Thursday, 26 May 2011

Guest Blog - The Good Green Life

Hello Readers!,

From studying a degree in Sustainable Development for four years, I’ve increasingly become aware of how I live my life and how my ‘habits’ have accumulated to the deprivation of what society and consumerism consistently has on this beautiful world. Therefore, I have decided that I don’t want to continue this way anymore and I want to live a life that is more self-sufficient and sustainable.

My blog is a diary account of how it is possible to live a much easier life that is stress free and less dependent on the rat race. I intend on trying anything new but my main aim is that it does need to economically viable, ethically sound and kind to the environment. I will experience failures, achieve success and I am willing to listen to any advice.

Sharing my diary will hopefully show people how it is possible for everyone to live a much exciting life in tune with this planets natural eco system without sacrificing the wonderful luxuries this world has to offer.

To follow my progress, keep an eye on my blog: The Good Green Life


Friday, 20 May 2011

Residents' food waste can be disposed of in green bins, Trafford council says | Manchester Evening News -

Residents' food waste can be disposed of in green bins, Trafford council says | Manchester Evening News -

Some good news for the people of Trafford, you're about to be able to recycle food waste from next week!

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Cardiff Considering Anaerobic Digestion

Some goods news for Welsh recyclers, it looks like Cardiff Council are giving very serious consideration to the installation of a new Anaerobic digestion facility. This move could see 50,000 tonnes of waste diverted from their landfill stream, where previously it had been transported to Gloucester for landfill disposal.

It's always great to hear positive news like this and we just want to wish our neighbours the best of luck in getting this new facility up and running!

EMERGE Recycling

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Panorama - E-Waste (Track My Trash)

There was a really great programme on Panorama last night, it covered the dubious practices of the unlicensed WEEE waste sector. The Environment Agency tracked TV sets they see where they ended up. In come cases they got as far as Africa where they were dumped and scavenged by children.

This kind of practice is absolutely abhorrant and it's good to see the Environment Agency taking steps to make sure people are aware of what can happen to WEEE waste that is not treated correctly.

I highly recommend you watch the programme and see why it's important to work with licensed waste contractors for your WEEE waste.

EMERGE Recycling

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

England's Recycling Rates Increase!

Great news all around, I've just read a report that indicates that England's recycling rates have grown to 40.3% of all household waste. This is really good news as it shows year on year progression and growth since 2007!

(09/10 - 40.1%, 08/09 - 39.7%, 07/08 - 38.8%)

We'd like to offer our thanks to everyone who is working so hard spreading the word about sustainability and recycling. Not only are we recycling more in England but we're also producing less waste, last year the total weight of household waste fell by 200,000 tonnes in England.

Let's stick at it, redouble our efforts and we'll get there eventually! :)


EMERGE Recycling

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Vacancy - FareShare Volunteer Fundraising and Marketing Team

FareShare North West is your local community food network, since 2008 we have diverted enough surplus “in date” food to provide over 1.5 million meals to over 55 community groups who support the vulnerable in our region.

Role Title: Fundraising and Marketing Assistants
Responsible to: EMERGE Education and Community Officer and FareShare Operations Manager.

We are starting a volunteer fundraising and marketing team whose role purposes are:
• To raise the awareness of FareShare North West
• To find new beneficiaries we can support
• To find more food manufacturers who can supply us with food which otherwise would have gone to landfill
• To develop and see through fundraising initiatives
• To be able to represent FareShare at events
• To develop and improve our website
• To add content to our website and blog as well as Twitter and Facebook.
• To design marketing materials
• To carry out administration duties.

Skills/experience required:
We are looking to create a large team of volunteers with different skills to work on a range of projects so please get in touch if you are interested in or have experience in any part of the above role. We are especially interested in recruiting volunteers between the ages of 16-25 years old.

One of the projects the team will undertake is to promote a fundraising event on Saturday 16th July 2011 where we are asking people to raise money for FareShare by launching themselves off the 30m high Imperial War Museum North, by zip slide, offering a thrilling 250m slide over the Manchester Ship Canal.

Expenses: We can reimburse reasonable expenses (up to £4 a day for travel and £3 for lunch).
Times of volunteering: Flexible. Minimum commitment of 8 hours but we hope volunteers will help on an ongoing basis.
Location: Based at EMERGE/FareShare Depot, New Smithfield Market, Openshaw.
Start Date: May 2011
Contact: Nicola Milner - 0161 223 8200 or via email.

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Axe for weekly black bin collections in Manchester to save £12m | Manchester Evening News -

Axe for weekly black bin collections in Manchester to save £12m | Manchester Evening News -


Another bit of interesting topical news for our Manchester readers, with effect from early July general waste collections will be moving to fortnightly across Manchester.

Apparently this will save the City Council £12m in landfill taxes, but hopefully this won't also be detrimental to the environment of Manchester in the form of increased levels of fly-tipping.

EMERGE Recycling

Tyre Recycling? Here's Some Top Tips!

I've just read a really interesting blog post on recycling tires and some of they great uses they get put to. Read the article here.

At EMERGE we're always keen to look at other recycling treatments and outlets so we can help provide a wider range of recycling collection solutions for our customers in Manchester.

If anyone knows of any regional recycling outlets for tyres, we'd love to hear more about them!

EMERGE Recycling

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Recycling Q+A - Part 1.

Hi everyone,

I was just wondering if there was anything you would like to know about the world of recycling and waste? Whether it's legislation, what actually happens to certain types of waste or why you can't recycle some things.

We'd love to help you guys get a better understanding of waste and sustainability, so if you have any questions drop them in the comments box below and we'll get right back to you!!


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