St Nicks

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Category: Waste and recycling

Recycle week 2017: How ‘not’ to recycle

It’s Recycle Week 2017 so that means it’s time for Recycling Coordinator Sam to dust off her keyboard once again… I have written quite a few blogs on waste this year, content on plastics seems popular, as does busting myths. This blog is going to be a bit different. First of all, let’s be completely […]

Posted 27 September 2017 | Categories: One Planet Living, Waste and recycling | Tags: challenge, contamination, food waste, gross, help, how not to recycle, how to, pizza, query, recycling, St Nicks, York

Coffee: it’s about so much more than taste…

Recycling Coordinator Sam Taylor looks at the  factors you may not think about when you buy coffee… Whenever we buy anything we are telling manufacturers and producers we are OK with how they package it, how they market it and even how they produce it. You may have heard the term “voting with your pennies” […]

Posted 25 August 2017 | Categories: Inspiration, One Planet Living, Waste and recycling | Tags: caffeine, coffee, cost, environmental impacts, landfill, plastic, recycling, sustainability, trash, waste, zero waste

Zero Plastic Challenge results & tips

As part of our work towards Zero Waste, four of St Nicks staff undertook a Zero Plastic Fantastic Challenge over the 2 months of April and May 2017. You can read up on the rules and what motivated us to avoid single use plastic and use as little non-recyclable plastic as possible over the time […]

Posted 23 June 2017 | Categories: Inspiration, Waste and recycling | Tags: challenge, plastic, results, zero waste

Zero Plastic Fantastic – An update

Here Sam Taylor, our Recycling Coordinator (and driving force behind the challenge), discusses the highs and lows of the first month of Zero Plastic Fantastic with the team. Living plastic free, even if the only plastics you are realistically cutting out are “single use”, is hard. I don’t think any of us had expected or […]

Posted 28 April 2017 | Categories: Inspiration, One Planet Living, Opinion Piece, Waste and recycling | Tags: challenge, PALL, plastic, plastic free, recycle, Reduce, reuse, zero plastic fantastic

Plastic Myths Busted!

After getting tonnes of questions, our Recycling Coordinator Sam Taylor wrote a blog in the hope of clearing up some of the confusion around plastics… Aren’t all plastics recyclable? How do you make a plastic anyway? Why will you recycle a plastic bottle but not a yoghurt pot? Well, read on to find out the […]

Posted 16 February 2017 | Categories: One Planet Living, Waste and recycling | Tags: council, environment, materials, packaging, plastic, recycling, resin identification code system, waste, wastebusters, York

A Grinch’s guide to Christmas…waste!

Our Recycling Coordinator Sam Taylor shares her tips for reducing waste at Christmas. Please always check with your local council if you are unsure whether materials are recyclable at the kerbside. This is my “bah humbug” approach to Christmas. Not really. I love Christmas, but I hate waste and for some reason Christmas really is […]

Posted 21 December 2016 | Categories: One Planet Living, Waste and recycling | Tags: Christmas, Christmas Tree, environmental, Gift, Grinch, Indulge, Legacy, Lights, Olio, presents, recycling, reuse, tree, Wrap, York

Recycling – Our most frequently asked questions

St Nicks Recycling Coordinator Sam Taylor held a Recycling Q&A session and this is what happened. Join us for our next Q&A on the 19th October 2016 on Twitter and Facebook. On 21st September we held our first ever Twitter Question and Answer session on my favourite topic… Recycling! I thought I’d share the most […]

Posted 10 October 2016 | Categories: Inspiration, Opinion Piece, Waste and recycling | Tags: Christmas, City of York Council, Craft and Jumble, honesty, Information, Q&A, Questions, recycling, Research, reuse, terracycle, Twitter

What could BREXIT mean for recycling and waste management?

If by now you haven’t heard the news the referendum results are in. The leave campaign has been successful and negotiations are now being carried out to make our exit from the European Union a reality. The vote was a close one, only 1.9% separated leave and remain so whilst the country may not be […]

Posted 1 July 2016 | Categories: Opinion Piece, Waste and recycling | Tags: brexit, change, City of York Council, EU, recycling, referendum, service, waste

Guest Blog – Gillian Clifton “January Rubbish Challenge”

A guest blog post from Gillian Clifton who is sharing her experiences of a no landfill january challenge undertaken by herself and partner Mark. A few notes have been added by Sam our Recycling Co-ordinator but otherwise all words are Gillians.

Posted 4 May 2016 | Categories: Waste and recycling | Tags: baking, challenge, cyc, dog, no landfill january, plastic, recycling, waste, York

Serious about recycling? Label your containers!

Introducing Sam Taylor, who is our new Recycling Coordinator at St Nicks managing our domestic and business waste collection service in York. Kerbside collection makes it easy and convenient to recycle. Plus, today’s new technologies and growing markets are expanding the number of materials we can recycle at the kerb. At St Nicks we currently […]

Posted 13 October 2015 | Categories: Waste and recycling | Tags: landfill, recycling, St Nicks, York