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Zero Waste – what, why, how?

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 purchasing. For many people, […]

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

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

Green Myths Busted

You asked for it, so here it is! We hope you find this blog a useful resource for busting common misconceptions about being or going green. If there’s something you’ve heard conflicting things about, please let us know and we will do our best to clear it up for you. And if this blog does […]

Posted 27 July 2017 | Categories: Inspiration, Opinion Piece | Tags: answers, busted, difference, eco, economy, environmental, green, growth, impact, learn, myth, mythbuster, one planet, organic, permaculture, queries, Questions, recycling, renewable, soil, soil health, steady state, unsure, upcycling, water, York

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” Week 6

This is the final segment Gillian has sent me. Here she lists the things she has found out since finishing the January Rubbish Challenge. Take a look at the fruit and vegetable aisles of the supermarket and it looks like a sea of plastic. Why? And why are all cucumbers sheathed in plastic and has […]

Posted 24 June 2016 | Categories: Uncategorized | Tags: brexit, gillian clifton, guest blog, plastic, recycling, shame, weaving, weft

Guest Blog – Gillian Clifton “January Rubbish Challenge” Week 5

Gillian: Oh Dear . . . . Oh dear – what a lousy blogger I am. The month has slipped by and I have barely posted a thing. Well now, it’s time for the truth. We failed. We did not get through January without creating any landfill – nowhere near. To start with I broke […]

Posted 15 June 2016 | Categories: Uncategorized | Tags: alligator, bamboo, charity, compost, purchase, recycling, reuse, wormery