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National recycling awards

By Trash Talk on Jan 25, 11 02:50 PM

Materials Recycling Weekly's National Recycling Awards 2011 are open for entries. If you want to enter don't hang around because the deadline is 18 March 2011.

Making waste into art

By Trash Talk on Jan 4, 11 01:37 PM

A student from Newcsatle College has turned waste onto art.
In the summer of 2010 Premier Waste Management initiated a photo assignment with Newcastle College photography students.

Last week Premier Waste Management took the gold award for the Corporate Responsibility category at the 2010 PRide awards for public relations work.

The award was for our project with Newcastle College 3D design students to raise their awareness of the importance of reuse, recycling and safe disposal. These 16 to 19 year olds were at the first stage of their training to become the architects, product designers and artists of the future (the class has now graduated).

ITV Fixers film now online

By Trash Talk on Dec 8, 10 10:46 AM


It is not often that we allow filming at a Premier Waste site - too many moving vehicles and other machinery. We did make an exception for the ITV Fixers. They needed to show how material is sorted and baled for eventual recycling.

They are hoping to take the film into schools to engage young people in learning about recycling and the problems of littering.

The film is now online and can be seen here: http://vimeo.com/17160460

You can see more about the Fixers on their website: www.itvfixers.com

After a long hiatus I am back blogging about waste and recycling.

I will start by giving a bit of publicity to one of my colleagues.

In October Mark Stouph, Premier's director of risk management was invited to give a talk to the North East Regional Employers' Organisation (NEREO). He was asked to give a waste and recycling provider perspective on public procurement health and safety assessment following the publication of guidance for local authorities by the Health and Safety Executive.

If you would like a copy of his slides you can download them from our website.

The Woodland Trust is once again collecting Christmas cards and using them to fund tree planting.

They are hoping to raise enough money to plant 12,000 trees.

You can help by taking your old cards to either W H Smith, T K Maxx or Marks & Spencers stores and dropping them into the special bins.

The scheme runs until the end of January.

Students on the 3D Design course at Newcastle College have showcased their own range of innovative and sustainable products designed with recycled or reusable materials.

The exhibition is the culmination of a term long project in conjunction with Premier Waste Management.

Twenty eight students from across the North East, all studying a National Diploma in 3D Design, were challenged by Premier Waste to construct sustainable design products out of recyclable materials that solve recycling problems, in a competition to determine which designs are best for the environment and will protect the planet in the future.

The health food chain Holland & Barrett is set to become the latest to ban plastic shopping bags from its stores. This might make it the first national retailer to do so. Peter Aldis, the chain's chief executive is also calling on government to impose a charge on plastic bags similar to the action taken by the Irish government.

Can you recycle yogurt pots?

By Trash Talk on Nov 17, 09 01:06 PM

At last one yogurt maker is taking some action against difficult to recycle yogurt pots.

The most recent news on the war against plastic bags is an announcement from Wales (where an estimated 480 million bags are used every year). Environment Minister Jane Davidson is proposing that shoppers pay between 5p and 15p for each bag they use.

Walesonline described the plan as radical - which suggests to me that the writer needs to get out a bit more. I hardly think forcing a charge for plastic bags counts as radical. After all some shops already charge for carrier bags, some towns have successfully banned them, Ireland has levied a tax on them and we are paying for them anyway in the price at the checkout - a shop does not give anything away for free!

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