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If you’ve loved it, don’t let it go to wasteIf you’ve loved it, don’t let it go to waste
Added: 24 Feb 2015
Zero Waste Scotland urges Scots to pass on old items to be loved by someone else this Valentine’s Day

Scots gearing up for Valentine’s Day are being asked to spare a thought for the unloved items languishing in their homes and garages, and make a call to the National re-use phone line to pass their items on to bring happiness to a new owner.

As a nation, our love affairs with our household items often end badly for the products, with once-smitten owners making the fateful trip to the tip to drop the family sofa, a child’s first bed or an armchair that just saw one too many nights in, into skips headed for landfill. With Zero Waste Scotland’s National re-use phone line, it doesn’t have to end this way.

This Valentine’s Day, Zero Waste Scotland is calling on householders in Stirling to make one phone call to arrange for their old items to start seeing other people, rather than letting the end of the relationship leave belongings on the scrapheap. By calling 0800 0665 820, you can arrange for your item to be picked up for free and taken away to be re-used by someone else.

Chief Executive of Zero Waste Scotland Iain Gulland said: “The things we buy can bring us lots of happiness over the years, but at some point we end up upgrading for something new. Our message is that if your item is still in good condition, it could still go on to be loved by someone else after you if you pass it on. That’s why we created the National re-use phone line, to give people an easy way to make sure their unwanted stuff can find a perfect match somewhere else.”

Zero Waste Scotland also supports CRNS, Scotland’s national reuse, repair and recycling charity. With members throughout Scotland actively involved in the reuse, repair and recycling sector, the charity champions the reuse of pre-loved items. Commenting on this latest initiative of Zero Waste Scotland, Mary McLuskey CEO of CRNS said:

“There are a range of alternative ideas for St Valentine’s Day that will still say how much you care. The day itself is the perfect occasion to spread your love not just for your sweetheart but also for the environment and your pocket. Pre-loved can have a lot of character and charm and be in great condition and our membership welcomes quality pieces of furniture or household items. Our love is pre-loved and we hope that yours can be too. To find out how to donate go to www.crns.org.uk or give the national telephone line a call.”

The types of items commonly collected by the phone line include sofas, chairs, tables, wardrobes, white goods and beds that are still in good condition. To ensure your item can be collected, Zero Waste Scotland does advise householders to check that sofas and armchairs have their fire tags still in place to comply with regulations around re-sale, and to ensure items are not broken or damaged as they would not be able to be collected.

To find out more about how to give your items a chance to find love again, go online to www.crns.org.uk or call 0800 0665 820.

To find pre-loved items in your local area, you can also visit your local Revolve accredited store. The Revolve mark is awarded to re-use stores that meet the highest quality standards to make the retail experience of buying second hand as good as buying new.
 
New figures reveal fall in food wasteNew figures reveal fall in food waste
Added: 08 Nov 2013
7th November 2013
Households across the UK are wasting one-fifth less food than in 2007 - but what is wasted still costs us £12.5bn a year according to new research from WRAP. The total amount of UK household food and drink waste has reduced by 1.3 million tonnes to 7 million tonnes since 2007 and avoidable food and drink waste has reduced by 1.1 million tonnes from 5.3 million tonnes to 4.2 million tonnes. This reduction is down to millions of consumers doing things differently in the home such as buying the right amounts, storing and freezing foods to keep them fresher for longer and making more use of leftovers. Doing so has saved UK householders £3.3bn in 2012 alone. Continuing to help householders do this is a priority of Zero Waste Scotland which runs the Love Food Hate Waste initiative and supports the Greener Scotland campaign.
Website: http://www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/content/new-figures-reveal-fall-food-waste
 
Scotland launches six-month can recycling trialScotland launches six-month can recycling trial
Added: 08 Nov 2013
27 October 2013
Zero Waste Scotland and Every Can Counts are funding a new six-month trial, which is taking five places and is part of Zero Waste Scotland’s work to ensure valuable materials can be recycled. Every Can Counts has joined forces with Zero Waste Scotland to trial the initiative to help make it easier for people to recycle their drinks cans ’on the go’. New can crushers are designed to crush and hold up to 700 aluminium and steel drinks cans at a time – five times more than a conventional recycling container. Operated by people-power rather than electricity, the compact and user-friendly design of the crushers encourages consumers to take a more hands-on approach to recycling.
Website: http://www.recyclingportal.eu/artikel/31579.shtml
 
