We have listed out some of the most frequently asked questions regarding our exciting new products.
Anything we've missed? Ask away!
Where can I buy OneBin and Compost-a-box?
Our products will be available on- line for delivery to your doorstep.
How do I assemble & seal Onebin and Compost-a-box?
Congratulations on your new environmentally friendly purchase! We realise that new products can present new challenges but we are excited about moving away from waste disposal containers which we know to be causing damage to our world. Simply pull the corners of the compressed container to expand for use, bring the handles together and press down to form the top, slide the tabs through the handle openings and you are ready to go! We will be posting instructional videos to make using our products clear.
How does OneBin or Compost-a-box fit with my council or carrier waste disposal requirements?
Our products conform with the provisions of The Environmental Protection Act 1990 Section 46.7.b. OneBin and Compost-a-box are made from renewable, biodegradable materials enabling compatibility with all types of disposal regimes. OneBin can accommodate all types of domestic waste. Compost-a-box can accommodate all types of domestic food waste.
OneBin and Compost-a-box may be placed into wheelie bins or other containers provided by your council or carrier further enabling compatibility with any local waste disposal requirements.
Will my council or collector accept OneBin and Compost-a-box?
We have informed all County and Metropolitan Councils in the UK that OneBin and Compost-a-box will be offered for sale in their areas. There should be no reason for your OneBin not to be collected as it complies with the EPA 1990 S46.7.b which governs waste collection and containerisation in the UK. If you intend to replace a food waste disposal system stipulated by your council or carrier, you should check whether Compost-a-box will be accepted.
Where are our products made?
We are sourcing material from Europe and manufacturing in the UK.
We will always validate our suppliers’ accreditation relating to working conditions and materials sourcing whilst in the future we hope to be able to elect manufacturers which use renewable energy for the production of our products.
Compared to solid bins and liners, how efficient is OneBin?
OneBin is designed so that waste can be easily compacted.
OneBin can be 3 times more efficient compared to conventional bins and equivalent liners. In a regular bin and liner setup the liner can become practically irretrievable if the waste is heavily compacted.
From our experience, a single OneBin can last an average UK family 11 days or more.
What about the Methane produced by OneBin or Compost-a-box?
Modern day landfill sites manage Methane output to produce energy.
In decomposition OneBin will make a positive contribution. One landfill serving Edinburgh produces 4.5MW 24x7 from methane alone resulting in enough energy to power over 2000 local houses at peak consumption.
Ultimately, when all waste is biodegradable, we want our containers to contribute to clean energy recovery through the collection of methane in anaerobic digestion facilities.
Are OneBin and Compost-a-box produced overseas?
The material we use is produced in Europe local to dense managed forestation., production is UK based.
Which material is used to make OneBin and Compost-a-box?
Our products will always be made from certified organic renewable materials.
How long can OneBin and Compost-a-box stand in the elements?
Testing has shown that OneBin maintains its integrity having been subjected to the equivalent of 30 days constant UK rainfall whilst Compost-a-box retains its form in the elements during the process of anaerobic digestion which can take up to 12 weeks subject to contents and environmental conditions. Integrity can be affected by acidic or alkali materials being compressed against the internal surfaces of our containers.
What are the environmental benefits of using our products?
Our ambition to improve energy efficiency lies at the core of OneBin and Compost-a-box; the efficient use of our finite natural resources and the improvement in the efficiency of waste disposal practices. Our objective is to improve our ecology, our use of finite resources and our legacy through refocusing our lens to improve our respect for our finite natural resources.
OneBin and Compost-a-box are made from natural renewable materials; switching to our products will help to alleviate our current demands on finite natural resources which metal bins and petroplastic liners irredeemably deplete.
OneBin and Compost-a-box avoid extraction and processing of our finite natural resources necessary for the production of steel bins and petroplastic liners which is in turn reliant upon mine and oil well development, resource extraction equipment, transportation, refinery and smelting facilities.
By comparison materials used in OneBin and Compost-a-box are derived from organic renewables dependent only on water and sunlight. Whilst the source of our material can involve farming we consider that to be less impactful to the environment considering the legacy of extraction and processing oil, iron ore and chromite. Materials used for our products come from sustainable forests which are managed so that for every one tree harvested, up to three are planted which increases forestation.
We assess that the UK consumes at least 1.3m steel bins annually requiring the extraction of some 10,660,000 kg iron ore and 2,028,000 kg chromite for the production of 4,264,000 kg iron and 936,000kg chromium smelted using 2,558,000kg of furnace coke.
We also assess that the UK consumes at least 3.3 billion petroplastic bin liners annually, which together with the associated annually discarded plastic containment has a mass of some 150,000 Tonnes responsible for the consumption of some250,000,000 litres crude oil.
Diverting oil, Iron ore and chromite currently used in the manufacture of bins and petroplastic liners could power and heat homes whilst steel could be used for construction and
chromium for technical instruments, which would also have the effect of diverting bins and petroplastic liners away from landfill or incineration thereby mitigating the contamination of our our environment and food chain.
By using Onebin and Compost-a-box our valuable finite resources can be diverted to higher uses.
By replacing all 3.3 billion petroplastic liners and 1.3 million stainless steel bins consumed in the UK each year, we could divert;-
-250,000,000 litres crude oil containing the energy required to power in excess of 670,000 average UK homes each year.
-1,968,000 kg furnace coke containing the energy required to heat over 1800 homes in the UK each year.
Replacing one petroplastic liner could divert sufficient embodied energy to power a modern passenger vehicle for approximatley14 metres. We assess that on average 1 Onebin replaces up to 3 petroplastc liners which could mean that 1 OneBin diverts energy necessary to power a vehicle for approximately 42 metres.
Diverting food waste to home produced compost using Compost-a-box can save some 55g C02; widespread adoption will help to significantly improve our environment, by reducing refuse vehicle movement.