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Recycling Roundup 10th September

This weeks Recycling Roundup features stories including a new scheme in Australia to encourage people to recycle properly, recycling centres in Gloucestershire are set to reduce their opening hours and will close an extra day during winter to save money, and finally letters from Gwent Council advising residents of changes to collections have been found dumped on a hill.

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Recycling Roundup 9th April

Stories for this weeks Recycling Roundup include criminals in Germany have reversed engineered the bottle desposit vending machines to pay out for multiple bottles, a business in has invested £250k into the scrap buying and processing facility in Cumbria, and finally a drinks can awareness programme were at the finish line to engage race fans.

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Recycling Roundup 26th Feburary

This weeks Recycling Roundup contains stories including residents in Ealing can now use an app for information on recycling in their local area, staff at Oxfordshire's household recycling centre being given body cameras to help tackle abuse they are given from customers and finally residents in Shropshire have been complaining to the council because they have not been given lids for their recycling boxes.

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French Start-ups Reward Residents for Recycling

A French start up company called Terradona offers free gifts to people who sort their waste correctly, they have developed a smart box called Cliiink which attaches to the bin and gives them points when they put an item in the correct recycling bin which they then can redeem in various shops.  

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Recycling Roundup 24th July

The biggest story coming out of the news this week has been the controversy that has rised in Sheffield regarding Veolia.  A leak in the system allegedly showed that the company diverted material that was intended for recycling ending up going to the incinerator.  

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Go green in your office?

Does your office recycle? If not, it's probably time it did. Businesses across the country are now beginning to take their recycling responsibilities very seriously and with the government, local communities and even your own staff, coming down hard on those businesses which don't acknowledge their responsibility toward creating a greener environment, it more than likely won't be long before the recycled net closes in on your business.

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Office Recycling - Top Guidelines

Whilst many business in the UK are now keener than ever to ensure that their office recycling systems are in place and being used by all members of staff, there are some very common mistakes which you'll need to avoid if you're thinking of setting up your own office recycling scheme.

Following these tips should help you through the process.

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5 Common Recycling Mistakes

Every good recycler does his or her part in helping reduce the amount of non-biodegradable plastics filling up landfills and reducing the number of trees cut down each year to produce our much-demanded paper products.  However, best intentions aren’t always effective. Many people can fail to realise how to best, and even what, to recycle. Below, the article presents five common recycling mistakes and their remedies.

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Top 10 Easy Ways to Start Recycling at Home

Have you got to grips with recycling yet? There are now more bins and waste collections in our neighbourhoods than ever before and we’re becoming an enthusiastic nation of recyclers. Good for us! Back in the Eighties we only managed to recycle 7.5% of all the waste we generated. Last year (2013) that had soared to an impressive 43% - and it’s still rising.

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Recycling Tips for the Office, Home and School

As we move further into the 21st century, the importance of recycling is becoming ever more paramount. An ever increasing world population, along with an increase in consumerism and product packaging that is not biodegradable are just some of the reasons that the amount of waste we create  is rapidly escalating. This in turn is having detrimental effects on our environment, with harmful chemicals and greenhouse gasses being released from ever growing landfill sites, and natural habitats being destroyed due to the need to exploit more and more raw materials.

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Making Recycling Fun for the Kids

Are you struggling to get the recycling bug going in your household? You won’t be the only one if you are. For this to work everyone has to agree to recycle and to work to the same plan. If you’re the only one recycling and everyone else in your home is throwing everything away in the main non-recyclable bin, you’ll be fighting a losing battle every single week.

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Should Recycling Start at School?

It is impossible nowadays to throw anything away without first considering whether it can be used or recycled. This is just the way it should be, since our world is struggling with the amount of rubbish we produce. The more we can do to change our habits and recycle and re-use as much as we can, the better it is for us and for our planet.

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Edible Cities

Edible cities are becoming increasingly popular. The mission is noble and positive: to increase awareness and actual levels of self-sustaining communities and educate in the importance of growing your own food, all while making neighbourhoods more attractive and strengthening communities.

