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The Full Scale of Plastic in the Ocean: Rubbish Removal Sheffield

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    The Guardian newspaper published an interesting and slightly shocking article this month revealing the full scale of the plastic in the world’s oceans for the first time. According to the most comprehensive study to date on plastic pollution around the world, there are over five trillion pieces of plastic floating around in our oceans.

    As a company specialising in litter picking and rubbish removal services in Sheffield, Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham, Clearance and Clean Up follow the media closely when it comes to issues regarding the environment, recycling  and littering.

    Plastic can Kill or Injure Animals

    While large plastic pieces can strangle larger animals such as seals, smaller bits are eaten by fish and spread up the food chain. That means that these plastics, and all the chemicals that they attract, are actually ending up on our plates, and may be ingested by humans.

    Scientists collected data from the US, France, Chili, Australia and New Zealand, and their results found that there is a minimum of 5.25 tonnes of plastic particles in the oceans, most of them “micro plastics” measuring less than 5mm. The plastic is largely derived from food and drink packaging and clothing, and can have a devastating effect on the lives of animals and their food chains.

    5% of World’s Plastic Currently Recyled

    As only 5% of the world’s plastic is currently being recycled, coupled with the rising production of throwaway plastic, researchers are predicting that the volume of plastic in the ocean will continue to rise. Julia Reisser, a researcher based at the University of Western Australia said “Lots of things are used once and then not recycled. We need to improve our use of plastic and also monitor plastics in the oceans so we get a better understanding of the issue.”

    Sustainable Rubbish Removal Sheffield

    Obviously, the staff at Clearance and Clean Up make it their mission to collect rubbish, whether it is from house clearance or rubbish removal Sheffield. We have very strict rules about disposing of waste responsibly and sustainably and we have lots of contacts in local charities and recycling stations too.

    We also issue a waste transfer note after each collection, which is a legal requirement. In addition, our Waste Electrical Equipment Removal (WEEE) means that any electrical items that we take will be recycled, with 0% going to landfill. Therefore, if you use Clearance and Clean Up for rubbish removal in Sheffield, Doncaster, Rotherham or Barnsley, you can be assured that you are making an environmentally friendly choice.

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      Incredible German Contemporary Kitchens in Sheffield

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        Last month, the Traditional Furniture Company announced the introduction of their new German kitchen range. The collection is full of fantastic contemporary kitchen designs that are sourced from Germany, which will provide you as the customer with an impressive range of choice. You’ll never be short of styles to choose from.

        The range can help a variety of people, depending on the scale of the changes required. All the furniture within the range has been manufacture through precision German engineering, so you can be sure that it really is of only the highest quality. Every aspect of kitchen design is considered, to ensure that the finished furniture always remains consistent.

        Make Your Kitchen the Centre of Your Home

        Through the installation of one of these kitchens, you can create a stunning feature room to wow guests visiting your home. Whether that’s through beautifully-formed curved island pieces, or highly-glossed cabinets, the choice really is yours. Through speaking to the Traditional Furniture Company about the collection, you’ll realise the impressive scope that it provides for you and your home.

        Functionality and form are considered in equal measure, so that your new kitchen will be both aesthetically-beautiful and entirely logical. The handless range of furniture encompassed within the range has been strategically designed, so that it enables you and your guests to interact with your kitchen in an ergonomically-considered way.

        Matching a Variety of Kitchen Budgets

        There really is something for everyone. No matter the budget, Traditional Furniture can match your requirements down to a tee. They’re extensively experienced in producing a whole variety of contemporary kitchens, with appropriate designs across both this and their other highly-demanded collections. They understand the importance of choice and always look to provide it in abundance.

        You can find out more about how the Traditional Furniture staff implement the latest technological innovations by paying them a visit at their kitchen showroom in Sheffield. There, you’ll be able to speak with a dedicated member of their passionate kitchen design team; who will only be too happy to answer any questions that you may have.

        Kitchen Showroom Sheffield Opening Hours

        You can find them at Bralea Court on Bamforth Street, where they’re open 9-5 Monday to Friday, 10-3 on Saturday and by appointment only on Sunday. Alternatively, if you’d rather get in touch by phone, you can give them a call on 0114 2852762.

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          Improve Your Home with One of These 3 Styles of Door Handles

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            Handsome Handles are extensively experienced in the supply of both contemporary and traditional door handles. As a supplier, they have forged their reputation on being able to provide their customers with choice that they simply couldn’t find elsewhere.

