Scotland Urged To Get Swapping, Sharing And Donating For “Pass It On” Week
Scots are being encouraged to join in with a re-use revolution, as part of a new national week to promote swapping, sharing and donating. Pass it on Week will take place 7 – 15 March and Zero Waste Scotland is promoting it to encourage people to pass on things they no longer want to someone else, rather than throwing them away.
Residents are being urged to donate items to charity, swap with friends and given second hand goods a try, as part of a national week to minimise the amount of re-usable materials sent to landfill.
Zero Waste Scotland is also encouraging individuals, businesses, community groups, schools, colleges and charity and re-use shops to organise events such as swap shops, clothes swaps, repair workshops and upcycling sessions to help spread the word and give people a chance to get involved.
A huge range of materials are available on www.passitonweek.com to help anyone interested in organising an event or wanting to find out more about the week and what’s happening.
Easy ways to pass on items include donating things like books, clothes, CDs and small household items to charity shops or friends and family, or if you have a larger item such as a piece of furniture or white goods you can call the National re-use phone line on 0800 0665 820, where you can arrange a free pick up to send your item to a local re-use organisation.
Pass it on Week is also about encouraging people to buy second hand. There is also a growing network of second hand stores across Scotland that are Revolve accredited. The Revolve mark is awarded to re-use stores that meet the highest quality standards to make the retail experience of buying second hand as good as buying new.
Free Food Waste Collections For South Northamptonshire Schools
Food recycling in the district is set for a boost after South Northamptonshire Council (SNC) launched a free food recycling scheme for schools.
If every school in South Northamptonshire took advantage of the new scheme it would prevent the equivalent of 27 tonnes of CO2 being released into the atmosphere each year.
That amount of greenhouse gas is equal to driving an average car around the globe five times.
So far 13 of the district’s 56 schools have signed up to have their food waste taken away for free by SNC and the Council will be contacting all schools about the new service over the coming months.
It is hoped the scheme will help make it easier to manage school kitchens following the introduction of free school meals while reducing their impact on the environment.
It is estimated that if all the schools in the district signed up to the scheme 56 tonnes of food waste will be diverted away from landfill each year.
Councillor Andrew Grant, SNC’s Deputy Leader and portfolio holder for environmental services said: “Nobody else in the county has been doing this and we said we’d try it first and see how it works out.
“Our domestic scheme has settled in nicely, so we are now in a position to offer this service to schools as well. This supports our on-going priorities to preserve the environment and enhance our services.”
The food waste is collected weekly and will be turned into electricity and a soil fertiliser instead of going to landfill where it causes damage to the environment.
Improved Recycling For Edinburgh City Tenements
Recycling will be made easier for people living in tenements and flats around Edinburgh as part of two pilots launching next month.
Streets involved will see the capacity for recycling increased, as well as the range of materials that can be recycled expanded.
Aiming to encourage recycling participation, as well as improving the service for residents, the two six-month pilot projects target areas served by on-street waste containers, namely around Montgomery Street, Hillside and Bellevue.
The first pilot will simplify the mix of materials that can be recycled by combining paper with cardboard, cans and plastic bottles in one bin instead of two. Where possible, remaining bins will be converted into glass recycling bins.
The second pilot will take place in areas where large 3200 litre bins are currently used for landfill waste, and will increase the capacity for recycling while reducing the space for residual waste.
Here, the mix of recycling materials will be changed as in the first pilot, but in these areas around a quarter of the larger 3200 litre bins will be used for mixed dry recyclables with the rest remaining as landfill. The smaller 1280 litre paper and packaging banks will, where possible, be replaced with glass banks.
It is anticipated that the scheme will be extended to the rest of the city’s flats and tenements following the pilots.
Vale Of Glamorgan Awards Casepak With Three Year Contract
The Vale of Glamorgan Council has awarded Casepak with a three year contract for the processing of co-mingled materials within the Vale.
The 12,000 tonnes per annum contract started in April 2014 and runs for three years. After this time there is an option to extend the contract for a further year (to 2018).
The Council chose Casepak’s solution based on the company’s focus on quality during the competitive tender process. Furthermore, Casepak’s solution offered the most economical advantages that allowed the Council to plan for increasing recycling performance and provide the best value service for its residents.
Material collected from the kerbside of circa 55,000 households in the Vale of Glamorgan will be transported to Casepak’s Materials Recycling Facility (MRF).
The process being provided by Casepak will achieve a minimum 93% recycling rate for all kerbside collected material produced within the Vale, with an objective to improve this figure to more than 95% over the next three to four years.
All materials will be sent to Casepak’s MRF, which has the capacity to process up to 150,000 tonnes of material a year, recovering 95% of the material processed.