In the bustling streets of the UK, a startling statistic looms large: eight single-use vapes meet their fate in the bin every second, culminating in a staggering 5 million discarded weekly.
When they don’t end up in bins — which lead to landfill sites —they find an afterlife as litter instead.
The NHS champions vaping as a viable means for adult smokers to break free from the shackles of cigarette smoking. Yet, amidst its endorsement, caution flags fly high, acknowledging vaping’s limitations and potential risks — particularly emphasising its unsuitability for children and teenagers.
The irony, however, lies in the deliberate marketing of single-use, brightly-coloured vapes sporting tempting flavours — an alluring siren call that resonates with the younger demographic.
While our understanding of vaping’s impact on the human body remains in its infancy, the ecological fallout of these pens paints a stark reality. As these devices weave into our environment, their footprint becomes increasingly conspicuous.
It’s time to smoke out the misinformation and delve into the world of vapes — understanding what they are and how to dispose of them responsibly.
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As with many kitchen utensils, kitchen knives can wear down and become less effective over time — prompting the need for replacement.
However, when the time comes to part ways with these sharp and potentially dangerous tools, questions about proper and legal disposal often arise.
Let’s cut through the mystery, explore various methods for safely disposing of kitchen knives, and discover exciting possibilities for their reuse, upcycling, and recycling.
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Most pre-packaged tablet medications in the UK come in blister packs.
Regrettably, these blister packs pose challenges for recycling, and the majority find their way into regular waste bins, eventually reaching landfills.
There is hope as efforts are underway to recycle this medication waste. However, information on the proper recycling methods remains scarce, so uptake is low.
Let’s dive into the nature of blister packs and how to recycle them responsibly.
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There are 71.8 million mobile connections in the UK, which is 4.2 million more than the UK’s population.
From this data, we can assume most adults have at least one mobile phone, and many have a second connection — often a work phone.
As mobile phones are crucial to many of us and expensive to repair or replace, most are protected by a phone case.
On average, we change handsets every 21 months, which means we all buy a lot of phone cases — but how does this impact the environment?
Let’s discuss phone case waste and how it can be reduced or avoided.
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Wool is a natural fibre and textile made from the fleece of sheep. It’s used to manufacture a wide variety of products, from jumpers and socks to blankets, carpets and cushion covers.
While wool offers many benefits like softness, warmth, water repellence, and fire resistance (did you know that firefighter uniforms are made from 100% merino wool?), it doesn’t last forever.
Luckily, it is a fibre that takes very well to recycling.
Let’s take a closer look at wool recycling techniques, what the resulting material is made into, and your options for recycling your old woollen garments.
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As the year draws to a close and we prepare for the festive season, it’s time to take a look at the most significant waste and recycling news of 2022.
From shocking studies to groundbreaking technologies and promising headlines, 2022 was no quiet year in waste management news.
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Protecting our planet starts at a young age. That’s why educating your kids about the environment is important and inspiring them to do their bit to help the planet.
Learn how to encourage recycling with these ways to recycle for kids. From informational videos and fun recycling facts to craft sessions and day trips, there is a range of resources to encourage children to recycle and consider their impact on the planet.
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Stories play a huge part in our lives, and books give us a chance to sift through a new tale. However, only some people like to hold on to every book they have read. That’s why it’s good to know how books are recycled so you can make room for something new to sit on your shelf.
Books are created using logger-cut trees that have had the bark sliced off. Big woodchippers chop the logs into small bits, which are then boiled and moulded into sheets of paper.
As books are made of trees, many believe they are easily recyclable. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case, as the glue that binds the pages together can’t be directly recycled. However, there are many solutions to this!
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With the world’s population producing a growing amount of plastic waste, the need for new and improved recycling methods is crucial.
Studies show that recycling more efficiently can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by minimising energy consumption and using raw materials. Unfortunately, the world is also generating twice as much plastic waste as twenty years ago, with most of it ending up in landfills, incinerated, or dumped into the environment. According to some reports, we only correctly recycle around 9% of our plastic waste.
But is there a way to combat our waste problem with innovative recycling solutions? Could science, technology, and thinking outside the box alleviate our reliance on unsustainable waste disposal methods? Discover the latest recycling methods and find out where the future could lead.
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Food waste is a common problem in British homes and businesses alike. For householders, wasting food puts disposable income under pressure, especially at times of spiralling food price inflation.
Continue reading The ultimate guide to food waste recycling