Eco-friendly camping and school holiday outings

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With school holidays well and truly upon us, how long will it be before the kids are bored? Thoughts turn to potential activities and days out to relieve the boredom and get out of the house. Camping trips are a great way to connect with nature and have a good time to boot! However, it’s important to remember to do your part while enjoying nature to take care of it, by endeavoring to reduce, reuse and recycle. So, with some eco-friendly tips in mind, let’s dust off the tent and head for the great outdoors!

Looking forward to sleeping under the stars? With a little planning you can ensure your camping trip will be eco-friendly.

  • Get the right gear – It needn’t be expensive to stock up for a trip into the outdoors. Browse charity stores, car boot sales and eBay to find backpacks, lanterns and tents. However you may want to invest in a new sleeping bag. Look for one made from recycled materials, a great way to sleep greener under the stars.
  • Minimise rubbish – Use dish towels rather than paper towels. Pack cutlery and utensils rather than disposable plastic. Bring reusable water bottles and containers. Don’t forget bin bags to gather any rubbish and recyclables and take it with you when you leave.
  • Gas tanks/canisters: Empty gas canisters used for camp stoves or lanterns must be carefully disposed of to keep them out of landfills. Spent propane canisters are considered hazardous waste while still under pressure, but once they are safely vented and relieved of pressure they can be recycled as scrap metal. To make sure the canister is completely empty, attach the canister to the device (usually stove or lantern). Turn the gas on and light the device, allowing the gas to completely run out. Write “empty” on the side of the small canister. Use up all fuel before disposing of your tank to reduce chances of an explosion. When further use isn’t possible, find safe means to dispose of empty tanks.

Have a wonderful, low waste summer in the great outdoors!

If you’re going on a road trip instead, once you’ve loaded up the family vehicle with clothes and electronic gadgets, add a bag or stackable bag-lined container to stow bottles, cans, paper, cartons and other recyclables. Teach sustainability to the kids by getting them involved with finding the recycling bins at rest areas, motorway services, public parks and even some petrol stations. Recycling while away from home can be tricky, but a little planning can go a long way towards being green on your holidays.

Although we can’t help to erect your tent, Recycle IT 4 U can offer a wide ranging servicing encompassing secure hardware and data disposal.

RecycleIT4U offer a fast, efficient and friendly service to help recycle your unwanted electrical goods with a simple automated collection system.
To book a collection you can either use our online form or you can speak to us direct during our normal office hours. Our collection booking telephone number is 01952 580814.

We will collect redundant PCs, laptops, monitors, servers, network products, printers, EPOS, Scanners, UPS, cabling, AV equipment, projectors, telephones, mobiles and fax machines using our own vehicles at an agreed date and time.

An official WEEE disposal certificate will be issued, quoting serial number, asset tag and 
description of all the items collected.

Hazardous waste notes will be issued for redundant equipment such as monitors and batteries that contain hazardous materials.

We can also ensure secure data destruction. The security of unwanted data held on file by way of magnetic media, computer hard drives, 
backup tapes, CD’s or floppy drives is controlled by the Data Protection Act 1998. All data bearing devices are dealt with by Recycle IT 4U in one of two ways:-

  • Physical shredding
  • Electronic wiping of DATA (only applicable if approved by you the customer)

Data held on hard drives is removed or eradicated using approved software and hardware in accordance with internationally recognised standards.

We also pride ourselves in refurbishing, reusing and recycling for spares and repairs as much as possible, so equipment can have a second lease of life.

Any equipment not suitable for our refurbishment programme or spares, is separated and then sent in bulk to our Strategic Partner, the world’s largest waste management company for further recycling and separation into glass, metal and plastics and reintroduced into the manufacturing chain as raw materials.