Monthly Archives: August 2012

Recycled shoes for shopping vouchers competition in Cheltenham

31 Aug 2012 by Chris Taylor in categories News | Be the first to comment here.

Cheltenham’s Regent Arcade is doing its bit for the county’s recycling efforts by hosting an inspiring prize draw for local residents. Thisisgloucestershire.co.uk explains that shopping centre bosses want to collect as many shoes as possible to recycle in a Cinderella-inspired challenge. As the clock strikes 12pm everyday, staff will draw a pair of donated shoes [...]

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Suffolk County Council addresses the issue of one-off recycling

31 Aug 2012 by Chris Taylor in categories News | Be the first to comment here.

Suffolk County Council has come up with a simple and practical way of recycling residents’ one-off, unusual goods, that would otherwise have to go to a recycling centre. Homeowners are due to receive ‘Sort and Save’ bags, designed to put hard-to-recycle items like batteries, lamps, radios, tools and toys in – all items that would [...]

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Richmond schools and charities face rubbish collection charges

30 Aug 2012 by Samantha Bartlett in categories News | Be the first to comment here.

Richmond Council this week announced charities and schools in the area must pay for their rubbish to be collected next year, thisislocallondon.co.uk reports. New Government legislation means they will no longer be exempt from the charges. The council has said it will cover the costs of disposing state school and college waste, but that they will have to [...]

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Swansea tip workers searching through residents’ rubbish

29 Aug 2012 by Joe Elvin in categories News | Be the first to comment here.

Staff at a rubbish dump in Swansea have begun searching residents’ bin bags for recyclable material. Silobreaker.com reports that those who are found taking recyclable waste to the tip in Llansamlet are being turned away. The move is reportedly part of Swansea Council’s efforts to improve recycling in the region. The council wants to be [...]

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Government urged to encourage greater recycling of raw materials

23 Aug 2012 by Joe Elvin in categories News | Be the first to comment here.

The government has been urged to do more to ensure valuable raw materials continue circulating across Britain. The Material Security Working Group – which includes bodies such as Engineering Employers Federation (EEF) and Friends Of The Earth – has written to Whitehall warning that a failure to do so could result in dire consequences for the British economy. [...]

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Unhappy Stroud residents wheel recycling bins back to council HQ

22 Aug 2012 by Joe Elvin in categories News | Be the first to comment here.

Residents in Stroud have attempted to wheel their recycling bins back to their local council, because they are too big. Stroud District Council introduced new wheelie bins to constituents last month in an effort to boost levels of recycling in the region. This appears to have worked as well, with the amount of recycling collected in the town [...]

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Rubbish incinerator to recycle energy?

17 Aug 2012 by David Howells in categories News | Be the first to comment here.

An ambitious project to use surplus heat to power homes in Southampton has been unveiled by the local Council, dailyecho.co.uk reports. The Marchwood Incinerator, which is used to burn household waste, could soon be turned into a 40-megawatt power station by harnessing the burn energy and turning it into domestic energy. This could then be [...]

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New Grimsby recycling laws prove a huge success

16 Aug 2012 by Joe Elvin in categories News | Be the first to comment here.

New recycling laws in Grimsby have led to the town becoming far greener. Thisisgrimsby.co.uk report that only 300 tonnes of waste was sent to landfill in the three months to June, which is more than four times less than in Q2 2011. It is also estimated that an additional 2,000 households have started recycling since [...]

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Plymouth to trial glass recycling collections

14 Aug 2012 by Chris Taylor in categories News | Be the first to comment here.

Plymouth City Council is preparing to roll out a mass-scale trial to determine the effectiveness of glass recycling collections. Around 15,000 households will take part in the trial, which would see jars and bottles collected from everyday recycling bins for home use, as part of a drive to boost the recycling rate of glass in [...]

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UK places eighth in EU waste management league table

08 Aug 2012 by Joe Elvin in categories News | Be the first to comment here.

The United Kingdom is the eighth-most efficient EU country when it comes to waste management, according to a new study. A report published by the European Commission – which ranks all 27 EU countries on 18 different waste management standards – has named Austria and The Netherlands as the most efficient countries. Researchers scored each country [...]

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Gum recycling adopted by Southampton Airport

07 Aug 2012 by Elizabeth Smythe in categories News | Be the first to comment here.

Southampton Airport has installed special chewing gum recycling bins, making it the first airport in the world to do so, bbc.co.uk reports. Twenty-five pink Gumdrop bins – which comprise a big pink plastic bauble – have been fitted around the airport to collect wasted chewing gum. The contents are emptied and given a ‘second life’ through [...]

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Birmingham man succeeding in his recycling challenge

07 Aug 2012 by Joe Elvin in categories News | Be the first to comment here.

A Birmingham man is succeeding in his challenge to accumulate less than one bin bag’s worth of non-recyclable rubbish all year. John Newson, who is a keen member of Birmingham Friends of the Earth, has only filled half a bin bag full of waste since he began his challenge in January. All the rest of [...]

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UK loving recycling according to new figures from Defra

03 Aug 2012 by Ashley Curtis in categories News | Be the first to comment here.

Slow and steady progress is the mantra being repeated by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) as new figures the UK is making headway in its efforts towards recycling. Provisional figures indicate that the amount of waste sent to landfill by local authorities dropped by an impressive 11 per cent – perhaps as [...]

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Welsh may have to separate recycling

01 Aug 2012 by Chris Taylor in categories News | Be the first to comment here.

Welsh home-owners may find themselves in need of multiple recycling bins for home use following a new EU ruling, bbc.co.uk reports. Today, over half of Welsh councils allow residents to put all their recycling into just one bag, but the new directive from Brussels will render this practice obsolete by 2015. This means that the [...]

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