Archive for July, 2007

WRAP works in partnership to encourage and enable businesses and consumers to be more efficient in their use of materials and recycle more things more often. This helps to minimise landfill, reduce carbon emissions and improve our environment.

Check out the links below;

Working with Consumers

Recycling in the Garden

Working with Schools



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Car sharing. You’ve heard of it but probably never found it! At least not on an organised level. Look no more as liftshare have a national database in the UK that you can tap into.

They say, ‘Before liftshare was founded in 1997, car sharing was almost unheard of in the UK. Since then, through our continuous campaigning at both grass root and government levels, the concept of a national car-sharing database has now become a reality. In 2006 we launched a series of new services under the new BUDi branding. These include BikeBUDi, WalkBUDi, TaxiBUDi and TravelBUDi.’

Check out the above link to get started.

Liftshare recently won a Business in the Community Award too. They have some interesting ‘live’ stats here such as ‘estimated number of tonnes of CO2 saved per year: 13,039 tonnes’.

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The WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Directive is beginning to expand its remit to the recycling of more and more electronic goods. How many kettles for example have you been through because they keep on failing and no-one will repair them! I’m on my third kettle in 3 years with one only lasting 3 days! Now I can take these useless items to my local council recycling centre. ๐Ÿ™‚ And you should be able to too.

According to http://www.wasteonline.org ‘local authorities must have set up collection or take back schemes which allow users to return their waste products free of charge. Producers need to have financed these collection and disposal routes.’ It may be that my borough is ahead of the game because this quote is also on the wasteonline site;

‘ it appears that Producer Responsibility part of the directive will not be introduced in time. There has even been a suggestion that it may be as late as early 2008. The DTI (Department of Trade and Industry) is still in consultation with stakeholders, and has yet to make a definite announcement about start dates.’

But it is still worth your ringing up your local authority’s main switch board number and asking if they have started to recycle electrical products.

Wateonline.org has very interesting and useful info on the reuse or recycling of electronic goods.

Failing that you can use the relevant contact below;

Light recycling

Balcan Engineering Ltd
Woodhall Spa
Lincolnshire LN10 6RW
01526 353 075
Manufacturers of lamp crushers providing an on-site lamp crushing and disposal service, and information about lamp disposal.

D C Disposable Lighting
Mr. Darren Coleman
54 Victoria Avenue
Grays, Essex,
RM16 2RP
t 01375 371 631 f 01375 371 631

Working in the South East of England, in conjunction with Mercury Recycling Limited, and specialising in lamp disposal.

Karraway Recycling
1 Folly Close
Herts WD7 8DR
020 8236 0108

Lampcare (UK) Recycling Ltd
Windlestone Manor, Windlestone
County Durham DL17 0NA
t 01388 721000 f 01388 722227

Lighting Industry Federation
Swan House
207 Balham High Road
London SW17 7BQ
020 8675 5432
For details of professional collectors and recyclers of lighting.

Mercury Recycling Ltd
Unit G
Canalside North, John Gilbert Way
Trafford Park
Manchester M17 1DP
0161 877 0977

38 Maurice Gaymers Road
Gaymers Industrial Estate
Norfolk NR17 2QZ
01953 451 111

SustainaLite Ltd
Swan House
207 Balham High Road
London SW17 7BQ
Accreditation scheme for those who manage end-of-life gas discharge light sources.

Mobile phone and printer cartridges reuse/collection

ActionAid Recycling
Unit 14, Kingsland Trading Estate, St Philips Road, St Philips, Bristol, BS2 0JZ.
0845 3 100 200
Charity Organisation involved in raising vital funding for ActionAid development work in the third world, through the collection and recycling of empty IT consumables (Inkjet and toner cartridges) and mobile phones.

Against Breast Cancer
B363 Curie Avenue
harwell International Business Centre
Oxon OX11 0RA
0870 7744288
Collects ink cartridges and mobile phones through post and collection systems

Cartridges4 Charity
Crieff PH7 4DZ
0845 121 0674
Materials collected: cartridges – except Epson inkjet, toner cartridges and mobile phones
Proceeds go to three charities: See Ability, Andy Cole Children’s foundation, and Cardiac Risk In The Young.

CRUMP (Campaign To Recycle Unwanted Mobile Phones)
Child Advocacy International
75a London Road
Newcastle Under Lyme
01782 712599

3 Glensyl Way, Hawkins Lane Industrial Estate, Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire DE14 1LX
01283 516 259,
Mobile phone reuse/recycling group that facilitiates donations to nominated charities.

01708 684000 f 01708 684020
Return and recycling for charities of mobile phones through retail outlets.

K2 Supplies
Unit 14, Nonsuch Business Park, Kiln Lane, Epsom. KT17 1DY United Kingdom
01372 723 723
Remanufactures printer cartridges with proceeds supporting Macmillan Cancer Relief Charity

Oxfam Bring Bring Scheme
Freepost LON16281
London WC1N 3BR
0870 752 0999

Scope Toner Donor Campaign
c/o Envirocare
BS11 9JE

Scope Phone Recycling
Justin Thompson
ShP Solutions
Freepost Lancaster
0800 781 2600

UK Cartridge Recyclers Association (UKCRA)
19B School Road, Sale, Manchester M33 7XX,
t 01706 525050, f 01706 647440,
Trade association, members must have attained standards for toner cartridge recycling established by the association. Maintains list of companies which have reached and maintained these standards.

