During a visit to Southwark Council’s Material Recovery Facility (where Kingston University’s waste is taken) we were shown first hand the journey our recyclables take from collection on our doorsteps to being separated back into individual materials ready to be processed for re-use.
A brief summary of our visit and what we learned can be found here.
We discovered that plastic bags are the top offenders when it comes to contamination of recyclable materials, which is surprising seeing as they no longer come free with our weekly shops!
To avoid further confusion, I would like to clarify that some councils are beginning to collect carrier bags as part of household recycling schemes; however this is not widespread at the moment so check with your local council first. Many larger supermarkets provide collection points for carrier bags as well as other plastic films.
But in terms of Material Recovery Facilities, plastic bags are likely to become tangled in the machinery causing it to break down and so are removed by hand at the first stage of the material recovery process.
If you are unsure of what can and can’t be recycled, the recycling directory is a handy StaffSpace page providing information covering every item imaginable from stationery to furniture.
Together we can
For those of you who may not have come across the World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour before, it is a worldwide movement uniting people in protecting the planet. All we have to do is turn out the lights for one hour.
It started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia in 2007, but since then it has grown to engage more than 7000 cities worldwide with landmarks across the world switching their lights out for Earth Hour, encouraging individuals, communities households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour as a symbol of their commitment to the planet..
This year, Earth Hour will be held on Saturday 19 March between 8.30PM and 9.30PM in your local time zone.
With a shuffle of shelving taking place at the Sir Sydney Camm Centre, I wanted to draw your attention to WarpIt: a great website where you can dispose of and claim unwanted workplace items. WarpIt is a simple way for us to save money and also be environmentally considerate – rather than throw away unwanted things why not warp them and see if someone else might like them? Some of our cupboards from SSCC have now found a good home at the Rose Theatre. And who knows, you might find something great for your office on there too!
For more information about WarpIt at Kingston University click the logo below, and once you register you can start submitting and browsing unwanted items.
Maybe this morning you enjoyed bananas from Columbia, coffee from Kenya or tea from India? “Before you finish eating breakfast in the morning, you’ve depended on more than half the world.” Martin Luther King Jr, A Christmas sermon on peace, 1967
Today marks the end of Fairtrade Fortnight for the working week. With the theme this year being Breakfast, we celebrated at Kingston Hill with pancakes and a variety of Fairtrade toppings. The tasty treats, as shown below were enjoyed by all, with everyone creating their own Fairtrade masterpieces. By early afternoon, all that remained of the spread was a few chunks of Fairtrade chocolate and a happily single pancake.
Fairtrade tea and coffee were also on offer in the staff rooms at both Kingston Hill and Roe Vale along with a bundle of KitKats which vanished within the week, proving Fairtrade Fortnight was a success all round.
To find out more about Fairtrade Fortnight, click here.