            To help you understand the differences between the door handles that they supply, they have put together a list of 3 of their most notable types of relative products. Each is explained in detail to help you to decide on the best ones for you and your home.

            Plenty of Variety with Door Handles on Backplate

            Black iron and antique brass are just 2 of the many materials used to make the impressive variety of door handles on backplate that Handsome Handles stock. They have a range of styles suitable for a whole host of interior designs, so you’ll be able to find the product your after.

            Handsome Handles have handles matched to both lengthier and shorter backplates, the choice simply depends on what it is that you require. Curly Tail, Art Deco and Edwardian handles are just a small sample of the sort of styles that have available.

            An Abundance of Lever on Rose Door Handles

            Handsome Handles lever on rose designs can be easily supplied to meet your needs. Particularly prevalent within contemporary homes, they resonate with elements of minimalistic interior design.

            From satin nickel to stylised, stainless steel, they stock an abundance of lever on rose door handles suitable for a variety of individuals. Each design has been ergonomically-sculpted to perfection, with functionality always receiving the same consideration as form.

            A Variety of Pull Door Handles

            These are another great option for you with relation to interior property renovations. They provide a great way to make an impression on visitors to your home and offer a completely different option from the other two styles featured in this article.

            As is the case with all the door handles that Handsome Handles supply, you have the option of both classic and modern styles; with polished brass, polished chrome, satin nickel, antique brass and satin chrome all popular choices with their customers.

            Door Handles, Door Knockers and Door Knobs from Handsome Handles

            To find out more about how Handsome Handles door handles could work for you and your home, you can give them a call on 07961832812. They also have an abundance of door knobs and door knockers in stock, which could be equally perfect for sprucing up your home.


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              Written by Chris

              December 17th, 2014 at 4:04 pm

              18,000 Signatures on Petition to Save Shops on Devonshire Street, Sheffield

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                Developers have recently submitted a planning application to Sheffield Council to demolish the string of independent retail shops on Devonshire Street and replace them with flats, restaurants and cafes. The application seeks to replace 162 to 170 Devonshire Street, which would result in the closure of the Natural Bed Company, Rare and Racy, the Rag Parade Vintage Store and Syd and Mallory.

                Vibrant Retail Quarter Faces Possible Demolition

                As professional shop sign makers in Sheffield, we like to keep our eye on what is going on in the various retail areas of the city. The recent news about the possible demolition of a number of shops on Devonshire Street comes as a blow to this vibrant independent retail quarter of Sheffield, and there are many that oppose the plans. Devonshire Street is a popular area of the city centre with an eclectic mix of independent retail shops and quirky boutiques selling everything from vintage jewellery and clothes to second hand books and records.

                Petition Handed to City Planners

                The petition against the demolition has now been handed in to city planners, which has over 18,000 signatures. Sheffield poet Jonathan Butcher, who stocks his books at the independent book store Rare and Racy, set up the petition. He said: “Those signatures on that petition just show how much people value this area of Sheffield. Students choose to come to Sheffield for the underground music scene and the independent vintage shops and emporiums. People are going to forget what Sheffield is all about it if developers keep building complexes. It’s becoming more and more corporate.”

                Comment from Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield

                Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield visited the shop owners to discuss the plans from Sheffield business Primesite Ltd. He said: “I’ve had a lot of constituents get in touch with me and they are really concerned. I share that concern, because I think shops like this on Devonshire Street really make the character of the city centre, it’s not just about the big chains. We want small, independents that give life to the city. I’m really worried that, not only the development but the change in the uses for these units so restaurants and bars can move in will fundamentally weaken the city centre.”

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                  4 Benefits of Having a Biomass Boiler Installed in your Home

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                    Low Carbon Fuel

                    Wood is classed as a ‘low carbon’ fuel that produces only a fraction of the emissions of fossil fuels, therefore heating a building with a biomass boiler is a great way of helping to reduce the amount carbon that is released into the atmosphere.

                    The main difference between fossil fuels and biomass fuels is the type of carbon that is emitted: fossil fuel releases fossilized carbon and biomass fuel releases contemporary carbon. Burning wood returns contemporary carbon to the atmosphere, recently taken up by a growing plant. This contemporary carbon is then taken up by replacement growth. But burning fossil fuels results in converting stable carbon which was sequestered millions of years ago into atmospheric carbon dioxide.