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Recycling in Focus - Marks and Spencers

When you look at recycling schemes, large high street retailers do not usually get a look in compared to supermarkets, but Marks and Spencers have changed this outlook, with a target to become the world's most sustainable retailer by 2020. With their schemes in operation they are no doubt this weeks Green Champions.

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Be Greener at Work

The workplace generates tonnes of recycling over the year, whether it be the sheer volume of paper being used, ink cartridges or the usual office supplies, these simple tips could help prevent any unnecessary waste heading into landfill.

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Slim Bins Boost Manchester's Recycling Rates

Manchester's recycling rate has increased in the last year by 8% through the introduction of the new 'slim bins.'  The residents received new 140 litre wheelie bins to replace their old 240 litre.  The council are saying that not only has this increased the recycling rate but also created a saving of almost £2.4 million.  

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The Benefits of Recycling

We think recycling is just an everyday chore , but do people think of the benefits of recycling your items, recycling paper saves trees is the obvious one but when it comes to plastic and glass the energy saved can save wildlife and carbon emmissions.  So it would be benficial in the long term if everything that can be recycled is. 

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The Ocean Rescue Campaign

Sky have had great success with their campaigns in recent times, for example the rainforest campaign managed to save 1 billion trees in Brazil, and now they are turning their attention to the problem with plastic in the ocean. It is not impossible to reduce this, we can all start by recycling the plastic bottles we use.

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Stay Green on the Go

With the January almost at an end, everyone has been paid and now people are looking at booking their holidays, with campsites and staycations becoming more and more popular, litter is increasing at hiking trails and areas of beauty.  Our blog covers a few tips on how to reduce the amount of waste you produce when going away.  

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Recycling Roundup 6th February

Recycling is in the news on a daily occurance in many different capacities, this series' takes a look at what news has made the headlines this week from around the world, from Starbucks lauching a new coffee cup recycling scheme to a rocket launcher being found at a recycling centre.  

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UK Recycling Law

People often do not know what can and cannot be recycled, it is in fact the law not to recycle items which aren't supposed to be recycled, there are certain guidelines in operation to help businesses correctly dispose of their waste and the amount of waste that is generated.  

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The 7 Year Old Boy Saving the Planet

Our Green Champions series is back and this issue we take a look at the 7 year old boy who is helping to save the planet with his recycling business, starting when he was just a toddler, Ryan Hickman has found a passion for recycling and has grown his business impressively so far he has his college fund up and running and has become a patron of the Pacific Marine Mammal Centre. All at such a young age.

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Recycling Around the World: Belgium

Belgium has the highest recycling rate in Europe and it is no fluke.  The country has had a waste decree in place since 1981 which has set targets for reducing the amount of waste in households whether it be through home composting or just general recycling, these were so successful that their original goals were exceeded and more had to be set.  

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Green Champions - Starbucks

Paper cup waste is an ever increasing worry with the amount ending up in landfill, this is where Starbucks have stepped forward, they are leading the way on trying to prevent an unprecedented amount being wasted.  They have tackled all aspects to try and help save the environment, such as saving water consumption by 23%.

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Green Celebrities - Sting

Despite coming from a humble background, Sting has amassed a fortune of around $150 million, but he is not the type of person to sit around and do nothing, in partnership with his wife he started the Rainforest Foundation which is now split into 4 different organisations.  

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Recycling Around the World: Canada

We head across the pond to Canada for this weeks Recycling Around the World, like most countries their landfill is almost at capacity and Canadas landfills generate 25% of their methane emmissions.  A recycling scheme that was set up in the 90's allowed Canadians access to recycling facilities and this has gone strength to strength with more and more homes gaining access to these facilities.

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Green Champions - Virgin

Virgins ethos is that we should protect our natural resources and work with nature, everyone knows the airlines and trainlines, but do you know they do an incredible amount of work outside of these companies to help with sustaining our environment, such as being part of a programme to help make 10 islands run on 100% renewable energy.

