Thursday, 23 August 2012

National Zero Waste Week 2012

There's less than two weeks to go until National Zero Waste Week 2012!

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If you're not familiar with the concept of Zero Waste, it's a term that is used globally to describe the aim of encouraging waste reduction, reuse, repair, recycling and composting so that ultimately there would be 'zero waste'.  It's a challenge for all stages of a product's life, from manufacturing and retail to its consumption.  

As individuals we have our part to play and National Zero Waste Week 2012 is focusing on improving our recycling habits.  The theme is 'one more thing'; the idea being that if we all recycle just one more thing than we are doing already, the amount that is recycled in England alone, could rise to three quarter of a million tonnes.

Participants are invited to decide on an activity and make a pledge.  You can click on the logo above to find out more, if you would like to get involved.


We're very keen on recycling and reusing here, so we've been discussing the 'one thing' we could add to our list, for Zero Waste Week and beyond.  After going round in circles with food packaging for a while, we checked Wiltshire Council's recycling webpages and found that Tetrapaks (the material used for fruit juice cartons), which I thought were currently non-recyclable in our area, can actually be recycled at Household Recycling Sites, from where they are sent to Sweden to be processed.

A while back, the only way to recycle Tetrapaks was to save the empties up and post them to a processing plant in Scotland, which I did religiously, until the plant closed.  We clearly haven't kept up with Tetrapak recycling, as it seems several local authorities have been recycling them for some time and even better, they will soon no longer have to send them abroad, as a Halifax mill is going to start processing them in 2013. You really need to keep your eye on the ball where recycling is concerned! 

As well as trying to reduce our Tetrapak consumption, we shall be cleaning out any that we do buy, and squashing and storing them until we have enough for a worthwhile trip to the Recycling Site.

Is there anything that you don't currently recycle that you could add to your list of recyclables?

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  1. I'll have to think about what we don't recycle, but could. I've got to run to the recyclers in a couple of weeks with aluminum cans, and I'll see what they'd take that curbside won't.

    Great post!

    1. It's worth checking out because I found you can recycle all sorts of things at the Recycling Centres that you can't kerbside.

  2. They have just added juice cartons to our recycling list. We don't always recycle them because we're not in the habit yet. This is incentive to do it more often.

    1. That's a good point...habits are hard to break (good and bad). I'm hoping the tetrapak recycling will become a good habit, quickly!

  3. I don't recycle juice containers either. I actually very rarely buy them - so this might be why. I plan on looking into whether or not they can be recycled in our development. Thanks for the inspiration :)

    1. The first part of our strategy is going to be reduce tetrapak purchases. In our house it's also passata and soya milk cartons as well as fruit juice that are tetrapak suspects.