Monthly Archives: November 2013

EU Packaging Recycling Rates Up!

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European Union member states continue to make progress on the recycling of packaging waste, according to the latest figures released by Eurostat. In 2011 recycling rates were 63.7%, an increase of 0.3% from 2010.

Despite a 1.9% increase in packaging being produced, the amount of waste going to final disposal over this period fell by 2.9%, indicating an overall improvement in the efficiency of packaging waste handling. However, progress is patchy, with the more recently admitted states only achieving a 50.6% recycling rate, underlining the need for more targeted approaches to ensure EU goals are met across all members, according to the European Organization for Packaging and the Environment (EUROPEN).

EUROPEN believes that realistic targets would take into account national variations, and should be bolstered by firmer implementation and better use of the EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive (PPWD) to create a level playing field for extended producer responsibility schemes.

 

The Importance of Recycling

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Recycling is an essential part of waste disposal in today’s throw away age.
By recycling the impact on the planet is lessened, but of equal importance is the benefit to the individual.
By preserving natural resources the cost of production can be kept down. The ever increasing population of the world means that we need more raw materials to keep up with the need for new products.
It is cheaper and more environmentally sensible to recycle these products than to continue to chop down trees destroying natural habitats, and deplete the world’s store of these vital resources.

Recycling makes sense.

Leftover Paint? Don’t Waste it, Use it for Good

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Have you ever wondered what to do with your leftover paint? Community RePaint offers you the opportunity of collecting your surplus and unwanted paint in order to distribute it to families and charities in need of assistance, including amateur sports clubs, housing associations, theatre groups and many more. With nearly 70 collection points all across the UK, Community RePaint has become one of your best alternatives if you are looking for a way to get rid of your unwanted paint.

Paint could damage waste collection facilities, one of the many reasons why it is recommended to take it to a Household Waste Recycling Centre. Although dry paint can be placed in a bin, the best option is not to waste it, but instead let the community reuse your paint. If you would like to start preserving the environment while helping those in need, visit your Community RePaint scheme and ask for more information.

Have a look at their website for more details: http://www.communityrepaint.org.uk/

Cardiff Council’s Controversial Plan to Introduce Monthly Bin Collections

In a bid to cut back on expenditure and to improve recycling rates, Cardiff City Council has proposed that black bin collections should be reduced from fortnightly to once a month. The idea has provoked fears of over spilling waste and health hazards and many families have already contacted the council, worried about how and where they would store their waste for a month at a time.

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Assembly Member, Eluned Parrot has called the plan “absurd”, “unsanitary” and “unhealthy” and believes the move would only worsen fly-tipping and littering. Parrot added, “Instead of short-sighted cuts as this one, which if it leads to fly tipping or vermin problems may cost the Council more in the long run, Cardiff’s Labour council needs to make smarter choices.”

Plus, Top Gear presenter, Jeremy Clarkson has spoke out to criticise the plans, deeming that the monthly collections would mean the “entire population of Cardiff will be suffering from the bubonic plague.” He added, “There will be so much litter in the streets that rats and plague are sure to follow.” He also echoed the AM’s views that more people would dispose of their waste unlawfully, to avoid overflowing bins.

Eric Pickles, the Communities and Local Government Secretary is another to attack the idea. He said, ‘These barmy bin policies will harm the local environment by fuelling fly-tipping and back yard burning’ and further added, ‘Hard-working people will suffer from a derisory bin collection service in return for paying a fortune in council tax’.

This idea is one of many aimed at reducing council spending by £125 million and increasing recycling by 58% to hit the government target in 2015. Some of the other proposals include:

  • Fines for those who put the wrong sort of rubbish into bins
  • A ‘pay as you throw’ scheme where families pay less, the more they recycle
  • Smaller bins introduced to encourage families to waste less
  • Limited amount of black bin bags per household, per month

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