                    Integrate Biomass Boilers with Existing Heating Systems

                    Biomass boilers will replace existing fossil fuel boilers, whether that is gas, oil, LPG,  and provide all your space, under floor and water heating.  They can also be integrated with a gas boiler or electric fire.  Assuming that Thermostatic Radiator Valves (TRVs) are fitted, then the TRV will shut off as the room is warmed up by the biomass heating system.

                    Payments from the Renewable Heat Incentive

                    In addition to the financial benefits of saving money on fuel, people who have biomass boilers installed also qualify for payments from the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). This is a government backed scheme that is aimed at encouraging investment in renewable energy such as biomass boilers. For systems that are eligible for the scheme, a fixed and index linked income is awarded for every kWh of heat generated.

                    Save Money on Fuel

                    The savings that can be made by heating your home or business using a biomass boiler are significant, especially for those that use a lot of heat. Using oil, gas or electricity can be expensive, and as the worldwide demand for fossil fuels increases, it’s likely to rise further in the near future.

                    There are many excellent advantages to biomass boilers. For many heat users, the combination of payments from the renewable heat incentive, as well as lower heating costs, makes the initial investment worthwhile. Paybacks can be achieved in less than 5 years, and return on investment from biomass boilers can be significant. For an accurate estimate of the amount of money that you could save and earn from a biomass installation, feel free to use our Renewable Heat Incentive Calculator.

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                      5 Solutions That Trimming Knife Blades Can Provide

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                        Knife-Point is a Sheffield-based supplier of blades suitable for a variety of needs. Snap off blades, planer blades and trimming knife blades are all available to their customers; as they continue to provide extensive choice and excellent quality. With that in mind, Knife-Point have devised a list of 5 common solutions that their trimming knife blades can provide:

                        A Way to Ensure Accuracy

                        The problem with a poorly maintained or incorrectly implemented knife blade is that it deeply affects the accuracy of the work occupying your time. Trimming knife blades can solve this problem and assure you of the highest levels of accuracy every time.

                        Blade Versatility

                        When you’re working across two or more trades, it’s nice if you can use your tools in both lines of work. The trimming knife blades that Knife-Point supply are extremely versatile and can help provide a solution to this common problem. Craft, graphic design and flooring are just 3 of the many common uses for these blades.

                        Blade Longevity

                        Whilst blades naturally need to be replaced in time, it can be frustrating and costly when they wear out quickly. Knife-Point can counter this problem, with their variety of trimming knife blades manufactured in hardened and tempered carbon steel. These will help to ensure longevity when it comes to getting down to work.

                        A Means to Deal with Troublesome Materials

                        For trades people such as roofers, floorers and those working within the packaging industry, trimming knife blades can prove invaluable. Vinyl and acrylic are just two of the many stubborn materials that these individuals have to deal with; but with these blades any difficulties cutting should be erased.

                        A Suitably Sized Blade Tailored to the Job

                        Whatever blade it is that you require, you can be sure you’ll find it at Knife-Point. Their extensive variety of knife products can be bought in a variety of different sizes; then interchanged with ease. This should ensure the flexibility you desire within your work, which will prove to be invaluable when it comes to cutting costs and producing the highest quality of work.

                        Stanley Knife Blades, Trimming Knife Blades and Planer Blades

                        If you’re interested in any of the knife blades covered in this article, you should contact Knife-Point today. They regularly receive repeat custom from their satisfied customers. To speak to a member of the Knife-Point team, you can reach them on 07737133030.



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                          Stunning Kitchen Installation from Bespoke Kitchen Manufacturer

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                            The Traditional Furniture Company is a bespoke kitchen manufacturer based in Sheffield; who consistently aim to offer the highest standards of workmanship. Supplying to both customers in the local area and clients further afield – via independent retailers of their handmade kitchens – they are seeing their audience continue to grow.

                            For those people – and others not yet aware of Traditional Furniture’s bespoke kitchen furniture – it’s always nice to read about examples of their work currently existing within UK homes. Bearing that in mind, they recently saw one of their stunning kitchens installed in the Nottingham area, which left the receiving party delighted.

