Attending the RWM – Energy, Renewables and Water Show provides us with an invaluable chance to connect with other businesses in the waste management realm. This year has been no exception. Last week we spoke of the great work being done by Shrewsbury based charity, The Food Hub on our Trade Skips blog, who have military precision like organisation as they make their nightly collections from supermarkets to feed hungry residents throughout the region at various centres, schools and charities. Sadly, not every region has a charity anywhere near as effective as the Food Hub, who make superb use of food that would otherwise goes straight to landfill.

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Shrewsbury Food Hub – A food wastage force to be reckoned with

UK food wastage is nothing short of a scandal. The statistics as to just how much of our food goes to landfill are shocking to say the least. Yet despite these depressing figures, and regardless that supermarkets are still (for the most part) resisting pressure to transform their processes for the better, there are many un-sung heroes out there taking on this mammoth wastage challenge.

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The hidden consequences of microbeads

They’re found in many skin care products and probably your preferred toothpaste, millions of them washing down our sink each year. What are ‘they’ you might ask?

Microbeads; a recent controversial topic in the global newspapers and relatively unknown contributors to global ocean plastic pollution. Included in many beauty products sold by the largest cosmetics companies in the world, they are doing far more to the world than that fancy label on your facial cleanser suggests.

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Too Hot To Handle: Disposing Of Nuclear Waste

A hot topic in the UK news recently due to the proposed Hinkley Point reactors, nuclear power has long been a cause of controversy for its expense, intensive management, radiation risk and harmful waste products. While the nuclear disasters of Chernobyl and Fukushima are widely talked about and have caused much mistrust and negativity of this form of energy, nuclear power actually accounts for 11% of the world’s energy and could be the answer to producing low carbon renewable fuel for the future.

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Waste Industry Innovations

Adidas Limited Edition

As part of an ongoing scheme by Adidas to become much more environmentally friendly – including stopping handing out plastic bags in store and ending the use of micro-beads in products such as shower gels – the multi-million dollar company have created a limited edition shoe made using Parley Ocean Plastic.

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Liquid Waste: The Forgotten Foe

There are many forms of waste in the world. While the waste we throw away in our bins or recycling is usually at the forefront of our minds, it’s sometimes easy to overlook other harmful variations. Liquid waste is one of these and as well as being incredibly harmful to the environment if not disposed of properly, it is also very common to find in our everyday lives.

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A Sea of Rubbish: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

When we think about the sea, we like to picture clear blue waters, pristine beaches and an abundance of marine life swimming below the surface. Unfortunately no matter where we are in the world, it seems to be impossible to walk along the coast without spotting the odd bit of washed up debris. Plastic bottles are the usual culprit and staggeringly, 90% of the rubbish floating in the sea is made up of plastics.

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Plasterboard – Life after use

Gypsum board, also referred to as plasterboards, drywall, wallboards and gyprock, is a wall or ceiling panel made of a gypsum core surrounded with a paper lining.  

Since 2006 disposal of plasterboard waste with a high sulphate content has not been permitted in general landfill. It can only be landfilled at a site with a mono-cell – a separate cell which only accepts high sulphate waste.  

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Upcycling tips to transform your garden

As individual households, we create a lot of waste every year but not all of it needs to end up in a landfill or a recycling plant. With summer on the horizon and plenty of sunny weekends to spend outdoors, many of us will be thinking about planting a few flowers or adding a few homely touches to our gardens. Why not upcycle some old waste for cheap and attractive garden equipment? From unusual flower pots to pretty glass lanterns, here are a few ways that we can reuse unwanted items in an effective, easy and original way: Read more