Reducing Waste: Schools

Friday, 22 March 2019 13:36:54 Europe/London

Schools in England throw enough waste away every day to fill 185 double-decker buses! Most of this waste could be avoided by reducing waste, reusing items, and recycling wherever possible. If schools cut down on waste, it’s good news for budgets and the environment. Here’s our guide on how schools can be greener.

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Wheelie Bin News Roundup 22nd March

Friday, 22 March 2019 12:21:30 Europe/London

The latest Wheelie Bin Roundup features an amusing story from Cheltenham Races, a new wheelie bin pilot scheme by Redbridge Council and an inspiring story from Derbyshire where local business and community groups have helped raise £100,000 for a children and young people hospice with the help of three wheelie bins!

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Reducing Waste - Food and Drink Processing

Friday, 15 March 2019 09:25:12 Europe/London

If you already own a food and drinks manufacturing business, you already know that you would get through huge quantities of raw materials, energy and water, but if you use these resources efficiently, you can really reduce your costs and help increase your profits.

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Bexley Plans to Ditch Recycling Boxes for Wheelie Bins

Wednesday, 13 March 2019 09:24:18 Europe/London

Bexley is the best performing borough for recycling in London and it is planning to cut £450,000 per year by moving to wheelie bins instead of recycling boxes and reducing the frequency of collections.  A new proposal involves switching to three recycling boxes instead of two wheelie bins.

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How Gardeners Can Help Fight Plastic Pollution

Friday, 8 March 2019 15:33:06 Europe/London

We discard millions of plastic bottles on a daily basis, but could you not upcycle these in your garden?  For example, why not cut out a rectangular opening on the top of the bottle and will it with compost and plants to make a bee-friendly planter.  

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Wheelie Bin News Roundup 4th March

Wednesday, 6 March 2019 14:01:14 Europe/London

This weeks Wheelie Bin News Roundup features stories including teenagers have derailed a train when they placed a wheelie bin in the middle of the tracks, communal bins have been introduced into blocks of flats to try and reduce the number of wheelie bins on the pavement, and finally a pretty village in the New Forest has been strewn with rubbish as ponies and donkeys are getting into the rubbish bags 

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Reducing Waste: Retail

Thursday, 28 February 2019 10:56:47 Europe/London

Packaging is the biggest source of waste in the retail industry, the best way to combat this is to not produce it in the first place, if this is not an option you would need to think about reducing, reusing and recycling waste.  

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Angus Woman Covers Her Wheelie Bin in
Speed Signs to Urge Drivers to Slow Down

A woman in Angus took matters into her own hands after getting fed up of drivers speeding through her village. As well as putting a 30mph sign and a ‘please slow down in our village’ sign on her wheelie bins, she has erected a metal 30mph sign in her garden. She told the council that she was thinking about buying a cardboard cut-out traffic policeman and putting it outside of her front door and made sure they knew in no uncertain terms, that she has had enough. Drivers repeatedly ignore the 30mph speed limit signs in the village, which has led to a number of near-misses.

Her persistence appears to have paid off too, as the council has painted the speed limit on the main road running through the village and revealed that there are plans to bring in vehicle-activated speed limit signage.

Speaking of the signage she has put up, she said it’s much easier for drivers to see than the signage that was already there because the street signs are hidden by vegetation, which she has previously cut back herself.

Speed Sign

It’s ‘only a matter of time’ before there’s an accident

She welcomes the council’s actions in painting the 30mph roundel on the road but said that much more needs to be done. Every day, cars, vans, and HGVs are speeding through the village, and residents say that it’s only a matter of time before there’s a bad accident.

The council said it carried out a speed survey last year following concerns about vehicles speeding through the village, but it found no evidence of speeding. Nevertheless, Police Scotland were made aware of the concerns and have begun carrying out speed enforcement in and around the village. 

People power wins (but not always)

So it seems that people power has made a positive difference, but that’s not always the case. Back in 2014, residents in a Suffolk village were threatened with legal action by the council for putting 30mph speed limit stickers on their wheelie bins. The council said that the stickers would encourage people to leave their bins out and they’d become an obstruction. It warned residents that if this happened, it could use the Environmental Protection Act to compel people to take their bins in, though this would only be used as a last resort. A spokesperson for the council added that the enforcement of speed restrictions was the responsibility of the police, who apparently, couldn’t see what the fuss was about. Speaking at the time, the Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner said that as long as the stickers were tidy and weren’t too distracting, they didn’t pose a problem.

Wheelie Bin News Roundup 21st January

Monday, 11 February 2019 09:09:50 Europe/London

This weeks, Wheelie Bin News Roundup features stories including a fundraiser in Sunderland which is up for Fundraiser of the Year, vandals in Renfrewshire are engaging in a risky new practice, the inhalation of toxic fumes from burning wheelie bins, and finally a team of workers who brought into check through people's bins are being cut.  

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When you put your bin out, as soon as they are emptied do you bring them back in?  If so do you get frustrated by your neighbours for leaving theirs out?  A coucillor has claimed that residents on council estates leave their bins out because they do not like pulling them along.

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