Majority of Scottish councils miss 50% recycling targetMajority of Scottish councils miss 50% recycling target
Added: 08 Nov 2013
28th October 2013
Less than a third of councils in Scotland met the national target to recycle half of their household waste in 2012, new figures show. Nine local authorities recycled more than 50% of their waste, while the remaining 23 failed to meet a target to recycle half of all waste by 2013. The figures, released by the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency, showed that households recycled 41.2% of their waste on average in 2012, up 1.1% on the previous year, with one year to go to meet the 2013 target. The Scottish government’s long-term aim is to recycle 70% of Scotland’s waste by 2020
Website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-24711454
 
Total environmental impact of Scotland’s waste revealed in updated carbon metricTotal environmental impact of Scotland’s waste revealed in updated carbon metric
Added: 08 Nov 2013
2nd October
Zero Waste Scotland has published an update to its ground breaking Carbon Metric which measures the environmental impact of waste, a key contributor to greenhouse gas emissions which cause climate change. The updated metric now covers the total impact of all waste, including carbon emissions from producing and recycling as well as from its disposal. It will be used by policy makers to help implement and measure the effectiveness of waste policies.
 
New poll shows public appetite for action on litterNew poll shows public appetite for action on litter
Added: 08 Nov 2013
24th September 2013
A poll of over 1,000 people published by Zero Waste Scotland had revealed that 44% of Scots believe that the way to tackle Scotland’s litter problem is a major education and awareness program with 33% opting for stronger enforcement action as the most effective solution and only 10% opted for more investment in cleaning it up.
Website: http://www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/content/new-poll-shows-public-appetite-action-litter
 
 Scottish showhome demonstrates waste reduction possibilities
Added: 04 Nov 2013
20 September 2013
The Resource Efficient House is on the BRE Innovation Park at Ravenscraig, Lanarkshire yesterday. The three-bedroom house is one of the first projects of the Scottish government’s Resource Efficient Scotland programme, managed by Zero Waste Scotland, and built in partnership with Tigh Grian.
Website: http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/scottish-show-home-demonstrates-waste-reduction-possibilities
 
Bute is one of six places in the running to become Scotland’s first ‘zero waste town’.Bute is one of six places in the running to become Scotland’s first ‘zero waste town’.
Added: 04 Nov 2013
19 September 2013
The island is part of a joint bid with Campbeltown put forward by Fyne Futures, the ‘sustainability’ arm of Rothesay-based housing association Fyne Homes. Five communities have been invited to explore how higher recycling rates and more efficient use of local resources can help towards a ‘zero waste’ goal by 2020.
Website: http://www.buteman.co.uk/news/local-headlines/bute-in-running-to-become-scotland-s-first-zero-waste-town-1-3102169
 
5p carrier bag charge move for Scotland5p carrier bag charge move for Scotland
Added: 04 Nov 2013
14 September 2013
Shoppers will be asked to pay a 5p charge for every carrier bag taken from a shop from October next year. The new policy aims to drive down use and tackle Scotland’s ’culture of waste’ with 750 million carriers used every year - the highest rate in the UK.
Website: http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/home-news/5p-carrier-bag-charge-move-for-scotland.22143033
 
Campaign to highlight new recycling rules for businessCampaign to highlight new recycling rules for business
Added: 04 Nov 2013
2 September 2013
With less than six months to go until the introduction of new waste regulations for businesses, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has been promoting the upcoming changes through a series of briefings and seminars across Scotland.
The key points outlined in the new Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012 are as follows:
1. All businesses and organisations to present key recyclable material for collection from 1 January 2014.
2. Food waste businesses (in non rural areas) producing over 50kg of food waste per week to present it for separate collection from 1 January 2014.
3. Food waste businesses (in non rural areas) producing over 5kg of food waste per week to present it for separate collection from 1 January 2016.
4. A ban on the use of macerators to discharge food waste into the public sewer from 1 January 2016 (in non rural areas).
5. A ban on material collected for recycling going to landfill or incineration.
6. A ban on municipal biodegradable waste going to landfill by 1 January 2021.
To find out if you are living in a rural area, please go to the following link: http://faq.zerowastescotland.org.uk/ruralsearch/ and type in your postcode
Website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-23936735
 
 Recycling warning issued to firms in Scotland
Added: 04 Nov 2013
2 September 2013
Scottish businesses could risk substantial fines if they fail to prepare for new waste regulations due to come into force.
Website: http://www.thecourier.co.uk/business/news/recycling-warning-issued-to-firms-in-scotland-1.126049
 
 Recycling refunds ‘could cut litter’
Added: 04 Nov 2013
25 August 2013
Schemes which offer an incentive for recycling drinks containers could help tackle Scotland’s litter problem, according to the environment secretary.
Website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-23827616
 
