Cash in exchange for returning a used drinks container sounds like a good idea, but how much of an impact will it have in our fight against reducing waste? On Tuesday the government unveiled a bottle and can deposit scheme covering glass, metal and plastic drinks containers in England. By returning bottles and cans consumers will receive a small cash sum, however retailers are responsible for recycling the items. Respondents to a Guardian callout were overall enthused by the idea, with people from other countries praising the British government for finally joining the trend. However, some readers shared concerns and suggested improvements. Here are five things they said the new scheme in England should take into account. 1. Capacity ‘Supermarkets should have at least two or three return points’: Paul Handley, 44, Derby It’s really a no brainer if we are serious about positive recycling. All supermarkets should have at least two or three return points though. … [Read more...] about ‘But will it cut waste?’: reader concerns about bottle deposit scheme
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Tucked away in volume three of the technical data for Britain’s £53bn high speed rail project is a table that shows 20m tonnes of concrete will have to be poured to build the requisite 105 miles of track, culverts, bridges and tunnels. It is enough, it has been calculated, to pave over the entire city of Manchester. A more modest 3 million tonnes of concrete will be needed to construct the Hinckley B nuclear power station in Somerset, and the proposed new runway at Heathrow will require one million tonnes. Cement, the key component of concrete and one of the most widely used manmade materials, is now the cornerstone of global construction. It has shaped the modern environment, but its production has a massive footprint that neither the industry nor governments have been willing to address. Because of the heat needed to decompose rock and the natural chemical processes involved in making cement, every tonne made releases one tonne of C02, the main greenhouse warming gas. … [Read more...] about Concrete is tipping us into climate catastrophe. It’s payback time
Dream11 Team Prediction Sydney Thunder Women and Brisbane Heat Women Dream11 Team Prediction Women’s Big Bash League 2019: Captain And Vice-Captain, Fantasy Cricket Tips ST-W vs BH-W Match 34 at Drummoyne Oval, Sydney 1:40 pM IST: Sydney Thunder will aim to bounce back after having suffered a defeat on Friday to Sydney Sixers who have climbed up to the top of the points table. Thunder have a chance to go second should they win against Brisbane Heat who in turn could replace Sydney Sixers at the top provided they win come Saturday. TOSS – The toss between Sydney Thunder Women and Brisbane Heat Women will take place at 1:10 PM (IST). Time: 1:40 PM IST Venue: Drummoyne Oval, Sydney My Dream11 Team Beth Mooney (captain), Jess Jonassen (vice-captain), Alex Blackwell, Phoebe Litchfield, Maddy Green, Laura Harris, Hannah Darlington, Sammy Jo-Johnson, Rene Farrell, Shabnim Ismail, Georgia Prestwidge Squad Details Sydney Thunder Women: Rachael Haynes (captain), Rachel Priest … [Read more...] about Sydney Thunder Women and Brisbane Heat Women Dream11 Team Prediction Women’s Big Bash League 2019: Captain And Vice-Captain, Fantasy Cricket Tips ST-W vs BH-W Match 34 at Drummoyne Oval, Sydney 1:40 PM IST
More than 4m plastic bottles a week could be prevented from littering streets and marine environments in Britain if authorities adopted the kind of deposit-return schemes that operate in at least a dozen other countries, according to new evidence. A report for the last parliament that was never published suggests there could be a dramatic reduction in the number of bottles littered if people paid a deposit that would be refunded if they returned used bottles. Dominic Hogg, chairman of the environmental consultants Eunomia, who produced the report for the environmental audit committee, said: “We need to address the significant impact of litter in the UK and to cut down on the sources of plastic entering the marine environment. “A growing number of private companies are getting the message that it’s not good for business to be a brand that despoils the beaches and pollutes the oceans,” he said. “A deposit scheme will generate higher quantities of material of … [Read more...] about Could a money-back scheme clean up the UK’s plastic bottle plague?
At a drinks retailer on the outskirts of Hamburg, a father holds up his three-year-old son to help him push an empty plastic water bottle into a hole on a large grey machine. With a whirring sound, the apparatus pulls the bottle out of the child’s hand, juggles it on an assembly line to scan the barcode, then sucks the container even deeper into its belly and eventually shreds it with a satisfying crunch. “Jackpot!” says the boy, beaming with glee as the machine spits back a 25-cent voucher. Next in line, a man carrying a bin bag brimming with plastic bottles cannot quite feel a similar joy in recycling. “To be honest, I think it’s a slog,” says Şükrü Çal, 41. “Somehow the supermarkets have found a way of making us clear up after them.” With its reputation as a recycling world champion, Germany is seen by many as the inspiration behind Britain’s new deposit return scheme (DRS) for bottles and cans, which was … [Read more...] about Has Germany hit the jackpot of recycling? The jury’s still out