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Landfill Harmonic

Friday, 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 our plastic bags get recycled

Tuesday, 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

Tuesday, 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

Sunday, 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

Friday, 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

Tuesday, 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

Tuesday, 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…

Greener Gas?

Friday, January 6th, 2012

I’ve just read about Ruby the pygmy goat at The Centre for Alternative Technology near Machynlleth in North Wales. Ruby must be worth her weight in gold.  Did you know, they use her poo in their  anaerobic digester which turns it into gas?  She makes enough gas to boil the water they use to sterilise laboratory equipment.

Wouldn’t it be great to have one of those digester things for dog poo?

Sell-by dates canned

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Hmm! Have you seen these headlines?

Sky News tells us ”Sell-By Date Binned In Push To Cut Food Waste… in a bid to cut £12billion worth of good food” going to waste. The Daily Mail front page tells that simpler labels will save families up to £680 a year. Wow that’s a lot of money.

Can you believe we waste so much food? But there has been confusion about the various ways food is labelled and what exactly this means for you and me.

Some foods are labelled with a Display Until or Sell By date as well as either a Use By or Best Before date.  It is only the Use By or Best Before date that we need to look at and it is useful to understand the difference.  The other dates are for the shops to help them with stock control.  The Use By date is the one you and I need to take most notice of.  This is the date used for food safety reasons and soon to help food producers label their foods they will have a decision tree ‘asking a series of important questions around the production of a food product from a microbiological perspective’. In other words could it make us ill!

The Best Before date is a guidance date to show when food may start to deteriorate in quality. This doesn’t mean we can’t still eat it.

Now the truth is I know I should be pleased that people all over the country are reading these headlines and might think twice next time they pull something from the cupboard with a best before date of last month. Maybe now they won’t just sling it, they might at least give it a sniff and a lick and 9 times out of 10 will realise it will go down a treat. Yes, I’m delighted, I’m jumping for joy (with a little help from Yolanda).

I’m a tad concerned I might have to hunt for my supper a bit harder from now. Oh for the rich pickings that ‘Best Before’ date afforded me!

The Circular Economy

Monday, September 5th, 2011

How do we get people to think of ‘materials’ rather than ‘waste’? If only the word ‘waste’ could be permanently resigned to the trash. Can manufacturers be forced to think about how their products would be redeployed at the end of their useful life? Can we reverse this ‘throw-away’ economy we’ve adopted in recent years?


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