Thursday, 30 July 2009

Big Brother - Spying On Your Waste?

Greetings,

I was very interested to hear about the recent scheme of waste tracking which is being implemented by MIT, 3000 pieces of rubbish in London, Seattle and New York will be fitted with hi-tech tags which use mobile phone technology to send out a real time tracking signal. In effect this means that MIT will be able to watch exactly where the waste is moving to in real time.

The aim is to highlight exactly what happens to the waste we throw away and that it doesn't always end up where we think, sometimes it will even end up in a completely different country, where the approach to waste management is not as stringent and as such it can end up becoming a pollutant.

The BBC have written a quite extensive article about the technology behind the transmitters and what MIT are hoping to achieve in the lifetime of the project.

I think that projects like these are great tools to raise awareness of our throw-away lifestyle and that waste doesn't simply disappear when the bin man collects it.

Onwards & upwards!

Lucy.

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

South Korea Advocates Environmental Improvement

Greetings,

Some good news from the east, South Korean giant Samsung Electronics has just committed to investing $4Bn to reducing carbon emissions from its manufacturing plants, with the aim of reducing their carbon emissions by 50% by 2013.

This announcement follows on from a statement released by the South Korean government about their $84Bn Green Action Plan. This scheme is aiming to make improvements across the entire national infrastructure including manufacturing, transportation, construction & technology.

It's very reassuring to see one of the world's top ten carbon producers making such a commitment to reduce their emissions.

Onwards & upwards!

Lucy.

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Recycling in Manchester, MA.

Greetings,

I was very interested to see what's been happening 'across the pond' in Manchester, Massachusetts. I certainly makes for some interesting parallels with what the latest developments are here in the UK!

They are currently planning a move onto a pay-as-you-throw scheme as the statistics from Gloucester MA show a 13% increase in recycling rates and a 29% reduction in waste incineration since implementation of a similar scheme. Interestingly if these rates could be duplicated in Manchester MA, they could recoup as much as 35% of its spend on disposal through onward sale of recyclates.

Other developments in Manchester MA include the introduction of a single stream recycling scheme, which they hope will help to increase participation and subsequently total recycling rates for the town, as well as reducing the total cost of disposal by as much as $135,000 a year. Across the 5 year scheme they are projecting to make a total saving of $600,000 after costs.

It certainly makes for interesting comparison with recent developments here in Manchester UK. Especially after the announcment of the deal between GMWDA and Viridor Laing to build a series of facilities in Greater Manchester, it seems almost inevitable that the majority, if not all of Manchester will also move towards a single stream recycling system in the not too distant future.

Looks like we have more in common with our US cousins than you might think!

Onwards & upwards!

Lucy.

Friday, 10 July 2009

Best Eco Adverts To Save The Planet!

Greetings,

Apologies for the blatant recycling (pardon the pun!) of someone elses blog post, but just I had a quick look at Materials Recycling Week's latest blog post which linked to a Guardian picture story about 'The Best Adverts to Save the Planet'.

Let me know which you think is the most effective.

Onwards & upwards!

Lucy.

Friday, 3 July 2009

NING - Recycling In Manchester

Hi folks,

Just a quick post to inform you that I've set up a NING social network called: Recycling In Manchester. Please feel free to join and offer your input, I'd love to see this really take off as a hub for like minded people to discuss how we can make a real difference in Manchester.

Onwards & upwards!

Lucy.