2010 has been an incredible year for Tracey Smith, author of The Book of Rubbish Ideas and it’s about to roll out with a BANG!
Tomorrow morning, on BBC Breakfast Television News and on BBC World, the Global News Network, she’ll be giving her top tips on what to do with a rubbish present….and perhaps more importantly, giving advice on how not to find yourself in this situation in 2011!
There’s a tremendous amount of exciting stuff happening in the New Year and the best way to keep in touch with all of our green news is via Tracey’s Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/RubbishAuthor.
But don’t leave this site without having a good look around first!
There’s a veritable wedge of top tips here, with lots of ideas on ways you can lean towards the green and give a positive embrace to living with less!
Supermarket giant Tesco will no longer be giving Green Clubcard points for customers who have returned empty items to deposit in their recycling machines.
The machines are designed to take a variety of recyclable materials including plastic, tin and glass and are located in around 40 branches of the store throughout England and there’s one in Scotland too.
Consumers were encouraged to clean and return their items and place them in the machines after inserting their Clubcards. The machines usually awarded one point for every four recycled items deposited, however some unscrupulous customers were found to be cutting their plastic bottles in half in order to get ‘double points’ by putting two items into the machine instead of one whole one. As a result, from this point on ‘Green Clubcard’ points will only be issued for aluminium cans, which cannot be tampered with.
Happy New Year and all that associated malarkey 8) .
I hope your Christmas break was filled with thoughts about how you could be more resourceful with the rubbish you found yourself wading through. If like me, you managed to miss the bin men, you’re probably still harbouring a stack of recycling for the good truck and a couple of bags of rubbish film and irritating plastic for the bad truck – boy that stuff annoys me.
I’ve had a tremendous break away from all things with plugs on, including computers and it has done me the world of good, but for the latter part of the holiday, I found myself itching to grab a pen and paper and have been merrily scribbling my rubbish thoughts for the blog and for the new book too! It’s just all too exciting!
I was chatting to a batty friend over the weekend who informed me that her office Christmas do was coming up and that she had ‘absolutely nothing to wearsweetie!’
Now her definition nothing to wear translates into the reality of having a wardrobe bulging with slinky numbers, but they’ve seen the light of day twice in the last year and if she wore them again her social standing would clearly suffer irrepairable damage.
I suggested she get in touch with a mutual chum of ours who was facing a similar dilemma.
I thoroughly enjoyed my recent Rubbish Q&A Day here on the blog and thank you again for all of your thought provoking questions.
One particular question left me with strong concerns about the stockpiling of recyclable materials, in light of the blip on our economic landscape.
My research uncovered the plummet in the trading price of steel to £0.00 per tonne. The knock on effects of this hiccup could be disastrous for the public and manufacturers alike, but I’m delighted to counteract that story with more promising news.
WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme), the Government’s waste advisor, is set to launch a new advice forum for local authorities to help them deal with lower prices and weaker demand for recyclable materials.