Well that was January – and no sign of any of the big three consultations that were due to be released following the publication of the waste strategy (EPR, DRS and consistency).
A joint study by Glasgow Caledonian University and the University of Greenwich has suggested that separate waste containers such as bags or boxes may cause “long-term musculoskeletal disorders” to collection workers.
The study used a GCU-developed body-mapping method to study the effects of lifting various types of waste containers by workers across a four-year period in an unnamed local authority.
I’ve recently been involved with the WISH Working Group for Health & Safety in the Textiles Recycling Industry. One of 25 different working groups currently operating under WISH to improve Health & Safety across our industry.
Maximising the performance of your food waste collection schemes is key to boosting recycling rates.
You don’t need to look too far to read a headline about our food waste crisis, and targets and measures to improve recycling rates. Clearly the greatest level of effort should be made to reduce the level of surplus food wasted in the first place. However, when food is thrown-away, we all know that it can be collected and effectively handled and disposed of through composting and anaerobic digestion – yet so much still ends up in landfill where it decomposes and gives off methane, a potent greenhouse gas.