                            Blended Kitchen Style

                            The commission provides another excellent example of how traditional and modern kitchen style can be married in an aesthetically-stunning way. Modern woods have been blended with careful hand-painting to create beautiful furniture throughout the kitchen, which is sure to satisfy the pair for many years to come.

                            The challenge presented to Traditional Furniture was to fit a carefully-considered, medium-to-large scale kitchen that would include cabinets with folding doors, sculpted island units for seating and food preparation, a TV cabinet and a wine rack. All aspects of the kitchen were logically considered to ensure the seamless transition of the room into the couple’s home.

                            A Variety of Kitchen Possibilities for Sheffield Homeowners

                            This is just one of countless kitchen designs that are well within Traditional Furniture’s realms of capability. With over 25 years of experience in the kitchen manufacturing industry, they are extensively experienced in the production of traditional design schemes; whilst they’re equally adept in the design and manufacture of a variety of stunning contemporary kitchens.

                            With regards to the latter, they recently brought you the news of the exciting introduction of a new German contemporary kitchen range; which is already proving extremely popular with their clients. This new bespoke collection features a voluminous variety of fitted kitchens, all dedicatedly constructed in Germany for your pleasure.

                            Fitted Kitchen Showroom in Sheffield

                            Whichever style of kitchen you choose with Traditional Furniture, you can be sure of receiving the best service around. They take equal care with every project that they produce and can work to a variety of scales, depending on the individual requirements of the client.

                            Their kitchen showroom in Sheffield has been fitted to a breathtaking standard, so that you can see their fantastic work up. It’s open 9-5 Monday to Friday, from 10-3 on Saturday and by special appointment on Sunday. If you’d rather speak to Traditional Furniture by phone, you can reach them on 0114 2852762; whilst their email contact is

                            However you get in touch, their passion for what they do will immediately be evident to you, as they continue to relish the challenge that each new project presents to them.


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                              Improve the Environment with Keep Britain Tidy and Rubbish Removal Sheffield

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                                The Keep Britain Tidy ‘Love Where you Live’ campaign is based on the idea that respect for your planet begins with respect for your neighbourhood. Celebrity ambassadors Ben Fogle and Kirstie Allsopp are helping to celebrate the UK’s green spaces, encouraging people to clean up communities and tackle the problem of dog mess.

                                Professional Rubbish Removal Sheffield Services

                                As an independent charity, Keep Britain Tidy fights for people’s right to live and work in places of which they can be proud. They believe that caring for the environment is the first step to a better society, and work at the heart of business, government and community to help people understand that what’s good for the environment is also good for us. As professional rubbish removal Sheffield services, Clearance and Clean Up firmly believe that our environment is incredibly important, and that keeping the place where you live tidy and rubbish free is a must for a healthy, happy society.

                                As rubbish removal Sheffield experts, Clearance and Clean Up are fully behind the ‘Love Where you Live’ campaign from Keep Britain Tidy. The Sheffield Star has recently reported that fly-tipping has been reduced by a third on council estates in the east of Sheffield. Council chiefs are putting the success down to the ‘Love Where you Live Campaign’, which targeted estates including Margate, Carwood, Lower Wincobank, Lopham, Wensley and Greenland. The council organised various clean-up days, estate walkabouts and home visits, and distributed posters, factsheets and leaflets about rubbish disposal.

                                Littering and Fly Tipping in Sheffield

                                Last March, the Sheffield Star published a story highlighting the serious problem of littering and dog fouling, reporting that the number of people who were given fixed penalty notices had tripled during 2013. September saw South Yorkshire Police and community support officers becoming the first in the country to collect evidence of the problem, with the council welcoming increased action against offenders. With regard to the recent fall in incidents of littering and fly-tipping, Councillor Harry Harpham said “We remain committed to this and the work has already had very positive results.”

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                                  Snap Off Blades Have Many Practical Uses – Here Are 5

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                                    Reliability and accuracy are always within reach for those using snap off blades, whatever the trade their working within. The versatility of these tools has led to them becoming an increasingly more popular choice with customers, who rely on their flexibility within their work. They can be found in a variety of lengths, to fit handles from a variety of reliable suppliers.

                                    Knife-Point is a leading supplier within the knife manufacturing industry and they stock an abundance of snap off blades, from reputable manufacturers such as Olfa. Knife-Point also stock snap off blades made in Sheffield from hardened and tempered carbon steel; so you’re bound to find the product you require with them. They’ve put together a list of 5 common uses for these tools:

                                    Designing Trade

                                    Attention to detail is so important to all designers. An architect, for example, may need to produce a realistic scale model of a building they’re building. To communicate this effectively the model itself needs to be expertly accurate; and precise cutting of the individual components can be ensured with the appropriate snap off blades.

