Recycling PPE in medical environments and other businesses.
It's been almost two years since COVID came into our lives and it's been a whirlwind of emotions for all of us. One thing we can all say we are guilty of is the amount of PPE we have had to use during this period, and of course it can't be helped - but is there a way to recycle all of the PPE we have been using? It's something that doesn't seem to be spoken much of and a lot of people may not even know it's possible. We are here to get you in the know so you can find out how to recycle your own PPE and pass the message on.
Why is it important to have the right medical bins in place?
Medical bins are essential for any healthcare setting, there are many rules and regulations for healthcare waste so it's important you get the right type of bin. According to a recent study by the World Health Organisation, 85% of waste generated by healthcare facilities is categorised as domestic, with only 15% considered infectious and hazardous - disposing of waste correctly is crucial to infection prevention.
Make smarter purchases by thinking of the packaging, can it be recycled?
Before you buy your groceries or buy a takeaway coffee, have a think about what these are packaged in, is it plastic and if so can it be recycled? This is the best way to start with recycling, from the very source. It's all good and well making sure you recycle your rubbish, but are you thinking about buying less items that are wrapped up in plastic. Do you need a plastic bag for your fruit or can you buy this loose?
We are throwing away up to 900 million tonnes of food waste a year
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According to a recent report more than 900 million tonnes of food is thrown away each year. This amount of food waste would fill 23 million 40-tonne trucks, enough to circle the Earth seven times! The UN Environment Programme's Food Waste Index revealed that 17% of food available to consumers goes straight in the bin, 60% of this waste comes from homes. Some worrying facts from 'Friends of the Earth' state that 50 million chickens are wasted in the UK every year, 240,000 tonnes of food is wasted in the UK every year by supermarkets and one third of all food produced across the globe is lost or wasted.
How can we help cut down plastic pollution in our seas?
Over 300 million tons of plastic are produced every year and at least 8 million tons of it end up in our seas every year. All the plastic that ends up in the sea gets ingested by marine life which causes severe injuries (from being tangled) and deaths.
Advantages of Segregation at Source Recycling
There are two primary ways to collect household recycling: single stream and segregation at source. Both of these methods pose unique benefits and trade-offs.
Recycling is a process in which valuable flow from collection to an end user, who make the materials into new products. This flow of materials is often called the recycling “stream.” In single-stream recycling, mixed recyclable materials travel together (separately from rubbish) in one stream to a sorting facility.
How much waste does your wheelie bin produce?
With local councils reducing bin collections and expanding the time between collections have you thought about investing in an additional wheelie bin to help combat an overload of waste?
Explaining WRAP labelling and colours
What does WRAP stand for?
WRAP stands for waste and resources action program.
What is WRAP?
In its simplest terms, WRAP helps people recycle more and waste less, both at home and at work while offering economic as well as environmental benefits. The WRAP organisation works with a wide range of partners, from major UK businesses, manufacturers, trade bodies and local authorities through to individuals looking for practical advice.