THE SHEER SCALE OF THE CHALLENGE MAY SEEM DAUNTING, BUT MORE AND MORE HOUSEHOLDS ARE REDUCING THEIR WASTE. IF WE ALL JOIN IN, THAT MAKES REAL CHANGE POSSIBLE We can all name the pioneers of women’s suffrage, US civil rights and Irish independence, those who first saw the light and inspired others to dare to take on daunting challenges that needed to be faced. In our generation the central issue is climate change, and our reliance on plastics that are slowly killing the planet and polluting us in so many ways. So who are the environmental equivalents of Emmeline Pankhurst, Martin Luther King and Patrick Pearse? Timi Nicholson is among the highest-profile zero-wasters in Ireland. Almost on a whim in 2016, she began cutting down on her family’s use of plastic, and soon had reduced the monthly waste to 500g, which fits in a single glass jar. “We started seeing waste and plastic everywhere and began actively searching for zero-waste alternatives,” she says. “It … [Read more...] about Could you fit your month’s plastic waste into a glass jar?
Plastic waste in landfills
Malaysia is set to return 3,000 metric tonnes of non-recyclable plastic waste to its country of origin, Malaysia's environment minister Yeo Bee Yin has said. Her announcement follows inspections at Malaysia's main port, Port Klang, which found that 60 containers held un-recyclable or contaminated plastic waste sent there for recycling from countries including the US, the UK, Canada, Saudi Arabia and Australia. "Garbage is traded under the pretext of recycling," she said. She added: "What the citizens of the UK believe that they sent for recycling, is actually dumped in our country." Why is our plastic waste ending up in Malaysia? To find out more, keep reading. Why is the UK's plastic waste exported overseas? Plastic waste can be sold for recycling and much of it is exported overseas because we do not currently have the means to process it all at home. Plastic can only be recycled, however, if the waste is of good quality. If it is contaminated or 'non-recyclable', it cannot be … [Read more...] about Why does the UK send plastic waste abroad to be recycled?
Hundreds of tonnes of imported plastic waste will be shipped back to where it came from, Malaysia said Tuesday, insisting the country did not want to be a global dumping ground. Around 300 million tonnes of plastic are produced every year, according to the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF), with much of it ending up in landfill or polluting the seas, in what is becoming a growing international crisis. China had previously taken a large amount of waste for recycling, but abruptly stopped last year, saying it wanted to improve its own environment. Now Southeast Asian countries that stepped in to plug this gap say they have had enough. "We urge developed countries to stop shipping garbage to our country," said Yeo Bee Yin, Malaysia's minister of energy, technology, science, environment and climate change, adding it was "unfair and uncivilised". "We will return it back to the country of origin without any mercy," she said, after an inspection of several waste-filled containers at Port Klang, … [Read more...] about Malaysia to ship back hundreds of tonnes of plastic waste
PUBLISHED: 17:23 08 April 2019 | UPDATED: 17:23 08 April 2019 Plastic waste sent to landfill reduced by 40 tonnes in East Cambridgeshire in one year. Picture: MALI MAENDER. Pexels A purge on reducing and recycling plastics in East Cambridgeshire has seen the amount sent to landfill reduced by 40 tonnes over the past year. Seven hundred additional bins have been issued to residents in the district since April 2018 in a bid to meet a 60 per cent recycling rate.Reusable bags, bottles, cups, printer toners – and even crisp packet recycling points – have all been added in council buildings.It means that East Cambridgeshire District Council [ECDC] has recycled around 18 tonnes of waste over the past 12 months.It forms part of their commitment to reducing the reliance on single-use plastics.Highlights of the past year will be discussed at a meeting of the full council this Thursday (April 11) for their Purge on Plastics annual statement.“As a council we have a commitment … [Read more...] about Recycling efforts in East Cambridgeshire see reduction in plastic sent to landfill
A school in Warwick has joined the community effort to help tackle plastic waste by launching a boycott. Warwick School recently embarked on a project to reduce landfill waste and encourage recycling. A ‘single use plastic boycott’ is being headed up by the ‘Green Team’, which is made up a group of students and staff. The new implementations include: packed lunch packaging changing to paper bags; sandwiches wrapped in paper rather than film; pudding pots have been replaced with reusable ones, as have single use soup cups which have been replaced with ceramic bowls/cups.Polystyrene containers for salads and jacket potatoes have also been replaced with compostable containers. The students are also all being encouraged to remember to bring in their own reusable water bottles from home each day. Warwick School has also been recognised as a ‘recycling collection point’ by Walkers Crisps, who will collect directly when 400 plus bags have been collected. … [Read more...] about School in Warwick joins community effort to tackle plastic waste