Landfill Harmonic

October 11th, 2013

This really shows how your rubbish can be someone else’s resources.

If we really thought about the stuff we don’t need as being a resource for something else, then we would value it more. We’d waste less, litter less, create less mess. All it takes is just a little change in the way we think about our waste, maybe?

How often do you change your phone?

May 17th, 2013

Is your mobile phone like your best friend?  Always there in an emergency: you left your assignment on the kitchen table / forgot your PE kit and can’t stand the thought of being made to wear the awful kit from the spares cupboard – you know the kind of thing!  Is your phone your lifeline – there to help you plan your social life after a hard term of exams?  You turn to your mobile when you’re happy, you turn to it when you are sad.  Is that right?

But how many times did you change your best friend?  And how many times did you change your mobile?

Have you ever counted up how many ex-best-friend mobiles there are in your house?  Ever wondered how many are in your street, right now, under beds, in forgotten cupboards, lost down the back of a friend’s sofa?

These days there a lots of sites now where you can recycle your mobile phone and some will even pay you some money for your old phone, so it’s worth checking out the options.


And in case you ever wondered what happens to mobile phones when they get recycled, you could take a look at this …


April 5th, 2013

Just thought I’d work out the carbon saving of recycling my pizza boxes.

If recycling the carboard tube from one toilet roll gives a carbon saving equivalent to watching 6 minutes of television, then I’ve worked out I can watch a whole episode of The Voice from the recycling from my little pizza party last night.

If you need a reason…

February 6th, 2013

to make sure your waste packaging gets to a recycling centre rather than our waterways or hedgerows then take a look at this powerful video by photographer, Chris Jordan.

MIDWAY : trailer : a film by Chris Jordan from Midway on Vimeo.

How our plastic bags get recycled

October 30th, 2012

Thought you might like to see this youtube video that shows you how plastic bags are recycled.  This video shows a recycling plant in the United States.  I am looking into what happens to our flyaway plastics (or film plastics)  in the UK and hope to have lots of lovely facts and figures for you shortly.

Olympic Fever

August 7th, 2012

Are you going to the Olympics this summer?

Dogs aren’t allowed in.  And there are no events for dogs like me either.  Still, I’ve been getting a bit of the Olympic fever.

Recycling Bins at London 2012

A friend kindly sent me a photo of the lovely recycling bins that are all over the Olympic park.  (I would have liked to get a sniff at the food waste bins – I heard about a lady who accidently hurled her mini sausages over the crowd during a Mexican wave – I wish I had been there to catch them;)

If you are still awaiting your visit to London 2012 Olympic Park, here are a few tips worth knowing about before you go.

  • You can take in an empty plastic bottle or drink holder which you can refill from water fountains in the Olympic Park.
  • Don’t take any nail scissors or clippers, penknives, aerosol deodorants etc as you will have to hand these things over at security on your way in.
  • You can take in your own sandwiches.
  • There are lots of small retailers selling farm assured and red tractor food.
  • All the fish is certified as from sustainable fish sources. (Yolanda will be pleased about that).

Compostable packaging at The Olympic park

  • Lots of the food packaging is compostable and there are special bins for compostable food packaging.
  • There are special bins for any food waste, but it is still better to eat it rather than to waste it.  You can always share.
  • You can’t go to the Olympic venues by car.  Don’t forget to take the free one day travel card that comes with all ticketed events in London.
  • There are 7000 secure bicycle parking slots at the Olympic Park, so you can go by bike. (And you deserve a hot dog if you do!)
Meanwhile, I plan to take part in more Olympics Fever back at home, getting together with friends to support and cheer on our favourite athletes. Sometimes I’m not following anyone in particular but I cheer just as loud – I’m told there’s an athlete called ‘the underdog‘.  That’s who always gets my support then.

I send my congratulations to all the athletes who are taking part, all the volunteers who are helping out with a smile, and all the organisers who have made sustainability a must rather than an afterthought.



Park Live at London 2012 with the Velodrome in the background.

Tree-cycle Your Mobile Phone

July 1st, 2012

Our friend, Yolanda, says she’s come across a mobile phone recycling scheme by the lovely peeps at OxTreeGen Ltd – a company that helps people reduce their carbon footprint through local UK based tree planting projects. Click on the pic below to go to their webby.

It is easy to start collecting towards this scheme.  You could do it at your local sports club or at school.  Why not give it a try!

Video Recycling Update

June 1st, 2012

Yay! Google came up trumps again.

A company based in Bristol, Environmental Media Solutions, take VHS video cassettes which they recycle 100%. And they do it for free.

I spoke to the lovely peeps at EMS about their recycling service and they told me all about the various collection schemes they are setting up around the country.

If you are not local to one of their schemes and you have the urge to clean out your cupboards, you can post your video cassettes to them.  There’s some important legal-eagle stuff – just a form you have to send with your cassettes but it won’t take you a moment to download it and fill it out. Check out their website to find out more:

Over the coming months you should see more and more local schemes being set up, so keep an eye out at your supermarket, your recycling centre or maybe your local council offices, community centre, school or library.

I’ll keep you posted of any new schemes I hear about :)



Recycling Video Tapes

May 15th, 2012

I’m doing a bit of research on how to recycle video tapes.

I checked out the Recycle now website and they suggest donating to charity shops, libraries or schools, but I know my local charity shop can’t take video tapes any more – they just can’t sell them these days.  When was the last time you played a video tape?  Do you even have a video tape player?  Are you wondering what a video tape player looks like?

Well… I’ve seen a number of tweets and emails asking how best (or how even) to recycle video tapes but so far no solutions.

The Recycling People take video and audio tapes but at a cost.  For example up to 50 tapes costs £15.  Prices get cheaper (per piece) for larger quantities so would be worth getting together with friends to get best value for money, but – AND THIS IS A BIG BUT (like mine) are people really prepared to pay to get stuff recycled? I have my doubts.

So time to do some investigation I feel.  If you know of anywhere that recycles video and audio tape for free, please do tell me. In the meantime…just shut the cupboard door on them and hold off the temptation to bin them.  I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.  Promise.


Aluminium Oligarchs

May 1st, 2012

I can’t help noticing a connection between being very rich and producing aluminium. That got me wondering … what is it about aluminium? Do we use too much of the stuff or is it really worth its weight in gold?

Armed with a well known brand of low calorie soft drink  (in a fully recyclable aluminium can) I did a bit of arm chair exercise surfing for aluminium facts and figures.  Here are a few gems that might be worth their weight in…well maybe not gold, but certainly aluminium. What do you think?

Fact 1. 75% of aluminium ever used is still in use today.

Fact 2. Recycling one tonne of aluminium saves nine tonnes of CO2. One tonne of CO2 is equivalent to driving 2,800 miles.

Fact 3. All aluminium products can be recycled after use. That includes milk bottle tops, tin foil, the foil wrapper on chocolates (my fave).

Fact 4. Tin foil can be washed and reused several times then recycled. It’s ok – they are so rich they won’t begrudge the likes of you and me saving a couple of quid a year by re-using our tin-foil occasionally ;)

Fact 5. Aluminium can be recycled over and over and over again.

Fact 6. The energy needed to melt aluminium scrap is only a fraction of that required for primary aluminium production.

Fact 7. Drinks cans account for 65% of aluminium used in the UK.

Fact 8.Recent figures reveal the drinks can recycling recycling rate is on 55%

Fact 9. That means that 45% of this precious material is needlessly thrown away :(

Fact 10. No wonder the aluminium rich are getting richer.


ok… so the last one is not a fact but the fact remains we CAN do better.

If next year’s figures are better I’ll be doing the can-can to celebrate…


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