                                    Flooring Trade

                                    For those within the flooring trade, snap off blades are incredibly useful. Those working within the industry need to be able to guarantee exact accuracy, which is something that these blades can provide. No matter the material that you need to cut, the end result will be the same every time – precision, quality and reliability.

                                    Roofing Trade

                                    Workers within this trade rely on concise cutting tools for precise repairs and installation. To ensure that the property they are finishing is correctly sealed and left running in optimum condition, these blades can ensure all the pieces of the puzzle are perfectly completed.

                                    Packaging Trade

                                    Some materials can be particularly stubborn when it comes to packaging. This can be countered through the regular implementation of a sharp blade; which is where Knife-Point can help. Their variety of snap off blades will ensure that you never run into any trouble again when it comes to working with difficult materials.

                                    Craft Trade

                                    For those in the craft industry, accuracy is essential. Whether it’s making cards with delicate features on them, or decorations that need to fit perfectly together, it’s essential to have access to a blade that ensures precision. Snap off blades are well-placed to assist and can be easily fitted to your handle as and when required.

                                    Snap Off Blades, Trimming Knife Blades and Planer Blades

                                    Knife-Point is the leading supplier of these blades to customers in Sheffield and further afield. They also offer extensive choice of trimming knife blades and planer blades; so don’t hesitate to place your order today. You can contact them by calling 0114 2507554; or alternatively drop them an email via They’ll quickly deal with your enquiry in a highly satisfactory manner.


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                                      Enhance Your Property with a Bespoke Conservatory

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                                        Improved quality of life and added home value are just two of the many valid reasons to make changes to your property. With so much choice, it can be difficult to know where to start, but you can rest safely assured that Diverso are perfectly placed to help. Their interior and exterior features are always expertly designed and you can be sure of high quality when you choose them.

                                        Frameless glass doors, glass balconies and feature glass staircases are just a few of the many impressive pieces that they can provide; with plenty more additional choice available. If you’re looking to add value and space to your property though, you’d be hard pressed to find a better solution than their bespoke conservatories.

                                        Looking for a Valuable Upgrade? Bespoke Conservatories are the Answer

                                        It is widely appreciated that house upgrades are necessary in order for you to set your own home apart. Whether you’re a property developer looking to increase the appeal of an asset you’re looking to sell, or a homeowner looking to protect a long-term investment, Diverso’s bespoke conservatories can provide the breathtaking focal point you require.

                                        Designed to be equally exclusive and spectacular, they provide a means of enhancement that can truly make the difference towards a successfully modernised property. Constructed from an appropriate combination of aluminium and architectural glass, they are always designed with you in mind, meaning that you’re sure to impress visitors to your home.

                                        Health Benefits with Glass Conservatories

                                        There are added health benefits too. With Diverso’s bespoke glass conservatories, the distribution of natural light can be increased within your home – something which is linked to a boosted state of mind. This will ensure an overall improved quality of life, as you peacefully reside within your impressive new relaxation space.

                                        Diverso’s glass conservatories are particularly perfect for those living in the countryside. Many homes have incredible surrounding views that cannot be appreciated from the inside of the property; but with these features we can change that. Sliding glass doors and frameless glass doors can be appropriately incorporated to ensure maximum viewing potential, enabling you to open your home to its surroundings.

                                        There really are no limitations. Whatever your requirements may be, Diverso will do all they can to ensure that they make your property enhancement dreams a reality. They always look to go above and beyond expectations; and you can be sure of true exclusivity when you choose them.

                                        London, Alderly Edge and Sheffield Bespoke Conservatories

                                        With experience in the production of contemporary garden rooms, glass conservatories and aluminium conservatories; Diverso are continuing to satisfy property owners throughout the UK. Cheshire, London, Sheffield, Derbyshire and Alderly Edge are just some of the many areas that they commonly work within, with their profile continuing to develop.

                                        To start the process towards the development of your home today, just give Diverso a call. You can reach them on 01433 695577; where one of their experienced team members will be able to advise you further. Alternatively, if you’d rather get in touch via email, you can reach them via



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