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Peter & Francis Brennan of The Park Hotel Kenmare raise the E.U.Green Flower flag

Peter & Francis Brennan of The Park Hotel Kenmare raise the E.U.Green Flower flag

Recycle

Besides not accepting rubbish in the first place the next best idea is to recycle it. Here’s some ideas.

Recycle Ireland; http://www.recyclemore.ie/  Some great ideas for recycling at home, in work and in school.

            Recycling facts and figures;

In numbers: Ireland’s growing recycling trend

Some 208,000 tonnes of household packaged was recovered last year.

http://www.thejournal.ie/in-numbers-irelands-growing-recycling-trend-567299-Aug2012/

Here are the key figures for Irish recycling in 2011:

  • 208,000 – tonnes of household packaging recovered last year
  • 652,000 – tonnes of used packaging in total whose recovery Repak funded
  • 20.9 – percentage increase in tonnes of plastic recovered/recycled in 2011
  • 19.6 – percentage increase in tonnes of aluminium recovered/recycled in 2011
  • 14 – percentage increase in tonnes of glass recovered/recycled in 2011
  • 20 – percentage decrease in tonnes of wood recovered/recycled in 2011
  • 56,000 – tonnes of Refuse Derived Fuel funded by Repack from contaminated paper and plastic
  • 65 – percentage increase in Refuse Derived Fuel since 2010
  • 26.1 million – euros spent by Repak in total on supporting packaging recovery last year
  • 253 million – euros invested by Repak members to support packaging recovery and recycling since its founding in 1997

Repak said that the increase in plastic packaging recovered reflects strong growth in Refuse Derived Fuel; the contaminated paper and plastic used to produce the fuel would have traditionally gone to landfill.

The recovery of used packaging in Ireland was the third-highest per head of population in the EU in 2009.

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Misapprehension over reuse of jars has the British Daily Mail get its knickers crossed.

You're on Crimewatch again tonight dear!

UK’s Daily mail is at least funny if not accurate.

 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2214395/Anger-spreads-EU-fines-threat-reusing-old-jam-jars.html

There are regulations aimed generally at businesses about the types of containers you can use to sell produce in. There’s a very specific part of the regulation about reusing certain materials which can inadvertently cause a health hazard. There is nothing in the regulation that bans jam jars (or even mentions them at all) and nobody has any intention, whatsoever, of launching police raids on a church fair. For anyone who actually wants to read the regulation, the full title is: “REGULATION (EC) No 1935/2004 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 27 October 2004 on materials and articles intended to come into contact with food and repealing Directives 80/590/EEC and 89/109/EEC”

 Geoff_Lantern , London, United Kingdom, 09/10/2012 12:42

“REGULATION (EC) No 1935/2004 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 27 October 2004 on materials and articles intended to come into contact with food and repealing Directives 80/590/EEC and 89/109/EEC”

Materials and articles which come into contact with foodstuffs

This Regulation lays down a general framework for materials and articles that are intended to come into contact with food. All materials and articles used to package food must comply with the requirements of the Regulation. In order to take into account scientific progress, the new framework authorises the introduction of “active” and “intelligent” packaging which extends the shelf-life of food or provides information on its freshness (for example, intelligent packaging may change colour if food has gone off).

http://europa.eu/legislation_summaries/consumers/product_labelling_and_packaging/l21082a_en.htm

U.K. Recycling facts and figures; http://www.recycling-guide.org.uk/facts.html

UK households produced 30.5 million tonnes of waste in 2003/04, of which 17% was collected for recycling (source: defra.gov.uk). This figure is still quite low compared to some of our neighbouring EU countries, some recycling over 50% of their waste. There is still a great deal of waste which could be recycled that ends up in landfill sites which is harmful to the environment.

Recycling is an excellent way of saving energy and conserving the environment. Did you know that:

  • 1 recycled tin can would save enough energy to power a television for 3 hours.
  • 1 recycled glass bottle would save enough energy to power a computer for 25 minutes.
  • 1 recycled plastic bottle would save enough energy to power a 60-watt light bulb for 3 hours.
  • 70% less energy is required to recycle paper compared with making it from raw materials.

Some Interesting Facts

  • Up to 60% of the rubbish that ends up in the dustbin could be recycled.
  • The unreleased energy contained in the average dustbin each year could power a television for 5,000 hours.
  • The largest lake in the Britain could be filled with rubbish from the UK in 8 months.
  • On average, 16% of the money you spend on a product pays for the packaging, which ultimately ends up as rubbish.
  • As much as 50% of waste in the average dustbin could be composted.
  • Up to 80% of a vehicle can be recycled.
  • 9 out of 10 people would recycle more if it were made easier.

Aluminium

  • 24 million tonnes of aluminium is produced annually, 51,000 tonnes of which ends up as packaging in the UK.
  • If all cans in the UK were recycled, we would need 14 million fewer dustbins.
  • £36,000,000 worth of aluminium is thrown away each year.
  • Aluminium cans can be recycled and ready to use in just 6 weeks.

Glass

  • Each UK family uses an average of 500 glass bottles and jars annually.
  • The largest glass furnace produces over 1 million glass bottles and jars per day.
  • Glass is 100% recyclable and can be used again and again.
  • Glass that is thrown away and ends up in landfills will never decompose.

Paper

  • Recycled paper produces 73% less air pollution than if it was made from raw materials.
  • 12.5 million tonnes of paper and cardboard are used annually in the UK.
  • The average person in the UK gets through 38kg of newspapers per year.
  • It takes 24 trees to make 1 ton of newspaper.

