My recycling research today has surfaced several potential leads for Birmingham Recycled in the coming days/weeks. I shall be working on all or some of the following to see whether anything strikes me as a good story:
An Education Programme for young people. It inspires practical positive action for people, animals and the environment by developing an understanding of how important a healthy planet is to human survival.
It seems that quite a few Birmingham/Midlands schools are part of the scheme, which is also part of the Eco Schools project, so I’m looking to follow-up on what local schools have been doing. It’s not really ‘recycling’ territory specifically but I want to have a dig anyway!
A battery recycling initiative started at the beginning of February – where stores selling more than one pack of batteries per day will have to accept old batteries for recycling. I was thinking of following this up with local shops and supermarkets to see how successful the in-store collections are and whether the public use them/know about them/still throw batteries in the waste bin.
Compost bins – spurred on by the comments of @karldstevens:
@kelliem24 wonders whether the council should charge for compost bins if it reduces the waste they have to collect?http://bit.ly/c2G0od
@karldstevens: Don’t be silly. B’ham City Council are run by the Conservatives. Anything they don’t have to pay for they wont.
@kelliem24: good point, you’d think to encourage more people to #compost they’d give them a free bin!
@karldstevens: I saw recycling teams drive past a street of recycling last week en route to uni. Road seemed too narrow for them to be bothered.
@kelliem24: i asked earlier whether anyone has had problems like that – looks like I’ll be challenging the council quite soon!
@karldstevens: Well the recycling boxes worked – they were free, people used them. Maybe compost bins will work the same. Pilot first ofc
I’m interested to find out about Birmingham City Council’s approach to recycling waste by composting. It seems you can buy a bin from them, but surely if they’re trying to encourage composting they should be giving residents bins for free? As Karl pointed out, it worked with the recycling bins so maybe it will work for composting? I’m looking to challenge the council about it…..soon!