ESE Awarded The Blue Angel Ecolabel

ESE Awarded The Blue Angel Ecolabel

As promised in our last post about our unique “Split Lid” for 4-wheeled containers, here’s this month’s second piece of news which reflects ESE World’s position as experts and leaders in the world of sustainable waste management services and solutions. On 23rd of May 2016, ESE was awarded the internationally acknowledged ecolabel, The Blue Angel. The environmental standards mark is the only independent label – worldwide – used to measure the eco-friendliness of plastic bins for waste and recyclables. Intended for the protection of people and the environment, it sets very exacting standards and has proven itself, over more than 35 years, as a guide for selecting environmentally-friendly products. The bar for the award of The Blue Angel is set very high. The container has to be made from at least 80% Recycled Plastics and the material has to be certified according to EuCertPlast criteria – this means the origin of the material and the whole supply chain need to be traceable. Furthermore, the production site and processes have to be certified by an independent accredited institution. Thanks to the excellent teamwork of colleagues across multiple departments, we successfully installed the necessary processes and fulfilled all requirements. Given that new public procurement law (based on EU regulations) requires more sustainable procurement from the public sector and that The Blue Angel ecolabel is explicitly mentioned in relation to decision criterion, this achievement gives us a real edge over our competitors; ESE stands alone in being able to offer the mark for bins for waste and recyclables. Watch a short film about The Blue Angel here. > https://youtu.be/UJ9XtDOfUCM The Blue Angel...
Unique “Split Lid” for 4-wheeled containers

Unique “Split Lid” for 4-wheeled containers

Our product development team have been busy! This is the first of two pieces of news we’re able to share with you this month which reflect ESE World’s position as experts and leaders in the world of sustainable waste management services and solutions. Our 80 years’ experience and knowledge of markets and our customers’ needs really is second to none.  It’s that understanding, along with our commitment to both resource and product efficiency, which results in continuous enhancements to our product range. New ideas are always tested for feasibility with regard to products and processes. Concepts are drawn up, samples produced, computer simulations reconstruct product use scenarios… we think of everything!  So when a product is ready for release, we know it’ll deliver exactly what’s required, brilliantly, in full compliance with sustainability and environmental requirements. This week, at #IFAT2016 in Munich, we unveiled our new (and unique) SPLIT LID for the 1100 litre 4-wheel container. We’ve taken the lid-in-lid concept and re-engineered it to pretty much eradicate the risk of damage to lids and hinges which exists with all other products on the market. In practical use, the lids of 1100 litre containers frequently collide with the compression mechanism of collection vehicles. Residual waste in the hopper can also come into contact with lids. The consequence is often damage to lids and hinges. The Split Lid, with its flexible front element which can hinge in either direction, is at a significant advantage here: it simply gives way, in either direction! Fracture of the lid or damage to the body hinge is practically impossible. This video shows how. As well as reduced maintenance costs then, the risk of accidents due to damaged bins is also significantly reduced. Other benefits...
North Norfolk DC Trials Clean Cube Compacting Smart Bin

North Norfolk DC Trials Clean Cube Compacting Smart Bin

There was a nice piece in the Eastern Daily Press yesterday about our Clean Cube solar-powered, compacting “smart bin” including a lovely picture of Councillor Angie Fitch-Tillett in the unseasonal Cromer sunshine. The North Norfolk District Council Cabinet Member for the Environment reportedly said, “We are trialling this new bin to see how successful it could be in reducing the volume of waste so that our bins can be used for longer. I think it’s great that we’re putting smart technology to work to help protect the environment.” The newspaper also touched on another of the environmental benefits of an enclosed litter bin, “The ‘smart’ solar powered litter bin crushes rubbish down to stop litter being blown around the town. The trial of the bin started on February 10 and runs through to Easter.” Read the article in full...
11 Ways Towards A Mindful MeRRRy Christmas