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Recycling Around the World A- Z : Denmark

In Denmark it is illegal to send waste to landfill when it is suitable for incineration, when the waste is incinerated it is used to generate electricity and heat, which makes sense why there is a law in place.  Another country which has a deposit return scheme which prevents 390,000 tonnes of waste ending up in landfill, does this not prove that a scheme works.  

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Zero Waste Challenge

With lent tomorrow, instead of giving up food like chocolate you could try to tackle the no waste challenge, there are many ways to reduce waste you generate with some simple ideas like drinking tap water instead of bottled water, if you can do this for 40 days what is stopping you from creating this all year round and significantly reducing your waste.

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Green Champions - British Airways

When you think of British Airways you automatically think of flights and the carbon footprint that air travel causes, but behind the scenes they are working tirelessly to reduce waste and reduce carbon emmissions.  Since the 1990's BA have reduced their fuel efficiency by 28% let alone helping reduce waste by 9% at Gatwick and Heathrow.

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Green Champions - 02

When you think of 02, you think of just another mobile phone company which helps with the increasing e-waste, but you could be no wrong, 02 were the first company to launch an eco rating with their mobile phones and have been working with a sustainability advisor since 2008.  02 have since helped 12 million customers change their behaviour and saved natural resources along the way, they are this weeks Green Champions

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Green Champions - Nike

Nike has worked for 15 years to track and minimise the environmental impact of its operations, with changing and scarce resources, Nike have started to tackle the issue of sustainable materials.  Nike has focused on trying to reduce waste and try to reuse as much as they can, by 2020 they aim to have a zero waste to landfill policy in place.  

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Green Champions - Manchester United

Manchester are one of the biggest football clubs in the world but they are more than just that, in 2000 they started an environmental journey to help them become more sustainable, for example rainwater which is collected is used to irrigate the pitch and any food waste is sent to be composted. 

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Recycling Around the World A-Z : Holland

Holland have a successful recycling scheme in place, only a small fraction of waste is sent to landfill with 64% of waste is recycled.  90% of Dutch people separate their waste and they say that they take measures to help save energy where it is neede, such as turning the tap off whilst brushing their teeth.  But why are they successful?

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Recycling Roundup 27th March

In this weeks edition of Reycling Roundup we feature one of the biggest stories to originate from last week, a new plant in West Bromwich has opened up which enables the site the facility to recycle, nappies as well as feminie hygiene products, which when in landfill can take up to 500 years to degrade naturally

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Recycling Around the World A-Z : India

Recycling around the world this week looks at India.  India have no formal waste collection service but have many small waste collectors who trade their rubbish for other items.  Citizens of India only generate half a kilo of waste is generated per person but the size of the population of India means waste adds up to huge volumes.  

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Upcycling Projects to Try : Number 5 : Scrabble Fridge Magnets

Ever wanted to decorate your fridge with something different, these scrabble fridge magnets are simple and easy to make and make the fridge a place to leave messages or have a scrabble game with a difference.  Easily made with items from the craft shop with the exception of scrabble tiles which can be used from the game itself or if your really savvy you could make your own. 

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Recycling Roundup 17th April

One of the most covered stories over the recent weeks is regarding councils making waste collection changes, most have been met with unhappy residents, but in some cases it works out for the better.  East Devon had a new weekly recycling scheme introduced which then led their general waste bin being collected every 3weeks, as a result their recycling went up to 59% from 44%. 

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Green Champions - Nissan

Car manufactureres Nissan are this weeks Green Champions, Nissan have the belief that people, vehicles and nature can co-exist in the modern world if the correct adaptations are made.  Japan's ministry of the environment endorsed Nissan as an Eco-First company in their efforts to reduce emmissions.  

