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Changing Habits; Changing Lives—Saving The Planet.

CupClub: 'Like city bike rental for cups'

CupClub: 'Like city bike rental for cups'

Changing habits, changing lives, saving the planet - With all the noise over coffee cup recycling there have been lots of suggestions available. This is by far my favourite one, and it taps into the genuine issue of ‘joined up thinking’ to ensure everybody pays a fair share of the burden.

CupClub

Safia Qureshi points to chai wallahs in India as one of her initial inspirations. There, tea is poured into glasses that are washed and reused. We all used to drink milk and Coca Cola from returnable, reusable bottles.

So why not coffee?

"The current model for reusable cups is that the consumer needs to buy the cup and take it in. The ratio of consumers doing that is 2% of all the total coffee sold," she points out.

Instead, she proposes that the customer joins Cup Club and picks up a reusable cup when they buy their coffee. It can be returned later to one of several collection points. Cup Club is responsible for collecting washing and redistributing the clean cups to participating retailers.

Because the cups are tagged and registered to your account - using RFID, the same technology that's on an Oyster travel card - Cup Club can text you a reminder if you've forgotten to return a cup and charge you if you keep it.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-40951041

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For further information about our dedicated reconditioning and recycling services, or to arrange a meeting with our team to discuss a solution for your residual requirements for waste management and packaging recycling, a member of our dedicated customer service team can be contacted by calling: 0161 848 0976

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Changing habits - changing lives - saving planet

This basically means a more expensive cup of coffee-----bring it on.

Challenge 1: to ensure all retailers of coffee join the scheme. It is not correct to just ask ‘big business’.

Challenge 2: to fund deeply and correctly the collection and laundry infrastructure. The RFID is clear and wonderful. Could it be 50 pence saving on a cup of coffee perhaps?

Challenge 3: avoid getting lost in a debate between industry and local government re waste collection charges.

Challenge 4: inspire the planet to provide more schemes that solve a problem by aggregating it to a national or world level and the cost of solving it is shared between producers, retailers and customers.

This basically means a more expensive cup of coffee-----bring it on.

Changing habits - changing lives - saving planet
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I Vote To Pay The True Environmental Cost, But Who Is Going To Raise The Invoice?

Environmental Costs

I Vote To Pay The True Environmental Cost, But Who Is Going To Raise The Invoice?

Latte levy, bottle deposit scheme, oceans awash with plastic.

Outrage, disgust and concern.

Are you willing to pay the actual cost of living on this planet?

The BRC response to the recent attempts to move towards a bottle return scheme are well, mind numbingly unspecific. https://brc.org.uk/news/2018/deposit-return-scheme-requires-creative-thinking.  Where is the acknowledgement that our right to abuse the planet is expensive? The automatic response is to appropriately split the costs between consumer and retailer. Does this include the full costs to the planet?

 

If we, a rich country cannot demonstrate to the world that we are improving, how can we ask them? Our plastic bag levy has successfully reduced plastic bag usage:

England's seven main retailers (Tesco, Sainsbury's, Asda, Morrisons, M&S, Co-op and Waitrose) sold 83% fewer single-use plastic bags in 2016 compared with 2014 - the latest full year of data which was gathered by WRAP.

Source https://www.edie.net/news/5/Plastic-bag-charge-UK-sustainability-statistics-from-Defra-2017/

Yet we are not strong in the environmental message, or as fraught with our problems as other less well-off nations. For example, in Kenya legislation enacted in 2017 says:

Kenya brings in world's toughest plastic bag ban: four years jail or $40,000 fine

Producing, selling and using plastic bags becomes illegal as officials say they want to target manufacturers and sellers first. Source The guardian .28/8/17

 

In Indonesia, it is pay as you go for many consumer products as investment in a stock is not possible. Therefore, they buy enough shampoo for a day or two, and therefore have lots more smaller items of packaging. If we will not operate a deposit scheme to ensure we control what is controllable, how can we engage others to do so?

