics. Plastics that carry this symbol can be recycled with your garden waste through your local authority.
    Home Composting In addition to the seedling symbol for industrial composting you may see this symbol which indicates that the product is suitable for home recycling.
    Paper, Cardboard and Wood This logo identifies wood-based products from well-managed forests independently certified in accordance with the rules of FSC


    However no need to worry about your rubbish when you order a skip with us as we’re experts in household and commercial waste management and recycling. Give us a call on 01235 760555 or email us at for more information.

    Can Bricks be Recycled?

    Do you ever wonder how many bricks you see on any given day? The average home is made up of thousands of them – so on a walk down the average street, you could see more than half a million bricks!

    The humble brick is such a prevalent construction material, thanks largely to it’s good looks, strength and ease of manufacture.

    Traditionally, bricks are made of natural clays like shale, which are crushed and ground, mixed with water and then either extruded or moulded. The wet brick is then coated if required, before being allowed to dry. Finally, the brick is fired in a kiln to finish.

    Sometimes the clay itself dictates the colour – but additives can be blended with the clay to produce different colours and improve the strength of the finished brick.

    But like everything else, bricks have a working lifetime; so what happens when it’s time to dispose of bricks?

    Recycling, Restoring and Reusing Bricks

    Most of the time, old bricks are in good enough shape to be reused as they are – and weathering, lichen and subtle variation is actually quite desirable in restoration projects. Reclaimed bricks must be completely intact in order to be passed on.

    But thankfully, there’s still plenty of value left in damaged bricks.

    Aggregate and Drainage Media

    Heavily damaged bricks can be recycled into new materials: like aggregates for use as backfill or as a sub-base for roads. 

    Recycled bricks can be crushed and processed – to make tennis court surfaces, running tracks – or even as starting material for new bricks.

    But there are some limits to what bricks can be recycled; contaminated bricks, like those used in conjunction with plasterboard or asbestos, are usually too difficult to clean – and must be disposed of responsibly.

    Skip Disposal for Bricks

    Dispose of your DIY waste with reliable skip hire from McCarthy. We can often provide next day delivery on skip hire services (subject to availability). 

    Let’s talk about your project; call 01235 760555 or fill out our contact form.

    How is Metal Recycled?

    Without even thinking about it, we produce huge quantities of metal waste in our everyday lives. Drinks cans, food cans, aluminium foil – and there’s even more metal waste in old electronics and demolished buildings. Find out more about how metal is recycled and what the challenges are.

    Commonly Recycled Metals


    Aluminium is probably the most well-known metal. It’s the main material used in fizzy drinks cans, a familiar and common household item. Aluminium has an enormous range of uses: from aeroplanes and Formula 1 cars to bicycles and window fascias. It’s extremely lightweight and rigid, but it’s a soft material that needs to be blended into an alloy to gain strength.


    When iron is combined with carbon, it becomes steel: it’s much stronger than iron and less prone to corrosion when mixed with other metals. You’ll find plenty of steel in kitchens – from cutlery to appliances. Even food cans are made of coated steel. Because of its enormous tensile strength, steel is a common construction material found in all manner of buildings.


    Plumbing and electrical wiring are made of copper. It’s one of the most common metals in manufacturing and it has fantastic conductive properties, which makes it good for electrics and cooking – but it’s really expensive. The price of copper makes it an attractive recycling material.


    This alloy of copper and zinc has a distinctively dull golden colour. It’s heavy and strong but malleable, and doesn’t tarnish easily. It’s also resonant, which makes it an excellent material for musical instruments like horns and cymbals. Most commonly, it’s used to make taps, door handles and keys. The presence of copper makes it valuable, so it’s frequently recycled.


    Everyone knows gold is valuable, but not that it’s in just about every electronic device in the world. Gold is an excellent conductor of electricity and almost immune to corrosion, which is why it’s used for contact points in devices. Gold is rare, so even when recycled it retains a high value: but it’s very hard to separate from other components in devices, which often makes the process unprofitable without specialist equipment.

    Which Metals Can’t be Recycled?

    Practically every metal can be recycled, but some metals are more challenging to extract than others. Gold, for instance, is present in electronic devices but in such small quantities that its removal is often not worth the effort. Paint cans and oil cans are difficult to recycle due to contamination, where the contents have impregnated the metal.

    Dangerous Metals

    Lead was once used for water pipes and in pubs – before it was found to be poisonous to humans. It’s still a commonly used metal in roofing, because it’s soft and resistant to corrosion. It’s valuable, so it’s usually recovered and sold on as-is. Lead in paints and older electric devices is not recyclable.

    What Happens to a Fizzy Drink Can When it’s Recycled?

    So, now we know more about metal recycling, how is metal recycled? There are a few different methods for different materials – but let’s look at one of the most common examples: an aluminium drinks can.

    First, the can is collected – usually mixed in with other household recycling. Everything gets taken to the recycling centre for sorting, separating everything into groups. All aluminium drinks cans are grouped into the same conveyer belt. Next, they’re crushed into sheets or shredded for easier processing before heading into a furnace for melting.

    Next, the aluminum goes into a furnace, specifically heated to melt aluminium. Once completely liquified, the aluminium is purified by scraping off the dross and degassing it, sometimes using chemical additives to accelerate the process. The metal is then cast into an easily transportable and stored shape, such as an ingot, before being cooled.

    The purified aluminium will go on to become new cans, cars, planes – anything at all that calls for lightweight aluminium!

    Expert Metal Recycling

    We’re experts in household and commercial metal recycling. For more information, contact McCarthy – call 01235 760555 or order a skip online!

    Plastic Disposal – is it Safe to Burn?

