UPCYCLE FASHION FOR A GREEN 2022

by Chloe Richards, January 2022. 

Is there a way to make Fashion Green in 2022, can anyone Upcycle?

What can you do to create your own recycled Fashion?

Many of us are already donating used clothes to centres like the Salvation Army, but there is still a good portion of clothing ending up in landfills. With the need to reduce our carbon, water and waste footprints becoming even more important in 2022, we can start by making a few changes to how we discard of our unwanted clothes.

Did you know?

350’000 tonnes of used but still wearable clothing goes into landfill in the UK every year.

Here are a few ways in which you can reduce, reuse and/or upcycle your unwanted clothes.

DIY T-Shirt Quilt

If you are like me and have collected t-shirts from different shows, festivals, or events, you have been too but now they are all stuffed in a box under your bed wasting storage space. Well, why not make them into a t-shirt quilt for your room. It will be a trip down memory lane for you seeing your different ones and you’ll get that storage back under your bed.

DIY T-Shirt Quilt – Stars for Streetlights

Cotton Face Masks

As we all know, one thing that has ended up becoming a legal essential to our day to day lives lately are face masks. Its no secret that there was a shortage of the N95 and surgical masks when the pandemic was at an all time high. So many people took to upcycling their unwanted cotton clothing to make colourful handmade masks. Please see the link below to see how you can make your own.

How to Make a Homemade Face Mask from a T-Shirt (thesoccermomblog.com)

JEANS

I don’t believe anyone who says they don’t have a favourite pair of jeans. They are the pair that is the right fit, shape and stretch (when we overindulge). When the time comes to throw them in the bin, think again. With denim being a hardly material, it can be upcycled into many things from teddy bears to aprons. Have a look at link below for some creative ways to jazz up your jeans.

21 Ingeniously Creative Ways to Upcycle Old Jeans / Bright Side

Now I know not everyone has the textiles gift when it comes to upcycling your clothes. So other options are:

  • Check to see if your council collects clothes and textiles to be recycled.
  • Donate items to registered charity shops.
  • Some schools often fundraise for local schools, churches, or organisations such as Girl Guides or Scouts. A textile company are arranged to collect your clothes in exchange for money to go towards the chosen cause.
  • Many high street retailers such as Primark and M&S offer clothing banks in-store. Meaning when you pop into store, bring along you bag of old clothes to donate.

The UK could save around £3billion per year from the cost of the resources we use to make and clean clothes if we changed the way we supplied, used, and disposed of clothing. It might not seem like you are doing much by dropping a bag of unwanted clothes off at the charity shop, but every little helps to increase the percentage of clothes ending up in landfill

At AR Richards we are passionate that we want people to do the right thing. We feel that is our responsibility as a professional waste company to educate and offer the correct choice to consumers all the time. We work closely with the team at the Salvation Army to ensure that we offer Clothes recycling to our list of recycling options. Sorting your household waste and using the recycling bin is simply stage one of the process. We must ensure that all waste is then handled correctly and most importantly it is reprocessed correctly and in such a manner that it can be reused. This is all part of creating a circular economy.

To find out more please contact the team today; 01630 639 888.

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HOW YOU CAN REUSE THIS CHRISTMAS

by Abi Philp, December 2021, with the help of Director Sheilagh Richards. 

How can you RECYCLE, REUSE and REDUCE this Christmas?

What easy tricks can you do to recycle?

Our in house resident seam stress and design expert Sheila has been working tirelessly the last few weeks making Christmas decorations from others rubbish! The results have amazed the whole office at A R Richards. From the very simple to the most complex of baubles there is something for everyone.

Christmas Snowflakes, Tags and Paper Chains:
Such a simple but beautiful way to decorate. Using old books, perhaps that have pages missing, cut the paper into snowflake shapes, gift tags or paper chains to create an elegant but effective decoration. Do make sure that when you are using sharp scissors you have an adult with you at all times!

A lovely tip, is use sheet music that perhaps has sentimental meaning to you or your family.

DIY Bunting Ideas for Your Wedding - mywedding | Paper party decorations diy, Paper chains, Diy book

Mince Pie Baubles: 

Over the festive period we eat thousands of these tasty treats, it is believed that on average an adult in the UK eats 24 mince pies in the festive period! Why not use the foil casing that mince pies come in to create beautiful metallic baubles for your tree. Sheila simply added some single buttons that she had to add a little more sparkle…!

Mince Pie & Tart Foil Cases | Aluminium Foil Cases | Baking Cases

HOW ELSE CAN YOU RECYCLE THIS CHRISTMAS?

At A R Richards we are passionate about doing the right thing. We want to offer our customers that very best service and equipment whilst being able to recycle over 97% of the waste that we process. Over Christmas the amount of rubbish that the UK produces is mind boggling.

