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The End to Individual Household Collections?Super bins rolled out across Manchester and Brighton

Parts of Bristol, Brighton and Manchester have introduced continental style large waste bins in an effort to slash costs. Residents in these areas are been forced to walk up to 150 yards to dispose of their waste in these super bins and locals are not happywith the new arrangement, which they say is encouraging fly tipping

Envirogreen Recycling are also of the opinion that these large bins which have 3200Litre capacity compared to a standard 1100L commercial wheelie bin are not suitable for the UK. A major negative of the super bins are the fact that there is no accountability and people could put anything into the bin. It will actually discourage recycling and increase landfill rates.

The communal bins are also proving problematic for pensioners whom are struggling to carry often heavy bags tot he large bins.

The Future of plastic bottlesImage of PET bottles (drinks bottles) lying loose

A USA company ENSO bottles have developed a bio-degradable PET plastic bottle which they hope will become a big hit for them. Apparently, the bio-degradable bottles degrades after five years. Whilst on paper the ENSO bottles appear as a viable alternative, in our humble opinion, it won’t solve the problem.

Investing in state of the art technology to re-use degradable resistant PET bottles back into food grade rPET, so they can be re-used as drink bottles and food containers again is the answer.

Bio-degradable plastics have existed for a number of years now, but there has been serious detrimental problems with using them. For example the bio-degradable plastic carrier bag was introduced by a number of large supermarket chains, however plastic bags were still ending up on the roadside, and destroyed the beauty of many places.

Furthermore, the so-called bio-degradable plastics only degrade to a certain degree, they do not fully dissipate, a plastic lump residue is left, and with millions of carriers plastic destined to landfill, this would pose a hefty problem indeed.

Recycling and re-use is the future, not supposedly bio-degradable plastics

Reducing Landfill Waste with Robots

At Envirogreen Recycling we are always researching new ideas and innovative technologies to increase the types and quantity of materials we recycle. Recently , were highly impressed when came across a high tech start up based in Finland, whom have developed a robot to scour landfill for precious recyclates (recyclables) such as paper, wood, plastic, metal and glass.

Hopefully, within a short space of time we will be able to use this robot within our facility to grade different materials.

Have a gander for yourself

Four easy ways to reduce plastic usage
If you make four simple changes you can greatly reduce the amount of plastic that goes to landfill:
1. Use resuable shopping bags and avoid using plastic bags for small items
2. Use a Lunch box instead of plastic bags
3. Use resuable water bottles
4. Buy where possible food that is in glass containers

FPicture of eco Bikeed up with long queues and traffic traveling to work everyday. Car pooling, not helping matters either. Put a bit of fun back into your travels.

Today, our MD, Conor visited Tayto Park in Ashbourne, Co. Meath and was certainly impressed with their innovative ways of helping people becoming green with a fun element.

Introducing the new 7 person bicycle,it is a whole load of fun and a cool way of become carbon neutral in your short journeys.

Your friends and family could even join you and it is a great way of exercising.

With oil prices soaring and the conflict in Libya making matters worse and no respite in sight,Picture of nissan leaf car, Co2 zero emissions there is no better time to start thinking green transport. Envirogreen Recycling already uses a bio-diesel blend in our transport fleet to reduce our Co2 emissions. We are now looking at ways to minimise our environmental impact when using our company cars. While they run on diesel, we are now looking at more green alternatives.

Hybrid cars have been run for a number of years now, but the first major breakthrough in alternative fuel sources is the new nissan leaf.

Released later this month, the Nissan leaf can be charged at your home and can run for an impressive 2p per mile (and no Co2 emissions) and can travel up to 100 miles without having to be re-charged.

The car itself is pricey, starting at £25,0000 , however, if you travel any distance at all in your line of work, it won’t be long before you notice massive savings compared to running a diesel car.

However, before you jump in any rush to pre-order one, beware that there are a lack of availability of super charge stations in Ireland (that allows you to do an 80% charge within 30mins), otherwise a trip from Dublin to Armagh, would be the height of your journey, and you be forced to spend 12hours re-charging the battery at a normal power source.

So, certainly the Nissan leaf  is a great idea, but unless the petrol stations start rolling our super charge stations, there won’t be much point in getting one just yet.

If you’re reading N.I and Irish environmental ministers,please start providing incentives for these super charge stations.