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14 August 2015

Recycling at Dublin Institute of Technology

Recycling at Dublin Institute of Technology

Earlier on this year, Dublin Institute of Technology ordered some of our Causeway Internal Recycling Bins in an effort to increase the rate of recycling within the college.

Based on the success of this, they have now ordered more of our Causeways to continue moving forward with their recycling options.

The Causeway bins ordered by Dublin Institute of Technology have 4 waste streams as chosen by the college, and we have customised these to include both English and Irish text. We have also place the Dubling Institute of Technology logo on the front of the recycling bins.

If you would like to find out more about our Causeway recycling bins, or our internal recycling range in general, give us a call today on 028 9266 7264 or send us an email to info@unicorn-urban.com and we’d be happy to help.

07 August 2015

Front Opening Sack Holders

Front Opening Sack Holders

St. Luke’s Hospital in Kilkenny have ordered 237 of our newly designed front opening sack holders. We have replaced the metal collar around the lid with a bungee cord to make it easier for end users to replace the bin liners. We have also included a silent close feature on the lid of the bins so that staff can use the bins around the clock without fear of disturbing patients.

Keep your eyes peeled over the next few weeks for images of the new sack holders!

31 July 2015

Bradford City Council

Bradford City Council

Bradford City Council have recently ordered some of our double locking frames for use around the city. They have chosen to recycled paper & cardboard, and glass, cans & aerosols from the wide range of combinations we offer.

This signage that we create will be customised with the Bradford City Council logo and will sit directly behind the bins, helping to reduce waste contamination. 

To find our more about the locking frames we have available, as well as the customisable graphics we can create, give our team a call today on 028 9266 7264 or send us an email to info@unicorn-urban.com 

17 July 2015

Strangford 120L Litter Bins for Translink

Strangford 120L Litter Bins for Translink

Translink have recently purchased 25 of our Strangford 120L Litter Bins to be located at bus and train stations throughout Northern Ireland. Having previously used the Strangford bins across various locations, Translink found them to be a great success. Keep your eyes peeled for the new bins and let us know if you spot one!

10 July 2015

Picnic Benches

Picnic Benches

 Utility Warehouse, based in Manchester, have ordered 15 new picnic benches for their premises. These will be housed on their open air patio on their upper floor creating a wonderful place for employees to enjoy the warmer weather when they can!

We have painted the picnic benches purple to match their company branding, and we just hope that they get the weather to make the most out of their new picnic benches over the summer!

03 July 2015

Reducing our Carbon Footprint

Reducing our Carbon Footprint

At the end of last month we saw the completion of our solar panel installation take place at our head offices in Lisburn. 

 

Solar panel electricity systems, also known as solar photovoltaics (PV), capture the suns energy using photovoltaic cells. These cells don’t need direct sunlight to work – they can still generate some electricity on a cloudy day. The cells convert the sunlight into electricity, which can then be used to run the business.

Solar PV panels will help us cut our carbon footprint even further. Solar electricity is green renewable energy and doesn’t release any harmful carbon dioxide or other pollutants. A typical home solar PV system could save over a tonne of carbon dioxide a year – that’s more than 30 tonnes over it’s lifetime! So just imagine how much we can now save running our factory and offices at Lisburn!

 

The installation of these solar panels is the final step in our efforts to reduce our carbon footprint. Within the last year we have installed a biomass boiler (which provides lower emissions than gas or oil heating) and energy efficient lighting. With global warming a constant talking point regardless of where in the world you are, we as a company want to ensure that we are doing everything in our power to as as environmentally friendly as we can be.

 

26 June 2015

Modular Locking Frames

Modular Locking Frames

 A number of months ago we supplied Veolia with 70 modular locking frames that were installed in various locations around Harringay, North London.

Based on the success of these bring centres, Veolia have ordered another 70 of the modular locking frames to install at multi–occupant buildings and flats to encourage recycling.

Each of these locking frames is designed to hold a 1100L four wheeled bin of any make and is customised with specific sign–age. Veolia have chosen one sign for Mixed Recyclables and another for General Waste with the Veolia logo included. 

After the success of their first installation, this is the second of a number of installations that will be carried out in Harringay over the coming months.

 

 

If you are interested in our modular locking frames for your area, give us a call on 028 9266 7264 to find out more.

 

 

 

05 June 2015

Unicorn Urban on Benefits Street

Unicorn Urban on Benefits Street

 We made our big TV début this week! Did you catch it? 

 

Benefits Street on Channel 4 was we spotted one of our Strangford 120L Street Litter Bins that we have previously manufactured for Stockton–on–Tees Borough Council. 

