Tag Archive for 'Waste'

Increasing amounts of plastic litter on the seafloor of the Arctic Ocean

October 24th, 2012 by Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research

Dr. Melanie Bergmann, biologist and deep-sea expert at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in the Helmholtz Association, has found that the amount of plastic litter on the Arctic sea floor has increased. Her findings are reported in the paper “Increase of litter at the Arctic deep-sea observatory Hausgarten” published in Marine […]

World Bank focuses on solid waste

June 14th, 2012 by World Bank

A far-reaching report on the state of municipal solid waste around the world predicts a sharp rise in the amount of garbage generated by urban residents between now and 2025. The report estimates the amount of municipal solid waste (MSW) will rise from the current 1.3 billion tonnes per year to 2.2 billion tonnes per […]

A personal journey to reduce waste

May 3rd, 2012 by Andrew David Thaler

We tend towards waste. As a nation, as a community, and in our personal lives, waste is ubiquitous and often imperceptible. That we can afford to discard is an unfortunate side effect of having a high quality of life. Waste is not always a bad thing, either. We’re comforted by the fact that our doctors use disposable […]

Parish rates could be reduced with more household recycling

September 22nd, 2011 by Richard Lord

While traveling through St Peter Port on a household rubbish collection day, it is possible to identify households that are not recycling.  Torn-open and thin-film black bin bags and lid-less bins reveal large numbers of bottles and cans that can be recycled. The parish of St Peter Port, like all Guernsey parishes, has to pay […]

A Dutch company makes functional products from waste

April 23rd, 2011 by We Beat the Mountain

We Beat The Mountain is a young, innovative organisation that aims to reduce the worldwide trash and waste mountain. In order to reach this goal, We Beat The Mountain and her community create, develop and produce cool functional products made from recycled waste and trash. We Beat The Mountain started from three emotions: anger, frustration […]

Lessons on waste in a tub at the PSD public waste strategy consultation workshop

January 27th, 2011 by Richard Lord

Much of what we throw away isn’t really ‘waste’ unless we mix it together and make it difficult and expensive to separate. I received a lesson in waste management when I made a cup of tea early on at the second workshop of the States of Guernsey Public Services Department waste strategy consultation at the […]

Too much recyclable material is going to the Mont Cuet landfill

December 29th, 2010 by Richard Lord

The Guernsey Recycling Advisory Forum (GRAF) laid down a challenge before Christmas – Could Guernsey residents send less waste to the Mont Cuet landfill in December 2010 than they did in December 2009? We will know whether Guernsey residents met this challenge in January 2011 when the December figure is published. What is obvious from […]

All I want for Christmas is a Community Reuse Centre

December 9th, 2010 by Richard Lord

Rosie Dorey’s letter published in The Guernsey Press on 4 December called for Guernsey to have a Community Repair and Reuse facility.  This coincided with Mrs. Green of My Zero Waste website writing “all I want for Christmas is a community reuse centre.” Mrs. Green wrote “I’d like to create a ‘real life’ place where […]

London restaurateur Arthur Potts Dawson hates waste – a vision for sustainable restaurants

December 7th, 2010 by Richard Lord

“Nature doesn’t create waste” says London restaurateur Arthur Potts Dawson. Arthur Potts Dawson reduces waste in all its forms – he is a waste minimiser. He follows the principles of the four R’s – Refuse, Reduce, Re-use and Recycle. His restaurant runs on wind turbine electricity and hydro-electricity.  The materials in his restaurant are recycled […]

Should people pay extra for kerbside collections?

November 29th, 2010 by Rosie

The cost of kerbside-collections for recyclable materials should be made part of the rubbish rates that we all pay.  They should not be an excuse for an extra charge. Kerbside recycling collections would collect the lion’s share of waste.   The ‘residual’ waste (what’s left after recycling) is the element of waste that we should be […]