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Tag: zero waste

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: 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 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

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