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Pressure on the Planet

February 13, 2018

Most homes in the UK recycle their rubbish these days but soon those who do not bother are set to be fined to make them change their behaviour. Wales is second in Europe and third globally at recycling.

The Welsh Government wants no waste going to landfill by 2050 and has set its local authorities ambitious targets with financial penalties for failure. Some councils such as Rhondda Cynon Taf council are going to fine £100 to those homes who simply throw their plastic, tins and cardboard in the bin.

Similarly changes to Guernsey’s new waste collection system will start in September with a full “pay as you throw” rubbish scheme introduced in 2019.

With it will come changes in the way people pay for household waste collection. This year, the average waste charge per household is expected to be about £130, based on the Tax on Real Property value of each household.

From 2019, when the full system is in place, the parishes will still charge, but only for collecting your rubbish. The government will then recover the costs of processing, treatment and disposal by charging per black bag of waste produced. It will use a system of prepaid stickers.

In addition, people could also pay an annual fixed charge to pay for the “fixed costs of the various household waste and recycling services provided by the States”.

But what about the business sector, have the laws tightened here?

Businesses in Scotland producing more than 5kg of food waste per week are now required to present the material separately for collection under changes to the law which came into effect in January 2018.

Until last Friday, only businesses producing 50kg or more of food waste per week were required to present the material separately, but the law change effectively means that the majority of businesses serving food in Scotland are likely to be affected.

The regulations are enforced by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA). If companies do not meet the requirements of the law then SEPA can issue an on-the-spot £300 fine and repeat offenders could face up to £10,000 in penalties.

The previous threshold stood at 50kg, meaning that many more cafes, hotels, restaurants and retailers are poised to be caught up in the new legislation. If businesses don’t start recycling their food waste then the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency can hit them with an on-the-spot fine of £300, while repeat offenders face penalties of up to £10,000.

The change is also good news for the recycling industry, which is handling more food waste than ever before, helping to create green energy as well as reducing emissions from landfill.

Benefits to the business themselves are that they are improving their buying habits to reduce waste which in turn saves them money.

The survey by BusinessWaste.co.uk found that businesses were either “filling landfill sites” or “resorting to illegal activity” to dispose of rubbish, rather than recycling any of their waste. The 80 percent of companies had no green policy in place and did not separate recyclable waste from non-recyclable, with the survey finding that some will not even sort paper, food and glass waste.

The urgent need for a cleaner planet requires a fundamental shift in both domestic and business behaviours which seems to be finally taking place.

 

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Recycling Giants

February 12, 2018

A staggering clue to the amount of electronic and electrical waste on the planet now is creatively shown by the amazing Sculpture of WEEEman at the Eden Project.

The Eden Project WEEEman was made from the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment that an average British person threw away in their lifetime – over 3 tonnes per person.

At seven metres high, his grimacing head towered over the Eden Project outdoor gardens. Mobile phones, mp3 players, lawn mowers and the like make up his bones and sinews; his teeth are computer mice; his ears are satellite dishes; and his brain is built from computer parts. Click here to visit the Eden Projects site.

The RSA and Canon Europe commissioned the sculpture to raise awareness of how much electrical waste we get through in the UK.

His creator, contemporary artist Paul Bonomini says: “I designed him to look like he’s dragging himself out of landfill, coming back from the dead. He’s there to remind us of this monster that we’re creating when we dump these goods rather than recycle them.”

Since the sculpture was installed at Eden in 2005, the UK Government has introduced legislation that makes producers responsible for appliances at the end of their lives – and encourages them to design products which last longer.

So far, the regulation has seen over 850,000 tonnes of WEEE collected for refurbishment and recycling.

Great news from Let’s Recycle is that the European Recycling Platform (ERP) has announced it has collected and treated more than 3 million tonnes of WEEE across the continent since its foundation.  This was made up of 39 million televisions, nearly 70 million small domestic appliances and 12 million fridges. Find out more

Just under 600,000 tonnes was collected by the ERP in the UK since 2002, which makes the UK the largest contributor. Germany was second, with just under 460,000.

The UK managing director of ERP John Redmayne, explained that it highlights that the work being done makes a difference. Speaking to letsreycle.com, he said: “While it is simply a milestone, it is great to celebrate as it gives us a reason to spread the message about what everyone is doing is making a difference. Of course, we don’t do this alone and it involves hundreds of municipalities who dozens of suppliers as well.”

If you have electrical and electronic waste that you are unsure how to correctly dispose of GG Compactors and our partners can advise you on your best solution.  

We are all working together for a cleaner planet.

Images Credit Fancycrave

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Racing Along

February 01, 2018

Here at GG Compactors we are proud to announce a special relationship between ourselves and Paper Mountain Ltd  GGC will be official sponsors of Jensen Motorsport, our logo will be on the Renault Clio sport as well as Radical SR3. Find out more about Jensen and the team here. GGC will be cheering the team […]

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Fearing the Paperless World!

February 15, 2017

As every years starts we all begin by looking at new projects, with this in mind GG have decided to try and cut down/remove all paper documents. Although we would love to be completely paperless we all appreciate the importance of paperwork and procedures that being said we can at least give our customers the […]

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Video Tutorials

February 14, 2017

  We have a number of handy tutorials for our baler range, with a step by step guide on how each machine works Check out our YouTube channel to see all the videos.   Our YouTube Channel  

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