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27Apr

Is there money in your rubbish?

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure – so the saying goes. An article recently published by Money Saving Expert suggests there could be some truth in this. 

 
Thrifty householders have been making money selling on their household waste, with toilet roll tubes, jam jars and coat hangers proving to be in high demand with those doing arts and crafts. 
 
If you’re thinking of flogging your rubbish, you’ll need to head to eBay to find your customers. Perfume bottles have been going for the highest price, of up to £8 a pop, while toilet roll and kitchen roll tubes sell for 10-16p per item.
 
You’d better be prepared to collect your rubbish in bulk though, because it’s bundles of items that are selling. Over a 3 month period, the top rubbish sales on eBay included 492 bundles of coat hangers and 420 bundles of wine corks. Even 36 bundles of mil
Post date
11Apr

RBS UK & Ireland roll out of JUMP

After a successful pilot which led to a 5% average electricity reduction at pilot locations and 500,000 disposable cups being saved, the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) have scaled up their JUMP programme to cover all 1,700 locations in UK and Ireland to maximise impact.

The JUMP behaviour change programme will be encouraging employees to engage in energy saving, sustainable travel, waste reduction and other in-house sustainability actions with winning teams and individuals being rewarded for their efforts every two months, with vouchers for outlets such as iTunes and Marks & Spencer (M&S).
 
RBS sustainable workplace culture manager Mike Lynch said: “Colleagues can earn points for their team for simple actions like switching off electrical equipment, reporting leaks, travelling sustainably and encouraging others to get involved. RBS is committed to reducing the environmental impact of serving customers and JUMP brings all our target
Post date
07Apr

Cut waste by composting

Did you know that 30% of your rubbish bin could be composted instead of thrown away?
 
Home composting is the process that transforms your food waste and garden waste into a nutrient rich food that will keep your garden blooming year after year. Now that Spring has arrived, it’s the perfect time to get out to the garden and start composting.
 
Where should I compost?
You can buy a compost bin or create a compost heap in your garden. It will be most effective when placed in a sunny spot on bare, level soil. 
 
What can I compost?
The key is feeding your composter equal quantities of brown and green materials. 
 
50% should be 'Browns' - dead and dry materials like twigs, fallen leaves, shredded cardboard or newspaper.
 
50% should be '
Post date
05Apr

EAUC Conference – Video

Thanks to everyone at the EAUC Conference that came along to our joint talk on Staff and Student Engagement with Swansea University, and to those that came to see us on our JUMP stand.

If you didn’t get an opportunity to come see us, below you can find the video we had on display at our stand which outlines, from some of our university partners’ perspectives, how JUMP effectively achieves mass engagement on campus.

 

 

If you are interested in finding out how JUMP works and the impact it has had at different universities, drop me a line [email protected] and I would be pleased to send through our recently published university case study.

Post date
24Mar

JUMP at 2017 EAUC Annual Conference

Date:  29 March 2017 12:00 - 30 March 2017 17:00

Venue:  Lancaster University

We are pleased to be exhibiting at this year’s EAUC Annual Conference, showcasing our work with Swansea University, Bournemouth University, Brunel University, East Kent College and University of Chichester. 
 
This year's conference theme is Global Goals: Local Action and will recognise the critical role universities and colleges across the planet have to play in finding and implementing a solution to climate change and realising the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on a local level within their communities.
 
Across the universities we work with, we turn the benefits of protecting the environment into cost savings associated with reductions in electricity, waste and water use. We also engage staff and students in activities that improve their wellbeing which reduces numbers of sick days an
Post date
23Mar

Community fridges are taking on food waste

London’s first community fridge has arrived!

A community fridge is a public fridge where anyone (people or businesses) can donate spare food and those in need can take it for free, saving edible food from the bin and giving it to the people who need it.
 
The People's Fridge opened in Pop Brixton in January 2017 and each month 50kg of surplus food has been redistributed from its shelves.
 
Although the first of its kind in London, we’ve seen another community fridge pop up in the UK and others in Germany, Spain and India. Are these fridges something to get excited about?
 
Community fridges may not be the answer to eliminating the annual waste of 7.3 million tonnes of food – see UK Households Bin £13 Billion of Food a Year – but they do play an important role in raising awareness of food waste and food poverty in the community. Since launching through a crow
Post date
09Mar

Communication is key

The Local Green Points team recently attended the annual Warwickshire Waste Partnership Conference where our Managing Director, Graham Simmonds, gave a presentation. His key themes included the work we do to embed positive waste and recycling behaviours, the role of communications and technology in driving success and the Slim Your Bin communications campaign we provide to the County.

The following content comes from a blog by Leanne Trow, who we were joined by at the conference, which first appeared on Credibly Green. Find the full article here.

'Our team of Chartered Professionals have attended a number of events this week all concerning the importance of communication. These included the annual Warwickshire Waste Partnership Conference, the Introduction to Communications in the Waste and Resources Industry event hosted by CIWM (Chartered Institute of Waste Management) and the Environmental Leaders Conference hosted by Shropshire Wildlife Trust. Across all of the
Post date
17Feb

Random Acts of Kindness Week 2017

It’s coming to the end of Random Acts of Kindness Week 2017 but that doesn’t mean it’s time to stop doing kind acts. Try to do at least one kind act a day – this can be as big or small as you like. Don’t be shy, just go for it! And do it everyday because research shows that “kindness leads to happiness”.

Here are some opportunities for kindness to get you started:
 
• On your way to work – save a bug from being trampled on
• In the office – make a colleague their favourite drink
• On your way home – offer your seat to a stranger
• At home – separate your recycling from your rubbish
• With family – tell them you love them!
• With friends – lend a hand when you can see they need it
 
What is Random Acts of Kindness Week?
Post date
17Feb

New On Pack Recycling Labels

On Pack Recycling Labels are there to provide a simple, UK-wide recycling message on retailer and brand packaging to help consumers recycle more products, more often. ORPL is simplifying the design of on-pack labels to make it easier for consumers and retailers to understand.

The new labels will still feature the iconic recycling symbol, but components will only be listed on complex packaging and materials will no longer feature on the labels. Messages have been shortened to 'Check Locally' rather than 'Check Local Recycling' and 'Not Yet Recycled' instead of 'Not Currently Recycled'.

The new design also allows the inclusion of calls to action that are valuable to consumers. 'Rinse', 'Cap On' and 'Remove Sleeve' are among the important messages identified by WRAP.

A recent customer survey found that 7/10 consumers recognise OPRL labels and 2/3 refer to them. The new system is intended to maximise effective recycling.

Click here for more info.&nbs

Post date
03Feb

how well do you know your colleagues?

Some of us see our fellow employees more than we do our family but, beyond the brainstorming sessions, marathon meetings and chit-chat at lunch, many of us don’t actually know much about our colleagues out of work.

To change this and build stronger relationships in the office, we need to get to know each other!

Unfortunately, most team bonding activities tend to involve snacks and meals that are less than nutritious, and many revolve around alcohol – which doesn’t bode well with our new year’s resolutions. So before you invite everyone to after-work drinks at the local pub (we know it’s tempting!), we’ve come up with some healthy alternatives:
 
1) How about planning one day a month where everyone brings in something tasty and healthy to share with the office? – what makes this fun is everyone contributing and sharing recipes around
 
2) You could all get your runnin
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