Thursday, 15 October 2009

Kenco Eco Packaging = Greenwash?


You may well have seen the TV and poster campaign by Kenco advertising an Eco-Refill packaging unit for their instant coffee range. The premise behind their green message is that by producing a range of foil sealed sachets consumers can refill their glass jars from the sachets and because the sachet weighs less than the glass jar, they reduce 97% of their waste packaging weight.

The real issue with this is that instead of having a 100% recyclable waste stream, namely glass jars and plastic caps, you now have a composite product which is made of metal foil and plastic clips that cannot be recycled and must instead be sent to landfill! Kenco are working in partnership with Terracycle to offer a recycling solution, consumers must register on the Terracycle website then freepost their pack to Terracycle. There is no alternative in domestic waste collections other than landfill for this packaging solution.

I'm sorry to say it but this looks to be the worst kind of greenwash to me!

Onwards & upwards?


*edited 10/11/09 - To amend postage details re: Terracycle scheme.

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Manchester Launches Green Pound.


A great initiative has just been launched in Manchester to help bolster the green economy of the city. The Green Pound voucher is a currency that can be spent in businesses that are committed to helping the environment and a percentage of each voucher is used to fund carbon reduction projects.

Schemes like this could make a real impact upon the levels of carbon and I think that local businesses should do everything they can to support it.

Onwards & upwards!


Manchester Recycling Rates Decrease?


Disappointingly, especially given all the work MCC appear to be doing to reduce climate change, this article suggests some integrity may be lacking. It appears that due to a DEFRA reclassification (quite rightly DEFRA are saying you can't count mashed up household bulky waste and street sweepings going to landfill cover) that the total volume of recorded waste being recycled in Greater Manchester has actually decreased last year by as much as 5%! This is due to MCC wrongly counting landfill as 'recycling'! What next?!?

To offset the news that they've been 'comingling' their recycling figures (puns intended) Manchester City Council assures us that actually the level of recycling across the city is continuing to increase year on year... They project that actually the level of recycled waste has risen from 20.28% in 2008 to 21.06% this year. Can we believe them? Let's hope so... Perhaps the Audit Commission should be working out Local Authorities recycling rates for them?

At EMERGE we know only too well that it's hard to engage the public in committing to recycling, but fudging the numbers just doesn't help anyone. Ideally the public need reassurance that what they sort for recycling genuinely doesn't go to waste and arguably they need incentives (such as charges for disposal and free recycling?) as well as smart recycling systems to make it easy and convenient...

Meanwhile some big names (Stella Artois, Coca Cola for example) are now promoting their recycling efforts on billboards and bus stops in Manchester - efforts like this will surely help Manchester and its residents to continue to increase its recycling rates.

Onwards & upwards!


Monday, 5 October 2009

EMERGE Vacancy: Finance Controller

JOB TITLE: Finance Controller
RESPONSIBLE TO: Chief Executive
RESPONSIBLE FOR: Financial Administrator

To oversee and co-ordinate budgets (including Core department budget) and control cash flow in conjunction with the Management Team.

To provide the Board and Management Team with monthly management accounts and financial performance information.

To manage and supervise the work of the Finance Administrator and other finance-related administrative staff to ensure an efficient and effective finance, ccounting and payroll service to EMERGE.

To take the lead role in ensuring the ongoing financial sustainability of EMERGE in conjunction with the Chief Executive and Board Member with responsibility for finance.

In conjunction with the key staff, ensure that a high level of customer care is maintained re finance.

Hours: Hours negotiable but within core hours of 8.30-5.30pm: 4 days per week based
on 28 hours envisaged. Must be prepared to work occasional evenings and
weekends as necessary by negotiation.

6 months

Pay Scale: £23,690 gross pro rata starting salary.

Base: Based at the EMERGE offices, may require travelling around Greater
Manchester and occasionally further afield.

Duration: Permanent contract.

Application Deadline: 12/10/09 12:00

For more information and to request an application pack, please call 0161 223 8200.