Talking Rubbish

  • Most of the household waste we produce - over 500kg per person in 2003 - 04 - ends up in landfill sites

  • Around 80 per cent of waste generated in Wales could be recycled, reused or composted yet only around 16.5 per cent of household waste is recycled  

(source: WWF The Pocket Green Guide for Wales)


The figures above are representative of Wales alone, which in comparison with the size of other countries is tiny.

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Talking Rubbish

In the UK, as well as many other countries, reducing waste has become a major task for all local municipalities. The amount of useable landfill sites is decreasing and the cost of disposing rubbish is increasing each year; hence alternative methods of waste disposal being sought and a re-education of our social habits, changing the way we live to be more sustainable.


What is sustainable living?

Sustainable living is where natural resources are used in such a way that they will not be permanently destroyed or exhausted so generations of the future can also use them. Environmental degradation occurs when nature's resources, such as trees, earth, water, habitat and air are being used faster that they are being produced. Sustainable living will help to bring equilibrium back where use of these resources can be replenished naturally or used less.


How can we help?

The way we live at home can make a difference to the environment; businesses are already under pressure to act in an enthical and environmental manner. Climate change is the greatest environmental challenge facing the world today and if people have greater awareness of this, then actions we take NOW can make a difference to our FUTURE.

Recycling, composting and the use of biodegradable products all contribute to lowering the amount of waste being disposed of at landfill sites and so help to reduce  the growing pressure on these sites. Authorities now charge a levy and increase their waste disposal costs in the hope it will discourage people from taking their stuff there. 

 

How is BioCycle helping then?

BioCycle are helping to alleviate the amount of waste being taken to landfill by using a biodegradable material to produce their products. Initially it is being used to manufacture goods within the horticultural and landscaping industry, but eventually will be used by many industries. Further information about the material can be found on the BioM8trix page.

Our material has been rigorously tested and can biodegrade over different periods of time depending on the requirements of the product. The material used to produce the Biotube will begin to biodegrade between 3 - 5 years old.

As an indication, below are some commonly used products and the average length of time they take to biodegrade:

Cotton Rag                               1 - 5 months
Paper                                       2 - 5 months
Orange Peel                              6 months
Cigarette butts                          1 - 12 months
Plastic coated paper milk cartons     5 years
Leather Shoes                         25 - 40 years
Aluminium Cans                      80 - 100 years
Plastic 6 pack can ring holder   450 years
Glass bottles                           1 million years
Plastic bottles                         Forever

(source:http://www.worldwise.com/biodegradable.html)


What about the Landfill Directive?

The Landfill Directive was passed to help change the way waste is disposed of and improve the situation by minimising waste and increasing recycling systems. Further information about the landfill directive can be obtained by clicking this link to the DEFRA website.

 

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