 

We have been happy for the Chinese environment to pay the price of our recycling needs. It is startling that Chinese environmental policy changes are driving an agenda the Western nations have off-loaded, along with the dirt and grime of manufacturing in general. My factory is in Trafford Park where we are now competing for space with scenery makers and media businesses. It almost makes me long for the smoke of a foundry, the oily haze drifting from heavy engineering, even the old smelly Salford docks.  We have encapsulated this in the carbon measurements, claiming that our emissions are getting better simply because the emissions that are caused in the manufacture of the goods we consume are measured where they are now made. They should be measured where they are consumed.

 

It is the same with the cost of the planet. Where are the microplastic costs measured? In the belly of the whale? I vote to pay fully for the environmental cost of being alive today. I want to vote for the party who will ensure I get that bill. But who do I vote for? Our domestic cheerleaders are too concerned with the B word, to consider the world. The international bodies are lobbied by nations, multinationals and billionaires. Any of you on LinkedIn looking for a change of career, start a Party for the World with a one policy mission: To make all people, businesses and governments  pay the true price of living on this planet. You never know it might take off, we might start to save the planet and maybe feel a little happier as a world too.

waste bottles
waste bottles

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For further information about our dedicated reconditioning and recycling services, or to arrange a meeting with our team to discuss a solution for your residual requirements for waste management and packaging recycling, a member of our dedicated customer service team can be contacted by calling: 0161 848 0976

Email enquiries can be sent to us at: sales@prdservices.co.u

Who will help the enforcers?

Who will help the enforcers?

Who will help the enforcers? It’s not all about offshore accounts.

Who will help the enforcers? It’s not all about offshore accounts.

Payment by cash for scrap metal and ignoring the spirit and the letter of waste licensing law. How local authority, police, HMRC and the Environment Agency are trapped in budget cutting inaction.

Recycling scrap metal and regulation of the waste industry are linked in many different ways. The question of who forces the enforcers apply to both.

Take the issue of a hazardous contaminated scrap steel drum.

Stage 1 : the producer does not declare the hazard contained in the drum either at all, or incorrectly.

Stage 2 : the recycling facility is not licensed for hazardous waste in the first place, or for processing any hazardous waste. The site therefore carries out no pre-acceptance checks. The site does no sampling or inspection. Wastes produced from such sites can only therefore be describing their wastes for onward disposal inadequately.

Stage 3 : the undeclared hazard, not inspected and unprocessed is delivered to a scrap metal recycling facility.

Stage 4 : the scrap recycling facility ignores the NO payment in cash provision in the Scrap Metal Dealers Act, giving an incentive and therefore encouraging customers to generate material without correctly declared paperwork.

contact details

For further information about our dedicated reconditioning and recycling services, or to arrange a meeting with our team to discuss a solution for your residual requirements for waste management and packaging recycling, a member of our dedicated customer service team can be contacted by calling: 0161 848 0976

Email enquiries can be sent to us at: sales@prdservices.co.uk

You can see in this mythical scenario the local authority, relying on the police to enforce the Scrap Metal Dealers Act, is at best in a weak position. (https://www.letsrecycle.com/news/latest-news/bmra-fears-scrap-metal-dealers-act-is-weakening/) The licensing regime has no paperwork trail to inspect. HMRC miss on VAT and possibly income tax also. What is on the face of it some cash generation to avoid tax, can easily lead to significant environmental legislation violation.

We are all responsible to help the enforcers by preparing correct paperwork, identifying companies and individuals who are operating outside regulation, be it Environmental or tax. Take a look around over the next couple of weeks and see if you can help the enforcers force greater compliance. The Environment and the country need all responsible businesses to stand up for plain common sense.

 

Who will help the enforcers?

WM3: What You Need To Know | PRD Services

In July WM3, or Waste Management 3, came into force. This is the latest technical guidance provided by the Environmental Agency on how to both assess and clarify waste, building on the previous, no outdated guidance provided in WM2.

