Recycling News from the Community Environmental Group
Are you up to speed with soft plastic? About half of what has gone into your general waste bin can now be successfully reprocessed. Unfortunately, this is still not accepted by the weekly kerbside collections but major supermarkets are committed to taking soft plastics for recycling at their bigger stores.
What are soft plastics?
• All plastic bags, except biodegradable or compostable bags
• Plastic marked as low density polyethylene (LDPE) - resin ID code 4
e.g. biomass pellet sacks
• Bread bags • Breakfast cereal liners • Bubble wrap • Crisp packets • Delivery bags • Dry cleaning bags • Frozen food bags • Magazine and newspaper wrappers • Biscuit & chocolate wrappings • Salad, pasta & rice bags, Multi-pack wrapping • Toilet roll wrapping
All this material can be collected in plastic bags and returned to some
Where is the best collection spot?
Tesco Extra in Hexham is by far the most comprehensive collection spot withlarge capacity containers by the entrance. The collection bin at Waitrose offers to recycle carrier bags but has a narrow aperture which does not welcome larger donations. M&S have said they are collecting but the bins have yet to appear. Aldi also has none.
Recycling HQ at the Village Community Shop
The latest addition is the collection point for CORKS. So now pop your corks from the bottle to the shed.
FIND OUT WHAT OUR CC PLANS TO TACKLE CLIMATE CHANGE
Priority Action Area 6 - Natural Resource-Based Carbon Sequestration
The County enjoys a vast spread of land and forestry.
Carbon is sequestered by forestry, grassland, wetlands
and peat, while carbon losses occur on existing
cropland and natural land that is converted to cropland.
We will continue to work with our partners in our
natural capital sector to progress integrated land use
which enhances, safeguards sequestration and the
associated biodiversity, whilst supporting local
climate action and boosting rural economy.
Priority Action Area 2 - Engagement and Partnership
The Council cannot achieve its ambition of a net-zero
county by 2030 in isolation. The actions of residents,
visitors and businesses will be integral to meeting this
goal. We will commit to engaging and partnering to
Inform, Consult, Empower and Evaluate on initiatives
and activity focused on climate change and the
environment. We will seek to drive a cultural shift
across the county through taking a number of key
actions, including the creation of a Community
Climate Champions network, working with residents,
communities, businesses, the third sector, visitors
Priority Action Area 7 - Reducing Waste
Northumberland County Council will support and
engage our communities to consider a more circular
approach to our economy and reduce waste by
supporting efforts to design out waste, keeping
materials in operation and productive use for as long
as possible. This will reduce climate impacts and open
new opportunities for businesses and consumers to
provide and purchase sustainable goods and services.
Priority Action Area 4 - Transport
We will take a number of actions as part of this plan
to help transport in the County become, wherever
possible, low carbon with zero tailpipe emissions,
protecting local air quality and reducing noise.
Priority Action Area 3 - Heating Existing Buildings and New Buildings
Poor energy efficiency in both domestic and nondomestic buildings results in the demand for excess
heating. This causes unnecessarily high carbon emissions
and energy costs. We will address this by progressing
our work towards low-carbon district heat networks in
our towns and supporting the implementation of
renewable heat sources in rural areas, such as heat
pumps, by supporting residents to apply for available
funding support and drawing inward investment into
Priority Action Area 5 - Renewable Energy Generation
Continuing to generate energy from renewable sources
across the County is both sustainable and a driver for
economic growth. Whilst we acknowledge that the UK’s
national grid is projected to decarbonise substantially
between now and 2030, there is much that the Council
can do to support renewable energy generation. We
will achieve this through taking a number of actions
including continued support for renewable technology
where installations are technically possible, economically
feasible, environmentally advantageous and socially
acceptable: including wind, solar and hydro.
Anyone can join.. Look at the contacts link to find how.