As part of Go Green Week, Keele University held The Big Green Swish. Now if you’ve never been swishing before (which I hadn’t) then you’re in for a treat.
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A new study conducted by WRAP, Waste & Resources Action Programme, published on 28th August 2009, has identified that demand for waste wood will outstrip supply in the next few years. The report, ‘Wood Waste Market in the UK’, provides both a detailed analysis of how the situation with waste wood product availability is likely to develop over the coming years, and also looks at the origins of waste wood products.
Today marks the start of the 5th annual ‘Recycle Week’, a nationwide initiative looking to promote waste reduction and recycling across the UK. More than 330 events will take place over the course of the week from 22nd-28th June, with the theme of ‘Let’s Waste Less’.
A study of literature reporting on the oxidation of methane in various soil types has shown that the process is successfully removing more carbon emissions than first thought. Microbial oxidation is the process that takes place as a result of microscopic bacteria living in the top soil covering used to cap landfill sites, and helps reduce the amount of methane and other harmful gases being released into the atmosphere.
Findings from Local Government Association research into the amount of packaging supermarkets insist on wrapping goods in has prompted comments from Mike Warhurst, Friends of the Earth’s Senior Waste Campaigner.
Current Government targets allow more than two thirds of plastic waste to be added to the tonnes of rubbish finding its way to landfill every week. Mike Warhurst argues that these targets should be tightened up to make supermarkets use more recyclable materials in the packaging of their goods as well as promoting more responsible food waste disposal.
Many homeowners are already in the habit of separating their waste for kerbside collection, and would no doubt welcome waste plastic recycling. The current system means greater expense being passed on to tax payers, and a greater strain being placed upon existing landfill sites and incinerators.
Although supermarkets have done their best to defend their actions by telling the media about the reductions that have been made, the figures show that even the supermarket with the highest proportion of recyclable material still has another 33% of non-recyclable plastic to account for.
Chairperson for the LGA, Margaret Eaton has proposed, “If retailers create unnecessary rubbish, they should help taxpayers by paying for it to be recycled.” To read more, visit the BBC website.
Everybody is well aware of the growing need to recycle and generally minimise the amount they throw away. Landfill sites are filling up and closing and there isn’t the same availability to open new sites that there used to be. But even if there was, just burying what we no longer need doesn’t help anybody. That’s where a fantastic community called Freecycle comes into its own.