Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Vacancy: Zero Waste Education & Community Involvement Manager

This key managerial role will enable EMERGE to broaden its reach and impact promoting the company and the principles of Zero Waste within schools and the wider community; a dynamic operator is needed who can develop and maximise the team’s abilities to deliver high quality education, training, volunteering and community involvement services in Greater Manchester and the surrounding area. The post holder will undertake effective development, tendering and marketing strategies making EMERGE’S community involvement work sustainable by successfully launching new services in the marketplace and winning new business.

We seek a highly self-motivated individual with excellent communication and project development skills, the ability to work successfully with partner organisations and a proven experience of delivering education/training/community involvement activities.

Payscale: £20,966 (4 days)

Application deadline: 10am on 8th March 2011.

Interviews will take place on 9th and 11th March 2011.

Applicant must be available to start as soon as possible, ideally week beginning 14th March 2011 inc handover.

This will be a 6-month fixed term contract pending further funding being secured.

Contact shaheen@emergemanchester.co.uk or 0161 223 8200 for an application pack by e-mail/post.

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Monday, 14 February 2011

Height of Barriers to increase at HWRCs in Manchester


I learned from this article on Monday that the height for the barriers at Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) in Manchester is to be raised from 6,1" to 6,6".

This is to encourage those with people carriers to visit HWRCs and hence to improve recycling rates further.

I have actually spent the past couple of weeks on HWRCs around Manchester taking surveys. I think it's great that we encourage as many people to visit HWRCs as possible. We don't want people dumping old radios and furniture in household bins because their car won't fit under the barrier at the local HWRC.

My concern would be that this may encourage more traders to visit and illegally dump trade waste at HWRCs. From what I have observed over the past couple of weeks this is already a problem at a number of site in Greater Manchester and can be hard for the men on site to prevent - even if there is a 'meet and greet'.

For more on my surveying activities please feel free to visit my blog => ecofocused.com

... and of course feel free to comment.

Onwards & upwards!


How To: Green Valentines

Councillor Neil Swannick, Chairman of the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority (GMWDA) has put together five hints for ensuring an environmentally friendly Valentine’s Day.
  • Try thinking of something original to do on Valentine’s Day. A picnic in the park (or on the living room floor if the February weather is a bit nippy) with your other half’s favourite nibbles.
  • If you buy flowers look for those that are locally grown. Often flowers can be flown thousands of miles before they are given as a gift, and will not last very long.
  • Get creative with your gifts. If your other half has been meaning to have photographs printed for a while, do it for them and put them into a nice photo album or frame.
  • Buy cards made from recycled paper and make sure that they are recycled afterwards.
  • For something a bit different, name a star after your loved one or dedicate a tree to them and help the Woodland Trust restore the UK’s native woodland heritage.
EMERGE Recycling

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Million Bottle Temple - Thailand

A great spot from Lucy Danger, our CEO. Beautiful use of recycled materials for construction materials. I wish we had something spectacular like this in Manchester!

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Monthly Recycling Collections for Bolton?

It seems that the latest series of Government cuts are going to be hitting homes in Bolton shortly. In a new cost-saving measure the local Council is proposing to cut the recycling waste collection frequency for households in Bolton from fortnightly to once per month.

Whilst I'm sure we can all appreciate the need to reduce costs in this current economic climate I don't think this measure is going to do anything to help Bolton to improve their overall levels of recycling. Surely in mid-summer people are going to elect to put some of their waste into the general waste bins rather than recycle it to reduce the chance of overflow and odors developing.

Another concern is that currently the materials collected for recycling provide an income to Bolton Council rather than a cost, which would be incurred through landfill tax if the materials start to slip into general waste. With this in mind I hope that Bolton Council decide to retain their current fortnightly collection structure, otherwise they will struggle to improve upon their current 29% recycling rate.

We'd love to hear the thoughts of Bolton residents on this proposal.

Source: Telegraph.

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Thursday, 3 February 2011

UK Achieves 40% Recycling Rates.


I just read a fantastic report published by Defra, which shows that the UK's recycling rates are now pushing past 40%! this is obviously fantastic news as it shows the progress we are making as a nation towards our environmental and sustainability targets.

For an indepth review of the report, take a look at this article by letsrecycle.com which breaks it down in great detail.

It's certainly one step in the right direction!

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