Archive for the ‘ Waste ’ Category

September 4th, 2012

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: (more…)

October 19th, 2011

One of the UK’s most popular airlines, Virgin Atlantic has recently announced that they have partnered with New Zealand fuel specialist, Lanzatech in order to develop a new type of aviation fuel that will be made from waste gases from the steel industry.

Its estimated that the new fuel type will be available to be used on Virgin’s fleet in around two to three years. (more…)

May 24th, 2011

Environmental Waste Controls (EWC) has recently been linked to the illegal exporting of electronic waste in poor African countries including Ghana and Nigeria. (more…)

May 16th, 2011

With technology moving at a faster rate than ever before and everyone buying the latest gadgets you have to wonder what happens to all the old ones that you no longer want or need. Is there really a safe and green way to dispose of your old gadgets? Does that one extra electronic device that you throw in the bin really cause that much damage to the environment? (more…)

March 3rd, 2011

A recent 3 year investigation by the UK Environment Agency has found that criminal gangs have been shipping thousands of tons of e-waste and dumping it in third world countries.

The investigation found that as many as 30 criminal gangs were shipping items such as computers and TV monitors and dumping them on rubbish tips in Africa, Asia and the Far East. (more…)