The cost of recycling

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

It costs councils £100 on average to collect and process each tonne of recyclable materials such as glass, cans or paper. It costs almost £130 to dispose of each tonne of non-recycled waste.

Food waste facts

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

food waste

There are nearly one billion malnourished people in the world, but the approximately 40 million tonnes of food wasted by US households, retailers and food services each year would be enough to satisfy the hunger of every one of them.

The future of Rubbish

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Albert Hall

UK engineers call for green power from household waste. 

The UK produces enough waste to fill the Albert Hall every two hours.

Save the Forest

Sunday, January 18th, 2015

forest

 

Trees are very useful in our life. Trees are our best friends. They play a very important role in our life.

We can not live without them. They give us timber, paper and firewood.

 

Benfits

  1. Trees combat the greenhouse effect
  2. Global warming is the result of excess greenhouse gases, created by burning fossil fuels and destroying tropical rainforests. Heat from the sun, reflected back from the earth, is trapped in this thickening layer of gases, causing global temperatures to rise. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a major greenhouse gas. Trees absorb CO2, removing and storing the carbon while releasing the oxygen back into the air. In one year, an acre of mature trees absorbs the amount of CO2 produced when you drive your car 26,000 miles.
  3. Trees clean the air
  4. Trees absorb odors and pollutant gases (nitrogen oxides, ammonia, sulfur dioxide and ozone) and filter particulates out of the air by trapping them on their leaves and bark.
  5. Trees provide oxygen
  6. In one year an acre of mature trees can provide enough oxygen for 18 people.
  7. Trees cool the streets and the city
  8. Average temperatures in Los Angeles have risen 6°F in the last 50 years as tree coverage has declined and the number of heat-absorbing roads and buildings has increased.
  9. Trees cool the city by up to 10°F, by shading our homes and streets, breaking up urban “heat islands” and releasing water vapor into the air through their leaves.
  10. Trees conserve energy
  11. Three trees placed strategically around a single-family home can cut summer air conditioning needs by up to 50 percent. By reducing the energy demand for cooling our houses, we reduce carbon dioxide and other pollution emissions from power plants.
  12. Trees save water
  13. Shade from trees slows water evaporation from thirsty lawns. Most newly planted trees need only fifteen gallons of water a week. As trees transpire, they increase atmospheric moisture.
  14. Trees help prevent water pollution
  15. Trees reduce runoff by breaking rainfall thus allowing the water to flow down the trunk and into the earth below the tree. This prevents stormwater from carrying pollutants to the ocean. When mulched, trees act like a sponge that filters this water naturally and uses it to recharge groundwater supplies.
  16. Trees help prevent soil erosion
  17. On hillsides or stream slopes, trees slow runoff and hold soil in place.
  18. Trees shield children from ultra-violet rays
  19. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Trees reduce UV-B exposure by about 50 percent, thus providing protection to children on school campuses and playgrounds – where children spend hours outdoors.
  20. Trees provide food
  21. An apple tree can yield up to 15-20 bushels of fruit per year and can be planted on the tiniest urban lot. Aside from fruit for humans, trees provide food for birds and wildlife.
  22. Trees heal
  23. Studies have shown that patients with views of trees out their windows heal faster and with less complications. Children with ADHD show fewer symptoms when they have access to nature. Exposure to trees and nature aids concentration by reducing mental fatigue.
  24. Trees reduce violence
  25. Neighborhoods and homes that are barren have shown to have a greater incidence of violence in and out of the home than their greener counterparts. Trees and landscaping help to reduce the level of fear.
  26. Trees mark the seasons

How to Dispose of Used Paint

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

 

Paint

Reasonable quantities of old paint can be accepted at Recycling Centres. If the tin contains sufficient paint of a standard which may be used by others,

please bring this to the attention of the operator at the Recycling Centre.If the partially empty or old paint tin (whether oil based or emulsion) is of a standard which

cannot be used, then please doubled-wrap each tin in plastic bags. This will help avoid spillage if it is crushed during the disposal process.

Household rubbish collections

Saturday, January 10th, 2015

Black/brown/green

 

 

We encourage everyone to cut down on rubbish in the first place – it helps save money and protects the environment.

Most waste can be recycled and should put in your  green recycling sacks,

blue bin for foods waste or brown bin for garden waste

Please only throw away rubbish that cannot be recycled.

NEW YEAR, NEW UK RECYCLING REGULATIONS

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Plastic Bottles

So what are the challenges?

Outdated regulations that come from the dark ages provide no economic incentive for UK businesses to choose recycled material over virgin material other than a tick in the CSR box.

Currently low priced fossil fuels are pushing down the price of virgin plastic leaving recycled material languishing behind.

Unfortunately, in these times of austerity, economics threatens to take over from the wellbeing of our environment and the current situation is truly testing the moral compass of Britain’s big brands.

Do they do the right thing and plump for maximising the country’s existing resources and with it grow Britain’s circular economy? Or do they choose their materials based on price alone

– with virgin plastic winning in the cost stakes?

Currently mentioning carbon footprint puts less than a 10th of a penny on a bottle of drink but that won’t always be the case. Because our world is changing and the long term view in terms

of oil and gas supply doesn’t look great. The sun might be shining today, but the storm is coming and we do all need to get on the ark.

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2015

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2015