Friday, 26 June 2009

Eco Bribes, the Future of Recycling?

Greetings,

I'm not convinced by the latest scheme devised to increase household recycling rates, rewarding households with shopping vouchers. Surely education and encouragement is a better approach than bribing or fining the general public where recycling is concerned? Otherwise where is the incentive to recycle when you are not at home, what reason is there for you to recycle beyond the financial incentives?

The pilot scheme being rolled out in Windsor and Maidenhead is bound to prove to be a success but I have to question whether by educating the general public about the economic and environmental benefits of their domestic recycling, similar successes could be won without the need for backhanders? Any thoughts anyone? Happy to reconsider!

Onwards & upwards!

Lucy.

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Manchester Recycles Sewage!

Greetings,

I've come across another interesting development in Manchester; apparently United Utilities in partnership with WRAP are planning to roll out a scheme across Greater Manchester which will involve commercial sewage recycling! Apparently it can be converted into a biomethane which can then be used in place of gas to warm people's homes etc. This limitless supply of sustainable energy presents a great opportunity as it significantly reduces the carbon footprint of gas import and might even represent a significant cost saving to the end user, according to Caroline Ashton - Biofuels Manager, United Utilities.

Whilst at first you might turn your nose up at the thought of powering your home with recycled sewage, it really is the ultimate example of closed loop recycling!

Onwards & upwards!

Lucy.

Friday, 19 June 2009

Volunteering through EMERGE

Are you looking to get work experience and references?

Are you just hoping to meet some like-minded people?

Would you like to get involved in your community and do something to help the environment?

If so, EMERGE can help you find an environmental volunteering opportunity that suits you interests and abilities.

You may be interested in volunteering as a driver, doing outdoor activities, running events...Whatever your skills and experience, there is an opportunity out there for you.

For details of how to apply, please see our job advertisement.

Onwards & upwards!

Lucy.

Friday, 12 June 2009

WRAP Encourages Kerbside Recycling

Amazing News:

This week WRAP has launched a report which outlines why co-mingled recycling streams are less effective than source segregation of materials in terms of both cost and quality output.

In a leaflet entitled 'Choosing The Right Recycling Collection System' WRAP outlined their opinion:

"kerbside sort systems offer reliable material quality and lower net costs for council taxpayers. They are also capable of capturing the same volume of material as co-mingled schemes."

"Because of our priority for quality materials as a way to improve resource efficiency, WRAP believes that kerbside sort collections should be preferred where they are practical and should be in the majority of local authority areas."


I'm delighted that WRAP has taken this stance as the lead body on developing and improving materials' recycling infrastructure and systems in the UK. Their latest report adds to the body of evidence supporting kerbside sort collection systems. At EMERGE we have known for a long time that source separated collection schemes such the ones we run for councils and for businesses in Greater Manchester produce a far higher quality of material with a massively reduced risk of contamination, as well as engaging people fare more effectively in the process of managing the waste they generate.

More information about how kerbside sort schemes work for councils can be found at the Campaign for Real Recycling website and hopefully this report will be taken into consideration by other councils when they decide how to implement and improve their own recycling schemes.

Onwards & upwards!

Lucy.

Friday, 5 June 2009

Sony Ericsson Launch Recycled Mobile Phone - C901 Greenheart

Greetings,

I'm glad to see another of the major mobile phone manufacturers has decided to produce a handset which is more environmentally sustainable.
The C901 Greenheart is the first product to be developed with Sony Ericsson's sustainablity guidelines in mind.

Featuring a casing made from 50% recycled plastics and their first ever in-phone manual (which reduce the amount of paper produced per phone by 90%), this phone is full of eco-gubbins like a carbon calculating pedometer and light sensors to reduce energy usage. It also comes bundled with a low power charger and a 100% recycled plastic headset.

It is great to see Sony Ericsson joining the ranks alongside other phone manufacturers such as Motorola and Samsung designing and producing products for those of us who are more environmentally minded.

Onwards & upwards!

Lucy.

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Sustainable Chocolate Powered F3 Racing!

Greetings,

I came across this and just felt I had to share it with you. Worldfirst Racing have just built a proof of concept racing car which runs on a biodiesel fuel which is derived from vegetable oil and waste chocolate. Not only that but a lot of the vehicles components have been built around sustainable materials, i.e. potato starch coated in flax fibre for the wings and a steering wheel made from 'curran', a carrot derivative! See here for more detail about the technology behind the car.

Just in case you're checking your calendar for the 1st of April, here's a clip of the car in action:



Bear in mind it is often the racing industry which drives forward (pardon the pun) automotive innovation which eventually is passed onto the consumer market, one day we could all be motoring in cocoa powered cars!

Onwards & upwards!

Lucy.