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21Sep

Recycle Week is back for 2018!

Recycle Week’s annual campaign, organised by WRAP, will be running from Monday 24th to Sunday 30th September. This year marks the campaign's 15th year, and is set to be one to remember. Themed ‘Recycling. We do. Because it matters’, the campaign will be focusing on plastics, aiming to highlight the benefits of recycling and encourage people to recycle more. WRAP is calling on all organisations, businesses and individuals to get involved during the week. It’s a perfect opportunity for all our LGP residents to get on board and ramp up their recycling.

Take a look at the Recycle Week video and get inspired!

 
Why should you recycle?
Recycling is vital if we want to protect our environment for future generations to enjoy. Landfill is not a sustainable option for our waste disposal – it releases harmful chemicals into the environment, takes up a huge amount ...
Post date
14Sep

Recycle Week is back for 2018!

Recycle Week’s annual campaign, organised by WRAP, will be running from Monday 24th September to Sunday 30th September. This year marks the campaign's 15th year, and is set to be one to remember. Themed ‘Recycling. We do. Because it matters’, the campaign will be focusing on plastics, aiming to highlight the benefits of recycling and encourage people to recycle more. WRAP is calling on all organisations, businesses and individuals to get involved during the week. It’s a perfect opportunity for all our JUMP members to get on board and ramp up their office recycling!
Take a look at the Recycle Week video and get inspired!
 
Why should you recycle?
Recycling is vital if we want to protect our environment for future generations to enjoy. Landfill is not a sustainable option for our waste disposal – it releases harmful chemicals into the environment, takes up a huge amount of space ...
Post date
10Sep

HOW DID YOUR #ZEROWASTEWEEK GO?

Over the last year, we’ve seen a shift in the news to a focus on waste, and rightly so. Our overconsumption of resources and throwaway culture has led us into a crisis – one that’s made of coffee cups, plastic bags and straws!

Plastic is a worsening environmental problem due to the material’s inability to decompose and its ever increasing presence in marine ecosystems. It’s poisoning our oceans, food and water supplies, and causing devastating impacts on wildlife as well as human wellbeing. We’re sure you’ve heard some shocking facts about plastic pollution, but did you know that nearly two million single-use plastic bags are distributed worldwide every minute? 
 
To raise awareness and encourage householders to minimise their waste, we saw last week’s international online campaign Zero Waste Week take off. With a global reach of 56 million, the ...
Post date
29Aug

Ditching the meat: How cutting meat from your diet can lower your environmental impact

The link between meat and the environment has been reported in numerous studies and news reports, with the meat industry being highlighted as one of the most significant contributors to current environmental problems.

Food production is responsible for a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions, due to land clearance for animal agriculture and also due to animal byproducts, such as methane emissions. Research suggests that cutting down on meat consumption can reduce food-related greenhouse gas emissions by a third. Therefore, a move away from meat rich diets can have a major impact on reducing your environmental impact.
 
Meat-free Monday is an international campaign raising awareness of the links between meat consumption and the environment by encouraging people to swap meat for a vegetarian alternative for one day a week. Did you know that giving up meat for one meal a week could save enough carbon emissions to boil a kettle 388 times, or ...
Post date
16Aug

What the hot weather means for your garden waste and why you should start recycling it again

After a baking hot few weeks, London’s green spaces haven’t been looking so green. With low levels of rainfall and the longest summer heatwave since 1976, gardens are looking scorched!

Garden waste volumes have decreased following the dry spell and we’ve heard from our local authority partners how tough the last few weeks have been for garden waste recycling. As the weather gets back to normal and your garden springs back into life, we want to remind you to recycle your garden waste by home composting or using a local authority garden waste collection service. To find out what services are available to you, please contact your local council.
 