In many ways a clarification of existing regulations, it has however placed more onerous expectations on producers of waste, particularly in relation to HP14(FORMERLY H14).

The classification of HP 14 is clarified with H code or Risk Phase equations making it particularly difficult for mixtures of materials and some compounds to achieve non-hazardous by HP14 status. This is particularly true of effluents and filter cakes, the standard fare of many industrial and chemical processes.

This will inevitably lead to increase assessment and analysis costs for companies and potentially restrict the opportunities for waste brokers.

Controversy is also the case with the continued declaration of 15.01.10 contaminated packaging as this is an absolute hazard, meaning large quantities of hazardous waste are being consigned to facilities only licensed to receive non-hazardous wastes. Add to this the regular stories of containers emptied to industry standards as empty 15.01.10 containers yet reported to contain several per cent or up to 40 litres of product mean that there is considerable scope for incorrect or under declaration of hazardous waste streams.

Only bona fide hazardous waste facilities are licensed and capable of receiving these with site chemist, infrastructure and appropriate NSDS assessment and method statements.

Packaging Reuse are one such company, for further details regarding how we can meet your hazardous waste requirements, in line with the current legislation, to aid the clarifications of waste stream. It is now more vital than ever to have a team helping handle such issues as:

  • Assisting in identification and analysis of waste in a cost effective manner.
  • Network all hazardous disposal options from Cemfuel, high temperature incineration, TFS and treatment.
  • Identify product and packaging costs properly as part of the overall waste cost:
  • Waste disposal costs:
  • Cost of packaging
  • Cost of manufacturing on raw materials and/or product
  • Cost of disposal
  • Packaging Reuse’s USP is to quantify all three of these costs.

In order to discuss the compliance of your waste stream with WM3, a member of our customer service team can be contacted by calling: 0161 848 0976.

Email enquiries can be sent to us at: sales@prdservices.co.uk

 

Steel Drums

For the duration of the twentieth century, the steel drum has been effectively used as a means of providing the carriage of liquids. With industries as diverse as hazardous chemicals and foodstuffs, utilising the steel drum as their primary transportation method of choice.

This popularity can be attributed to the fact that the Steel Drum can be safely moved by a single person- due to the fact it is round in shape and can, therefore, be rolled. Due to the fact that the steel drum is incredibly strong, especially compared with other transportation methods, it is considered by many to be the safest transportation method, making steel drums incredibly popular for the movement of hazardous waste.

But what other benefits do steel drums provide?

  •  Safety: due to the strength of steel, these drums can offer unparalleled levels of protection from fire, rupture and leakage.
  •  Durability: The ability to recondition and recycle steel drums offer potentially unlimited levels of reusage.
  • Stackability: Steel drums can be easily and effectively stacked to facilitate effective storage and enable effective transportation, irrespective of environment based factors.

Reconditioning:

Steel drums differ from other industrial packaging materials in one key way. This is the fact that once a steel drum has been correctly reconditioned, it meets the same legal and safety requirements of a brand new steel drum.

Additionally, steel drums offer high levels of re-use expectations, providing significant financial savings for your business, presently a simple yet effective means of increasing its cost efficiency.

Recycling:

When a steel drum has come to the end of its life it can be effectively recycled. Scrap drums are first segregated, before being processed and made into scrap metal. Due to the fact that it is both magnetic and incredibly strong, steel drums are especially suited to being recycled.

Furthermore, to ensure that scrap resulting from steel drums contributes towards meeting both recovery and recycling obligations, the British Metals Foundation, the British Foundry Association and UK Steel Association, have co-signed an agreement with the Environmental Agency to recognise the retrieval of both commercial and industrial scrap.

Packaging Reuse offer a dedicated steel drum recycling and reconditioning service, this includes the reconditioning of steel drums that have contained hazardous waste in a way which is compliant with the new WM3 requirements.

For further information, a member of our customer service team can be contacted by calling: 0161 848 0976

Email enquiries can be sent to us at: sales@prdservices.co.uk