Friday, 30 January 2009

Recycling Under Assault.

Hello again,

I'm sure that a lot of you will have either read or heard about the recent article by the Daily Mail which branded recycling as a "Sham", going on to describe it as "a waste of time" and that it would be easier "if most of our unsorted rubbish were burnt locally" (Link). The article was written following comments made by Peter Jones, representative on the London Waste and Recycling Board & previously a Director of Biffa Waste on the BBC News at Ten on January 27th.

I was relieved to see that this blatant misrepresentation of Peter's comments has been lambasted by Peter himself in an interview with letsrecycle.com (Link). On the comments above Peter had the following to say:

On the viability of recycling;

"I did not ever suggest that recycling is a waste of time - that is a nonsensical position to take and those who know me would find such an assertion laughable"

On the topic of incineration;

"Throughout the discussion I emphasised that I was talking with regard to carbon conversion to energy, which could be in the form of electricity, gas, steam, heat, hydrogen or synthetic diesel. Conversion to electricity only without combined heat and power is nonsensical and inefficient."

It is an absolute digrace that in this instance some elements of the media have yet again distorted the facts of the real story and given the the beleaguered recycling industry a kick when it is facing difficult times, not unlike the majority of the economy right now. Is it perhaps the case that some people will find the smallest excuse not to take responsibility for their own consumption & behaviour? You don't need to be a scientist nor a mathematician to work out that substituting used material in production in place of virgin material has got to save enormous amounts of energy in the case of most processes/materials.

Lucy.

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Thursday, 22 January 2009

Manchester Plastic Recycling Scheme

Hello,

On behalf of everyone at EMERGE Recycling I would just like to say a massive congratulations to Manchester City Council who have just started to roll out a scheme enabling all Manchester homes to recycle plastics and cardboard. Following a citywide consultation over 80% of residents expressed a desire to recycle additional materials, the expansion of the scheme by Manchester City Council shows their commitment to recycling across the city and also to acting upon feedback from the residents of Manchester. We're making progress, well done to everybody involved :)

Manchester City Council - Fantastic Plastic Press Release

Lucy.

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Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Ecofont - Wholly Reducing Waste

Greetings,

We've come across a link to an interesting concept, it's called the 'Ecofont'. The theory is that because all of the letters have small gaps in them, they actually use up to 20% less ink than standard fonts. We've run off a few pages here at EMERGE Recycling and for internal use it certainly looks up to scratch. The font is also free to download and use from the following page:

Ecofont Website

It's certainly one way businesses could save money by reducing the amount of print-heavy waste they produce.

Onwards to resource efficiency!

Lucy.

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Wednesday, 14 January 2009

Resource Magazine 'Hot 100' Recycling Poll

Hello again,

After reading this month's edition of Resource magazine I felt I should say a big 'Thank You' to everyone who voted in their poll. It is very rewarding to be recognised for the hard work that myself and everyone at EMERGE Recycling and CRN is doing.

I have been ranked 32 in the 'Resource Hot 100', which is a climb of 30 places from last year. With a bit of luck, a lot of hard work and a mountain of recycling, next year I might even reach the 'Top 10'!

Lucy.

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Monday, 12 January 2009

Motorola launch Recycled 'Renew' Handset.


Motorola have produced the first CarbonFund.org certified carbon neutral mobile handset, the W233 Renew, which features an external casing made from post-consumer PET plastics, 9 hours talk time to save on the energy used by charging and is 100% recyclable.

By investing in renewable energy sources and reforestation Motorola have offset the carbon dioxide generated by the manufacture and distribution of the phone. Motorola have used 100% recycled paper for the box and materials which have been cut down 22% in size, it even includes a pre-paid recycling envelope for you to send your old phone for recycling!

MOTO W233 Renew.

It looks like Motorola are really championing the green cause and I for one applaud them.

Lucy.

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Thursday, 8 January 2009

Recycling Newsflash!

Hello again,

Whilst it is always refreshing to see articles discouraging waste going to landfill I was absolutely astonished to see an article published in Which? Computing Magazine and subsequently reported in Manchester Evening News that is encouraging consumers to destroy their PC hard drives with a hammer, or to even burn them on a bonfire rather than send them to landfill! This is not only wasteful but also likely to be very hazardous to both the consumer and the environment (burning PVC plastics and heavy metals can produce dioxins and other hormone disrupters in the process) and it seems highly irreponsible for a Professor to promote this kind of malpractice.

Sky News Coverage of the Report.

There are numerous recycling companies across the UK that can safely and securely destroy the data that is stored on your computer’s hard drive. Additionally many of these companies will identify materials within IT equipment for genuine reuse and failing that, recycling (without compromising individual data security). Contact EMERGE on 0161 223 8200 or use Google to find recycling companies in your local area who can provide a more environmental solution to your data worries.

Lucy.

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Wednesday, 7 January 2009

5 Green Resolutions for 2009

Hello there, I thought I'd start this year off with a few thoughts on a some simple and (relatively) painless ways to start 2009 with a big green bang, not only will you be helping the environment, you’ll be saving money and even helping to burn a few of those excess Christmas pounds!
  • Get switched on; installing energy saving light bulbs will save money and energy in the home.
  • Get those fingers green, growing your own Organic crops is a satisfying and rewarding way to help the environment and save money into the bargain.
  • Beat the Standby Monster! Switch off all of your plug sockets at night before you go to bed, you will make significant savings
  • Try to give before your throw; there are many charities that would gladly take your unwanted Christmas presents off your hands!
  • Cycling, Walking or using Public Transport to get to work instead of driving will cut your carbon footprint and help shave a bit from your already svelte figure!


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