As an example, it is expected that the average UK adult spends around £330 buying Christmas presents, and the average child will receive 16 gifts in total. With Christmas being celebrated in many countries around the world, and the world’s population standing at 7.8 billion people (as of December 2021), that’s a lot of wrapping paper, card board boxes, plastic packaging and name tags that need to be disposed of once Santa has visited!  Add to this the  one billion Christmas cards being sold in the UK alone each year, and the 17.2 million Brussels sprouts that go uneaten, and that’s even more waste that needs to be disposed of correctly, and as environmentally-friendly as possible.

As the statistics show, in the UK alone we create 30% more waste than usual during the festive period,  and this includes two million turkeys and six million Christmas trees. These are shocking amounts and they show that something has to be done by both businesses and consumers to reduce our impact on the planet. Simply, the more waste we send to landfill the more methane and carbon dioxide (CO2) that gets released into the air, and the more the temperature of the Earth rises. We are passionate at  A R Richards that we work to reduce this. 

We offer skip hire to Shropshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire from as little as £130 + vat. Why not share this cost with a neighbour? Not only does it speed that Christmas clear up, it also ensures that you are doing your little bit for the environment. We want everyone to have the very best Christmas they can, but we want to ensure that Christmases in the future are still as brilliant for future generations.

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ISO & CHAS Accreditation

by Michael Dauscha, November 2021

What are the benefits of an Integrated Management Systems – ISO 9001, 14001 & 45001:

What is an integrated management system (ISO)?

Our Integrated Management System merges our ISO management processes into one convenient system, reducing hassle, cutting waste and refining compliance. Ultimately it means that A R Richards are adhering to the highest levels of Health & Safety across all sites. ISO support A R Richards with a helping hand in achieving best practice for quality, environmental impact, occupational health and safety, and many more. Being ISO accredited means that when you book a skip with us you know it is a trustworthy and proven company.

A R Richards became ISO accredited in 2021.

The benefits of our integrated management system (ISO)

High Performance

We feel that ISO gives as improved management processes. With streamlined procedures and continual improvement, we benefit from quality, improved health and safety and increased productivity

Streamlined Management

Aligned objectives and processes allow for streamlined efficiency. Our customers benefit from this as they find a quicker, faster response and clearer communication channels.

Cost – Effective Solutions

Shared tasks and processes mean the cost of implementing and maintaining our system has a positive effect on our cost savings. These savings in turn are felt by our customers, ensuring we keep any price increases to a minimum. Allowing us to purchase new vehicles for the fleet and investing in staff training.

What are the benefits CHAS Accreditation?

CHAS helps clients (buyers) and contractors (suppliers) ensure compliance across the different areas of risk management, and mitigate risks across the supply chain. CHAS accreditation schemes help businesses achieve compliance, mitigate supply chain risks and support efficient supply chain management.

With the new Common Assessment Standard, we can review all aspects of your risk management policies in a single annual audit.  And as one of the founders of Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP),  CHAS is committed to setting health and safety benchmarks that drive industries forward and make the world of work a safer place. This aligns with A R Richards continued drive to set industry standards in H & S. 

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HOPE HOUSE DARK RUN

by Louise Bolton, November 2021

On Friday 29th October, friends and family of the AR Richards staff took part in the 5k Hope House Dark Run/Waddle/Walk. After being limited to social events it was FANTASTIC to see so many of the team supporting the event… we had runners from Transport, Weighbridge, Accounts, HR, Building Merchants, Waste, Skip Team, Eurobins and Construction!

Dave Morgan took on the challenge of Course Designer. He created a challenging multi lap course that included lots of puddles and dark patches to make our run a little bit spookier! Overall, we needed to do 4.75 laps to complete the 5km. Luckily the weather was kind to us, and we didn’t have any soggy witches! Friends and family were asked to dress up which added to the Spooookktacular. Turning a dark corner and being confronted by a glow in the dark skeleton certainly added to it.

Once we had all completed, we all met back at the staff canteen to cheer on everyone else and present all runners with their Glow in the Dark Hope House Medals. We also had some special prizes for those who showed off their spooky side and dressed up.

Overall, we had a really fun family night all for a great cause! Being able to able to catch up with friends we hadn’t seen in a while, whilst exercising and dressed up.

 

The team at A R Richards managed to raise a whopping £800 with a few more donations to come in.  Thank you to everyone that took part and came to support and after brief discussions look out for the DARK RUN 2022 which we hope will be bigger and better!

 

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OUR NEW BIN LORRIES

Today is the day, and we could not be prouder! Our New Euro Bin Lorries have left the yard on their maiden rounds!