The Strangford 120L Street Litter Bin is one of our most popular bins. It comes with 4 apertures and Litter punched front and back with gold backing plate, making sure that it is easily recognised and easy to use for end users. 

 

Have you spotted a Unicorn Urban (or Unicorn Containers as we were formerly known) when you were out and about? If so let us know! If you have any questions or would like to know more about any of our Street Litter Bin Range, give us a call today on 028 9266 7264 or drop us an email to info@unicorn-urban.com and we’d be happy to help!

29 May 2015

Bin Housings for Highland Council

Bin Housings for Highland Council

We were recently contacted by the Highland Council with a request for a custom designed bin. They needed a bin housing for two 240L wheelie bins to encourage on–street recycling.

Once briefed on the requirements, our product designers, engineers and sales team came together to design a product suitable to their needs. After we created the drawings, we worked closely with Highland Council to get them approved and start the manufacturing process.

The six bin housings each come with one side in black for general waste, and the other side in a bright blue colour with graphics supplied by Highland Council to encourage recycling. The bin housings feature a propeller aperture which allows for bottles as well as papers to be recycled. A3 snap frames are also positioned on either side of the bin housing to allow the council to advertise.

These 6 bin housings will be placed around Inverness, Scotland in the coming weeks as they leave our factory today.

If you would like to discuss any of our products, or the option of having a custom designed bin, give our team a call today on 028 9266 7264 or send us an email to info@unicorn-urban.com and we’d be happy to help.

22 May 2015

Confidential Waste Bins for the New Wing of the Royal Victoria Hospital

Confidential Waste Bins for the New Wing of the Royal Victoria Hospital

This week we sent out 25 confidential waste bins to the new wing of the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.  This bin was uniquely designed to match the needs of the hospital, so we adapted a previous fire retardant design to include a letterbox slot and locking mechanism. 

Construction of the new 12 storey building, with 2 stories below ground for services and 10 storeys above ground for accident and emergency, theatres, critical care, burns departments and teaching facilities has been under way for some time but the opening of the new building is fast approaching.

As Northern Ireland’s first critical care centre, this building will benefit the whole Province, and we are delighted to have been able to supply our local hospital. 

This new building is a much needed project and these new facilities will benefit from the latest innovations in design and technology, and provide regional emergency and trauma services to some of the most severely injured people in Northern Ireland. 

14 May 2015

Outdoor Litter Bins for Belfast City Council

Outdoor Litter Bins for Belfast City Council

We are delighted to announce that we have recently won a tender to be the supplier of outdoor litter bins to Belfast City Council for the next 3 years.

A bespoke design of our Strangford 120L Outdoor Litter Bin has been selected and we can’t wait to see the bins in situ around our local city. 

The additions made to the Strangford include steel banding around the bin and a 15mm galvanised base to provide maximum protection and durability. As we mentioned before, we always love an opportunity to work with our customers and adapt our products to suit their needs, and the finished Strangford designed for Belfast City Council is one we are very proud of.

We have previously supplied Strangford outdoor litter bins throughout the Belfast City Centre and along the Royal Mile (or Prince of Wales Avenue as it’s also known) at the Stormont Assembly Buildings and we look forward to working with Belfast City Council again for this latest contract.

11 May 2015

Telford Council Outdoor Bins

Telford Council Outdoor Bins

This outdoor litter bin (pictured left) was designed specifically for Telford Council in England. We worked closely with Telford to evolve a previous design to match the specific needs of the council.

They chose this pedestal bin as it is very hard wearing and vandal resistant due to the original shaping of the bin and the materials used in the production. 

Telford have installed these bins throughout the council area over the past three years, and during that time we have supplied them with upwards of 750 of these outdoor litter bins.

Telford now have one of the highest concentrations of outdoor litter bins in a council area within the whole of the UK, and with the distinctive shape and design of the bins making it more noticeable, it encourages greater use of outdoor litter bins throughout the council area.

01 May 2015

Bin Housings for Spelthorn Borough Council

Bin Housings for Spelthorn Borough Council

Spellthorn Borough Council in Middlesex purchased 25 1100L Uni–Store Bin Housings a number of months ago. 

We worked closely with the Borough to create customised vinyls that would clearly mark the different recycling options available. The vinyl options come as one of our standard features and help to clearly mark the different waste streams for end users.

Since installing the 25 Uni–Store Bin Housings in various ‘recycling bring centres’ throughout the borough, the councils rate of diversion from landfills has increased significantly.

