If you are interested in issues related to the environment, sustainability, energy efficiency, corporate social responsibility; if you’ve already made a commitment to help the planet, went to the Swiss Casino Online and are eagerly awaiting – the 2015 Conference on Climate Change in Paris (cop21), we recommend the 10 blogs on environment and sustainability and other websites on these topic that you must follow.
The blogs and digital media on environment and sustainability
The Climate Reality Project brings the cold hard facts about the climate crisis into the mainstream and engages the public in conversation about how to solve it. They want to help people around the world to take the steps to bring about change.
Cop21 Blog This is the official blog of the 2015 Conference on Climate Change in Paris (cop21), bringing all the latest news on the event and on sustainable innovation.
CSR Europe is the European business network for Corporate Social Responsibility. It allows companies to share best practices and work together to innovate within this field.
Eco Friend is an online news organization that uses humour to interpret green issues, promoting an eco-friendly lifestyle and hoping to inspire environmental action. It has cool ideas on how to repurpose your old things. If you want to know more about the topic of the environment click here: https://www.sciencedaily.com/news/top/environment/
Grist is a funny, witty site for environmental news and commentary that has been around since the stone age (i.e.1999) The topics on their radar include climate, energy, food, cities, business and green living.
The Guardian’s environment blog This blog from The Guardian newspaper looks at issues related to environment, climate change and global warming.
Planet Ark is filled with homegrown news, ideas and views. They have loads of fantastic ideas on how you can do something positive for the planet and show how small changes in your lifestyle can make a big difference to the planet.
PorElClima The #ForTheClimate blog from the 1 million compromisos initiative which was launched by the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Environment and is supported by Ferrovial. You can find out what everyday changes you can make to help fight climate change.
Recycle NowRecycle Now is a government funded national recycling campaign for England. The site gives you loads of useful tips on how to recycle all those random things that you have lying around your house.
Sustain Ability The Sustain Ability blog looks at different trends within the field of sustainability and how different governments and countries are approaching environmental issues.
What goes in the recycling bin?
Home recycling is one of the best ways that you can do your bit for the environment. Your local council provides you with all the bins and the (maybe slightly infrequent) timetable of rubbish collections so they are really doing all the hard work for you. All you have to do is a quick sort of your rubbish which you need to put in the right bins. In this article, we have provided some information on what goes in which bins, a quick reminder of what you can and can’t recycle, and some tips for making home recycling easier.
Rubbish Sorting Habits
Or should I say don’t have rubbish sorting habits – have great rubbish sorting habits! Rubbish sorting is a great job to delegate to your kids. It is a simple task but it will give them the opportunity to contribute to the running of the household and it instills the importance of environmental responsibility. It is a good idea to have a ‘sorting time’ such as after the evening meal. That way you or your kid’s sort and remove the rubbish each day so there is no build-up in your kitchen. If you sort regularly you are less likely to forget what can be recycled and you will sort to a higher standard. If you only sort once a week and you have a mound to get through you are much more likely to be a bit Cavalier with your sorting and put things in the wrong boxes.
Recycling Bin Position
If you have situated your bins close to your kitchen door then it is easy, no matter what the weather, to quickly put your rubbish in the right bin each evening. Recycling bins aren’t pretty so it is a good idea to hide them with some planting or a structure. Just make sure that this does not make it hard for you to access the bins as this will make it less likely that you sort regularly. You need to be able to easily wheel or carry bins to the collection point and back and you also need to be able to easily lift their lids with one hand. You can buy flat pack wheelie bin and box stores online which will do the job nicely for you.
Set Up Alerts
The time-critical task is remembering to put the bins out on the right days so they can be emptied. This sounds simple but of course, we all find that with our busy lifestyles, repetitive jobs like this can easily get forgotten. If you miss the bin men, unemptied bins fill up quickly and then there is no room for your recycling and you end up putting recyclable materials in nonrecyclable waste. These days with our phones, apps, and calendars it is so easy to add ’emptying the bins’ as a task with an alert the night before. You can do this on your phone or if you have delegated the jobs to your kids, make them set up alerts on their own phones. It is highly unlikely that you will forget once you have this system in place.
What can I put in my recycling bin & contamination
Whatever your Local Council is able to recycle. There are variations across the country so check the details. If the contents of recycling bins are not sorted correctly then the rubbish is too contaminated to be recycled and it will end up in the landfill! All that time and effort from you and your local council wasted. It is more important to be 100% confident that rubbish can be recycled and it is going in the right bin than to try and maximize the percentage of your rubbish that is recycled. If in doubt – put it in general waste and don’t risk contaminating your recyclable material bins.
Plastic Recycling SymbolSome items pretend to be recyclable but in practice, they are not. This is often the case for plastics and mixed material items even if they display the recyclable symbol – see image to the left. For example, plastic bags, polystyrene, and plastic film can clog the machines that process recyclable plastic so it is best to put these materials in your general waste. Crisp packets are not recyclable.
Also, dirt on your items adds to contamination. Not only this but recycling is often sorted by hand at the processing facility so spare a thought for the people who have to do this. Filthy, food covered waste that has been rotting for a few days is disgusting – you wouldn’t want to handle it or smell it so don’t make anyone else either. Don’t chuck dirty cans or sauce bootles into your recycling. Stick them in the dishwasher or give them a decent rinse first.