As the ‘war on plastic’ rages on, is it really possible to ditch plastic packaging in everyday life? Lynne Caffrey and her family try to go waste-free for a week in this report from the Irish Independent. The world has a packaging problem – and we all have a responsibility to help solve it…
Recycle better and avoiding contamination
The issue of recycle bin contamination and the negative impact contamination has on the quality of recyclables placed in the wrong collection systems is a big problem. We can all do our part in achieving quality recycling. Good recycling behaviour includes;
- Ensuring you rinse any food or liquid residues from containers.
- Ensure you’re fully aware of what can go in your recycle bin and do not place incorrect materials in the recycle bin.
- Ensure you know the correct collection day for their area so recyclables do not build up and get put in other bins.
- Do not put mixed recyclables compacted into a box or bag and then into your recycle bin as these need to be pulled out for mechanical separation.
- Do not put food waste or other compostable materials such as garden waste in your recycle bin.
- Do not put electrical items in your recycle bin.
- Do not put clothes in your recycle bin.
- Do not put old shoes in your recycle bin.
- Do not put used batteries in your recycle bin.
- Recycle more items from the bathroom or others areas of your house.
A report from Sky News highlighted a damning report showing the largest soft drinks brands use very little recycled plastic in their single use plastic bottles. The first comprehensive survey of plastic usage policies of the largest global soft drinks brands has found they use less than 7% recycled plastic in their bottles or other plastic products.
The survey also found that five of the big six companies sell a combined total of 2.16 million tonnes of plastic bottles a year. Louise Edge, Greenpeace Oceans Campaigner, told Sky News: “There’s a huge problem with plastic waste in our oceans. “We know that 12 million tonnes of plastic are ending up in our oceans every year. “To give you context that’s a dumper truck of plastic going into our oceans every minute.” A huge amount of that is comprised of single use plastic bottles. In terms of the impact plastic is having, its entangling and choking bigger creatures like turtles, sea birds and is affecting even whales.
Some of the companies named in the report and who are responsible for a vast amount of plastic going into the oceans every year include Coca Cola, Danone, Nestle and PepsiCo. Download or Read Full Report…
In a report in the Connacht Tribune, it turns out Galway is leading the country in embracing the world of recycling – by almost doubling the targets set by the EU for electrical and battery waste. Ireland is earning a reputation as a recycling champion in Europe and Galway with over 1,850 tonnes of electrical waste collected throughout the county for recycling – is leading the way here…More
In a report by Ann Cahill in the Irish Examiner, major changes are on the way by the EU to enforce more recycling and put an end to the throwaway culture of modern society. Plans include maximum recycling to get the most value out of every raw material used in virtually all products, redesigning products to make sure they do not become obsolete in a few years and better design to make goods easy to repair…More
According to a report in the Irish Examiner, a number of Councillors from North Cork are demanding a get-tough policy on litter louts after hearing about increased dumping in rural areas and the underutilisation of some recycling centres. Independent Councillor Tim Collins said special squads of council workers were picking up tonnes of litter on roadsides, particularly around Mallow and Kanturk and that was an indication of how bad things have got…More
As governments and local authorities try to limit the quantity of waste disposed in landfills, demand for compactors and balers is on the rise. The question is, which machine is right for you? A waste baler or waste compactor? A waster baler is a machine that can compress large volumes of paper, cardboard, plastic, metal and other recyclable material into dense bundles or “bales”, which take up less space for the same weight. A compactor is used to compress large quantities of general mixed (unsorted) or sorted recyclable waste into tightly packed blocks, which are then sent to a recycling company or landfill…Read More (PDF)
A new business in Dublin which collects garden waste from surrounding communities, then turns into valuable garden mulch, starts by shredding the green waste really finely in a huge shredder. The shredded waste is then packed away and left to ferment. It naturally starts to heat up as its own bacteria gets to work and is agitated every ten days. The resultant garden mulch material is then screened, any excess cleaned away and the end product is pure compost…Read More (PDF)