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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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Recycling is a complicated business. Oxo biodegradable plastics, China and humble plastic drum, IBC and 25 litre plastic container.

Recycling is a complicated business

Recycling is a complicated business.

Recycling is a complicated business. Oxo biodegradable plastics, China and humble plastic drum, IBC and 25 litre plastic container.

You only need to take a quick look at the recent MRW to see how complex recycling is. The issue also highlights the need for continuous supplier due diligence, to avoid shocks to budget and indeed unanticipated enforcement action. (https://www.mrw.co.uk/latest/company-fined-after-dumped-waste-traced-by-council/10025345.article) Your drums, IBCS and 25 litre plastic containers have secure reuse and recycling routes despite this complex world.

The article linked below shows a catch up of something I found incomprehensible in my years in early MRF development; namely the introduction of even more types of polymer to what was already a crowded place.

https://www.mrw.co.uk/latest/war-of-words-over-oxo-biodegradable-plastic/10025318.article

New evidence showing the complexity of micro plastic pollution shows how long it sometimes takes us to understand the impact on the environment.

In the same edition China’s contamination levels for recyclable materials are discussed under review. Technical issues on contamination become real issues if prices reduce, recycled stocks rise, budgets gains appear and on site fire risks go beyond agreed risk assessments.

Yet there is news to work with. Plastic drums and IBCs have a proven route for reuse and recycling, with UK processors providing quality service and technical support for a range of industry and agriculture. Even so many containers still find their way to landfill, waste to every or incorrectly licensed sites.

Don’t be responsible for a chemical residue entering the effluent streams uncontrolled. Where plastic in the form of drums, IBCs or 25 litres are suitable for cleaning and reuse or recycling, find a contractor that will. One with a hazardous waste license, chemist control and management of the environment at the core of its business ethic.

Recycling is a complicated business. Oxo biodegradable plastics, China and humble plastic drum, IBC and 25 litre plastic container.
Recycling is a complicated business. Oxo biodegradable plastics, China and humble plastic drum, IBC and 25 litre plastic container.
Recycling is a complicated business. Oxo biodegradable plastics, China and humble plastic drum, IBC and 25 litre plastic container.

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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.

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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?

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Increase in recycling stocks increase in Insurance

INCREASE IN RECYCLING STOCKS INCREASE IN INSURANCE

Increase in recycling stocks increase in insurance may occur. As recyclable material stops moving to China, there will be increased pressure to hold stocks at recovery and transfer facilities. The track record of fires in the industry has increased Environment Agency vigilance on stocks occurring outside licensed conditions. This has also increased the need for more sophisticated techniques such as thermal monitoring equipment for bales and waste piles.

This all restricts the abilities of companies to stockpile material. If you are allowing your hazardous contaminated packaging for reuse or recycling down these routes there are a couple of potential consequences. There could be an abrupt interruption to your collection process. Materials could be stored for extended periods. If there is a fire enforcement and paperwork trail analysis is inevitable. More fires results in increased insurance premiums.

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INSURANCE INCREASES

Insurance costs for waste management and recycling companies are increasing rapidly.
In an industry already convulsed by liability insurances 10-15 times that you would expect for equivalent industries without the fire record, this is difficult news. Barely a week goes by without reference to a waste or recycling fire.

Hazardous waste site fires have also been significant, the total destruction of a state of the art facility in Skelmersdale in December last year being a major example.  With a sophisticated tracking system, EA and HSE approval all in place, human error is still potentially at the heart of serious incidents. Remembering the scrap yard set alight by a Chinese lantern in the Birmingham area, or instances of fires caused by the unexpected combustion, spontaneous or otherwise of incorrectly described material and you can easily see why insurance costs rise rapidly.

Transport related liability cover is also attracting hefty premium increases. As insurers acknowledge that low interests are here to stay, and that increases will be small and slow, the cost of payouts for ‘all of life’ incidents is increasing to compensate. All transport companies can expect above inflation increases for some years to come due to this process of adjustment. This will be passed on in increased transport charges to customers.

Are your current suppliers capable of withstanding these increases? Check the policy and reconfirm the £10,000,000 indemnity. If only at £5.000,000 reconsider their suitability.

Choosing your waste or recycling supplier is more complex than ever and being aware of these overhead pressures important. It is essential in all supply chain arrangements that risks are managed. This includes the risk of supply fracture due to inadequate insurance. Some waste brokers and ill-advised companies may not take this fully into consideration.

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