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PostPosted: Sat Nov 01, 2014 7:54 pm    Post subject: RECYCLING  Reply with quote

Recycling ideas....

What products are being recycled today?

How can we get better at this?

How can we raise awareness in people that recycling is important?


Please share your ideas and views on this topic.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2014 5:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A report last week by the environment, food and rural affairs committee said more political action is needed in the face of stagnating recycling rates across the UK, with only a quarter of householders recycling correctly.

Meanwhile some councils are using innovative ideas to boost household recycling. From making food waste collections more frequent than refuse collections, to mechanically sifting black bags to recycle their contents, to knocking on doors of those who contaminate recycling, some are managing to significantly reduce what goes to landfill.


Denbighshire county council

Before an overhaul of the council’s recycling in 2009, Alan Roberts, senior technical officer (waste), says Denbighshire ranked “one of the poorer performers in Wales, and certainly the UK”. Thanks to the simultaneous introduction of blue recycling wheelie bins, an increased recycling range of plastics and Tetra Paks, and orange composting caddies they are now among the best. Its household recycling is such good quality the contractor actually pays the council for it. About 5.5% of recycling is rejected due to contamination with food or, in the case of paper, water (contractors won’t store wet paper as it’s a fire hazard) – and repeat offenders will receive a phone call, a visit, or enforcement, though the latter cases are in ‘single figures’ according to Roberts. Waste is devolved in Wales, where government funding and targets – with fines for lower than 52% recycling rates –
had marked effects.

Bath and North East Somerset council

With a long history of recycling – started in the 1980s with Friends of the Earth – 75% of household waste in Bath and North East Somerset now goes to recycling (46%) and treatment. The latter, known as mechanical biological treatment (MBT) involves sifting black sacks mechanically to separate plastics, metal and food waste, then redirected into recycling and anaerobic waste digestion at a plant in Avonmouth. If recycling crews can’t collect something they leave a postcard explaining why. In term time there are over 23,600 students in Bath and many freshers fairs. Lorinda Trebaczyk, the council’s campaigns manager, says the council, with student officers, knocks on doors in the main student areas, to talk recycling. Like many cities, Bath works with Love Food Hate Waste and its own dedicated communications team to reduce what is thrown away, with give and take days where unwanted items can be swapped.

Rochford district council

With England’s highest recycling rates Rochford’s head of environmental services, Richard Evans, ascribes its scheme’s success to simplicity. The biggest bin outside homes is for recycling – 240l compared with the 180l ‘residual bin’ – which has helped shift mindsets. The 140l garden and kitchen compost bin is collected weekly and the others fortnightly, encouraging anything which could get smelly to be composted. Keeping collection dates the same, even on bank holidays (except Christmas) helps keep it simple, Evans says. “In 2008, we were one of the lowest in Essex, at 29%, but as soon as we launched this scheme it was almost immediately 60%. Odd months we were going over 70%.” The council takes a ‘softly softly’ approach to contaminated recycling – persistent offenders may be asked to re-sort their waste. ”It’s in everyone’s interest to keep service costs low,” Evans says. Rochford starts using a new MBT plant at Basildon in November, which will see its landfill contribution fall further.


The royal borough of Kingston upon Thames

One of London’s better performers for waste, Kingston introduced weekly kitchen compost collections in 2008, moving residual waste and recycling to fortnightly collections. Kitchen composting is now a significant contribution to the fact the borough recycles, reuses or composts 46.31% of household waste – 22% of its recycling is food waste. Meanwhile Wandsworth, with 23.45%, doesn’t compost kitchen waste. Peter Ramage, the council’s waste and recycling manager says a person seeing how much food they discard in the kitchen compost bins helps, while the set size rubbish bin quickly fills up if they throw too much in there. There’s door knocks, and different newsletters targeted at those living in flats and houses using, as Ramage puts it, ‘implicit’ rather than ‘shouty’ messages, though he adds composting and recycling in flats remains a challenge here as most places. The council also conducts resident surveys and analyses black bag contents to help improve recycling rates.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 05, 2014 2:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is well known that lot of trash/garbage can be recycled when stored in proper recycling containers. Lot of trash is being collected at food courts in shopping centers around the globe and I feel like that shopping centers are not doing good enough job to allow consumers to recycle goods such as cans, plastic cups and paper that is being used during a meal. Most of places that I have visited would only have single purpose trash units where everything gets mixed together.

Suggested solution to this problem. Let me know what you guys think.



source: buschsystems.com
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carib



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 05, 2014 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

very instructive website on this topic Smile

http://www.recycling-guide.org.uk/
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 21, 2014 2:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Recycling has been a common practice for most of human history, with recorded advocates as far back as Plato in 400 BC. During periods when resources were scarce, archaeological studies of ancient waste dumps show less household waste (such as ash, broken tools and pottery)—implying more waste was being recycled in the absence of new material.

In pre-industrial times, there is evidence of scrap bronze and other metals being collected in Europe and melted down for perpetual reuse. In Britain dust and ash from wood and coal fires was collected by 'dustmen' and downcycled as a base material used in brick making. The main driver for these types of recycling was the economic advantage of obtaining recycled feedstock instead of acquiring virgin material, as well as a lack of public waste removal in ever more densely populated areas. In 1813, Benjamin Law developed the process of turning rags into 'shoddy' and 'mungo' wool in Batley, Yorkshire. This material combined recycled fibres with virgin wool. The West Yorkshire shoddy industry in towns such as Batley and Dewsbury, lasted from the early 19th century to at least 1914.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2015 9:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Couple of interesting links and data from 2010:

http://www.eea.europa.eu/media/ne...ighest-recycling-rates-in-austria

http://www.eea.europa.eu/data-and...unicipal-waste-recycling-rates-in

I wonder if certain countries have improved since then.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2016 8:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Amazon promoting recycling! Good work!

http://www.amazonpaint.com/
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2016 11:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes Samatha, very nice!

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