Archive for September, 2008

Mixed plastic recycling “no longer a choice”

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Mixed plastic recycling “no longer a choice”

If you remember, last week I was getting a teeny weeny bit stressed about news from the Audit Commission who were encouraging the urgent building of incinerators. Today a voice of reason has spoken! Speaking at a mixed plastics recycling event hosted by London Remade; Martin Brocklehurst, head of external programmes at the Environment Agency […]

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Announcing the winners of our September Pledge and Win competition.

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Announcing the winners of our September Pledge and Win competition.

Ok folks, this is the moment you’ve all been waiting before. I have to say, this has been one of the most difficult things I have had to do – I wanted to give EVERYONE a prize for all their efforts. Responses were overwhelming and by the end of the competition we had over 180 […]

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Zero waste sandwiches for food on the go

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Zero waste sandwiches for food on the go

Now I know we should all be making our own food from scratch, but sometimes a gal likes a bit of convenience. What’s more, seven year old girls like to buy things in pretty packaging when out and about. I’ve just come across a company called Fresh! Organics Who sell organic ‘fast food’ such as […]

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Sunday Roundup sixteen

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Sunday Roundup sixteen

Good morning everyone! Welcome to our first Sunday Roundup of the autumn. And what a fabulous autumn week it has been. The sun has been shining, there have been beautiful sunsets and cool breezes have gently convinced some of the leaves to drop from the trees. Next week we will be announcing the winners of […]

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Monthly Challenge for September

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Monthly Challenge for September

Ok, this is late – like a month late, but we’re not going to let that stop us. As it’s arrived way past the estimated due date, we’re going to set an easy, but profound challenge that can really make a difference. We want you to say no to carrier bags from now on. This […]

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Students offered a GCSE in fruit and vegetables with environmental and land-based science GCSE

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Students offered a GCSE in fruit and vegetables with environmental and land-based science GCSE

I read in our local paper today that students from one of our Community Schools are able to study fruit and veg, under the environmental and land-based science GCSE! They have been donated a polytunnel from our local  Transition network so that they can grow crops all year round. School governors, staff and pupils worked […]

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Audit Commission encourage the urgent building of incinerators

Filed in Blog by on September 25, 2008 11 Comments
Audit Commission encourage the urgent building of incinerators

Further to my ‘how do we change people’s behaviour?’ question this morning about food waste, a ground breaking story hit the headlines today about incineration. Councils in England have once again been warned that they face huge fines if they miss EU targets for reducing the waste they send to landfill. The Audit Commission believe […]

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The Jury has reached a verdict. Food waste collections work! (kind of)

Filed in Blog by on September 25, 2008 28 Comments
The Jury has reached a verdict. Food waste collections work! (kind of)

I’ve been wading my way through the 72 page evaluation report of food waste collection trials bought out recently by WRAP. During January 2007 and March 2008, WRAP provided funding to 19 local authorities to carry out separate food waste collections. The trials involved the separate weekly collection of food waste for either in-vessel composting […]

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