Petition: Install microplastic filters on new washing machines as standard

We think this petition, about requiring washing machine manufacturers to install filters  to stop microplastics going into the sea, is worth signing:  https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/248269

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Have your say on extending the single-use-bags charge

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is holding a consultation on a proposal to extend the single-use-plastic-bag charge to all retailers and to increase the minimum charge to 10 pence.

For more information, and to have your say, see https://consult.defra.gov.uk/environmental-quality/extending-the-single-use-bags-charge/

Know Your Plastic aims to raise awareness of which types of plastic can be recycled

Recycle for London (RfL), as part of its London Recycles campaign, has launched Know Your Plastic, an initiative to help people understand which plastic items can be recycled at home. It features short, quirky videos on social media supported by detailed information on a dedicated web page.

The campaign is being shared by Hounslow Council, which wants to help residents understand what can and cannot be accepted for recycling. Continue reading

Walkers aiming for environmentally friendly crisp packets by 2025

Walkers Crisps has pledged to make all its packaging 100% recyclable, compostable or biodegradable by 2025. In the meantime, the company has partnered with recyclers TerraCycle to make it easier to recycle its crisp packets and thereby reduce its impact on the environment.

There are a number of collection points throughout the UK for the packs, which must be clean and empty. If there isn’t a collection point near you, Walkers can arrange for a courier to collect your packets free of charge, or you can take them to your nearest courier drop-off point. You’ll need at least 400 packets, so it’s best to club together with family, friends and colleagues.

For more information, click here.

Sustainable Threads: Festival for Sustainable Fashion

Sustainable Threads’ Festival of Sustainable Fashion will be held on Saturday, 24 November, from 11am to 4pm at Hackney House in east London.

The event, funded by the North London Waste Authority, is a celebration of fashion, creativity and recyclability. On offer will be a repair cafe and The Big Swish Clothes Swap hosted by Betsy’s Closet Swap Shop. There will also be a Sustainable Threads panel discussion on the ground floor, plus entertainment, refreshments and eco stalls promoting how we can make a difference to our environment. Continue reading

Petition for the creation of a UK-wide waste and recycling system

A petition has been launched calling on the UK government to create a UK-wide waste and recycling system.

If the petition reaches 10,000 signatures, the government will respond to it; if it reaches 100,000, it will be considered for debate in Parliament. The deadline for signing the petition is 24 January 2019.
For more information, and to sign the petition, click here.

 

What really happens to waste collected in Hounslow? Cllr. Lambert fills us in

BRAG recently asked Brentford councillor Guy Lambert about plastics recycling and what happens to the waste collected in Hounslow. We told him that we had heard that items not suitable for recycling go to landfill, incineration or overseas. BRAG members who recently visited the  Southall Lane Recycling Plant had been assured that all non-recyclables were sent to incineration. Continue reading