 

A R Richards Complete Waste Management two super duper bin lorries are now out on the roads of Shropshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire.
Keep your eyes peeled and give the drivers a wave! 👋 
Supporting Midlands Air Ambulance Charity and Hope House & Tŷ Gobaith every lift that we complete A R Richards Ltd will pledge a financial contribution to these two AMAZING charities.


A R RICHARDS PROMISE:

At A.R.Richards Ltd we want to continue to show our support for the amazing work that the team at – Hope House Tŷ Gobaith do every day. Our Euro Bin lorry will work through Shropshire, Staffordshire & Cheshire. For every bin that we lift we will pledge a financial contribution to – Hope House Tŷ Gobaith. Additionally there are collection boxes for change at all weighbridge offices at A R Richards and various fundraisers throughout the year. We ask that our customers support as much as they can!

STATEMENT FROM ANDREW RICHARDS

“As a local family business we want to ensure that we are giving back. This year we were in the position that we needed to modernise our refuse lorry fleet and we felt that as these vehicles cover vast amounts of the West Midlands it was a great opportunity to raise awareness of Hope House & Ty Gobaith and Midlands Air Ambulance. The lorries will be used to not only raise awareness but will offer continued financial support. Each lift the lorries complete, A R Richards pledge a financial contribution to these incredible charities.”

Andrew Richards
Operation & Sales Director

Contact the Euro Bin Team today if you would like to find out more:

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WE ARE RECRUITING!

As we continue to grow we are always on the search for new Team Members to join our friendly fun team based just outside Market Drayton. Please see our Current Roles HERE

HGV/ LGV CLASS 2 DRIVERS: Immediate Start. To be part of the team delivering various waste streams across the Midlands. We have a fleet of vehicles that we maintain in house and we are very proud of.

Call 01630 639 888 to find out more or apply via info@arrichards.co.uk


Other than being a fun, friendly team we offer competitive packages to all. Hours and hourly rates will be discussed at interview. We ask that everyone is flexible with hours, has a can – do attitude and comes to work with a smile!

 

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Food Waste Action Week

Around a third of the food we produce worldwide is lost or wasted and it’s having a significant impact on climate change.  In fact, it contributes a staggering 8–10% of total man-made greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. WRAP have launched the first ever Food Action Week (1st- 7th March).
As a Recycling and Waste Facility we want to educate people and show our support for the campaign.

This wasted food can be unsold food, or food that we throw away. This is simply adding fuel to the already roaring climate crisis that we face. At A.R.Richards as a recycling facility we work to educate all our customers. We want to ensure that people understand where there waste goes and the importance of using the correct legal processes for disposing of ALL waste. Whilst we do not specialise in food waste, it is a WASTE and we feel passionately that people should be aware of what is happening when they throw food away.

Did you know… Bananas as the 4th most wasted food in the UK. It is estimated that daily we throw out 1.4 million edible bananas! It is not simply the waste of the end product, but think back in the process. The energy used to grow the banana, the fuel to import the banana, the man hours to move the banana to the supermarket. And for what end result? Nothing. It is thrown in the bin.

Its facts like this that are the reason that WRAP have launched the Food Waste Week. By partnering with a number of leading global companies WRAP are hoping to educate, share knowledge and inspire people and workplaces. At A R Richards we are using our social media platforms to spread the word and share facts. Within the office we are asking the team to think of their top food saving tips… freezing grapes to pop as snacks or as fruity ice cubes in a G & T are up with the favourites!

If food waste were a country, it would have the third biggest carbon footprint after the USA and China.

Our Euro Bins team can offer a dedicated Food Waste bin to any site or event. It may be that this is not appropriate for your situation, however it is so IMPORTANT that you use the correct bin for food waste. If you throw food waste into a Dry Recycling Bin not only is this the wrong bin, but the food waste will cause all the recycled waste to be damaged beyond use. A key message from WRAP is to use your freezer.  Freezing the food you haven’t had time to eat acts like a pause button, giving you more time to eat the food you’ve bought. It’s safe to freeze food right up to the use-by date. Find out what you can and can’t freeze and what the correct way of defrosting is. Freezing what you have and buying frozen will help you use up everything without it expiring. With this make sure that your freezer is energy efficient, some older models may be very inefficient. We are able to offer freezer waste disposal at Bensite,
as with all our hazardous waste you will receive a consignment note as standard.
Remember that a number of household products are now classified as Hazardous Waste– if you are unsure please read HERE.

A final fact for you to consider… Potatoes are the most wasted food in the UK. Daily 5.8 million are thrown away daily. Check out our favourite potato recipe HERE. Our agricultural division are very passionate about all things tuber as they spend so may hours tending to fields to feed us all. We must as a nation spread the knowledge that we have an share any top tips to ensure that we do our bit in reducing Food Waste forever.