Countdown to new waste regulations for businessesCountdown to new waste regulations for businesses
Added: 04 Nov 2013
19 July 2013
With less than six months to go until the introduction of new waste regulations for businesses, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has been promoting the upcoming changes through a series of briefings and seminars across Scotland. This regulations will no apply for a rural area. To find out if you are in a rural area, please go to the following link: http://faq.zerowastescotland.org.uk/ruralsearch/ and type in your postcode
Website: http://www.sepa.org.uk/about_us/news/2013/countdown_to_new_waste_regulat.aspx
 
Plans for ‘tougher’ litter finesPlans for ‘tougher’ litter fines
Added: 04 Nov 2013
4 July 2013
Tougher fines for those found littering and fly-tipping could be introduced by the Scottish government. They propose better education and increased recycling areas as ways to reduce litter. Plans also include increasing fixed penalty fines from £50 to £80.
Website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-23181966
 
Home Composting AdviceHome Composting Advice
Added: 17 Jun 2013
Argyll and Bute Council have made available a series of simple rules to promote composting. Thanks to these rules, your kitchen and garden waste can be turned into earthy, sweet-smelling, moist, fibrous and pleasant compost-perfect for use in the rest of the garden.
Website: http://www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/content/home-composting-advice
 
Argyll and Bute Council wide figures 2010/2011 (figures in tonnes)Argyll and Bute Council wide figures 2010/2011 (figures in tonnes)
Added: 17 Jun 2013
Argyll and Bute Council are fully committed to recycling waste. The Council pride themselves in the efforts being made to minimise waste for landfill and increase recycling. Please follow the link above to see their recycling figures.
Website: http://www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/content/recycling-figures
 
Leading architecture projects up for resource efficiency award (5 Jun 2013)Leading architecture projects up for resource efficiency award (5 Jun 2013)
Added: 14 Jun 2013
Five innovative projects have all been shortlisted for Zero Waste Scotland’s Resource Efficiency Award as part of the prestigious Royal Incorporation of Architects Scotland (RIAS) annual awards celebrations.
Website: http://www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/content/leading-architecture-projects-resource-efficiency-award
 
Recycling is the real thing (3 Jun 2013)Recycling is the real thing (3 Jun 2013)
Added: 14 Jun 2013
Zero Waste Scotland volunteers will be supporting Coca-Cola Enterprises Ltd (CCE) recycling initiatives at RockNess (7 – 9 June) and the Royal Highland Show (20 – 23 June) as part of the drive to encourage more recycling in Scotland.
Website: http://www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/content/recycling-real-thing-0
 
Inverness food waste collections to start in September (28 May 2013)Inverness food waste collections to start in September (28 May 2013)
Added: 14 Jun 2013
Food waste collections are expected to start in Inverness from 23 September, Highland Council has said. About 28,000 households in Inverness, Culloden, Smithton, Balloch and Milton of Leys will be involved. Waste food will be used to make compost.
Website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-22688772
 
ScotRail launches major new recycling trial (7th May 2013)ScotRail launches major new recycling trial (7th May 2013)
Added: 14 Jun 2013
ScotRail has launched major trial of recycling bins at 19 stations across Scotland, thanks to a £37,000 grant from Zero Waste Scotland, as part of its Recycle on the Go project.
Website: http://www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/content/scotrail-launches-major-new-recycling-trial
 
Waste treatment overcapacity ‘likely’ in 2014Waste treatment overcapacity ‘likely’ in 2014
Added: 04 Jun 2013
Residual waste treatment in some parts of the UK could hit overcapacity by as early as 2014, according to a new report from consultancy Eunomia.

But, Eunomia said that difficulty raising finance appears to be having an impact on the number of projects being initiated as only 0.6 million tonnes of new capacity entered the planning system in the last six months. In addition, because of strong competition on the continent and the lack of long-term feedstock contracts the chances of reaching financial close on a merchant plant have decreased.

21.3 million tonnes of residual waste processing capacity is in the planning stages including FCC Environment’s EfW incinerator at Greatmoor with construction expected to start this yearIn the fourth edition of its bi-annual ‘Residual Waste Infrastructure Review’, the Bristol-based firm says the West Midlands and North East are likely to reach overcapacity next year while the rest of the UK could be in the same situation by 2017/18.

Eunomia said: “Some regions are already close to ‘overcapacity’, with the West Midlands and North East appearing likely to have more treatment capacity than residual waste in 2014.” However this does not include potential future capacity which has yet to enter the system, which may result in earlier overcapacity.

However, Eunomia said it is unlikely the UK would ever reach this level of overcapacity, as demand for new facilities would fall.
 
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