White goods & furniture – reuse/ disposal

Create UK
Speke Hall Road, Speke, Liverpool L24 9HA
0151 448 1748
CREATE repairs and refurbishes household appliances, such as fridges, cookers and washing machines, and sells them at reasonable prices. CREATE exists to provide quality training and work for people who are at a disadvantage in the labour market.

Furniture Reuse Network
FRN Membership Office, The Old Drill Hall, 17A Vicarage Street North, Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF1 4JS
01924 375 252
Has details of organisations that take furniture, white goods and household appliances.

The SOFA Project
48-54 West Street, St Philips, Bristol BS2 0BL
0117 954 357
Furniture and electronic equipment scheme across the west.

Local authorities collect white goods such as fridges and washing machines from households. However, if you require names of businesses please search the DTI directory.

CD Recycling

Key Mood UK
Wolf Business Park, Alton Road, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire HR9 5NB
t 01989 566 288 f 01989 566 288
Email: http://www.keymood.co.uk/enquire.html
website: http://www.keymood.co.uk
Deal with recycling electronic goods, CDs and cassette tapes.

Poly c. Reclaimer
50 Albert Avenue, Prestwich, Manchester, Lancashire M25 0LX
t 0900-619-1817 f 0800-619-1916
Recycles high performance plastic, like CDs.

PolymerReprocessors Ltd
Reeds Lane
Moreton, Wirral
CH46 1DW
t 0151 606 0456 f 0151 606 0427
Accept postal deliveries of CDs from householders


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Thanks to Keith’s ‘Temas’ blog for this news.

‘Imagine most of the farms across the four nations of MERCOSUR (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay) generating much or all of their daily electricity needs through biogas (primarily methane) siphoned off from biodigestors processing their own farm wastes.

Now imagine much of their passenger transport coming from electric vehicles charged quickly from those biogas-fueled generators โ€” cars constructed at a plant in Foz de Iguaรงu, the area where Brazilian, Argentine and Paraguayan territories come together, utilizing mostly MERCOSUR-sourced parts and technology.

That is the vision being nurtured by FIAT and Itaipu Binacional (IB) โ€” the bi-national (Brazil, Paraguay) firm that built and runs the huge Itapu Dam that provides power to much of southern Brazil โ€” with technical help from Swiss power producer KWO.

Fiat already have a prototype of such an electric car (see photos) prepared based on the FIAT Palio model, which they have taken around to several fairs, expo’s and other events involving rural producers.

The FIAT interest in this vision is obvious: they want to be the car maker that sets up that factory, taps the MERCOSUR market and perhaps someday build on it all to sell the resulting electric cars outside of MERCOSUR.

The current prototype car only goes up to 130 kilometers per hour, can only go 140 kilometers on a charge and charging takes eight hours. FIAT and BI hope in five years they’ll be able to offer a better version that goes up to 150 km/h, covers 450 km per charge, and only requires 20 minutes to charge.’

Wouldn’t mind one of these little electric car classics. It’s called a Tama and was built by Nissan after WWII, when oil was scarce.

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Low artificial input desert greening, with rainwater harvesting and mulching produces magic results that even the locals can’t at first believe. There are solutions to desert greening without using huge amounts of artificial fertilisers, plastic poly tunnels and wasting precious water.

Watch this if you’re interested in how we can feed the starving, particularly in desert regions like the middle east and the Sahara.

Thanks to Willem for this.

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Watch this! Seeing the reactions of everyday commuters on the London underground is wonderful. Full marks to these, no doubt, art students for pulling off their delicious stunt. ๐Ÿ™‚

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North Harringay Primary School's roof garden

Something closer to home and my heart is my kids school. It’s an amazingly diverse community where over 60 languages are spoken. Recently the school won a Greenest School Award within our London borough. We went to a special ceremony to receive the award.

The important thing here is that no one person drives the energy, ideas, focus and commitment that has produced so many environment projects within the school. Many people are involved and once one person starts up an idea another joins in and so on. The commitment to the school and it’s environment is almost a natural and spontaneous thing.

What makes this easier is the staff and parent’s commitment to the children. If people could only focus on the importance of our ‘future generations’ in other areas of our communities then I think more and more environment related projects, especially at community level, would roll off the production line.

So, what has the school achieved? Well now, hold onto your seats!;

* Solar panels installation
* Roof garden
* Recycling paper & cardboard
* Recycling shoes & clothes
* Recycling printer & photocopier cartridges
* Walk to School Week
* New cycle shelter parking
* Early Years fruit garden
* Composting
* Small wind turbine
* Energy saving fluorescents

Let us know if we have missed anything! You can understand we are very proud of our achievements but, the greatest thing of all is it comes naturally and we enjoy doing it. ๐Ÿ™‚

North Harringay Primary School's solar panels arranged by the Site manager :)

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