Spellthorn are so pleased with not only their bin housings, but also the results that they are getting in terms of diversion from landfill, that they have since ordered an additional 34 1100L Uni–Store Bin Housings.

 

 

To find out more about about our Bin Housings click here or get in touch today by giving us a call on 028 9266 7264 or dropping us an email to info@unicorn-urban.com.

27 April 2015

Concrete Plinths

Concrete Plinths

At Unicorn Urban we not only offer ideal solutions for for street litter bins, but we also offer concrete plinths to anchor the street bins. The main benefits of using the concrete plinths include:

Saving on installation cost

Prevents damage to pavements as there is no digging required to install the bin

Makes relocation of bins much easier

Prevents litter being trapped under the bin

Lessens damage on impact with vehicles

Each plinth weighs 75kg

The plinths are widely available to match our range of outdoor waste and recycling solutions. 

If you would like to know more about the cost of the plinths or any of our outdoor waste management solutions please give us a call on 028 9266 7264 or send us an email to info@unicorn-urban.com and we’d be happy to help!

17 April 2015

Product Development

Product Development

Here at Unicorn Urban, product development is of the utmost importance to us, not just so we can keep up with current trends, but so that we can provide our customers and their end users with the latest technology

We keep a very close eye on industry trends, looking out for popular products, new innovations, recycling trends and much more. We also talk to our customers, and more importantly, we listen. We know the more popular products that our customers tend to buy, we know what products they are asking for that we don’t have, bins that they would like to be available and any other products they might like in the near future.

We also work closely with our technical and development teams in house to come up with innovative and exciting ideas and design to ensure that we not only have a full range of products available for you customers, but that they are stylishly designed to fit into your environment, whether it’s indoor or outdoor bins you need.

 

The biggest factor we take into consideration when developing products is our customers. We love getting feedback directly from our customers to discover what new products would make their lives easier. We welcome calls from our customers asking for different recycling options, new designs on existing products, and new product ideas. Without this feedback from our customers, we wouldn’t be sure that the products we develop are what you want and need for your indoor and outdoor waste solutions.

Recently we were contacted by Woking Council who needed a recycling option for small electrical appliances. While this isn’t a product we have made before, we were delighted to have the opportunity to work closely with the council and adapt an existing product to meet their needs. And check out the results!

  Woking Council Small Electrical Appliances

So if you have any ideas on products, indoor or outdoor bins and recycling solutions that you would like to discuss with us we would love to hear from you! Give us a call today on 028 9266 7264 or drop us an email to info@unicorn-urban.com. We can’t wait to hear from you!

 

01 April 2015

NHS Framework Supplier

NHS Framework Supplier

Unicorn Urban have been a supplier on the NHS Supply Chain Framework for the past couple of years supplying sack holders throughout the whole of the UK. 

As of March this year, we will now be providing the NHS with an additional 46 products which includes open framed sack holders, removable bodied sack holders, fire retardant sack holders and much more, all available in different sizes and colour combinations.

 

Unicorn Urban are also approved supplies on the HSE National Framework, Scotland Excel Framework and the ESPO Framework. 

If you have any queries regarding any of our sack holders please give us a call today on 028 9266 7264. 

23 March 2015

Recycling at George Best Airport

Recycling at George Best Airport

Did you know that Unicorn Urban have designed and supplied all the internal recycling bins in the arrivals and departure areas of George Best City Airport? 

 

The Causeway bins placed throughout both areas have 4 different waste streams to encourage correct recycling and to try to reduce the risk of waste contamination. 

 

The Causeway Internal Recycling bins that Unicorn Urban have on offer are customisable in that you can include up to 5 waste streams to encourage increased levels of recycling. 

 

Unicorn Urban have bins placed throughout the UK so keep your eyes peeled and let us know if you spot one! In the meantime, for more information about the Causeway and other internal recycling options we have available take a look at our Internal Recycling Range on offer.

04 March 2015

Eco–Schools Exhibition

Eco–Schools Exhibition

Last week we took Unicorn Urban out to the public for the first time at the Eco Schools Exhibition in the Meadowbank Sports Arena, Magherafelt.

 

We had a range of our latest recycling bins and two of our team on standby for all questions.Our main focus on the day was toward indoor recycling solutions, but we answered quite a few questions about out outdoor range too.

 

We also had a Flexi–Tile floor on the day, made by one of our other Unicorn Companies and we were really pleased with how it looked and showed off our bins! You can also check out Flexi–Tile at www.flexi–tile.com.

 

For photos from the day why not like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for updates and pictures.