To help the London Borough of Bexley reach their garden waste recycling targets, our Community and Outreach Team have been busy running a door to door engagement campaign in the borough. Our friendly door stepping team will be working hard for six weeks encouraging residents to sign up ...
Post date
10Aug

Successful launch of behaviour change programme at the University of Bristol, encouraging employees to ‘Be the Change’

This summer we launched our latest employee engagement programme, known as ‘Be The Change’, to employees at the University of Bristol.

Bristol is well known for its dedication to being an environmentally friendly city and in 2015 was awarded European Green Capital status. It is exciting to see the education sector demonstrate the same commitment to sustainability, as the University of Bristol has already made impressive steps to minimise its environmental impact.   
 
 
Through the provision of the ‘Be the Change’ programme via our specialist online platform and web app we’re helping the University continue to achieve improvements to sustainability. The aim is to encourage employees to take part in activities which tackle plastics, reduce carbon use and boost wellbeing both at home ...
Post date
25Jul

Where does your recycling really end up?

Yesterday, we heard concerns from the National Audit Office that a significant amount of items recycled in the UK could in fact end up in landfill abroad.

“Most people are unaware that most of our recycling goes abroad,” said Mary Creagh, chair of the Environmental Audit Committee of MPs.
 
In the UK we do not have the infrastructure to handle all our recycling so some of it is distributed to other countries to be treated. This means some of our recycling could end up in landfill without us knowing, but does not take away from the fact that a lot of recycling is still processed correctly overseas.    
 
It is also important to highlight that a lot of the UK’s recycling is in fact processed in the UK and that you can find out, through your local council where your recycling really ends up.
 
For example, in several London Boroughs, including Hackney, ...
Post date
06Jul

Will you have a Plastic-free July?

It’s summer and it’s definitely hot out there – which means lots of us will be sipping ice cold drinks through plastic straws, grabbing plastic bottles of cold water on the go and picking up disposable cutlery or items packaged in plastic for picnics outside.
 
In other words, there are a lot of single use plastic items that have become routine to use, but that you can easily take steps to avoid. This month is Plastic Free July, a campaign to raise awareness about the importance of ending our reliance on plastics, which has millions of participants across more than 150 countries worldwide today. Keep reading to find out what you can do to avoid plastics this July.  
 
Why refuse plastics?
 
Plastics do not ever fully biodegrade and as we’ve seen from documentaries such as Blue Planet II and media coverage of divers swimming in plastic polluted seas – ...
Post date
06Jul

Will you have a Plastic-free July?

It’s summer and it’s definitely hot out there – which means lots of us will be sipping ice cold drinks through plastic straws, grabbing plastic bottles of cold water on the go and picking up disposable cutlery or items packaged in plastic for picnics outside.

In other words, there are a lot of single use plastic items that have become routine to use, but that you can easily take steps to avoid. This month is Plastic Free July, a campaign to raise awareness about the importance of ending our reliance on plastics, which has millions of participants across more than 150 countries worldwide today. Keep reading to find out what you can do to avoid plastics this July.  
 
Why refuse plastics?
 
Plastics do not ever fully biodegrade and as we’ve seen from documentaries such as Blue Planet II and media coverage of divers swimming in plastic polluted seas – this plastic is ...
Post date
29Jun

EAUC round up and our Fitbit winner announced!

It's been an exciting summer so far and our JUMP team have been busy spreading the word about employee engagement in sustainability and wellbeing.

Last week we were at the EAUC’s Collaborations for Change Conference, where we exhibited our JUMP behaviour change programme. The conference kicked off with an insightful welcome address, which identified ‘lack of staff engagement’ as the second biggest barrier facing an institution in achieving their carbon reduction targets.

Another highlight was the workshop "Points Mean Prizes" by our partners Bournemouth University and the University of Winchester. Both universities spoke on how JUMP's use of gamification and rewards enabled them to successfully engage their staff in sustainability and wellbeing activities and work towards their environmental targets. 

We also had fun quizzing those who passed by our stall on their waste and recycling ...

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