Journey to Zero Waste

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Aug 2021
11:02pm, 15 Aug 2021
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run free
LOL - yes have seen it.

Anyhow Tesco and Sainsbury both are doing this as well. I would like to know where it is going and what is actually happening to it and how much is actually used
Aug 2021
11:03pm, 15 Aug 2021
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run free
Really we need to get away from single-use and have a harder look at Reduce and Reuse. Recycle is very energy intensive and should be the last thing we think of rather than the first
Aug 2021
7:27am, 16 Aug 2021
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cackleberry
run free - I quite agree, I was curious as to what they are actually doing with it.
Aug 2021
11:53pm, 16 Aug 2021
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run free
Will start to investigate soon. Have been doing field trips to waste "recycling" sites. So far to the food waste and the garden waste. Interestingly our local food waste recycler wants folk to put their food waste in plastic bags as the biodegradable bags get stuck in their machines and are difficult to spew out
Aug 2021
1:30pm, 17 Aug 2021
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cackleberry
Where is the face palm emoji when you need it??
Aug 2021
1:32pm, 17 Aug 2021
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Garfield
Arrrgh. In Canada they have paper bags to hold food waste.
Aug 2021
5:27pm, 17 Aug 2021
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run free
It is because my borough is using anaerobic digesters (AD). So the biodegradable bags typically need light, air and a specific temperature to be digested. For that reason paper bags are also a contaminate and so we are discouraged from using that as well. The bags are removed at the beginning of the process.

The AD guys say that it would be best not to use any bags..... but because of smells and sanitisation the bin men will not remove your food waste if it is not bagged.

If the food waste is being composted then a paper bag or biodegradable bag is fine
9 Feb
2:49pm, 9 Feb 2022
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cackleberry
Did we ever find out more about the soft plastic recycling?
I finally took my big bag of, erm.. bags to Tesco and tipped it into the provided cage.

so long as they are not shipping it off to some far off country just to be dumped in the ocean, that has to be better than landfill?
9 Feb
3:18pm, 9 Feb 2022
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Diogenes
My district council doesn't do food waste collection, all our food waste goes in with the black bin rubbish. This is a shame as I think it accounts for about 50% of the rubbish we generate. It's also quite surprising as they are pretty good on the stuff they recycle.
10 Feb
5:01pm, 10 Feb 2022
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run free
@CackleBerry - have not found out yet.
@Diogens - who is your district council?

About This Thread

Maintained by run free
FT Article on how broken recycling is:
ft.com

Sustainability:
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A growing "want" (consumption) has an impact on our world's resources. Historically we have gone through periods of frugality & eco-consciousness and always returned to the same apathy & couldn't give a damn about the environment we live in.

A linear economy means products head for the landfill. As landfills fill quickly, incinerators are now being put into place in the UK. Recycling is a broken system due to economics and incineration is simply the destruction of our resources.

The best would be for a circular economy and ways to close the loop.

Zero wasters care about their impact. On our journey to a zero waste lifestyle what are we willing to compromise on?

Resources for reducing landfill waste:

Freecycle: freecycle.org

or sell it on Ebay, car boot
Wrap: wrap.org.uk

How Stuff Works: home.howstuffworks.com

Food waste: consider composting. For cooked food waste have a look at Bokashi (FYI Anaerobic composting: http://www.alternative-energy-tutorials.com/aerobic-composting/anaerobic-composting.html)

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