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Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) is the fastest growing waste stream in the EU and some estimates put the amount generated at 14-20kg per person per year.
Householders have to plan how to dispose of large electrical goods and usually require help, for example from the local authority or a shop take-back scheme.
But it is much easier to drop small electrical items in the bin and householders may not even realise that such items can be recycled or that they pose a problem to the environment if disposed off in the general waste.
New science confirms there is no acceptable limit for gypsum to be deposited with biodegradable waste. Firms dealing with gypsum waste, such as plasterboard and plaster, are being encouraged to recycle and reuse more as new guidance on gypsum going to landfill has been announced by the Environment Agency. This is to prevent the build up of hydrogen sulphide gas which is both toxic and odorous.
Compost Awareness Week is all about learning how to make a difference with compost. You can do that by composting our own household kitchen and garden waste or making the 'Greener Choice' of peat-free composts containing recycled materials.
The Government's has launched a new advertising campaign aimed at cutting the number of plastic bags people use.
Hold on, haven't we done this already!
Waste and recycling is fundamentally tied up in the issue of global warming and on March 28 you can VOTE EARTH by switching off your lights off for one hour, between 8.30-9.30pm.
One billion people are expected to join in.
I am a bloke who knows when it is time to buy new clothes once the old ones have holes in them.
But I am aware that some people have clothes that they could donate to others without dying of embarrassment.
If you are one of these people then SWISHING could be for you.
Ever wondered if that carbon offsetting scheme that promised to plant trees to offset your last holiday actually did plant the trees?
Ever wondered what a business means when it states something is carbon neutral? And what is carbon neutral anyway?
The Government has stepped in to help make these two terms mean something that can be trusted.
During a visit to Newcastle University's Waste Awareness Day on Premier Waste Management business I was approached by Kate Perry offering to recycle my bra.
After explaining to Kate that I was in fact a man who just happened to be carrying a bit of excess weight I asked for some more information.
Read on to learn how you can recycle your old bras.
How about a washing machine that gets you fit and your clothes clean at the same time.
Could this be the answer to both the obesity crisis and global warming.
Getting rid of the dependence on oil for cars would have a huge impact on your carbon footprint.
But it seems like a HUGE task.
Here is someone who might just do it.