Saturday, October 06, 2007
"one bag of rubbish per week"
In some respects I favour this but all these schemes are dependent on the facilities being available to recycle the waste instead of bin it. I know that the majority of my waste now consists of plastic and our council have very limited resources to collect and recycle plastic waste. I also worry that councils who are better at recycling plastic are actually just contributing to landfill by the back door (see this story about plastic that gets shipped to China and then land filled)
Labels: limited collections
Friday, September 14, 2007
I have tried to draw up some guidelines for YMCA Norfolk as a step towards a zero waste policy. This is about two individuals who are passionate about being green and so if there are any things we may have missed, please point them out.
Oh and BTW, I've always been led to believe that paper recycling can't take envelopes due to the adhesive. Is this correct because I recycle them separately?
We can recycle:
- Glass bottles or jars
- Used stamps
- Plastic magazine film
- Plastic bottles
- Aluminium tins
- Steel cans
- Organic waste (tea bags, salad, apple cores)
- Tetra packs
- Plastic carrier bags
- Printer cartridges
Labels: workplace recycling
Monday, March 05, 2007
Saturday, February 24, 2007
Cling Film Revisited
Saturday, February 17, 2007
Answers on a postcard please...
Friday, February 16, 2007
The court found the decision to back a new generation of power stations was unlawful, because of a "seriously flawed" public consultation process. Ministers plan to re-consult, but say nuclear power is the best way to tackle climate change and energy security.BBC news story here So the plans are rejected because of the lack of robust consultation but this won't deter the policy at all because Mr Blair is determined to carry on with the plans? Unbelievable!
Mr Blair told the BBC: "This won't affect the policy at all".
And yet to be fair, an online petition that has generated one million signatures about road charging has resulted in Douglas Alexander, the transport secretary "pledging to listen to" opponents of UK road charging. (story)
Consultation therefore is really only any good when it results in an outcome that I want: therefore no to nuclear generators and yes to road charging. I know which of these results WON'T be forthcoming on consulting with the general public.
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
"People want to buy ethically and do their bit for climate change, but often don't realise that they can support developing countries and reduce carbon emissions.
"Recent research shows that flowers flown from Africa can use less energy overall than those produced in Europe because they're not grown in heated greenhouses.
"So, this Valentine's day, you can be a romantic, reduce your environmental impact and help make poverty history.
"This is about social justice and making it easier, not harder, for African people to make a decent living."
Of course Zwitserlood (hmm, does that name sound Dutch?) says otherwise.
"What he [Mr Benn] is not doing is looking at the big picture.
"The big picture is not only energy; it's other things like child labour and how employees are treated on farms.
"Our employment standards in Europe are high."
He added: "There is also the question of what is done with waste.
"I think we could make a case for moving many industries to Africa and stop all our agriculture because it's cheaper to produce elsewhere, but where do you stop?
"It's a very strange argument Mr Benn is using."
It's an interesting debate which can be found here. Personally, I won't be giving or receiving any flowers this Valentine's day so it doesn't affect me!