Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

What does one month of ‘rubbish’ look like?

A new exhibition at the Science Museum aims to discover the beauty, value and volume of what we throw away.

Rubbish heapThe two-part exhibition is to use 30 days’ worth of the Science Museum’s waste to explore our concepts of ‘rubbish’.

Led by artist Joshua Sofaer, the exhibition is part of the museum’s Climate Changing programme   will use 30 days’ worth of rubbish from the Science Museum to create a display that exposes the materials, the beauty, the value and the volume behind our ‘rubbish’.

Visitors will be invited to take part in the collection, sorting and documenting of one month’s worth of rubbish generated by the Science Museum’s visitors, staff, contractors and exhibition projects to create a growing visual archive of the things we throw away from day to day.

The free exhibition runs until September 14.

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Bin bag rummaging on rise in suspected identity theft in Kent

Security ShreddingResidents in Gillingham are being warned to be vigilant with their rubbish after it there been a reported rise in the number of bin bags in the area being tampered with.

It is believed that opportunists may be looking for information which they can use for identity theft.

Identity theft is when thieves use information about an individual to pretend to be that person.

They can then take out loans, and run up massive debts in that person’s name.

It is very easy to guard against, by ensuring that all documents containing information such as name, address and bank details, for example, are shredded.

 

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Tunbridge Wells doctor claims council ‘over-reacted’ over waste disposal

Dr Michael Sheil, a doctor who runs the Wells Medical Centre on London Road in Tunbridge Wells was taken to court by the borough council for throwing personal patient Confidential Datadetails into his neighbour’s bin.

 

The court heard how the names and telephone phone numbers of 11 patients had been found by a council officer in a black plastic bag.

The doctor was found guilty of failure in duty to transfer commercial waste to an authorised waste carrier and guilty of failure to comply with the duty to furnish waste documents.

Dr Sheill was fined £100 and ordered to pay prosecution costs of £11,280.

Click here to read the full story By Kent and Sussex Courier

 

 

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

British Airways announce plans to turn London rubbish into aviation fuel

British Airways to fuel planes with rubbish

 

It is hoped that this project will revolutionise the production of sustainable aviation fuel. with flights from London to New York City running on jet fuel made from municipal solid waste by 2017 under the new project called “GreenSky”

A new recycling plant will be built in Essex to convert 575,000 tonnes of post-recycled waste into 120,000 tonnes of clean burning liquid fuels.

Read more…

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Plans to simplify information requests by Defra and the Defra network with “Smarter Data”

Opportunities and Benefits

Smarter Guidance and Data will help to save businesses time and money, while maintaining or improving the effectiveness of regulations. For example, we should be able to reduce the time needed for new businesses to find out about their obligations by at least 80%.Smarter Data

Reforms to information obligations will focus on the information that is really needed and used and work to remove duplication. Businesses and regulators alike will benefit from a more straightforward process.

This work coincides with public bodies moving web content to www.gov.uk. Most Defra agency guidance will be found here, in one place, in the same format. We are working with the Government’s Digital Service to improve customer experience as part of this move.

Full information can of course be found on the GOV.UK website.

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Rubbish including 50 shopping trolleys fished Botany Stream in Tonbridge.

The huge amount of rubbish was cleared from the river on Tuesday morning when a team from the Environment Agency paddled the length of the stream.

Tony Young, operations field team leader at the Environment Agency, said: “Kent faced an extraordinary combination of weather conditions over the winter period but our recovery is now under way.
Click Here to read the full story on the Kent and Sussex Courier.

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Schools recycle WEEE and textiles for children’s air ambulance charity

LetsRecycleA scheme to educate school children about recycling and raise money for the Children’s Air Ambulance charity was launched last week (June 19) at Hampton Hill Primary School in Richmond, London.

Around 65 schools are signed up to the WEEE (waste electrical and electronic equipment) Recycling Rewards programme and are actively using the online recycling education resources.

As part of the programme, mobile phone, WEEE and textile recycling containers are also placed at the schools for children to donate to. The collected materials are used to generate funds for the participating schools as well as The Children’s Air Ambulance.

 

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Tovil Household Waste Recycling Centre

Changes to the Operating Policies at Tovil Recycling Centre in Maidstone now means that as from 1st October 2012, households who drive a ‘commercial type’ vehicle will need to apply for vouchers which will grant you access to the recycling centre.

Click on the image left to download the application form from the Kent.gov website.

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Chinese government is concerned about the quality of UK paper.

China’s London-based CCIC inspection agency has contacted exporters of material to China to remind them of the need to ensure that mixed paper sent to the country does not have contamination.

The action by CCIC comes after increasing awareness in China of the poorer material as well as tougher customs controls on the imports of overseas products ranging from scrap metal and waste paper through to live chickens.

Chinese authorities are reportedly tightening up their quality controls

One UK exporter explained that the situation had become more serious because some of the mills which chose to use lower grade material had closed and that the larger more modern mills did not want mixed papers with contaminants such as plastic and other contraries.

Read the full story by Steve Eminton on Letsrecycle.com

Saturday, June 16th, 2012

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