    No, plastic is not safe to burn – so please don’t do it. Thankfully, there are plenty of other options to consider if you need to dispose of plastics, all of which are safer and less time-consuming.

    Why is Burning Plastic Unsafe?

    When plastic burns, it releases a suite of dangerous chemicals; carbon monoxide, hydrochloric acid, sulfur dioxide – even heavy metals. These gases can seriously damage health in both the short and long term, and reduce air quality. Indoors, even in a fireplace or ventilated area, you’d create a toxic soup and the adverse effects would come on quite quickly.

    Far worse, burning plastics collapse into a bubbling, molten goo. Bubbling plastic can spit and pop – closed plastic bottles can even explode – which can send the molten liquid outwards. If this unbelievably hot, sticky plastic comes into contact with a person, it can cause incredible pain and severe burns.

    It sticks to the skin tightly, and peeling it off can take the skin with it. It’s really nasty stuff that you don’t want to get anywhere near to.

    So please, don’t burn plastic – besides, there’s so much more you can do with it anyway!

    Recycle Plastic

    The best thing to do with plastic is to recycle it. Plastic is one of the slowest materials to decompose – taking up to 1,000 years to break down – which makes it one of the worst waste materials to end up in landfill.

    Recycling helps to keep plastic out of landfill, waterways and the ecosystem at large – and it stems the creation of new plastic from raw materials.

    But even recycling takes energy and further resources. So, while it’s still the best way to deal with bulk plastics, smaller steps can start at home.

    Reuse or Upcycle Plastic

    Bottles, takeaway containers and bags can all be used multiple times, and for multiple purposes – keeping them out of the bin for longer. Further life can be breathed into plastic items by upcycling them; making a used plastic bottle into a bird feeder, garden sprinkler or desk tidy makes use of them long after they’ve served their initial purpose.

    Landfill is Still Better than Burning

    Although it’s still not great, landfill is a better option than burning – which is testament to just how bad burning plastic really is. Landfill keeps plastic contained for at least enough time

    A Sustainable Future – with Plastic

    At McCarthy, we’re always reviewing our plastic recycling processes, to guarantee our methods are as efficient and as sustainable as possible. We continue to invest in our goal: achieving 100% recycling rates.

    Find out more information about our waste management solutions, skip hire and plastic recycling methods – contact us.

    7 Things You Didn’t Know About Cardboard Recycling

    Thanks to recycling schemes taking hold all over the UK, cardboard recycling takes place in just about every home. Now that it’s easier than ever before, more people are doing their bit for a sustainable planet.

    Having just celebrated the festive season and to show our appreciation for the wonderful material that makes gift boxes, Amazon packages and Christmas crackers possible, here are some of our favourite cardboard recycling facts.

    A Billion Christmas Cards and Counting

    Back in 2004, 744 million Christmas cards were sent in the UK. In 2016, it was estimated that a billion christmas cards were sold (not including from online retailers). If all of those cards were recycled, it could have saved 333,000 trees.

    Corrugated Cardboard is the Most Recycled Packaging

    84% of all corrugated cardboard is recycled in the UK – that adds up to about 2 million tonnes of the stuff saved from landfill every year! That only counts corrugated card specifically – not other types of card stock which have a significantly lower recycle rate.

    Luckily, corrugated card is one of the most widely used packaging materials in the world, so the chances are the next box you get will be made of recycled materials – and then go on to become something else.

    You Can’t Recycle Card Forever

    After a few passes through the recycling process, paper and card fibres are too short to retain a structure and they wear out. The card recycling process can’t go on forever, which is why we still need to grow and fell trees. But it can reduce wastefulness, conserve energy and cut back on polluting chemicals. And since it’s made from wood pulp, it’s biodegradable anyway – so it’ll still have its uses.

    Pizza Boxes Don’t Get Recycled

    There’s surely no greater treat than a hot, cheesy pizza delivered to your front door. Just the thought of tucking into a slice of pizza is enough to make anyone change their dinner plans. But popping a used pizza box in your cardboard recycling is actually doing more harm than good.

    Why? Well, all the grease from the cheese and toppings on the pizza filters down into the cardboard, making it extremely difficult to clean and reprocess. The fibres lose integrity and can’t be bound back together. And if the grease runs onto other cardboard items, it can ruin a whole binful!

    It doesn’t mean you have to waste the box completely. Instead, tear sections off your pizza box for makeshift cardboard plates. It’ll save on washing up, which helps reduce emissions and water usage – and it’s always nice to have a break from the dishes once in a while!

    7 Million Tonnes of Cardboard is Wasted to Landfill Yearly

    12.5 million tonnes of paper and cardboard are used annually in the UK. If you factor in our current UK-wide recycling rate of 45%, we’re committing 7 million tonnes of that to landfill every year – that’s even heavier than the Great Pyramid of Giza.

    Recycled Cardboard can Build a House

    Peter Ryan from Melbourne, Australia, built a working house almost entirely out of cardboard.

    Cardboard is Easier to Recycle than it is to Make

    Cardboard is one of the most efficient materials to recycle. Making cardboard from scratch requires not only trees for wood, but also various industrial chemicals and vast amounts of energy.

    Making new cardboard products from used cardboard cuts out the need for trees and the majority of the chemical treatment process. Because so much energy is conserved by recycling, cardboard takes far less effort to recycle than it does to make from scratch.

    Talk to McCarthy About Bulk Recycling

    McCarthy does recycling with a difference. With over 20 years of waste management experience, we’re here to deliver you a professional and environmentally-friendly service.

    Our fully licensed recycling plant in Wantage, Oxfordshire, is equipped with the latest technology. Our experienced, dedicated team has helped us reach a recycling rate of 95% – and we continue to improve.

    To see what difference we can make to you, give us a call on 01235 760555 or contact us.