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Category: Waste and recycling

Getting more out of waste – big changes are coming!

There’s a massive shift coming for the waste sector, what are the changes and what impact will they have? Plastic tax (scheduled for April 2022) Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for packaging (anticipated to be effective from 2023) Deposit Return Schemes (DRS) and consistent municipal recycling collections (set to be introduced from 2023) Plastic Tax The […]

Posted 9 March 2021 | Categories: Waste and recycling | Tags: Big Change, Deposit Return, EPR, Plastic Tax, recycling, Standardisation, updates, waste, Waste Sector, zero waste

Back to basics blog 3: Single use plastics

There seems to be a lot of antagonism towards plastics, some of which is deserved but some plastics are very well engineered, versatile and are basically now life essentials. What we believe needs to be clearer is the detrimental impact our throwaway, single use lifestyles are having. When we say single use we are referring […]

Posted 20 January 2021 | Categories: Back to Basics, Waste and recycling | Tags: behaviour change, circular economy, plastic, recycling, Reduce, reuse, scapegoat, single use, waste hierarchy, zero waste

Zero Waste Christmas

It’s been two years since I first wrote about waste at Christmas and my how attitudes have changed in that time! This year Christmas is looking like it won’t be exactly as we’ve known previously so let’s prioritise the things that matter; the people, pets and friends we love and minimise our impact on an […]

Posted 3 December 2020 | Categories: Inspiration, Waste and recycling | Tags: buy nothing, Christmas, craft, crafty, low waste, make do, mend, rent a tree, zero waste, zero waste york

Back To Basics – How to Recycle

The key factor to bear in mind when sorting your waste is to check locally what you are able to put into your recycling bin. Many people assume the system is obvious, or the same as their previous address. Sometimes what you can recycle at the kerbside does change, hopefully your local authority will inform […]

Posted 25 June 2020 | Categories: Back to Basics, Waste and recycling | Tags: contamination, directory, instructions, principles, recycling, Reduce, reuse, upcycle, waste

Does Zero Waste help during lockdown?

With the recent panic buying and reports of food waste increasing I asked what impact the members of Zero Waste York (ZWY) thought the current situation we all find ourselves living in would have on the zero waste movement. We appreciate that this is a tough time, but in the spirit of pulling together I’d […]

Posted 6 April 2020 | Categories: Inspiration, Waste and recycling | Tags: lockdown, Reduce, waste, waste less, zero waste york

Back to Basics: The Waste Hierarchy

You may have heard people discuss the 3 Rs or the 5 Rs. The 3 Rs are typically Reduce, Reuse, Recycle whilst the 5 Rs are Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Recovery and Rot. Each of these things refers to the waste hierarchy. The waste hierarchy is a list of processes to tackle waste, starting with the […]

Posted 28 February 2020 | Categories: Back to Basics, Waste and recycling | Tags: recycle, recycling, Reduce, reuse, rot, waste, waste hierarchy, york recycles, zero waste

Zero(ish) Waste Wedding

This blog was written by our Projects Assistant Esther Smith. The average UK wedding produces a third of a metric tonne of solid waste and 14.5 tonnes of carbon dioxide. That’s a whole extra UK resident’s average carbon footprint for a year and a half, in one day. Probably the most environmentally conscious way to […]

Posted 26 July 2019 | Categories: One Planet Living, Waste and recycling | Tags: carbon footprint, eco, one planet living, ring, upcycling, waste, wedding, York

Landfill vs Incineration? Which is the lesser of two evils?

There’s been a lot of publicity recently about the closure of Harewood Whinn (read more here) so our Waste and Recycling Manager Sam Taylor has decided to compare landfill and incineration. In York your waste is no longer sent to landfill, instead it is sent to Allerton Waste Recovery Park where it undergoes a number […]

Posted 11 February 2019 | Categories: Waste and recycling | Tags: harewood whinn, incineration, landfill, waste, York

Zero Waste – what, why, how?

On a personal level zero waste is a lifestyle choice where we aim to minimise the amount of waste we produce. This means making conscious decisions on where we spend our money and being aware of the lifecycle of the items we consume. This results in less landfill waste, less recycling generated and no mindless […]

Posted 14 November 2018 | Categories: Waste and recycling | Tags: info, Inspiration, Learning, recycling, waste, zero waste, zero waste york

Biodegradable or Compostable: what’s the difference?

Biodegradable and compostable are words that are often used interchangeably but they really shouldn’t be. Biodegradable refers to any materials that break down in the environment – for example a plastic bag over time will disintegrate into smaller pieces but these can still be harmful to organisms and soils. Compostable items on the other hand […]

Posted 20 March 2018 | Categories: Inspiration, Waste and recycling | Tags: biodegradable, break down, compost, decompose, green washing, home compost, plastics, time