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Recycling Around the World A-Z: Kenya

Kenya has an ever increasing population with the capital alone creating over 3000 tonnes of waste, with only 1/4 of this making it to the Cities only rubbish dump, most of the rubbish ends up strewn across the country in sewers and streets.  To address this, the city council teamed up with the UN environmental programme to help develop a waste management plan and to help create a plan for recycling.  

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Green Champions - Hilton

The Hilton Hotel chain is now one of the world's biggest and most recognisable brands in the hotel world, with one of their values focuses on the environment, they have reduced their carbon footprint and joined with WWF to help reduce food waste and support sustainable seafood, but this is just one of their ideas in action among many others.

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Recycling Roundup 1st May

One of the biggest stories that appeared this week came from Wales, Wales have a high recycling rate and threatened to fine any councils which did not meet this targets and 3 councils failed to do so.  However on this occasion they refused to fine the local councils which has drawn some criticsm.  

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Green Champions - Arriva

Arriva is one of the largest providers of public transport in Europe who employ more than 60,000 people and provide services to over 2.2 billion passengers per year.  With this amount of travel, the need to help protect the environment is more important than before, Arriva now operate electric buses and gas powered buses running from 100% bio-gas.

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Recycling Around the World A-Z : Malta

Malta is made uo of 3 islands in the Mediterranean Sea and has a population of 416,000 people and the local council are responsible for the collection and disposal of waste.  Residents are encourgaged to recycle using designated points and are also encouraged to list items which can be recycled for free for anyone who wants them.

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Green Champions - McDonalds

McDonalds' golden arches are iconic around the world and serve billions of customers each year, so there is no surprise that along with cigarette butts fast food wrappers contribute to a vast amount of litter, McDonalds have recognised the problem and strive to help anywhere they can, for example they complete a litter pick daily around their area as well as join in and organise community clean up events.

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Recycling Roundup 15th May

In the recycling news this week we take a look at 2 big stories, 1 which includes the potential danger batteries can cause when they are not recycled correctly, and the other looks at the coffee company Nespresso and how they are trialing a pod recycling scheme when you sign up the Nespresso Club.  

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Recycling Around the World A-Z : New Zealand

The management of waste in New Zealand has become more regulated to help reduce any damage to the environment, in the past waste was taken to a dump but there was no control to where these dumps were, there used to be an estimated 327 in 1995 reducing to around 100 now.  The problems with the unregulated dumps was that they used to be near waterways which toxins could seep into and cause damage.  

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Green Celebrities - Pierce Brosnan

When you think of Pierce Brosnan, you would instantly think of James Bond, but would you associate him with being a dedicated environmentalist?  He has been awarded an Environmental Leadership Award from a former Russian Leader and donated the funds he received for the magazine photo shoot to help a school in Tibet build classrooms.  Our new series features a different celebrity and their green efforts.

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The Rise of Clothing Banks

You may have noticed almost in every large supermarket car park there seems to be a clothing banks, but what do they do?  Around half of the clothes are sent abroad to help the less fortunate people, but some are sold in second hand shops and some are sold in charity shops.

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Recycling Offenders

In the recycling world, Pringles tubes and Lucozade Sports Bottles are villains, this is mainly down to a mix of materials that are in the packaging which are near impossible to recycle, these are then rejected at the recycling facility.  

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Recycling Roundup 12th June

This weeks recycling news takes features a story on a zoo starting a mobile phone recycling scheme to help highlight the problem of small e-waste on the environment, and a Hull recycling centre which is going to be closed for 2 days a week despite there being an increase of flytipping.

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Recycling Around the World A-Z: Qatar

Qatar is one of the fastest growing economies in the world mainly due to the natural oil resources, with an ever increasing population the 3 landfills in Qatar will be filling up rapidly.  One reason for this is the country's recycing rate is at a low 8%, to combat this, a recycling centre has been created, but reluctance and funding could cause issues.  

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Carlisle Council Improved Recycling Service

Carlisle Council are set to launch their imprioved recycling service this summer, this includes the kerbside collection being extended to more residents, a new collection schedule which means their rubbish is collected on the same day each week to help with confusion.  

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