‘Recycleopedia’ launched; Nottingham City Council wins CIWM award; WRAP NI conference; Ealing plastic tree
Councils launch ‘Recycleopedia’
South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils have launched an online ‘Recycleopedia’ to help residents work out what to put in which bin.
The database offers a comprehensive search to the councils’ residents, splitting items down into different material parts for the different bins.
South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse are already among the first and the third best performing local authorities in terms of recycling rates for 2013-14.
City’s tackling of anti-social behaviour wins gold
Nottingham City Council’s efforts to tackle fly-tipping and graffiti have claimed the gold award for local authorities over 200,000 people at the 2014 Clean Britain Awards event in Birmingham.
Nottingham has developed a cleansing performance target, which has led to it clearing 90% of all reported fly-tips, graffiti and dog fouling within 48 hours. It has also set a target to remove 100% of racist/offensive graffiti within 24 hours.
The other gold winners were North Ayrshire in the 100,000-200,000 residents category and Broxbourne Borough Council in the sub 100,000 residents division.
It is 25th year for the awards, which are run by the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management.
WRAP NI conference focus on partnership
WRAP Northern Ireland’s Waste Prevention through Partnerships Conference explored how greater collaborations can help strengthen infrastructure, stimulate job creation, and help build a more sustainable domestic green economy.
Minister for the Environment Mark H Durkan joined Dr Liz Goodwin, WRAP chief executive (photo above), local authorities, businesses, members of the recycling industry, third sector bodies and green groups to discuss the importance of building strong partnerships.
Plastic bottle Christmas tree returns to Ealing
Ealing Council’s plastic bottle tree has returned this year to Southall. It will be displayed over the festive period and aims to remind residents about the importance of recycling.
The Christmas tree, made with hundreds of recyclable plastic bottles and standing six metres high was designed by artist, Ashley Phillips, creative director at Glartique, as part of the council’s 50% by 2020 recycling campaign.