Avani, a company in the Philippines, has developed an alternative to plastic bags that is truly biodegradable – and safe for animals to eat. Called Eco-Bags, the bags are made with cassava root mixed with vegetable oil, and are compostable and biodegradable. They can also be dissolved in less than 150 days when discarded in water. Avani aims to create a range of other eco-friendly products normally made with plastic, including takeout containers, disposable cups and plates.
For more information, see http://www.avanieco.com/product/eco-bags
Members of the London Borough of Hounslow’s waste and recycling team held a roadshow on Thursday, 6 July, from 10am to 3pm, in front of Morrisons supermarket in Brentford to provide advice on the new recycling service and fortnightly collection. Continue reading
A new route map developed by the London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) was launched on 19 June outlining how the collective buying power of the private sector could catalyse the circular economy in London, unlocking £2.8bn annually in the process. LWARB wants London to be the global leader of the circular economy, claiming that it would make a substantial contribution to Mayor Sadiq Khan’s plan to create a zero-carbon city by 2050. Read more at Route map to circular economy.
Coca-Cola has come out in support of deposit return systems for drinks bottles in the UK, in a U-turn on its previous position.
What’s more, earlier this week the CEO of Suez, one of the UK’s largest waste collection and recycling companies, also added his support, going on record to say how deposit return systems can benefit communities, the economy and the environment.
Surfers against Sewage welcomed the news, and asked people to spread the word by forwarding the link to its petition Bring back bottle deposits to stop plastic pollution in our oceans.
Brixton has launched London’s first People’s Fridge, a crowdfunded scheme that tackles the problem of food waste and at the same time contributes to alleviating food poverty.
The idea is that registered businesses, such as supermarkets and food traders, can leave cooked meals in a designated fridge, and people passing are free to help themselves. Individuals can leave food, too, if it’s fresh and unopened. Continue reading
Surfers against Sewage is calling on supporters to sign its petition to stop marine plastic pollution by introducing a small, refundable deposit on all plastic bottles, glass bottles and cans to recycle the 16 million plastic bottles thrown away every day.
The UK government is finalising a plan to tackle Britain’s litter problem but is wavering about a bottle deposit scheme, where 10p would be added to the price of a drink and refunded if you bring the bottle back.
Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) has launched a campaign, called Message in a Bottle, to encourage the introduction of deposit-return systems for single-use plastic bottles in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The campaign aims to educate the public, and via a survey and social media actions, show public support for the system, under which a small deposit of between 10–20p would be added to the purchase price of drinks containers.
Consumers would be provided with opportunities to easily reclaim their deposit when they dispose of the product at collection points. Continue reading
Green Screen will host a screening of ‘Plastic Planet’ on 24 March at 7.15pm at the Ham Library community space.
The film, by Austrian film director and writer Werner Boote, presents Boote’s personal view of plastic and how it has found its way into every facet of our daily lives. He takes us on a journey around the globe, showing that plastics have become a threat for both environment and human health.
Doors open at 7pm, and film starts at 7.15pm at the Ham Library community space, Ham Street, Richmond TW10 7JG.
Entrance is free, but there is a suggest donation of £ 3 to cover costs. Light refreshments will be on offer.
To get to the library, take bus 371 from Kingston or Richmond to Ashburnham Rd.
Or take the 65 bus to Ham Common and walk down Ham Street towards Ham Library, a journey of about 5-10 minutes.
Bored of what’s hanging in your closet? Then gather up those garments lurking at the back of your wardrobe and bring them to Hounslow Library on Saturday, 12 March, for the Hounslow Library Swish (clothing exchange).
Bring up to 10 items of clothing you no longer want to swap. Clothes must be clean and in good condition.
Drop-off is from 11am to 12 noon, when you’ll receive a token for each item of clothing you bring.
The Swish opens at 12.30pm, and then it’s time to shop. Browse the rails and use your tokens to take away a fabulous new outfit (one garment per token).
To find out more about swishing, visit the Get Swishing website.
Those details again:
Venue: Hounslow Library
Date: Saturday, 12 March 2016
Time: Clothing drop-off: 11am-12pm
West London Waste are working with Wastebuster (inspiring pupils) to give all schools in west London the chance to win £500 to spend in the Wastebuster Exchange Store on school equipment, plus £100 to give to a charity of their choice.
To enter all a school needs to do is have a collection of broken and unwanted small electrical equipment during Recycle Week (22 – 28 June 2015). The school that collects the most by weight per pupil will win the prize.
To ask a question or to enter, simply book your FREE collection today.
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