The story begins when Alex and Andrew take a surf trip…
31st May 2019
Made with recycled materials, every bracelet purchased funds the removal of 1 pound of trash from the ocean and coastlines. In less than 2 years, 4ocean has removed 4,529,659 pounds of trash from the ocean and coastlines.
Lockerbie plastic roads firm, MacRebur, opens first factory
11th March 2019
The MacRebur plant in Lockerbie will take rubbish which would have gone to landfill to help produce asphalt. A one kilometer stretch of road made with its mix would use the equivalent of about 684,000 plastic bottles or 1.8m single-use plastic bags.
If the company’s claims are right about the robustness of its product, plastic roads could be a game changer.
Beaches at Limekilns and Charlestown contaminated by mystery Oil Spill
22nd February 2019
Donibristle Skip Hire were asked to provide skips to aid with the clean up of a oil spill on 2 of Fifes beaches along the Forth. A total of 18 skips were provided to help move the contaminated waste off of the beach and in to a containment area, where a specialist firm will then load the approximate 500 tons of waste for safe removal. The source of the spillage is still unknown, but the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) have carried out sample tests and have determined it to be an isolated incident.
Scotland’s first excess food shop opens to tackle 1.35 million tonnes of yearly waste
7th Febuary 2019
The Food Sharing Hub on Edinburgh’s Bread Street, which opened on Friday, is stacking its shelves with fruit, vegetables and bakery products which supermarkets would previously have binned as they were past their best-before date.
Every morning, a team of volunteers collect still-fresh food from local Tesco, Lidl and Coop stores and stock the shelves of the hub for the community to access affordably on a ‘pay as you feel’ basis.
In central Edinburgh, 27.1 tonnes of food go to waste every week – the equivalent of roughly 54,000 meals unnecessarily thrown in the bin while 8.4 million people across the UK suffer from food poverty.
In an effort to combat this, the Food Sharing Hub has introduced a membership system, costing £1 a month to join. Once a member, shoppers can fill a basket with food every day, and contribute a donation to help cover the costs.
You can keep up to date with their progress over on their facebook page:
Scottish farmers no longer allowed to burn farm plastics under exemption
23rd January 2019
Burning farm plastics and most types of agricultural waste will not be allowed in Scotland under exemption from 1 January 2019. The move will affect silage wrap, crop covers, fertiliser bags and containers.
New Contact Lens Recycling Scheme Launched
15th January 2019
Previously, if customers wanted to recycle their lenses and packaging, they would have to use a paid for service. Under the new scheme wearers can now dispose of their waste at public drop off points, offered by Boots Chemist and other selected independent stores.
What to do with your old Christmas Trees?….
7th January 2019
Many people see 6 January as the last day of Christmas, the day the tree comes down and the decorations get packed away.
But if your tree is one of the 7m ‘real’ ones brought in the UK every year, you’ll need to find somewhere for it to go.
The carbon footprint of a tree becomes much bigger if it ends up in landfill.
So what else can you do with your Christmas tree?
Scotmid to Reward Customers for Recycling .
12th October 2018
Scotmid Co-Operative is piloting an eco-friendly scheme that will reward customers for recycling soft drink cans and plastic bottles.
As part of its Recycle and Reward initiative, the society has unveiled a reverse vending machine, which will trial for a three-month period at its South Queensferry store.
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