Office disposal: how to follow the waste hierarchy [infographic]

Whether you’re moving office, refurbishing or downsizing, proper disposal of furniture and IT equipment is an absolute must for modern businesses. Not only do customers expect companies to demonstrate a commitment to environmental responsibility, but failing to do so could result in a fine or prosecution under the Environmental Protection Act.

When undergoing a disposal project, the government expects business to follow the waste management hierarchy, which prioritises how furniture and IT is disposed:

Waste management hierarchy

The waste management hierarchy

Prevention

The government requires that, as far as possible, companies prevent the production of waste. Organisations have three main options to achieve this:

  1. Resell your furniture and IT to another party to earn money from your assets
  2. Donate the items to a charity, school or local cause
  3. Redistribute them to other company locations

Reuse

If waste cannot be prevented, the next option is to reuse the assets. Businesses can invest in remodelling, to bring the assets back to a useable state and reinsert them into the business.

Recycling

If the assets are not in a fit state for reuse, they can be taken to a recycling centre to be stripped to their base components, and the components reused in other ways.

Energy recovery

If even the components of your assets are beyond use, they can undergo biomass incineration to recover their energy for repurposing.

Disposal

If the assets are unsuitable for incineration, the final option is disposal via landfill.

Managing your waste: a complete solution

If you are undergoing a disposal project, Pickfords Business Solutions will manage your assets and apply the waste management hierarchy on your behalf. Pickfords will collect your assets from site, tag and track them to identify how they can be disposed of.

Pickfords always follows the waste management hierarchy, prioritising prevention before any other option. We always strive for 0% to landfill, only disposing of items once all other options are exhausted.


Preparing for an office removal or disposal project? Pickfords Business Solutions provides a complete recycling and removals service to thousands of UK organisations. Click here to find out more or get a quote today.

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How to prepare your home for a child

Welcoming a child into your home is an exciting time, but most properties need a bit of work before they’re ready for little ones. Here’s how to prepare your home for a new arrival:

Babyproof everywhere

Babies and toddlers are natural explorers with an underdeveloped sense of danger. Take these steps to keep your little ones protected in a home full of hazards:

  • Replace blinds with safe pulley systems and install cord safety devices
  • Keep wires out of the way and plug all unused power sockets with covers
  • Install safety gates at the top and bottom of staircases
  • Consider every surface and ensure all sharp, heavy, breakable or otherwise dangerous objects are out of reach, if not out of sight

Protect yourself against noise

The sound of children playing can be a joy, but we all need our quiet time. Here’s how to absorb some of that noise through home decor:

  • Purchase some thick rugs and cushions for their bedroom or playroom
  • Install thick curtains around your windows
  • Line your shelves with books
  • Fill cupboards and cabinets with towels and linen

Create a relaxing environment

Children respond to the environment around them. The following steps will help create a relaxed yet stimulating atmosphere in your home:

  • Reduce clutter
  • Install artwork that gives off peaceful vibes, such as landscapes or watercolours
  • Paint your rooms in calming colours, such as whites and pastels
  • Invest in furnishings to match
  • Buy some indoor plants (but keep them out of reach!)
  • Install mood lighting

Need more room for an expanding family? Contact Pickfords for expert local, national and international packing and removals. Click here for a quote or find out more.

How to prepare for moving in [10 tips]

Once you’ve booked your home move, there are several things you can do to make the day go extra smoothly. As well as preparing your old property for moving out (see last week’s blog), there are things you can do in your new home to prepare for delivery of your belongings:

1. Set out the essentials
Make sure every room has working light bulbs, and pop some loo roll and hand-wash in the bathrooms.

2. Clean everywhere
Pre-delivery is a great opportunity to carry out a deep clean of your new home before your belongings get in the way.

3. Take lots of photos
If renting, be sure to document any existing damage to the property to avoid unnecessary repair fees at the end of your contract.

4. Set up your utilities
Make sure your electricity, gas, water, TV licence and broadband are set up so you’re home is habitable as soon as you’re unpacked.

5. Sort out some snacks
Have some refreshments ready for everyone involved in the move.

6. Plan the new layout
Decide where your furniture and effects will go in each room so everything can be put into place quickly on arrival.

7. Make room for rubbish
In your layout plan, set aside a place to discard packing materials and keep empty cartons until they can be collected by your removal company.

8. Book any post-move services
Arrange a professional for any items that will require technical installation upon delivery.

9. Check your inventory
Track down your item list and read it through before your delivery arrives so you know exactly what to expect on the day.

10. Plan your evening meal
Sorting through belongings is hard work, so the last thing you’ll want to do is cook. Book a restaurant or track down the nearest takeaway for a post-move-day treat!


Ready to move? Contact Pickfords for a free removals estimate, or request a callback today.

