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Sunrise shines light on the wonders of Waste King


Sunrise of Elstree – one of the chain of residential care homes run, since 1981, by Sunrise Senior Living – has found an efficient and highly cost-effective way of disposing of the waste materials it generates. Moreover, this solution also helps to improve the aesthetic quality of life for the home’s 78 or so residents.

The home’s Maintenance Manager, Alan Harris, explained: “We used to use skips to dispose of the home’s waste – and, then, we found that Waste King offered us the best price when it came to hiring skips. But skips tend to be unsightly and not in-keeping with the home’s aim of maintaining beautiful grounds giving our residents stunning views across the London skyline.

“Again, Waste King was able to help – by supplying a cage, or waste pod. This cage has been placed in the woods – out of sight to residents.

“When the cage is full, Waste King’s fully insured and Environment Agency-licensed staff arrive – always promptly, when requested - and empty it. It’s a brilliant arrangement!” he said.

Waste King is a specialist collections, clearance and recycling company, serving the domestic and commercial markets. It focuses not only on providing a friendly, efficient, cost-effective service but also one which is highly environmentally friendly. The company’s managing director, Glenn Currie, commented: “A waste pod acts as a solid barrier, keeping the waste apart from the outside world. Each pod provides privacy and excellent security - since it consists of one solid sheet of metal that’s difficult to break or climb – and the pod can be customised in shape and size to each customer’s particular needs.

“In addition, Waste King waste pods can be used for almost all types of waste including electrical waste, TVs and fridges, plasterboard, batteries, light bulbs and fluorescent tubes. And when it comes to waste storage and then recycling as much of that waste as possible, the waste pod is highly efficient and effective,” he added.

“Customers from a wide range of sectors are finding that waste pods are easy – and free – to install. In addition, they seem to meet our customers’ needs cost-effectively, compared with skips,” said Glenn.

Since the all the waste collected in the pod is segregated - and then loaded by hand into a Waste King truck by the company’s operatives – there’s a much greater chance of recycling all, or almost all, of the waste collected. This enables Waste King’s customers to justify their claims about being ‘environmentally friendly’ when it comes to disposing of their waste.

“In addition to being the same size but appreciably cheaper than a skip, waste pods take up no more space than a car and fit more or less anywhere,” said Andy Cattigan, Waste King’s Operations Director. “Importantly, these containers are particularly helpful for customers wanting to get rid of such things as waste electronic and electrical equipment (WEEE), plasterboard and hazardous waste – which can be difficult to dispose of safely and legally via other means.”

As with all of the Sunrise chain of homes, Sunrise of Elstree aims to create a place that champions the quality of life for seniors in a homelike, person-centred setting. So, among the options available to residents is their ability to bring their own furniture with them when they move in. However, when these residents move on, their furniture tends to be unwanted and needs to be disposed of.

Alan Harris revealed that, on average, the home generates some 30 to 40 metres of waste a year, much of which includes former residents’ furniture. Alan commented: “If you used a skip for this, it’d be full up after putting four beds in it - and it’d cost you around £200. Whereas the benefit of using Waste King’s waste pod system is that you’re only charged for waste disposal by the metre. That means you only pay for the actual amount of waste – so you don’t pay for the ‘air’, or the unused space, in the loaded skip.

“What’s really helpful is that Waste King takes away all of the home’s waste – even the hazardous waste, the safe disposal of which is now heavily regulated,” he said. “Moreover, we need certificates and other paperwork to show that these things have been disposed of safely and correctly – and Waste King supplies us with all of this paperwork.

“Some people think that using skips is a cheap option but we can’t use skips to dispose of this waste because current legislation and regulations forbid it,” he added.

“So, we used to have a box into which we put hazardous goods, such as spent bulbs and batteries, and it used to cost us £169 each time we wanted to have it taken away. Then we discovered that Waste King offers a similar service – using a bag rather than a box – which is extremely easy to use and costs us less than half what we were paying before.

“We’ve found Waste King to be efficient and cost-effective as well as environmentally friendly and aesthetically pleasing,” said Alan. “I think their service is brilliant. I can’t praise them enough.”

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