Archive for the ‘ Recycling ’ Category

March 14th, 2013

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. (more…)

August 3rd, 2012

Recycling is good for the environment and our planet. Everyone knows that we can recycle household waste, mobile phones, electronics and paper. However you probably didn’t know that there are also many other strange and wonderful items that can be recycled to put a little extra money in your pocket, here is a list of the weirdest. (more…)

June 19th, 2012

This Week the 18th – 24th June 2012 is the ninth Recycle Week in the UK and this year the focus is on boosting the amount of plastic bottles that are sent in to be recycled.

With the London Olympics 2012, the Paralympics and Wimbledon approaching fast many drinks will be drunk and many plastic bottles will end up in the bin. It’s not just drink bottles that are ending up in the bin but also toiletry bottles, margarine tubs, yoghurt pots, egg boxes, fruit punnets and anything else made of plastic that can be found in the house are ending up at Britain’s landfill sites. In fact in the UK less than 50% of plastic items are currently going in our recycling bins out of a staggering 15 million that are being used every day. (more…)

May 25th, 2012

Popular high street retailer Marks and Spencer have recently launched a new clothes box recycling scheme in partnership with charity, Oxfam.

Over 10,000 items of clothing are thrown in the bin every 5 minutes which amounts to over a billion items a year. Over 500,000 tonnes of these items will end up at landfill where they will take many years to fully break down causing further damage to the environment. (more…)

March 8th, 2012

According to the latest figures published last week by the Environment Agency the UK is now more than doubling the small WEEE (Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment) targets that were set by the European Union for the year ending 2011.

The figures that were published showed that through 2011, 31,331 tonnes of small household WEEE were collected. This works out at 8.3kg of WEEE per person, the target states that 4kg must be recycled per head, based on a population of around 62 million. In percentages 34.3% of all electronic equipment that was sold in 2011 was recycled correctly, this compares to 31.5% in 2010, but these amounts are still some way short of the 45% target set by the EU for 2016. (more…)