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OK, the concept of timeshare has been around for some time but now we are seeing an interesting expansion of this idea into many other assets. Cars, boats, cottages, even planes are coming into the frame.

You save money on the original purchase and maintenance costs and buy into something you may not have been able to afford before. How many times have you noticed your neighbour buy a brand new car only to leave outside their house untouched except for the weekly shopping trip.

Sharing can be tricky but there are websites out there designed to guide you through this process and they of course have plenty of people putting forward proposals to share something that they own.

Try; yours2share and Fractional Ownership.

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Hell, ya can even recycle your oyster shells state side.

RecyclingMarkets.net gives you access to North America’s Most Comprehensive searchable database of more than 17,000 companies involved in the Recycling Process throughout the USA and Canada.

This database is divided into the following two sections; those that will do the recycling for you and the comapnies turning recycled material back into useful products:

* Over 16,000 brokers, dealer/processors, collectors and consumers of recyclable materials
* All major recycling commodities and special materials
* Membership / Subscription options

* Over 5,000 cross-referenced, certified listings of manufacturers and distributors of recycled, re-manufactured, reused and reprocessed products.
* Over 1,000 recycled product classifications.
* Product listings conform with RPG Certification Criteria.

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image: Malcolm Baker Furniture Design

We know reusing is better. Some people use door step milk delivery not only to support their local milkman but also because your empties are reused. Before plastics salesmen invaded Europe glass was the packaging of choice for liquids and many other products. Reuse therefore was common practise. Not any more.

The plastics invasion has spawned a whole host of small to medium sized businesses looking to make use of all the recycled plastics. One such company is Smile Plastics.

Recycled plastics sheets have been used extensively all over the world including the Idรจe showroom and golf driving range roofing in Japan (Klein Dytham), Body Shop and Blanco fashion shops throughout Spain (Fern Green). The Science Museum, Design Museum, V & A and the Tate Gallery have all used it in different capacities. Images here.

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Can’t believe I didn’t think of a ‘solutions’ approach for the environment before. It’s so obvious isn’t it, yet I guess understandably we get bound up with the many crisises surrounding us. Solutions to those problems are however the only way forward and I can see there’s a lot of interest out there for this.

The blog hit 2000 end of August with my post on the Grass Roofs of Norway catching the most interest. Practical information such as that found within my posts on recycling have also proved popular.

Anyway, onwards & upwards! ๐Ÿ™‚

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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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OK, we all know about recycling. In fact most of us have factored it into our routine of daily/weekly jobs. Even the concept of reusing things more and in different ways (eg. plastic bags) has caught on. It’s the reduce element of the equation that can be a little bit trickier.

We moan that supermarkets aren’t giving us the loose fruit/vege option enough any more and they say that’s because customers want their fruit and vege nicely packaged. Of course we know that supermarkets are simply ripping us off by doing this.

Out there in business land there are however some business people that are taking the issue of biodegradable packaging more seriously (eg. corn starch) and even the option of reducing a product’s packaging.

There are even workshops out there for businesses to attend. This came via my email box;

Dear Sir/Madam,

Envirowise provides support and advice to help UK businesses introduce cleaner design to their product and packaging ranges. We have found that the most effective and interesting approach to sharing design ideas is through interactive, practical workshop sessions. For this reason, Envirowise is hosting a small product design workshop on 19th July 2007 at Hilton Kensington, London, to provide legislative updates and identify opportunities for design changes.

The day will include a series of presentations in the morning with an update on both existing and future legislation, cleaner design principles for both product and packaging and WEEE products from a recyclers view. In the afternoon, a practical product design session will take place to examine delegates’ own products and to identify redesign opportunities. There will also be an XRF machine available for free testing of products for RoHS compliance.

To get the most out of the workshop, please bring at least one of your products – ideally in its packaging – which can be disassembled and analysed on the day. Envirowise has already identified ยฃ10 000s of savings for companies by redesign at other workshops around the country.

What fun! Well, I’m sure it is for product packaging designers. ๐Ÿ™‚

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