MOBA’s expansion; ‘Pass it on Week’; Cigarette bins success; Repair café
MOBA expands in the UK
The UK subsidiary of MOBA, a provider of machine control systems for the waste logistics and construction industry in Europe, US and China, has reported year-on-year sales growth of 52% for 2014, the highest increase in sales in the inception of the company. It forecasts a further 25% increase this year.
Ian Lewis, managing director at MOBA (UK division, photo above), said: “Although the waste sector will continue to be challenging 2015, we believe that waste contractors firmly see the benefits that weighing systems deliver that will help them save money and become more efficient by implementing pay-as-you-throw services for commercial customers.”
Scotland urged to plan reuse events
A new national week, ‘Pass it on Week’, encouraging swapping, sharing and donating will take place from 7-15 March.
Zero Waste Scotland (ZWS) is promoting it to encourage people to pass on things they no longer want to someone else, rather than throwing them away.
Local people are being urged to donate items to charity, swap with friends and given second hand goods a try, as part of a national week to minimise the amount of re-usable materials sent to landfill.
ZWS is also encouraging individuals, businesses, community groups, schools, colleges and charity and reuse shops to organise events such as swap shops, clothes swaps, repair workshops and upcycling sessions to help spread the word and give people a chance to get involved.
Middlewich cigarette bins reduce litter by 60%
Middlewich has reported a 60% reduction in cigarette litter one month after cigarette bins were put in the town centre’s pubs, clubs and town hall.
The figure reduced to 71% after six months. The Campaign to Protect Rural England, Japan Tobacco International (JTI) and the Middlewich Clean Team joined forces in 2014 to tackle the issue of cigarette butt litter in the town. Using JTI funding, 32 wall-mounted cigarette butt bins were purchased from Bailey Streetscene, a Cheshire-based company and installed across 16 venues in February.
The areas were officially monitored before the bins were erected and then one month and six months after installation.
Repair café to be launched in Surrey
The Centre for Sustainable Design at the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) is launching a repair café in Farnham, Surrey in collaboration with Transition Town Farnham, where members of the public can bring along items to be fixed by volunteer repairers, receive advice from sustainability experts and network with other like-minded people.
Meeting on the second Saturday of each month at the United Reformed Church in the centre of the craft town, the Farnham repair café aims to reduce waste and extend the life of products, breaking the cycle of “use, bin and replace” whilst providing a local social hub for free exchange of skills and know-how.