i need a viable option to dispose of my computer desk…

it is a behemoth, gargantuan contraption and i only really need something half the size (and preferably 1/4 the weight). it’s solid pine and i would sell it… but the table top is warped to the extent that i couldn’t affix it to the body of the thing. it has a serious curve to it (due to being in storage for so long) and it is therefore unsuited to the miscellaneous adverts in the local paper.

what can i do with it?!

Should printer cartridge manufacturers be banned from ‘chipping’ their cartridges?

If the UK government really is keen on discouraging waste, should printer cartridge manufacturers be banned from putting ‘one-time-only’ use chips in their printer cartridges? Or should they be forced to offer a free recycling service so that they can remanufacture them?

I know a lot of companies do include those charity postage bags for old cartridges, but should these be mandatory, with free postage? And why are these recycling bags made of plastic?

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How many tons of plastic bin bags are bunged away each year into landfill sites? And why the fuss over supermarket plastic bags when every council insists we put all our rubbish in plastic bin bags?

Bin bags cost up to 20p a bung. Do they bio-degrade faster than bags with Tesco logos on? Or is there some double standard here where councils are beginning to demand the right to ban supermarket poly bags while their bin men refuse to collect anything that’s not in a plastic bin bag?

Can’t figure it out. Maybe you can help shed some light.

Too much packaging?

Britain will fail to hit recycling targets as up to 40 per cent of packaging used by leading supermarkets cannot be recycled, a new report has revealed.

The report from the Local Government Association (LGA) warned that big food chains must cut back on excessive packaging.

Marks & Spencer was named the retailer which used the lowest percentage of packaging which could be recycled, while Lidl was the worst offender when it came to total volume of packaging used.

The findings were based on analysis of packaging used for a basket of 29 common grocery items bought from Asda, Lidl, M&S, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, a local retailer and a market.

On average, 5 per cent of the total weight of all the shopping baskets’ content was made up of packaging.

Tesco used the least packaging by weight at 684.5g per basket, while the local market and local retail had the highest proportion of packaging which could be recycled, both at 79 per cent of the total amount used.

Overall, the local market was the most environmentally-friendly retailer because it used a relatively low volume of packaging and had a high proportion which could be recycled.

LGA environment board chairman Cllr Paul Bettison said: "People are working hard to increase their recycling rates, but their efforts are being hamstrung by needlessly over-packaged products on sale in supermarkets."

ITV News wants to know, is their too much packaging in your supermarket? How can we cut our levels of waste?

What kind of penalties should be introduced for failing to reduce excess packaging? Should consumers refuse to buy items that are excessively packaged? Or is it up to households to recycle more?

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how many bins do you have? (cont’d)

as in bins for household waste, glass, metal, plastic, garden waste, any i can’t think of – official bins provided by the council?

we have four up here – green for household waste, brown for garden waste, and two boxes – blue for paper and card, orange for glass and tins. we have fortnightly collections – alternating between green and brown bins, though the boxes go out every week. i find myself perplexed that so many people are violently opposed to fortnightly collections, as we cope very well with them.

i know for a fact that some councils do kerbside recycling of plastic – why not all of them? do the places that allow this recycling have weekly or fortnightly collections? is there a separate box for the plastic or does it go in with the glass/tins one?

if the government wants us to recycle more, why does it not give us the kerbside facilities to do so? sky news once reported that of our rubbish, 8% was paper and 8% was glass and metal. 16% was plastic, yet in many places, this is not picked up at the kerb. doesn’t it seem logical that it *should*?

ok. rant over.

Recycling Batteries?

It’s not that we go through millions, but can anyone enlighten me as to the whys and wherefores of recycling/dumping "normal" batteries? I know that I can save them up and take them to IKEA, but we live a long way away from IKEA and anyways I keep forgetting to take them! For instance, can I put them in with the other metal recycling stuff that my council picks up? Any advice hugely appreciated…

Recycling – are we barking up the wrong tree?

Is it just me that believes many of our efforts to save the planet are missing the point?

Example 1. Fizzy drinks used to come in glass bottles. When the bottle was empty, you took it back to the seller, and he refunded you 5p/8p/10p/15p etc. from the purchase price.
The bottles were washed, and then used again.
Is it really more eco-friendly to crush them, melted them down and mould them into new ones?

Example 2. Hundreds of perfectly useable cars are scrapped every day, simply because they are kicking out a bit too much CO/NO in the exhaust. When scrapped, they get turned into new cars. When 40% of the energy a car uses in its lifetime is spent making it, why is this better for the environment?

Example 3. Many modern engines (e.g. Rover K series, Toyota) are designed to be lean-burn. When they’re fitted with a catalytic converter, they have to be de-tuned, losing the advantages of lean-burn so they use more (maybe 10%) fuel. So why is it better for the environment to have a catalytic converter?

Example 4. The law says all cars less than a certain age have to have catalytic converters.
(There are exceptions, but they’re not numerous enough to count).
But in the UK, according to the AA, the average car journey distance is only about 13.7km, which isn’t enough to get a cat hot enough to start working.
So what good is the cat doing?

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Plastics Marking Regulations?

More and more plastics are marked with little recycling triangles these days, which is great because it means that I can confidently put certain empty containers into the recycling rather than the landfill bin.

BUT… there are a few cases where I really want to know what type of plastic the container is but can’t find out. I use two different inhalers for asthma – one is clearly marked and the holder is recyclable (SP?) the other is not marked and the manufacturer is playing coy and not telling me… Glaxo SmithKline.

I refuse to let it lie (mostly because of their indifferent attitude), so is there any regulation I can quote at them in my continuing "discussions" to help persuade them that they should tell me? Can I force them to tell me which kind of plastic it is?

I hope there is, because there are a few other organisations I plan to talk to on the same subject… 🙂

Which district or town council gives residents the largest number of recycling wheeliebins?

We’ve got two – one for non-recyclables and one for garden waste. We’ve then got two large plastic tubs – one for glass and tins, one for paper. However, given that we do not have access to our back garden from the front, they have to stay at the front of the house, which is a bit unsightly.

However, driving through Cheshire yesterday, I saw houses with four wheelie bins – black, green, blue and metallic silver – and wondered how many people now struggle to park cars in front of their house because of this.

Hence the question: which council gives out the most wheelie bins to its residents?

Is there any way for a recycling service to collect glass waste quietly?

Our glorious council leaders have dictated that households must recycle. We have bins for all sorts, but one of the bin types is to collect "glass, tins and paper". This is then sorted by the hard working refuse collectors at kerbside (and I’m not being sarcastic, I really think they work hard). Only problem being that glass being chucked onto a pile in the truck is quite noisy, and they come at pre-7am on a morning.

Why does UK recycling strategy seem to be falling apart at the seams? Only just this evening there was a news story reporting that it is now nearly impossible to give away recyclable materials, let alone sell them.

It is beginning to look as if landfill will begin to be replaced by industrial sites storing bales of recyclable paper, plastic bottles etc etc above ground!!!

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