Thursday, 27 January 2011

What a Waste of Resources - Nimrod Aircrafts Scrapped

Greetings,

Dismantling of nine multimillion pound Nimrod aircraft is underway at BAE in Stockport I learned from the BBC yesterday.

Having cost the taxpayer £4Bn !!!!! and having taken 1800 people 10 years to design and build the aircraft will never fly and are now being taken apart and scrapped.

The aircraft were due to be handed over to the RAF and go into service next year but in a bid to save £2Bn over the next 10 years the project was cancelled in the spending review last October.

I am not a fan of planes in general, they produce far too much pollution and should be phased out asap in my opinion.

However, the sight of these great feats of modern engineering being reduced to scrap before even being allowed to leave the runway is truly very sad. What a terrible, terrible waste of resources. I truly feel very sorry for the men and women who have worked on that project.

Onwards & upwards!

Joe

My blog: ecofocused.com

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

6 Community Groups Get Funding for Waste Reduction in Manchester - Including EMERGE!

Greetings,

We had the news through before Christmas that we had been successful but it looks as though the official press release is now out so we can jump for joy and tell everyone!

Please click the title link as Inside the M60 have done a great job of covering the story.

It's our aim to create a network of community 3Rs champions throughout Greater Manchester. Further details of EMERGE's project to follow.


Onwards & upwards!

Joe

My blog => ecofocused.com

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Recycling and Landfill Tax Tables

Greetings,

Pt1. Oh Manchester is wonderful, but we are still not as wonderful as we could be at recycling according to the latest study by the GMB Union.

We are a lot less wonderful than Leicestershire, Devon, and Lichfield. Staffs Moorlands who top the recycling table are streets ahead of us. Hackney and the Isles of Scilly are better at recycling than we are. In fact, according to the study 353 councils are better at recycling than Manchester. Only 3 are worse.

This is according to the study which ranks councils in England on reuse, recycling and composting for 2009/10.

Now, I don't know about you but for me this makes for embarrasing reading.

Pt. 2 What makes for interesting reading are the figures... £££.

If England had done no recycling whatsoever in 2010 the bill would have been £1.1 Bn in landfill tax (which is £48 per tonne as set out in the Landfill Directive by the EU) to dispose of that 'waste'. (Just think what we're paying already!)

Looking at Manchester, if all our recycling would have gone to landfill it would have cost the taxpayer £7M plus (£7,325,370).

Manchester's recycling rate was measured at 18.8%, whilst the best performing councils were over 60%. If we performed as well as them we could save £14,000,000+ per year - just in landfill tax!!

You could argue that the demographics are different in the top performing areas and the rural areas do better but surely we can do better than 18.8%. Here's an idea - maybe the Council can incentivise recycling, get people engaged on their website . Oh, looks like they beat me to it....

Onwards & upwards!

Joe

Ecofocused.com

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Manchester to lead Electric Car revolution?


It looks like Manchester is going to again be at the forefront of environmental techonology in the UK. £7m plans are in place to built a network of 300 charging points for electric vehicles, allowing them to be topped up with a 100 mile range from a single charge.

Transport Secretary Phillip Hammond seemed very pleased as he declared that we can now all have "all the convenience of the car, without the carbon". Now call me sceptical but I'm pretty sure that the electricity to drive these vehicles has to be produced from somewhere and until the network of nuclear stations the government has proposed is in place, we're still going to be putting this extra power demand through coal-fired power stations. (Source: MEN)

Cutting edge? Yes. Carbon free? Not yet.

EMERGE Recycling