The Surrey Environment Partnership (SEP) has teamed up with Greenredeem for a Surrey-wide Rethink Waste scheme that makes it easier for you to reduce your waste and help the planet. Streamline your workflow with our best-in-class digital asset management system. This will ensure the entire process is as simple as possible for everyone involved.
It has also acted as a test bed for future exploration of data and digital technologies in the context of community-engaged digital place-making. Recycling benefits the planet, the people in our communities and the place we call home. That’s why we’re on a mission to reduce waste, reuse and repurpose items we no longer need, and recycle right. The more waste that is produced, the worse it is for the environment because it means that new resources are being used and emissions created in order to create new products. It also costs councils money to treat rubbish; money that could be spent on other services essential to residents.
Blakeney Leigh is actively involved in working with our contractors on large and small sites to manage waste. We recycle as much material as possible, separate out into different containers and encourage innovative solutions to reduce the overall impact of the waste materials we generate. As well as this, simply ensuring work is carried out in a logical and planned order will reduce the risk of unnecessary waste and remedial actions. This is something we don’t often consider – but communication is undoubtedly going to play a huge role in the industry’s ability to better the ways we are managing waste in construction. In addition, the report claims that “poor management” of compostables is a concern as the materials do not “degrade as people expect”. It also said that the plastic bag tax had limited impact and it has led to a “dramatic rise” in the use of thicker plastic bags for life.
A Feature Paper should be a substantial original Article that involves several techniques or approaches, provides an outlook for future research directions and describes possible research applications. The Rethink Rubbish free briefing events are open to local authorities, retailers and any other organisations interested in involvement with the campaign. The campaign is holding a number of briefing events across the country between April 28 and May 2, 2003, to raise its profile among local authorities, retailers and other interested organisations. Rethink Waste is being delivered by SEP in collaboration with Greenredeem, an organisation that provides digital engagement platforms to provoke environmental behaviour change.
An average baby will use more than 150kg of wood as well as waste a lot of other resources. Some clever people in Scotland decided to make use of this valuable waste and pioneered a nappies-to-roof tiles scheme. Used nappies are collected in recycling bins and sent to treatment centres where they’re sterilised and the human waste removed. Nappies contain plastic and celluloid which is converted into more useful products such as park benches, road signs and railway sleepers.
The Rethink Waste initiative hosted by Greenredeem, funded by the Surrey Environment Partnership and supported by Elmbridge Borough Council, has now been running for a year. Not just the positive impact that it has had on waste reduction throughout the borough, but the community efforts to raise funds for local schools and charities. As well as the huge environmental impact, it is costing the industry thousands each year.
They received an impressive 199,535 points in donations which translated to a cheque for almost £850. With the funding, they’ve created their very own grow-your-own garden and students are learning what it takes to cultivate food to eat at home. Rethink Waste is a partnership between Elmbridge Borough Council (EBC), Joint Waste Solutions (JWS) and Greenredeem to provide residents with a digital platform to encourage waste reduction. The amount of waste thrown away in rubbish bins, while better than average compared to similar local authorities, is high. Each resident produces an average of 431.7kg of recycling and rubbish a year, which puts Surrey in 11th place out of 29 similar local authorities. You may also receive points if there have been any reductions in the amount of rubbish collected across the county.
Engagement with the scheme has been high, with 27,058 actions taken across the area. During the first quarter we saw the first round of school donations in which residents who signed up could donate points earned by completing waste reduction activities to local schools. Ten Elmbridge schools took part, each coming up with eco-ideas on how to bring sustainable learning to their students. Hundreds of activities were completed which meant thousands of points were donated by members including parents, staff and friends of the school. Once registered, residents will have access to engaging content such as pledges, videos and quizzes, designed to encourage eco lifestyle changes. By taking part, members receive points which can be used to enter competitions for exciting prizes like iPads and TVs, make donations to charities or support local schools.
Researching these possibilities prior to completion will ensure you’re segregating the materials appropriately during each project and can minimise waste to the highest level. Alternatively, domestic projects often result in plenty of usable materials that may not even need to be recycled. From one neighbour to another – you could be contributing towards landscaping projects with old bricks or giving someone the opportunity to upcycle your once-loved kitchen units. There are many ways that excess material can be used on-site or even off-site that don’t involve simply chucking it in a skip. If you have rubble from an excavation or demolition, for example, this could be crushed and reused as a sub-base elsewhere on your site or donated to a community project who can make use of it. As simple or obvious as it may seem – many people don’t do this to an extent that actually makes an impact.
It also encompasses packaging materials such as plastics and Styrofoam used to protect equipment or products during shipping. Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Authors may use MDPI’s English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions. Feature papers represent the most advanced research with significant potential for high impact in the field.