Unicorn Urban at Eco Schools Exhibition

 

Unicorn Urban Stand

20 February 2015

YPO Visit

YPO Visit

 Yesterday we had the pleasure of having some representatives from YPO come over to visit our offices and factories, and to see the full range of products we have on offer from all of our Unicorn companies.

for those who don’t know, YPO supplies products and services, supplying a large choice of items available from leading UK suppliers providing users with everything they could need to run their organisation. Their range includes approximately 27,000 products at present and they are looking to expand that range to include more products from Unicorn Urban.

 

So far YPO have focussed mainly on our grit–bin range, but yesterday they had the chance to see our entire range which included everything from the Strangford 120L outdoor bin, to the Glenarm internal recycling bin and much more. We also introduced them to our other Unicorn products produced by our other companies Unicorn Hygienics and Flexi–Tiles. 

 

We are always looking for ways to build stronger relationships with our customers and what better way to do this than to expand the offers we have available making Unicorn the supplier they turn to for all their needs when it comes to litter and street furniture solutions, hygiene and washroom solutions and flexible PVC flooring.

 

If you would like to visit our offices and factories, to come and learn more about our product ranges available and to start moving forward in a strong partnership, give us a call today on 0845 247 7264 and we can take it from there!

11 February 2015

Eco–Schools Exhibition

Eco–Schools Exhibition

Unicorn Urban will have a stand at the upcoming Eco–Schools 20th Anniversary Event in Margherafelt on Thursday 5th March. 

In Northern Ireland over 98% of schools are Eco–Schools making environmental awareness and action central to the life and ethos of schools. Eco–Schools is the world’s leading environmental education programme, operating in 59 countries, and has become a worldwide phenomenon. The programme encourages pupils to take an active role in how their school can be run for the benefit of the environment.

 

Here at Unicorn Urban we believe in offering a modern and stylish solution to recycling and waste management with recycling bins and units that can be customised and personalised to match any school colours. 

04 February 2015

Aberdeenshire Council

Aberdeenshire Council

Unicorn Urban are delighted to announce that we have won another tender, this one to provide 150 of our 120L Harland outdoor plastic litter bins to the Aberdeenshire Council. 

The Harland Street Litter Bin Range is an innovative solution to modern litter challenges being robust and available with various optional extras.  This plastic litter bin is competitively priced and is ideal for many varied applications including open spaces and public high traffic areas.

 

28 January 2015

New South Glasgow Hospital

New South Glasgow Hospital

Unicorn Urban are supplying over 250 internal sackholders to the New South Glasgow Hospital which is due to have its official opening on the 31st March 2015. With foot pedal operation this bin is available with a hands–free option which is perfect for hospital environments where hygiene is key. 

05 January 2015

Glasgow Life (Indoor Recycling)

Glasgow Life (Indoor Recycling)

Unicorn Urban successfully tendered for the provision of indoor recycling units to Glasgow Life. For this contract we provided over 700 of our Glenarm recycling bins.

02 January 2015

YPO Catalogue (Outdoor Recycling & Winter Safety)

YPO Catalogue (Outdoor Recycling & Winter Safety)

Unicorn Urban was successfully approved to supply YPO with Outdoor Recycling and Winter Safety equipment. This contract enables organisations within northern England to benefit from our Strangford 160L litter/recycling bin, Grit and Cigarette bins.   

16 December 2014

ESPO 860 Framework (Refuse & Recycling)

ESPO 860 Framework (Refuse & Recycling)

Unicorn Urban was approved to supply ESPO’s 860 framework. Coinciding with the 615 framework we supply, the 860 includes our food waste housings and locking frames, enabling ESPO to offer our waste management equipment to 100’s of organisations within eastern England.  

10 December 2014

Armagh City Council (Outdoor Litter)

Armagh City Council (Outdoor Litter)

Unicorn Urban was awarded the contract for outdoor litter within Armagh City Council. This contract consisted of 20+ Strangford 120L litter/Dog waste bins. 

01 December 2014

HSE Ireland National Framework

HSE Ireland National Framework

Unicorn Urban was awarded the Health Service Executive framework for Internal Sackholders. This framework supplies Hospitals, Trusts and other health service organisations across the Republic of Ireland.   

20 November 2014

Dungannon Borough Council (Outdoor Litter)

Dungannon Borough Council (Outdoor Litter)

Unicorn Urban successfully tendered for the provision of outdoor litter and dog waste bins by Dungannon Borough Council. This contract consists of 50+ bins and includes our Strangford 120L litter bin and Mourne 50L dog waste bin.