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Premier Waste Management is operating two drop-off points for unwanted bicycles, bike parts and accessories.
Premier Waste Management has teamed up with Recyke y' Bike in Newcastle and Sports Recycler, in South Shields: two organisations that can breath new life into unwanted bicycles and bike bits.
Designer Nadine Jarvis has proposed a recycling and memorial solution to any dead relatives or dead pets.
She makes pencils out of dead people.
An object lesson in how to get a complex message across in an entertaining way.
Watch some stop-motion animals explain how you can lower your impact on the planet:
Great fun to watch. Thanks to Ken Oxley at the Sunday Sun for suggesting this site.
Saving money, reducing your waste and reuse can go hand-in-hand or rather toe-to-toe.
Let me introduce you to the newest YouTube "sensation" - How to darn a sock.
Okay it's not getting as many hits as the latest X-Factor pop-tart but 21,998 views isn't bad.
Seriously though all clothes come with an impact on the environment, including their carbon footprint and their waste footprint. By repairing a perfectly serviceable sock you are not only saving money but lowering your impact on the planet.
Still don't believe that socks have a major impact. The factory town of Datang in China, alone produces nine billion pairs of socks each year.
Bicycles are an expensive Christmas present that can be outgrown very quickly.
But there are ways to afford a bike and recycle any that you have outgrown.
Let me introduce you to Premier Waste Management's favourite bike recyclers.
Many people think that our two-percent contribution to global carbon emissions is neither here nor there in relation to China's or America's total.
Why it matters will be the subject of the talk by Ashok Sinha, Director of Stop Climate Chaos on Thursday 23 October in Elvet Riverside Room 140, Old Elvet, (opposite Police Station), Durham from 7.30-9pm.
Autumn is the ideal time to start composting. We are all clearing back the gardens, cutting down shrubs and trees, doing the final cuts on the lawn and preparing for winter.
Here is how to make the most of your garden waste and use it as compost.
Premier Waste Management have just become a premier member of Durham
Founded in 1971 by local nature enthusiasts, Durham Wildlife Trust has
grown into the leading conservation body in the region between the Tyne
and the borders of Teesside. The Trust is at the forefront of protecting
the area's precious wildlife and works hard to get as many people as
possible involved in local wildlife conservation.
I took my bike up the wild wannies and sidewinded to the coastal plains of Northumberland,
My mate Kev a fellow geetar picker fond of JJ Cale and his mystic swamp rock, let me crash in Powburn (home of the fictitious Panther rarely spotted on the plains but frequently at the Poachers or the Queens). After an early start I headed for Embleton with the bike in the back of the estate car. Heading through Eglingham in an easterly direction to cross the A1 at South Charlton and to pass Rock.
Parking in a lay-by on the Embleton city-limits, I headed north and east towards Beadnell Bay. It was breezy, sunny and with little rain-squalls all at the same time, I found myself navigating away from the roads but using a parallel path following the contour of the coast, by-passing the links and the bird sanctuary, still heading in a northerly direction towards, Beadnell and after that Seahouses, Bamborough and Budle Bay.
A Sunday morning so full of bountiful nature it is almost beyond description, however here goes....it had warm sun and gentle to robust breeze, showers and scented air, it seemed that all of the senses were being stimulated, in a maelstrom of colour light vision and sound. The flowers were blue hare bells and yellow tansy, with the white headed meadowsweet faring well and rose bay willow an outrage of purple. The grasses were tall with flowering heads interspersed with crane's bill and vetch. On the salt marshes past Newton I spotted Samphire, which I have never seen so far north.
Hey this was here and now and did not involve Easy-jet or anyone else for that matter. Yes there were a few cars and caravans, but for the height of the season it was busy, bustling and with a sense of occasion rather than being stressed out. Seahouses of course, was much busier. I stopped for coffee, compulsory fish and chips and watched the boats leave and return for the Farne Islands, before heading north for Bamburgh and the North.
Without being too chauvinistic about the beauties of the North, this was a fantastic way to spend the day and would probably be even better towards the end of summer when the crowds die down, when the seals and eider ducks will be more in abundance.
Tired and ready for a meal or liquid refreshment I took off in pursuit of the elusive panther and Kev......singing...'they call me the breeze....I keep running down this road', JJ Cale in essence as the little legs go round, faster and faster.
As fuel prices rise and local authorities find it harder to recover more recycling, the idea of pay-as-you-throw has surfaced again.
The UK Government has been looking for a handful of local authorities to test out the pay-as-you-throw (or to put it another way recycle-and-save) idea but so far none have come forward.