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A Radical Policy change is required to get the UK to its 50% target by 2020

Last week, it became clear that a radical policy change will be needed for the UK to hit its household recycling target of 50% by 2020.

Figures from the end of December 2016 show a 0.6% decline from 2014’s peak of 44.8% to 44.2% at the end of 2016. These figures reveal a worrying trend that current household recycling rates in England have stagnated at under 45% and are a long way off our 2020 target.

So what’s holding us back?
“A clear national strategy to end stalling rates of recycling is still required,” said waste firm SUEZ’s chief executive David Palmer-Jones. “To increase household recycling rates, Government needs to integrate waste and recycling planning into a modern Industrial Strategy which values the things we throw away as raw materials for manufacturing, and as an energy resource.”
At Local Green Points we know one of the key barriers to recycling ...
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JUMP shortlisted for 6 Awards in 2017

It’s been a fantastic year for our JUMP programmes – with high engagement and successful results including an 8% average energy reduction across all client schemes and an average of 307,590 miles travelled sustainably.
We are delighted with the positive results that our programmes have achieved so far, proving their success in creating sustainable behaviour change. And with these high impact results, our programmes have been receiving recognition across the country, with 6 of our JUMP clients shortlisted for awards in 2017.
These include the BIFM Awards, the Better Society Awards, the Employee Benefits Awards, the Guardian University Awards, the Sustain Wales Awards and Edie’s Sustainability Leader’s Awards.  
Earlier this year, RBS won the prestigious ‘Bank of the Year’ in the Better Society Awards 2017, and ...
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It’s Black Friday – the day of the year where we all lose our heads at the sight of a sale sign and rush to buy more things we don’t need. Even worse for those of us sat at out computer screens, we’re inundated with emails and pop ups as every businesses under the sun tries to sell us this, that and the other.

Whilst we all love a good deal on our favourite products, the environmental impacts of Black Friday are undoubtedly quite serious and it is up to us to be responsible consumers while bargain hunting.

So we’ve come up with a list of easy things you can do to make sure you aren’t contributing to the vast amounts of waste being sent to landfill when you buy today and over the Black Friday weekend

1.) Buy refurbished electronics


Electronic waste is predicted to reach 65.4 million tons ...

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Blue Planet II provides evidence of Global Warming to 14.1 million viewers

If you’ve been watching Blue Planet II you’re one of over 14.1 million viewers who have also been delighted by the scenes of polar bear cubs, giant glowing fish and surfing dolphins. Since its debut on the 29th October, the series has become the most-watched TV show of 2017 so far, beating Strictly Come Dancing and the X factor.

The series has not failed to disappoint, with scenes showing spectacular new research and discoveries about animal behaviour, including footage of underwater volcanoes erupting and ethereal marine species living 11km below sea level in ‘The Deep’. 
The series is narrated by David Attenborough and has moments of humour, endearing stories of survival and delivers a serious message about global warming. With much of the filming taking place in the Arctic, the struggles faced by species there reflect how dramatically the global climate is changing. ...
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Fancy a two night staycation at the historic site of Gunpowder plotters?

BBC drama, Gunpowder, has caught the attention of 17th century history enthusiasts and period drama lovers around the country.
The three part drama, released to overlap with bonfire night this weekend, follows the story of Robert Catesby, a 33-year-old Warwickshire gentleman, as he devises a plot to blow up Parliament and kill the King.
Left to right: Gunpowder plotters Guy Fawkes, Robert Catesby and Thomas Winter
Particularly interesting for Warwickshire residents is the setting for the drama, which is partly based in Warwickshire County.  Central to the Gunpowder plot was Warwickshire’s Coombe Abbey, now known as the Coombe Abbey Hotel. In 1605 Coombe Abbey was not the luxury hotel it is today, but instead belonged to Baron John Harrington of ...
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Swansea University’s SWell Programme shortlisted for Edie’s Sustainability Leaders Awards

Our sustainability and wellbeing programme at Swansea University has been shortlisted as a finalist for the 2018 Edie Sustainability Leaders Awards, in the Engagement and Behaviour change category.

The Edie awards celebrate sustainability excellence and innovation and we are thrilled that Swansea University’s programme has been recognised for its positive impact and achievements at the university.

The programme, named SWell, uses an innovative online platform and app to motivate employees to take part in sustainability and wellbeing activities. Through team work, friendly competition and rewards for participating teams and individuals, these sustainable steps become embedded in the university culture.

Since its introduction at the university just over a year ago, the SWell programme has seen over 23,000 kg of CO2 saved from employees travelling sustainably, a 19% reduction in carbon intensity, over 105,000 ...

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Camden Recycling Rewards motivates residents to recycle 10% more than last year

Thanks to our Local Green Points scheme, Camden Recycling Rewards, residents in the London Borough of Camden are recycling 10% more of their household items that they did last year.

Since its launch in October 2016, the scheme has been rewarding residents in the London Borough of Camden for recycling more and producing less household waste. Residents are rewarded with Green Points for reporting their weekly recycling and taking part in online activities such as making the switch to using real nappies, or taking part in local reuse events and workshops.

Waste tonnages are also measured and points awarded to communities when the amount wasted decreases and the amount recycled increases.
Monthly voucher prizes are awarded to individuals who earn the most Green Points and just for signing up, every resident receives a discount card that they can use to redeem exclusive discounts and special offers at participating local businesses.
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Wellbeing in the Workplace – how to make your employees feel happier and more fulfilled

This week we’re proud to be supporting world Mental Health Day!

We spend an average of 8.8 hours a day at work - for many of us it's much more than that - so it’s extremely important to think about how we can improve employee mental health and wellbeing in the office.



It may seem like a daunting topic, but there are actually a lot of simple and effective ways to promote better mental wellbeing for your employees both at work and outside the office.

One simple way to do this is to offer incentives for employees to take part in regular exercise, whether that’s cycling to work, walking on their lunch break or taking part in an exercise classes.
Evidence shows that just one or two hours’ exercise a week is an extremely effective mood booster and ...
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The hunt is on… for Warwickshire’s Recycling Champion of the Year

We’ve launched an exciting new contest for residents of Warwickshire County Council: Warwickshire’s Recycling Champion of the Year 2018. 

We’ve teamed up with Warwickshire Waste Partnership, to deliver the contest to residents in Warwickshire’s five districts and boroughs: Warwick, Stratford-on-Avon District, Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough, Rugby Borough and North Warwickshire Borough.
The contest will engage residents in recycling more of their everyday household items and will be a fantastic opportunity to recognise and reward local recycling champions. There are plenty of prizes up for grabs for top recyclers, including a two night staycation in the luxury Lady Craven Suite at the Coombe Abbey hotel, provided by Shakespeare’s ...
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Recycling is worth it – and we can all do our bit!

This year’s Recycle Week has been a fantastic reminder of how recycling really is worth it! Your everyday household items can come back around as brand new products…but only if you remember to recycle them.

With this is mind we’ve brought you some of our insights into what some of the most common recycling mistakes are and how you can avoid them! 

Bathroom Blunders


It turns out that while many of us are enthusiastic recyclers in the kitchen, our inner eco-warrior tends to disappear pretty quickly in the bathroom. According to a recent Recycle Now poll, almost 90% of people regularly recycle from the kitchen, but only 52% say they regularly recycle from the bathroom. Once we are separated from our kitchen recycling bins, laziness kicks in and we are much less likely to make the effort to carry ...
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