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Have you SKIPped a Step in you Spring Cleaning Plans?

Skip Hire for Spring Cleaning

IS IT TIME THAT YOUR GARAGE HAD A CLEAR OUT, DO YOU REALLY NEED THOSE GOLF CLUBS?

HAVE YOU SOLD YOUR HOME AND DON’T WANT TO TAKE EVERYTHING WITH YOU?

Now is the perfect time BUT don’t SKIP a step ending up with more mess than you started with.

To be honest we all know what a daunting task the annual clear out can be. All those items that you have safely stored for so many years, hoping one day would be useful, slowly collecting dust at the back of the garage. You dread the thought of the countless tips to landfill or having to organise a little garage sale. The back ache, the cobwebs and stress of using up a whole weekend. Worst part… running the risk of missing the next Guinness 6 Nations Game as well!

IS THERE A WAY THAT THIS COULD ALL BE EASIER?

Have you considered hiring a skip for the process?

COST EFFECTIVE: Skip Hire in Shropshire can start as low as £120.00 including delivery/collection.
When you start to look at the cost of the multiple trips to the Telford Household Recycling Centre, then your time, and finally add the cost for disposal. Skip Hire can really offer a cost effective solution for most of our customers.

Check out the price for your skip hire HERE.

 

RECYLCE: As a nation we love to throw things away.
Have you stopped to consider where your black bin bags all go?
By hiring a skip from A.R.Richards you can be rest assured we will be recycling around 97% of it.
Hugely reducing landfill and further damage to our planet, current predictions show that the pace of waste creation is set to double globally in the next 15 years.

 

FLEXIBLE HIRE: A.R.Richards will work with you to ensure that we deliver on time.
Whether that be today, tomorrow or next week. We will ensure that the hire is tailored to your project and budget.
As a family run business we pride ourselves on being there for our customers.
As a team we are there for you, on the end of the phone or from one of our depots in Shropshire.

 

A.R.Richards are a family run firm established in 1980 to supply Agricultural Contracting, Building Supply and Waste Management to Shropshire and beyond. As a team we work across all divisions to exceed all customer expectations.  Alongside our agricultural contracting and building supply business we operate a successful waste management facility from our depot outside Market Drayton, Shropshire. This is where we sort your waste ready to recycle.

From Bensite we supply a range of high-quality skips from 4 yard to 40 yard. We have created a handy reference guide on our website which will ensure that you order the right size skip for the job. If you are in doubt call our lovely team on 01630 639 888 and we will do our best to offer the most cost-effective skip solution to you.

Once the skip size is selected, we offer delivery across Shropshire 6 days a week from our friendly delivery team. Delivery lead time is usually a maximum of 2 days, if you need it sooner than this please do let us know and we will be able to work something out. All our skips are based on a 30-day hire period so it gives you ample time to get that clear out done! No excuses.

We look forward to hearing from you!

 

 

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Hope House 2020 Christmas Jumper Competition Winner

As Part of our annual charity donations A R Richards are running a Christmas Jumper competition for all our staff. All monies raised will be donated to Hope House.

Entry to the competition is just £5 from each participant and A R Richards will match each entry fee with a further £5.

1st Prize – £100 Joules Voucher, this can be used at the Red Lion Market Drayton for food and drink to the value of £100

2nd Prize – Fordhall Farm Festive Hamper 

3rd Prize – Bottle of Prosecco/Box of Beer

The winner will be chosen by a representative of Hope House on Friday 18th December.

Good Luck & Merry Christmas!

 

We have a winner! 

 

Catrin Dowdeswell of Hope House kindly Judged the entries for our Christmas jumper competition on Friday 18th December, after a very difficult process she picked Tony Jones as the overall winner.

Congratulations to all our winners 1st Place Tony Jones 2nd Place Keith Court & James Hallam 3rd Place Stuart Williams.

We are delighted to announce that together we raised a total of £400 for Hope House. Thank you to everyone for taking part and your kind and generous donations for a truly deserving charity.

A R Richards would like to extend our thanks to Joules Brewery &  Fordhall Farm for their generous prize donations.

We wish everyone a very merry Christmas and a happy new year.

 

 

Please see  below a gallery of pictures entered into this years competition.

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Growing Aggregate range

We have recently installed a new Lego Block storage system allowing us to keep more stock of your favourite aggregates.

Current Range includes:
Flamingo Chippings
Polar Chippings
Artic White
Ebony Black

All available loose, in bulk bags or 25kg bags.

Delivery service available with our Hiab team. Call 01630 639 888, option 3 today.

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