lithium batteryA new Royal Mail dangerous goods regulation disallowing lithium batteries (used in mobiles phones) from being transported in flimsy packaging such as freepost envelopes could stop so many old phones from being sent to charities each year. Read the rest of this entry »

March 14th, 2013
by Stephen Roper

xmastreerecyclingEvery year in the UK over 8 million Christmas trees are sold in the UK but amazingly only 10% are getting recycled correctly the rest are ending up at landfill or sadly being dumped on the streets. So after the festive season is over (January 6th) how should you dispose of them correctly. There are a large number of options available the majority are listed below.

What To Do With Your Old Tree

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January 4th, 2013
by Stephen Roper

This Christmas Santa is bringing my family 2 iPods and the latest iPhone which made me think that it’s that its getting close to that perfect time of the year again to recycle your old gadgets to make way for the brand new ones. Not only is it a great time to recycle but you can also make yourself some nice easy cash to spend in the January sales.

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December 4th, 2012

by Stephen Roper

To stop the recycling of things, why not buy a laptop once and when it’s time to upgrade just replace parts inside rather than the entire thing? Desktop PC manufacturers have been doing this for decades although it requires a few unscrewing and slotting things in skills. Read the rest of this entry »

October 30th, 2012
by John K. Wasilewski

The Problem With Plastic

Plastic is found in pretty much every household product that you could possibly think of. The biggest problem with plastic apart from the fact that so much is manufactured every year is that not all of it can be recycled. Some will be ‘downcycled’ into other products but much of it will end up at landfill sites where its estimated it will take up to a 1000 years to fully break down.

So exactly how big is the problem? In the UK over 5 million tonnes of plastic is used every year but only 24% of that is currently being recovered and recycled. The rest is ending up in the world’s oceans, rivers and landfill sites. Recent research has found that there is now 46,000 pieces of plastic per square km in the worlds oceans, that’s a mass as big as the size of France. This waste plastic is killing as many as a million sea birds and 100,000 mammals every year.

What Changes Can I Make to Help?

Every single one of us could be doing more than we are currently doing to try and reduce waste plastic. The following are 20 ideas of where you can make a start today: Read the rest of this entry »

September 4th, 2012

by Stephen Roper