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Basingstoke’s recycling rate leaves a lot to be desired, claims Defra

14 Jan 2013 by Ashley Curtis in categories News | Be the first to comment here.

When it comes to recycling household rubbish, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council is the tenth worst district in Britain. That’s according to an annual review of recycling published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), cited by basingstokegazette.co.uk, which shows the council ranked 343 out of 352 authorities in the UK due [...]

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Croydon’s recycling rates rise

10 Jan 2013 by Samantha Bartlett in categories News | Be the first to comment here.

It has been reported that recycling rates in Croydon have risen, croydonguardian.co.uk reports. The amount of rubbish placed into recycling bins in the area has risen by 10 per cent since the same period last year. This means that nearly half of the rubbish in the area is now recycled by residents. Talking about the boost [...]

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Coffee recycling to help raise funds for Berwick school

09 Jan 2013 by David Howells in categories News | Be the first to comment here.

A recycling scheme set up in Northumberland could see locals not only bettering the environment but also a local school, topix.com reports. A UK-wide scheme has recently been announced by Kenco and TerraCycle in a bid to enable consumers to recycle waste from all brands of coffee packaging for the first time ever. Now, the [...]

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Women better at recycling than men

07 Jan 2013 by David Howells in categories News | Be the first to comment here.

Couples have the highest rates of recycling, but women still outstrip men, a new study has found. Researchers from Essex University sought to discover which members of society were particularly good at recycling and which were not pulling their weight, iol.co.za reports. The results, which were compiled by quizzing some 5,000 British residents, found that 79 [...]

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Fife tops the SEPA Scottish recycling charts

03 Jan 2013 by Joe Elvin in categories News | Be the first to comment here.

People living in Fife are the best Scottish residents when it comes to recycling, according to new research. Figures published by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) have indicated that 54 per cent of waste in the region was recycled in 2011. That puts it way above the national average of 40.1 per cent. Councillors [...]

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Friends of the Earth agrees with fortnightly bin collections

03 Jan 2013 by Paul Smithson in categories News | Be the first to comment here.

Fortnightly collections of non-recyclable waste is the way to get more people recycling, says Friends of the Earth. The charity showed support for this strategy after figures from the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs revealed that nine of the ten local councils with the best improvement in recycling rates over the past [...]

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Women better at recycling than men

31 Dec 2012 by Joe Elvin in categories News | Be the first to comment here.

Women are far better than men at recycling, according to a new poll. In a survey conducted by Essex University, 70 per cent of single women claimed they dumped as rubbish as they could in a recycle bin. Only 58 per cent of men said the same. Interestingly, 80 per cent of couples claimed they [...]

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Councils criticised following release of contaminated recycling figures

27 Dec 2012 by Paul Smithson in categories News | Be the first to comment here.

The publication of statistics on “contaminated” recycled materials has led to criticism of local councils. According to telegraph.co.uk, the latest ‘Waste Data Flow’ report shows that the proportion of recycled material that has had to be rejected and sent to landfill sites has increased by 40 per cent in the past five years – it [...]

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World’s largest bottle recycling plant set for expansion

12 Dec 2012 by Samantha Bartlett in categories News | Be the first to comment here.

The world’s largest bottle recycling plant is set to expand, reports businessgreen.com. Operators of the facility, ECO Plastics, have raised £6 million from shareholders and its debt provider to further expand the site based in Hemswell, Lincolnshire in the coming year. The site, which processes 150 million tonnes of mixed plastics per year that have come from [...]

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Entrepreneurs describe how rubbish can be “profit centre”

11 Dec 2012 by Paul Smithson in categories News | Be the first to comment here.

Rubbish can be a “profit centre”, according to the husband-and-wife team who have started up a new online marketplace. The philosophy behind TradingWaste is to encourage firms to put their commercial waste into recycling bins, then sell the material – which might otherwise go to a landfill or waste-disposal firm – to organisations that can [...]

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M&S extends clothes recycling scheme to UK workplaces

07 Dec 2012 by Samantha Bartlett in categories News | Be the first to comment here.

Marks & Spencer’s has revealed it is to extend its clothes recycling initiative to UK workplaces. The ‘shwop’ scheme sees participants rewarded with M&S vouchers after they place unwanted clothes into recycling bins. The retailer has teamed up with charity Business In The Community to promote the scheme to over 4,000 firms. Companies who have already signed [...]

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Scottish residents urged to focus on festive recycling

04 Dec 2012 by Samantha Bartlett in categories News | Be the first to comment here.

Residents of a Scottish county have been urged to recycle their Christmas waste responsibly, reports eveningtimes.co.uk. Inverclyde Council has asked residents to make sure they place festive waste such as cards, certain wrapping paper, any empty selection boxes, festive catalogues and old calendars in the recycling bins provided. As well as that, the council said [...]

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Glasgow trialling food recycling scheme

03 Dec 2012 by David Howells in categories News | Be the first to comment here.

Glaswegian homeowners will soon be asked to recycle their food waste as part of a new government scheme, local.stv.tv reports. An initial nine-month trial will see 47,000 homes tasked with recycling their food waste, before the scheme is rolled out across the rest of the city. The scheme’s success could go on to influence other local authorities across Scotland, [...]

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