Waste not, want not: how the rubbish industry learned to look beyond landfill

A yellow monster truck pushes mounds of rubbish across the summit of Britain’s biggest waste mountain. The 50-tonne beast has huge, spiked, steel wheels that grind mattresses, plastic bottles, trainers and traffic cones into the mud of the manmade peak.

This strange landscape is Packington landfill, near Birmingham. And this week Sita UK, which owns and operates the site, closed its gates for the final time. A boom in recycling, coupled with the 1996 landfill tax have slowly choked the life out of the refuse disposal sector. The charge of £80 a tonne will rise again to £82.60 from April, forcing the industry to deal with its waste in different ways.

Read on at The Guardian website…

Sign Up For The Big Dig

The Big DigThe call is out for Londoners of all ages and experience, to get involved in the Big Dig Day on Saturday 21st March 2015. The day will see thousands of Londoners and many more people across the country don their wellies and get stuck in at a local food growing garden.

The Big Dig Day is the flagship community event of Capital Growth London’s network of over 2 000 food growing gardens located on roofs, in parks and tucked away in hidden corners between houses, by canals and on urban farms. In its fourth year the Big Dig is also run nationally and has helped recruit over 10 000 volunteers to take part in community gardening in the UK. Continue reading

Support the Duke of Northumberland’s River

The London Mayor’s Big Green Fund has £900,00 to invest in local green spaces. Seven projects are up to win the grant with the local Duke of Northumberland’s River project being one of them.

This river, which is in fact a built waterway, links the River Crane with the River Thames along 4km of traffic free paths, from West Twickenham to Old Isleworth, passing rugby grounds and the delights of Mogden.

FORCE, or Friends of the River Crane Environment would use the money to improve the riverside walk, with better paths and signage along with leaflets. Work would be done to protect and enhance the environment for the continued development of wildlife.

Please vote at Big Green Poll before 2nd March.

Switch: a documentary about energy

The Green Screen team would like to invite you to their next film screening: Switch

A documentary about energy. Filmed in 11 countries and exploring 9 key energy resources, from coal to solar, oil to biofuels, Switch takes viewers on an exciting world tour of the energy frontier. The film has been embraced by universities, government agencies, energy companies and the media, as a nonpartisan, scientifically-based exploration of our energy transition. Continue reading