A new pilot scheme has been launched to encourage people to drop their old unwanted golf clubs at their local golf club for recycling has become so popular that organisers have been inundated with venues wanting to take part. Funded by the Scottish Government the aim is reduce waste and also to give people who can't afford golfing equipment the chance to take part in the sport.
This weeks Recycling Roundup features stories include a new fully operational recycling plant which has now opened in WestLothian, recycling collections have been affected in North Somerset due to refuse crew shortages, and finally Fife Council's attempt to try and increase charges at a recycling centre could lead to an increase of businesses fly-tipping.
The government has indicated that it plans to introduce a plastic tax on non-recyclable plastic such as straws and single use cutlery, with the eventual aim of encouraging businesses to switch to more environmentally friendly alternatives. The treasury carried out a consultation and got 162,000 consultations saying most would back a tax on single use items.
During the summer Germans have drunk so much beer that the breweries are running out of glass bottles, demand for beer is so high at the moment that it is exceeding the rate of the bottle return scheme. One employee told a TV network that one company is sending out company delivery drivers to try and find some empty beer bottles.
Since Milton Keynes Council introduced clear sacks from plastic it has highlighted the true problem of contamination in the area. Residents say they were shocked to see their recycling being thrown in the back of the general waste lorry after they had taken their time to spearate it. The council say that 1 in 5 is unsuitable for recycling.
The city council of Malaga say that almost 50% of the waste generated comes from hotels, bars, and clubs and is made up of glass bottles and containers that are only used once. They have paired up with Ecovidiro to launch a recycling campaign which gives recycling containers to establishments to make the collection of glass easier.
According to WRAP, 25% of the waste produced in England is produced by businesses, you may recycle everything at home but do you do the same whilst at work? One of the first things to do if you do not already have one is to find a contractor to collect your recycling who are registered with the Environment Agency.
This weeks Recycling Roundup includes stories about Wigan's recycling rates increasing, a bomb squad being called to a recycling centre in Manchester and finally a three weekly rubbish collection may have been hit with bad press but in Rochdale the recycling rates had increased.
The PepsiCo Foundation has joined forces with The Recycling Partnership to launch the largest ever industry-wide residential recycling challenge in the US, the project has over 2800 communities taking part and has around $100 million in backing, funds raised from the scheme will be used to provide larger recycling solutions to big cities such as Miami and Florida.
£15,000 has been dontated to charities through the reclaiming and recycling of metal from a crematorium in Bath, this includes medical pins, plates, wires and screws. These items are recycled through a national recycling scheme, the money is then distributed to charities.