Category Archives: Environment

16Jan

The best and worst recycling areas

Posted on 16th January, 2011

A GMB Union study looking at recycling rates across the country’s local authorities has seen Staffordshire Morrlands District Council come out top. The best performing councils in the country are achieving 60 per cent plus recycling rates. But at the other end of the scale the authorities at the bottom of the table are only…

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15Jan

Recycling will save jobs claims union

Posted on 15th January, 2011

A union has claimed that if councils sent less rubbish to landfill they would be able to save more jobs. The GMB Union has been highlighting the difference in recycling figures across the country. As an example they have compared South Warwickshire who performed very well and North Warwickshire who are amongst the worst recyclers…

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15Jan

Are fines the answer to household recycling?

Posted on 15th January, 2011

This is the question that many cash-strapped councils are asking themselves as they decide how to increase recycling rates and avoid heavy landfill tax levies. Highland Council are one such local authority who are considering this move as they are committed to reducing rubbish over the next year. In September 2009 Highland Council stated that…

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10Jan

Kerbside plastic recycling up

Posted on 10th January, 2011

The amount of plastic bottles collected from kerbside recycling has risen 27 per cent on previous years according to a survey carried out by Recoup and Nampak. They found that 215,576 tonnes of plastic bottles were collected through kerbside recycling schemes in 2009. This represents a rise of 46,610 tonnes on the previous year’s figure….

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10Jan

Push to recycle more in Warwickshire

Posted on 10th January, 2011

Warwickshire County Council has reported that it is spending over £200,000 per month on landfill bills. This is due to the fact that all authorities have to pay a levy to the government for every tonne of waste that they send to landfill. According to Martin Stott, Head of Environment and Resources at Warwickshire County…

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11Mar

Economics vs ecology

Posted on 11th March, 2009

As pressure to reduce costs reaches fever pitch many might feel that concern for the environment is no longer high on the agenda. Survival first; saving the planet will have to wait! Well think again. Look to countries that are a lot worse off than us. Where money and resources are in short supply, but…

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