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Where does recycling and rubbish from the UK go?

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Published on the BBC News website on the 30th September 2019

 

Waste company Biffa has been fined £350,000 for sending household waste, including used nappies and sanitary towels, to China. The waste was illegally labelled as paper.

So how much of the UK’s waste is recycled, and how much of it do we send abroad?

How much waste does the UK produce?

In 2016, the UK generated 222.9 million tonnes of waste, up 4% from 2014.

England was responsible for 85% of the total.

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Call for 1m people to join UK's biggest mass tree-planting campaign

Woodland Trust urges volunteers to grab a spade and help tackle the climate crisis

By 2025, the Woodland Trust hopes to have planted a tree for every person in the country. Photograph: Laurie Campbell/The Woodland Trust

Published on The Guardian website on the 23rd September 2019
Story by Fiona Harvey, Environment Correstpondent

 

Volunteers are being urged to do their bit to stop the climate emergency by grabbing a spade and signing up for the biggest mass tree-planting campaign in the UK’s history.

Plots in suitable sites around the country are being prepared for 30 November, when the Big Climate Fightback campaign will start with pledges sought from 1 million people. Local groups are being encouraged to run tree-planting events and councils are being asked for permission to plant trees on their land, or outside schools and other publicly owned properties. Businesses are also being urged to plant trees on their own premises if possible.

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Hayling Island Beach Microplastics Survey 2019

Date: Tuesday 24th September 2019

Time:  9:30am – 12:30pm

Location: Hayling Island Ferry, Ferry Road, Portsmouth

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Company of Makers have teamed up with Just One Ocean to conduct a microplastic survey on Hayling Island beach. So if you’re interested in learning more about microplastics in our marine environment then read on…..

The Big Microplastic survey is a collaborative citizen science project being undertaken by UK charity, Just One Ocean and the University of Portsmouth. The project began in July 2018 and numerous individuals and organisations from around the world have joined the programme.

This is not a project that it is time dependent. It is ongoing, with data gathered next year, or even in ten years, contributing to our scientific knowledge. So it doesn’t matter if you can’t do a survey because of the snow; it can wait until the snow clears.

This project is all about collecting data that we can use. The more we get the better, so please feel free to do as many surveys as you want, whenever you want.

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