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The interest in climate change and what we can do about it has strengthened over recent years with events such as COP26 held in Glasgow last November attracting world focus to this hugely important issue. Although many of the causes of climate change can be viewed as the responsibility of big business and governments, we as individuals or small business owners are increasingly recognising that we have a part to play in reducing, reusing, recycling and doing our bit. 

At Fenland Spirit Services, working towards a greener future is central to our ethos. Our entire business is built on recycling and fixing lawnmowers so that they avoid the scrap heap and can be reused by businesses and individuals.

Recycling: Doing our bit for the environment

Many of us diligently rinse out our plastic and glass containers and put them with our paper and cardboard in the blue bin every fortnight and feel good that we are doing our bit for recycling. This is a great start and more of us are also thinking about reducing and reusing in order to minimise the waste to be recycled or heading to landfill.

Consumption of bottled water for example has fallen in the last few years in the UK with the 2020 statistics showing the lowest level since 2015, down from a peak of nearly 3000 million litres in 2018 to around 2500 million litres in 2020 (the latest figures available). Still some way to go but a step in the right direction for reducing single use water bottles. There are so many ways we can all help the environment. The Fenland Spirit Services team focus on finding more sustainable ways to do things at our base in the Fens near Ely. 

How Fenland Spirit Services helps the environment

At our small business Fenland Spirit Services, the issues around recycling are not just words but are a central part of our business. It is important to us to reduce our environmental impact and we have employed a number of different methods to achieve this. 

Our workshop has insulated walls and roof so we can use minimal heating in the winter whilst keeping our employees comfortable. We tend to keep the workshop door closed on cold days to keep the heat in, maybe obvious but it has an effect. It’s the small steps that over time can make a big difference to the environment. 

Even our delivery van is a repurposed ambulance – the vanbulance, which we use to collect customer machinery daily, saving visits to our site. In the future we’d like to invest in solar panels and rainwater harvesting to support our aspiration to minimise our impact, alongside an electric van when the range is suitable for our use. As a small business, we will continue to look at ways we can make a difference. Find out more about our green ideals.

Good for the environment and your pocket

Our grandparents came from a generation where the focus was very much on make-do and mend whereas in recent years consumers have tended to follow a use, break and bin cycle. We now live in an age when upcycling and mending are the way forward and the focus is on making things last for longer. At Fenland Spirit Services this is our ethos, we advocate repairing rather than buying new when it comes to lawnmowers. 

All of our sales lawnmowers come to us to be recycled, they have all been thrown away by the previous owner or traded in. We take them in and most are serviced and repaired to be sold on to a new owner with plenty of life still to be had, most of these mowers will be useful for quite a few more years, therefore reducing the number of new machines needing manufacture and shipping. As a family business we pride ourselves on delivering an excellent service. Your lawnmower is recycled and repaired by our team and Stuart who is a qualified horticultural engineer, between them they have many years of experience in the mower industry.

When you buy one of our recycled lawnmowers it’s not only good for the environment but good for your pocket, costing substantially less than a new machine. We will always advise on the best machine for your use, which could mean that we recommend a smaller machine when you have come in for a ride on mower. Do you need advice on what mower would work best for your garden? Contact the Fenland Spirit Services team, we’re here to help.

Repair and recycle: We keep your lawnmower going

When a customer brings their mower to us for servicing or repairs, our intention is to keep it working, if we can’t get parts for a particular piece of machinery because the manufacturer has made it obsolete, we have a stock of used mowers we can sometimes obtain used parts from although all service parts are of course, new.

We also fabricate or repair parts which might not be replaceable, for example by welding decks and repairing cracked plastics such as bonnets on ride on mowers. By repairing and servicing in this way we find we can often save the customer substantial amounts of money as well as keeping the equipment running. It’s a win-win situation for you and the environment. 

Nothing goes to waste. The machinery we can’t repair is stripped of its reusable parts and the rest is sent off for recycling. All the fluids which come from servicing equipment are sent off for recycling using our approved waste fluid collection partner, Safety-Kleen, they also take oil and fuel filters, keeping hazardous waste out of landfill. All our parts packaging, boxes and bubble wrap are either reused or recycled with Amey Cespa. The latter collect the small amount of general waste we produce, recycling it through their local facility at Waterbeach.

E10 petrol: Better for the environment but a problem for some engines

As well as working to keep your mower going, at Fenland Spirit Services we help you avoid problems before they arise. Once such example is E10 petrol.

