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Recycling Roundup 10th July

Recycling Roundup 10th July

Recycling Roundup 10th July

Bridgend Council introduced a new recycling scheme a few weeks ago, and residents are complaining that it is still ‘in chaos.’

Residents claim that bags of rubbish are still being left on the streets by the private contractor, Kier. The waste left on the streets, often for over 2 weeks, included bags of nappies.

The new scheme aims to recycle almost all rubbish, and residents have been provided with different coloured sacks for cardboard, paper, plastics and nappies and caddies for glass and food waste. The scheme limited households with fewer than 5 occupants to throwing out 2 bags of non-recyclable waste every 2 weeks.

Residents even claim that they have witnessed refuse collectors throwing all types of recycling into the vehicles together, even though they had asked people to separate different items.

The council state that Kier are working hard to clear the backlog. They have brought in extra staff and vehicles. The council added that they are monitoring the situation.

Rubbish Left on the Streets

The CEO of a recycling company in the United States has been jailed following the illegal dumping of E-waste by his company.

The story has had a lot of coverage in the media, after it was found that the company, Executive Recycling, was dumping containers of E-waste in Asia, most notably in China. The company illegally exported and dumped over 100,000 cathode ray tube devices.

The case has been ongoing for 4 years, and even though environmental groups are pleased with the verdict, they say that this company’s actions are just the tip of the iceberg of waste that is being illegally dumped.

Kingston council has rolled out a recycling rewards scheme, which aims to reduce non-recyclable waste in the borough.

The scheme will reward residents with prizes and discounts on goods and services if they waste less and recycle more. The council are targeting 15,000 residents who live in flats, who can also win a monthly cash prize and have a say on which local charities win a share of a £4,750 fund.

It costs £3 million per year to process the current amount of non-recyclable waste that the borough generates. A new recycling scheme has already been rolled out to the residents of the flats, which involved the provision of new blue, green, and brown bins for each block of flats. These are for paper and card; glass, cans, and plastic; and food waste respectively.

The council have employed a team of recycling advisors, who will go door to door, explaining to residents how the rewards scheme will work and helping them to activate their accounts so that they can start accumulating rewards.

Once residents are signed up for the scheme, they will be able to report their weekly recycling and access online tutorials informing them how to reduce their household waste. The total amount of recycling and waste will be measured every quarter, and residents who waste less and recycle more will earn reward points.

Each month, residents will be able to win high street vouchers, or cinema vouchers. They will also receive a rewards card, which will enable them to get discounts with local businesses. Over 60 local firms have signed up to the scheme.

Discounts on Goods and Services

When you think about art, used tires might not be the things you might think could produce anything of beauty. But a marketing manager in Pakistan has started an art project which is using recycling to help underprivileged children, and those with special needs to be creative.

The project is called ‘Tires for Smiles,’ and a company called Dial-a-tire is donating used tires to the project, which allows children to paint the tires in their favourite colours. The tires are then used as flower pots or as colourful additions to play areas.

Organisers say that it allows the children to express themselves, and they are looking to expand the project nationwide, to schools and children’s groups.

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