11 Ways Towards A Mindful MeRRRy Christmas

For the most part, Christmas in the UK is a secular affair all about spending time with family and friends – and money on things things we don’t want, apparently. Whilst research predicts that households are looking to spend around 3% less across the board than last year, we are still expecting to pay out just short of £800 per household on celebrating Christmas 2015. Estimated average spend figures break down as follows: – £159 on food and drink (8% less than last year) – £41 on cards and decorations (5% less than last year) – £596 on presents (1% less than last year) And yet, despite the trend for spending less, 12% of people surveyed said their “excessive Christmas spending will give them a financial hangover for 2016“. But hey, it’s Christmas. Surely it’s worth it? So we splurge a little, but we’re grateful, right? Well, according to an archived Daily Mirror piece on debt and Christmas, in 2011, at least 1 in 10 of the gifts we received was not what we really wanted. In monetary terms then, we managed to spend around £594million on unwanted Christmas gifts. Well done us! But it’s not just on presents that we’re literally throwing our money away. A 2014 survey by The Money Advice Service found that the average adult spends £28 on food and drink that will end up in the bin. Add that to the value of the unwanted gifts, and that’s a whopping £2.4 billion we’re spending on filling our bins! Thanks to Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s War on Waste, rather than making us feel like tight bah-humbugs, if we spend less and...
Which came first – the waste or the (smart) bin?

Which came first – the waste or the (smart) bin?

ESE World UK Managing Director Dave Hughes writes: We’ve recently added a new product to our portfolio. We’ve dubbed it a smart bin, because it is – in so many ways: – It’s barely bigger than a regular wheelie bin, yet it takes up to 8 times the amount of litter. – It contains a regular wheelie bin, so it doesn’t require any special kit when it’s time to empty it. – It is fully enclosed in a smart steel box, so will never go walkabouts. – It knows when it needs emptying and will tell whoever is responsible for that itself. – It is powered by the sun. – It can provide a wifi hotspot. – It can make its owner money! We are well aware that it isn’t the first solar-powered compacting bin to appear on the market, but that’s part of its appeal. Working with eCube Labs, we’ve been able to improve on what was already available and have created the perfect solution for high-footfall areas where large volumes of rubbish need to be managed. Now naturally, we are biassed. We think the Clean Cube could transform not just built environments, but also waste management and, with it, organisations’ operating costs. We are genuinely proud of what we’ve created and excited by the impact we see it having. So I can’t deny that a comment I heard about smart bins recently, threw me for a moment. The conversation was relating to the state of public parks at the end of a sunny day. You can picture the scene; overflowing, open bins with picnic rubbish including food waste...
ESE World MD Dave Hughes on longevity and myths 

ESE World MD Dave Hughes on longevity and myths 

I’m a convert. They say converts can become somewhat evangelical about their cause. Well, we’ve produced plastic containers that are in use all over the UK and Europe. Some have been in service – without repair or modification – for 17 years. That’s a good reason to take sides especially when I read some claims made on websites in the UK. For example: “The durability of our metal waste and recycling containers ensures they’ll stand the test of time. All in all, they offer demonstrably superior whole life value against alternative metal bins and, unlike plastic equivalents they won’t need frequent replacement because of fire loss or irreparable damage (typically 30% better over a 10 year comparison).” “Our waste and recycling containers are the most durable… and, unlike their plastic equivalents, you won’t suffer the cost and inconvenience of loss to fire or irreparable damage.” I’ve not set out to rubbish metal containers or metal container manufacturers; far from it. They produce good quality products. My aim is to dispel a myth because there’s room and reason for both in the marketplace, and it’s just not the case that metal containers are superior to plastic. I have worked in the waste industry for more than 30 years and operated both municipal contracts collecting trade refuse and C&I collection depots. I used to specify metal containers rather than plastic. Why? Because there was a perception they lasted longer because the fronts didn’t bow or crack, the lifting lugs didn’t break off and, if the bin was fire damaged, a plastic container would just be a molten blob on the ground....