Office disposal: why landfills are no longer an option [infographic]

Relocating your office often involves disposing of furniture, IT equipment and other materials due for an upgrade at your new facilities. Most businesses will take the opportunity to recycle, although this isn’t always easy. It can be tempting to send tricky composite materials and outdated equipment straight to landfill, but if you don’t do everything possible to avoid traditional disposal, there are significant risks to both the your company and the environment:

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In need of furniture or IT disposal ahead of an office relocation? Pickfords Business Solutions provides a complete recycling and removals service to thousands of UK organisations. Click here to find out more or get a quote today.

Silly place names across the world

While the UK has a lot of silly place names (seriously), as an international moving company, we’ve discovered that there are places across the world with strange and funny names. Here’s a few of our favourites:

Accident

A town in Maryland, US. Residents are called Accidentals.

Banana

A settlement on Kiritimati Island, Kiribati.

 

Batman

A Turkish city, whose mayor threatened to sue Warner Bros. for the use of its name in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight films.

 

Chicken

A former mining village in Alaska. Prospectors wanted to name the town after ptarmigan, a local game bird, but Chicken was easier to spell.

Cow Head

A town in the equally oddly-named Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Dinosaur

A town in Colorado, named for the nearby Dinosaur National Monument, home of over 8000 paleontological sites.

Egg

This Austrian town does not farm chickens.

Fishkill

A town along New York’s Hudson River. The name derives from the Dutch “vis kill”, meaning “fish creek”.

Good Grief

A municipality in Idaho.

Happy Adventure

A village of Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada. There are several theories about the origin of the name; some suggest it’s a reflection of the joyful experience of the first settlers finding such a welcoming environment.

Inexpressible Island

A small island in Antarctica, so named for the inexpressible misery experienced by explorers stranded there in a snow drift in 1912.

Jam

A city in Iran, capital of Jam County; also known as Jām-e Jam.

Kissing

A municipality in Bavaria, Germany. The surname Kissinger (as in Henry Kissinger) means inhabitant of Kissing.

Lizard Lick

An municipality in North Carolina. In 1998, Nintendo held a prelaunch event in Lizard Lick for Yoshi’s Story, an N64 game featuring a reptile named Yoshi who can extend his tongue over long distances.

Mango

An Italian municipality in which no mangoes are grown.

Nameless

This region of Jackson, Tennessee, does in fact have a name.

Ogre

The principle town of Ogre District, Latvia. The town’s name means ‘eel’ in Russian; named for the nearby Ogre River in which many eels used to reside.

Poo

A small town in India, also known as Pooh.

Santa Claus

This city in Georgia includes the street names Candy Cane Road, December Drive, Rudolph Way, Dancer Street, Prancer Street, and Sleigh Street.

Satans Kingdom

A region of Franklin, Massachusetts and Addison, Vermont.

Taylors Mistake

A locality in New Zealand, thought to be named after an incompetent sailor who mistook the bay for nearby Lyttleton Harbour, his captain having thrown himself overboard in an alcoholic fit.

Useless Loop

A small town in Australia, named by a French explorer who found its harbour entirely blocked by a sandbar.

Wagga Wagga

A city in New South Wales, Australia. In the Wiradjuri aboriginal language, the name is thought to mean ‘the place of many crows’.


Pickfords moves customers from the UK to Banana, Kissing, Ogre, and everywhere else on this list. Click here to contact us or get a quote online.

How to manage your time in moving limbo [infographic]

When moving home, there’s often a gap between the time you sign for your new property and when you actually move in. We call this ‘moving limbo’. And while this waiting period can seem like an eternity, there are plenty of ways to distract yourself and stay productive in preparation for move day:

Managing your time in moving limbo


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How to prepare for moving out [10 tips]

Once you’ve booked your home move, there are a few things you can do around the house to make packing and moving out go extra smoothly. Follow these tips to prepare your home for the big day:

1. Clean your attic or loft
This helps the removal team see everything that needs to be moved, ensuring nothing gets forgotten.

2. Disconnect, drain and dry all white goods
Ensure ease of movement for your fridge, freezer, washer and drier on the day.

3. Take down all curtains, blinds and fixtures
This will save a lot of time on move day. Make sure all pictures, mirrors and other hanging objects are taken off the walls.

4. Fold all bedding and linen
Lay everything out on the beds, ready for packing.

5. Pack all electronic devices in their original packaging
If not possible, your removal team can use specialist packing materials for your devices.

6. Clear out your garage or shed
Clean and bundle together any tools for easy carrying.

7. Arrange for your pets to stay with a neighbour
This prevents them becoming unsettled on move day.

8. Dismantle any fitness equipment
Another great time saver.

9. Wrap plants in newspaper
This protects them from drafts and stops the leaves bruising.

10. Set aside any items for storage
This ensures they can be easily identified by the removal crew on the day.


Ready to move? Contact Pickfords for a free removals estimate, or request a callback today.