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A study by researchers in Sweden has identified the most effective steps people can take to reduce their individual impact on climate change and the fact that all individual actions matter.

The researchers found that behavioural shifts could often be faster than waiting for national climate policies and widespread energy transformations.

The top four actions identified were:

  1. having one fewer child (an average for developed countries of 58.6 tonnes CO2-equivalent (tCO2e) emission reductions per year),
  2. living car-free (2.4 tCO2e saved per year),
  3. avoiding airplane travel (1.6 tCO2e saved per roundtrip transatlantic flight) and
  4. eating a plant-based diet (0.8 tCO2e saved per year).

The study stated that “These actions have much greater potential to reduce emissions than commonly promoted strategies like comprehensive recycling (four times less effective than a plant-based diet) or changing household lightbulbs (eight times less).”  However all individual actions are important and contribute to the reduction in emissions.

[Source: grist.org]

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Resource Efficient Scotland has produced a new guide to help businesses improve their waste management.

Scottish businesses spend on average a whopping £7,000 a year on waste. Add that up over 5 years, a bill of £35,000 is not inconsiderable. Given that most businesses pay per uplift, it makes sense that preventing waste is always better than managing and paying for it.

You can download the Guide here

Glasgow City Council have been piloting a Commercial Waste project in the City Centre to reduce the number of bins left on the streets and are planning to role the scheme out across the City.

 

Scottish_composting_recycling_and_re-use_2016Scottish recycling, composting and re-use of waste from all sources has rocketed past the 60% milestone for the first time. That was the key finding of Official Statistics published recently by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).

  • Scottish recycling, composting and re-use of waste from all sources rockets past 60% for the first time.
  • Food recycling and anaerobic digestion increased 20% from 2015 –
    a 78.1% increase since 2011.
  • Lowest quantity of Scottish waste landfilled since 2011.

In 2016, 6.96 million tonnes (61%) of waste was recycled, composted or prepared for re-use, over half a million tonnes more than in 2015.

What’s more, 2016 also saw more households and businesses recycle food waste as 605,614 tonnes of organic wastes was recycled in composting or anaerobic digestion facilities – an increase of 102,580 tonnes (20.4%) from 2015 statistics and a 78.1% boost since 2011.

Total waste generated in Scotland fell by over half a million tonnes (0.53m tonnes) since 2015, with Scotland achieving the lowest quantity of waste being landfilled since 2011 – a 10.3% decrease from 2015.

Source: sepa.org.uk

You can be in with a chance of winning a De’ils On Wheels upcycled clock and all you need to do is get on your bike and share a photo!

The clocks are made from used bicycle disk brakes and chain rings. You can be in with a chance of winning yourself one of these fantastic clocks by getting on social media. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3 to enter…

  1. Like the Deils On Wheels Facebook page or follow the De’ils on Wheels Twitter feed @DeilsOnWheels
  2. Upload a photo of you on your bike and tell us why you love cycling
  3. And, very importantly, tag the post using the #WeGoPedal hashtag

All tagged entries received by the end of Bike Week 2018 (Sat 17 June 2018) will be entered into a draw to win a clock!

So what are you waiting for? Get on your bike and get pedalling, snapping and hashtagging!! The clock’s ticking!!

Good luck!

Every minute a truck-load of plastic enters our oceans – choking turtles, birds and other marine life.  We’re littering the planet and prolonging our addiction to fossil fuels.

But we can all do our bit to help. Going plastic-free on Fridays is a small step to making a huge difference to the amount of single-use plastic that ends up in our seas and oceans.

And if enough of us start choosing plastic-free products it will send a strong message to companies and governments that they need to do more too.

Take the Friends of the Earth Scotland pledge to join thousands of others going plastic-free on Fridays.

Find out more about FoE Scotland’s work to end plastic pollution 

The team over at Hubbub have come up with some great tips for a greener Easter – from things that take just a few minutes to things to fill more of the Easter weekend.

In the UK we buy more than 80 million boxed chocolate eggs each year at Easter, generating 4,370 tonnes of card waste and costing around £299 million. When you think about it, this seems like a bizarre way to mark a religious festival or celebration of nature. If you want to save money or produce less waste this year, check out  Hubbub‘s top tips for a greener Easter.

Glasgow City Council has been running a successful pilot programme to tackle issues around commercial waste within the city centre and this has now been rolled-out across the rest of the city centre by the end of March. The focus was to reduce the number of large bins stored on the street and now businesses will need to store their waste in or on their premises. Businesses that don’t comply could face fines of up to £1000.

The next stage will see the project being rolled-out across the whole of Glasgow by early March 2019, and businesses are now being contacted with more advice on the changes. In the North West of Glasgow the date for compliance is 15 September 2018.

The primary aim of the project – which was achieved in the pilot areas – was to substantially reduce the adverse impact of the then current waste collection practices (especially the use of bulky, brightly-coloured commercial waste containers on streets, pavements and lanes) to enhance the appearance of the area making it more pleasant for to live, work and study there.

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