Archive for April, 2008

Nappy nightmare over

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

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Knowaste, a Canadian company which recycles disposable nappies and other waste products in the US is set to invest £20 million in a UK version of the recycling plant within the next 5 years.

About 750,000 tonnes of nappy waste is thought to be created in the UK each year and it is thought that the new facility, destined for Birmingham, will be capable of converting 4% of this nappy waste into plastic, cladding and roof tiles, with an aim to eventually recycle up to 13%.

The site will predominantly process nappies, bed liners and incontinence products from commercial sectors but plans to eventually target the domestic market.

Biofuels Day

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

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From today, all fuel companies in the UK will have to replace a certain percentage of their annual fossil fuel sales with biofuels, by law.

Known as Biofuels Day, it means that 2.5% of fuel produced in the UK will have to derive from renewable sources such as crops and waste as opposed to oil. The introduction of the Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation (RFTO) will mean that all drivers are making a contribution to reducing climate change, without the need for any modification to their vehicles.

Biofuels are made from crops. As the crops grow, they absorb carbon
dioxide from the atmosphere. So the carbon dioxide that escapes when biofuels
are burnt is subsequently absorbed by new plants growing to produce more
biofuels - it’s a ‘virtuous’ circle.

To fulfil the 5% inclusion rate, the NFU estimates that ‘375,000 hectares will be needed for the wheat for ethanol and 840,000 hectares of oilseed rape will be needed for the biodiesel’.

For further information please visit Biofuels Day

Hidden resource for Biomass fuel

Monday, April 14th, 2008

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DEFRA has announced this week that despite the growth in recycling and energy markets for clean wood, the material is still being overlooked as a resource for Biomass fuel and at present up to 10 million tonnes of waste wood is being sent to landfill each year.

One of the many problems facing the sector is that there are limited wood-burning biomass plants in the UK and consequently alternative outlets for the lower grade waste wood are being sourced abroad to avoid the waste being sent to landfill.

DEFRA is now calling for more wood combustion facilities in the UK and has launched a £4 million fund to support the installation of biomass-fuelled heating and combined heat & power projects, including anaerobic digesters.

As evidence, DEFRA published a study  that outlines the substantial and largely untapped biomass resource available in municipal, construction & demolition and commercial & industrial waste streams.

 

To view the report click here

Love Food Hate Waste

Monday, April 7th, 2008

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According to the latest figures from ‘Love Food Hate Waste’, a campaign formed by WRAP to tackle food being wasted in UK homes, an astounding 4.4million whole apples are being thrown away untouched every day in the UK, contributing to the £3 billion worth of fruit and vegetables binned each year.

The majority of the waste is made up of fruit, vegetables and other perfectly edible foods with the remaining proportion being things like peelings, bones and cores. Once the food waste reaches its destination, it emits methane, a powerful gas contributing to climate change and green house effects so we need to divert as much as possible away from landfill.

The study shows that the main reason Britain throws so much out is simply because we do not eat it before it goes off and we could be making the problem worse by not storing food in the correct conditions. A simple solution for this problem would be to store fruit and vegetables in the fridge, keeping them at a cool temperature and prolonging their life span.