Plastic

  • 275,000 tonnes of plastic are used each year in the UK, that’s about 15 million bottles per day.
  • Most families throw away about 40kg of plastic per year, which could otherwise be recycled.
  • The use of plastic in Western Europe is growing about 4% each year.
  • Plastic can take up to 500 years to decompose.

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More on Glass

http://earth911.com/news/2009/06/22/truth-about-glass-recycling/

  • It has the quickest turnaround of any curbside product, back on store shelves in as little as 30 days
  • There’s a strong market for recycled glass, and the demand is not currently met
  • A good portion of glass that you place in your recycling bin is not actually recycled

Secondary markets for glass recycling may include:

British Glass Recycling Glass website, the site for children, students and grown-ups (parents, teachers and other members of the public) to find out about Recycling Glass and how it benefits the environment when you recycle it. http://www.recyclingglass.co.uk/

Unique Ways to Recycle and Reuse Glass Jars

Recycling Crafts from Household Items;

Original Article;  10-unique-ways-recycle-reuse-glass-jars

Everyone knows that glass jars can be recycled with the rest of your regular recyclables, but did you know that there are lots of amazing household uses for glass jars? Glass jars can save you money, cut down on some bills, and may even make wonderful gifts for Christmas and birthdays. Try a few of these ideas for reusing and recyclingyour glass jars.

Utility Storage

Glass jars of all types and sizes make great receptacles for storing utility items as well as hardware. You can use them to store screws and nails in your garage. If you have an office or work on computers, they can be used to hold small parts. These little utility racks are also great forsewing and craft rooms. Use them to organize buttons, spools of thread, ribbon, and extra pieces of things that you do not want to lose.

To create a utility storage rack that can be easily accessed, you will need a shelf and a long wooden board. Use a hammer to nail the lids upside down to your long board. Nail the board securely to the underside of your utility shelf. The jars can be filled with nuts, bolts, screws, nails, and other parts and then screwed back onto their lids so that they hang down from the underside of your utility shelf.

Food Canning

Food canning is a wonderful way to reuse your old jars and save money. Instead of buying brand new jars to can your food, use jars that you have washed and sanitized. You can make your own recipes in bulk and can them using different canning recipes. Easy foods to can include salsa, tomato sauces, soups, fruits, and vegetables. This is an especially great idea if you are a gardener. Canned food can be saved and used or given away as gifts.

Bath Salts Gifts

Old jars are great for packaging homemade bath salts. You can use them to package other gifts as well such as premixed cookie and cake recipes, bath oils, and hand scrubs. To hide the brand label on the jar lids, cover them with a square of cloth that has been securely glued down. Once the lid is fitted onto the jar, tie the cloth down around the neck of the jar with a piece of ribbon.

Toilet Dam

Reusing glass jars in your toilet can save you money and help the environment. Jars can be used as toilet dams to save water. A toilet dam is a container that is filled with water and placed into the toilet tank. This takes up space in the toilet tank and the size of the toilet dam is the amount of water that you save each time you flush the toilet. Use the largest jar possible to get the most out of your new water saving device. You could save thousands of gallons of water each year by using a toilet dam in your toilets.

To Go Cup

Glass jars make great “to go” cups. When you are in a hurry to get somewhere, you don’t have to run out of the house without bringing a drink with you. Just pour your drink into the jar and screw the lid on. You’ll be able to hold it in the car or transport it with you just about anywhere without spilling it.

Food Storage

Glass jars make great containers for storing leftover foods. I keep stews, casseroles, rice, beans, and vegetables in mine. You don’t need to spend a lot of money buying expensive plastic food storage containers. Glass jars are also safer for heating in the microwave than plastic storage dishes which can leach chemicals into your food.

Jar Candles

Jars make great receptacles for candles. This is also a great way to recycle your old candle wax into something new and useful. Buy some craft wick or make your own by braiding three pieces of 100% cotton string. Use a double boiler to melt your wax remnants and pour them into the jar around the candle wick. You will probably need to use a fork to push the candle wick straight down toward the bottom of the jar. Hold the wick in place while it cools by placing a pencil across the top of the jar and laying the end of the wick over the middle of the pencil.

Paintbrush Cleaner

Save your old pieces of soap and keep them in an old glass jar with just a little water in the bottom. After finishing with your paintbrushes, clean them by swishing them around in the thick soap at the bottom of the jar, then rinse with fresh water several times. This only works with acrylic and other water-based paints. This is a great trick that my grandmother, who is an artist, taught me.

Party Lights

Old jars make great party lights. Use thick craft wire or floral wire wrapped tightly around the neck of your jar to create a loop with which to hang it. Fill your jar halfway with sand and place a taper candle inside. Be very careful not to hang your candle from something that is flammable.

Change Jar

One of the best uses for an old jar is to use it as a change jar. Keep a jar on your end table, in your closet, or near any place that you usually get undressed at the end of the day. Empty the change from your pockets and your purse into the jar each day. At the end of the month, you can cash in your change jar and use the money to buy yourself something special

We also put Christmas lights into larger glass jars – they look great in a dark hallway (or on a porch if inverted to keep water out). I like ‘em for storing screws and nails as I can see at a glance what’s in there. Put some beer in jars – part cover – hide around garden and capture snails/slugs. They drown and (naturally occurring) nematodes take over decomposing the bodies. Pour the nematode-soup directly onto the ground and the tiny beasts search out underground slugs – with a strengthened desire! Save some ‘soup’ and add a few more slugs to restart the process. How’s THAT for recycling?

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