arc21 produce a regular magazine called "Wasteline" which contains many interesting articles. The latest edition can be viewed by going to the downloads page and going into the Wasteline file category. Click on the following link will get you to the downloads page.
Householders and businesses can both help reduce the amount of waste being sent to landfill. Below are some handy tips. For additional tips visit the rethinkwaste website
For local information, please visit your local Council website.
Reduce and Re-use
Avoid disposable products such as nappies, tissues, face wipes, plastic cups, plates and cutlery. When shopping try to buy products that can be re-used. Many detergents, for example, can use refills. Donít throw CDs, records and books in the bin - pass them onto charity shops, schools or to friends. Why not borrow books from libraries, rather than purchasing them?
arc21 councils may provide extra bins to allow you to separate out recyclable waste such as paper, cardboard, cans and plastics. Donít forget to recycle material from every room in your house, including bedrooms and bathrooms.
arc21 councils also operate an extensive network of state-of-the-art recycling amenity sites at convenient locations throughout the region. These recycling centres cater for items such as waste glass and bulky waste, as well as any hazardous household waste.
Recycling technology is constantly improving, so itís possible to recycle more common household items than ever, including things such as aerosol containers, biscuit and sweet tins, plastic shampoo and toiletry bottles, plastic detergent bottles and glass jars. Please remember, though, that facilities differ from council to council, so check which items can go into your recycling bins and those which need to be taken to a recycling amenity centre.
Left over food and garden waste such as grass cuttings fills around 20% of the average household bin. For many households, biodegradable garden waste can now be placed in a third bin for collection. If you don't have a third bin - or even if you do - why not try home composting?
Some councils provide home composters at reduced rates and most garden centres also sell them. Alternatively, you could take your garden waste to one of the new recycling centres available throughout the arc21 region.
What happens to your waste?
At present the contents of your black bin goes directly to landfill. However, with large EU fines pending for those councils (and ratepayers) that continue to send waste to landfill, we need to reduce landfill-bound waste. As part of the solution, arc21 has already begun the process of providing new waste management technology which is likely to entail Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT) facilities and an Energy from Waste (EfW) plant.
In the future, rather than going straight to landfill, it's anticipated that the contents of your black bin will go to a MBT facility where it will be sorted. Material suitable for recycling will be removed and the remaining waste (which has no monetary value) will be treated to create a fuel for the EfW plant.
This fuel will be burnt under strictly-controlled conditions in a state-of-the-art EfW facility, recovering energy in the form of heat and electricity from waste which otherwise would have no use. For more information on MBT and EfW click here.
Kerbside Recycling Bins and Boxes
All recyclable material placed in recycling bins or kerbside boxes is taken to a Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) where it is first sorted and then forwarded for re-use or recycling.
Kerbside Composting Bins
Grass, hedge cuttings or vegetation which is collected in brown or green bins is sent to composting facilities. Once it has been treated, the material is sold as garden compost, used for other agricultural/horticultural purposes or utilised for land remediation projects.