Cherwell garden waste scheme; Surrey recycling rates stall; MRWA charity efforts; Coffee pod warning; Councils win packaging awards
Council bin hire scheme
Cherwell District Council is introducing a scheme to allow residents to hire a 1,000 litre capacity wheeled bin to dispose of any garden or home waste.
The Home and Garden Waste scheme provides a cheap alternative to skip hiring with each bin costing £48 to hire for up to three weeks.
Residents are also loaned an additional blue recycling bin for household waste such as plastics, paper and cardboard.
Surrey recycling rates stall
Surrey councillors have been urged to make major changes to the county’s waste recycling policy.
Despite the amount of domestic waste being sent for recycling rising from 31% in 2006-7 to 52% last year, a council report has warned that the rate at which recycling is increasing has started to level off.
The Surrey Waste Strategy, which was presented to Surrey County Council’s cabinet at the end of February, also highlighted a failure to meet the authority’s target of 70% recycling by this year.
MRWA funds homeless campaign
Former Tesco boss Sir Terry Leahy is helping front a fund-raising campaign for Emmaus Merseyside, a new Sefton-based project for homeless people.
The accommodation is part of a bigger scheme which will provide training and work opportunities for residents in the nearby Recycling Superstore, funded by Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) and run by Emmaus.
The warehouse-style store, which opened last summer, sells everything from quality used furniture to clothing and toys and has doubled its turnover in the last few months. Profits from the store will help fund the running of the residential scheme.
MRWA chairman Graham Morgan said: “Emmaus are doing an amazing job – both in getting the store off the ground and in attracting the support of other agencies and individuals who can help realise their vision of providing shelter, employment and training for people who need it most.”
Coffee pods turn into a ‘mountain of waste’
The BigGreen.co.uk company has said that coffee pods are “wrapped up in waste throughout the process”.
“Coffee pod machines always struck us as the solution to a problem that didn’t exist in the first place,” said BigGreen.co.uk spokesperson Mark Hall. “It wasn’t as if using a filter coffee machine was that difficult anyway.”
With millions being used across the UK, Hall labelled them “a horrendous waste of resources which can only be burned or sent to landfill”.
A straw poll by BigGreen.co.uk found 35% of businesses had changed from filter coffee to pod coffee, 38% said they were considering a move to pod coffee this year and 95% said they were unaware that the used pods couldn’t be recycled.
Councils win packaging awards
Two local authorities were honoured in the Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment Golden Carton Awards 2014, which recognise and reward local authorities achieving the greatest improvements in beverage carton recycling.
The awards celebrate environmental leadership and recycling best-practice, and are open to all local authorities signed-up to send beverage cartons to ACE UK’s dedicated UK carton recycling facility.
East Cambridgeshire District Council won the award for ‘Greatest Percentage Increase in Beverage Carton Recycling’. Since changing to a commingled kerbside collection in 2013 the council has achieved an 11-fold increase in the amount of cartons collected - a rise of over 1,000%.
Best Communications Campaign was awarded to Down District Council for developing a wide range of activities to promote carton recycling, from a mobile education bus engaging directly with residents to themed recycling events, giveaways and incentives for local residents.