Recycling stories of the week

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mrsgreen1Morning all, it’s my favourite part of the week again – time to share some link love.

Each of these stories features reducing, reusing or recycling our way to a zero waste future.

Fishermen catch plastic

I came across an intriguing story the other week which had me checking to see whether it was April 1st

Fishermen will be paid to catch plastic, rather than fish, under bold new plans from the EU’s fisheries chief, aimed at providing fleets with an alternative source of income to reduce pressure on dwindling fish stocks.

The move is intended as a sweetener to fishermen who have opposed the European commission’s plans to ban the wasteful practice of discarding edible fish at sea. Instead they will be equipped with nets to round up the plastic detritus that is threatening marine life, and send it for recycling.

Read “EU unveils plans to pay fishermen to catch plastic

Mining landfills

I’ve predicted this one for a long time, but I wasn’t quite expecting it to happen in *this* way.

The company Advanced Plasma Power plans to dig up 16.5 million tons of waste from a landfill site dating back to the 1960s, and put it through a gasification process to supply power to 60,000 homes.

Check out “U.K. Company to Make Power from 50 Year-Old Garbage

Edinburgh bans plastic bags?

Shoppers in Edinburgh could soon be rewarded for shunning plastic bags in favour of re-usable ones.

Councillors have agreed to carry out a feasibility study into a city-wide bonus bag scheme, where anyone with a re-usable bag would get a discount, freebie or voucher in local shops.

Read “Recycling payday for shoppers

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I am a long time supporter of the Green and Sustainable lifestyle. After being caught in the Boscastle floods in 2004, our family begun a journey to respect and promote the importance of Earth's fragile ecosystem, that focussed on reducing waste. Inspired by the beauty and resourcefulness of this wonderful planet, I have published numerous magazine articles on green issues and the author of four books.

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  1. Julie Day says:

    I agree with paying the fishermen as I have read before that so many wildbirds die from eating plastic chucked in the sea. So good idea. Same for the paying shoppers. Anything to stop people using plastic bags. If I have to take plastic bags then I will reuse them in bins or take them for recycling.

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