There have been changes to the standard unleaded at petrol stations since September 2021 with the introduction of E10 petrol. E10 is 10 percent ethanol, it is better for the environment but is a problem for older engines or small machinery, especially if the equipment is not used regularly. There is nothing more frustrating than getting your mower out for the first grass cut of the season only to find it doesn’t work. 

Your mower or other garden equipment may sit unused for months over winter or during a hot dry summer. Minimum delivery at the petrol station is often 5 litres, once the fuel is over 2 months old it can start to deteriorate and cause problems for your small engined equipment. From 2 months the ethanol can separate and attract water, damage fuel pipes and rubber seals, eat away at internal engine parts and even degrade 2 stroke oil in your chainsaw or strimmer. All making for an unhappy and often unusable mower. 

We’re here to help you anticipate problems before they arise. Customers on our mailing list receive information on how to care for their mowers. There are several answers to these E10 petrol problems, one option is you could replace your equipment with electric or battery powered machinery. If you have a small garden the lead on an electric mower should be sufficient, it’s not advisable to use extension leads and you should be careful not to run over the lead. Battery technology is improving all the time and for a medium garden it should last long enough to finish the job. Think about your other battery powered tools e.g. drills etc. Can you buy a strimmer or blower unit which uses the same batteries and charger as you already own? This will save you money as you already have the means to power the unit. 

You could switch to E5 petrol. E5 is often super plus unleaded, although we would advise you to check the handle says E5 as some supermarkets only sell E10 for both standard and premium fuel, this is better for your equipment, but we recommend using Briggs and Stratton fuel fit (or any other fuel stabiliser) to treat your E5 fuel as it still doesn’t last well being stored. 

The final option we can suggest is to use Aspen fuel. It is an ethanol and benzine free synthethic petrol so it doesn’t come from fossil fuels. It is kinder to the environment, to your machinery and doesn’t give off the toxic fumes you get from regular petrol. It is available in 1 litre, 5 litre and 25 litre containers which are made from recyclable plastic. Aspen comes as 4 stroke, perfect for your mower or petrol rotavator and as a premixed 2 stroke version which we recommend for chainsaws, strimmers, hedge cutters and other tools you’d normally mix oil and fuel together to run. Other makes such as Husqvarna and Stihl fuels are also available. 

If this all seems a bit confusing, get in touch with the Fenland Spirit Services team. We’re here to help you keep your mower going.

Our green ideals and commitment to the environment

We are driven by a passion to provide our customers with good value, high quality and reliable garden machinery, lawnmowers and ride on mowers as well as small engined construction equipment. 

Our business is run on a foundation of environmental values and we are known for our eco-friendly mindset. We focus on repair and on keeping machinery working. Through saving perfectly good mowers from the scrap heap and mending broken machines we give them a new lease of life and extend their usage for owners. 

At Fenland Spirit Services, we work to keep your machinery going for as long as possible, saving you money and minimising the amount of used equipment ending up in landfill. 

As you can see even small local businesses are involved in identifying the ways in which we can look at and try to reduce our environmental impact while still delivering to our customers. 

We are well aware that there are many more potential improvements we could make and it is important we all look at the way we live and work in order to make a difference. Some may feel we need to do more and faster but I hope that we can all increase the speed and actions taken and make a positive difference by doing our bit for the environment.

To find out more about how we try to make a difference, click here

For real recycling and to find out more about our mowers call us on 07753 836 499. 

How Fenland Spirit Services Make Do and Mend in the 21st Century

Our grandparents came from a generation where the focus was very much on make-do and mend whereas in recent years consumers have tended to follow a use, break and bin cycle. We now live in an age when upcycling and mending are the way forward and the focus is on making things last for longer. At Fenland Spirit Services this is our ethos, we advocate repairing rather than buying new when it comes to lawnmowers. 

There are so many ways we can all help the environment. The Fenland Spirit Services team focus on finding more sustainable ways to do things at our base in the Fens near Ely. 

We are driven by a passion to provide our customers with good value, high quality and reliable garden machinery, lawnmowers and ride on mowers as well as small engined construction equipment. 

Our business is run on a foundation of environmental values and we are known for our eco-friendly mindset. We focus on repair and on keeping machinery working. Through saving perfectly good mowers from the scrap heap and mending broken machines we give them a new lease of life and extend their usage for owners. 

We are well aware that there are many more potential improvements we could make and it is important we all look at the way we live and work in order to make a difference. Some may feel we need to do more and faster but I hope that we can all increase the speed and actions taken and make a positive difference by doing our bit for the environment.

For real recycling and to find out more about our mowers call us on 07753 836 499.