- IDEXX Water
- Valeport Water
- BT Corporate Reports
SOCIAL ACCOUNTS YEAR ENDED SEPTEMBER 2017
Mary Coyle MBE, the Chair of Shared Interest, says: "I am pleased to report in this set of Social Accounts that we have made considerable progress in achieving the goals set out in our 2014 Strategic Review. This year our lending supported over 160 producer groups, helping almost 375,000 individuals in 60 countries, 30% of whom were women."
Resource & 'Waste'
Funding of over £3m has been given for four projects comprising a new plastics recycling partnership, Project Beacon, which has the potential to recycle all plastics in Scotland and beyond – even those that currently can’t be recycled.
Cornish lithium, a crucial material for electric car batteries, is being prospected for from space - an unobtrusive method of mining exploration.
Online retailer Ocado have published a total food waste figure of 0.02% – just 1 in 6,000 items, a near zero waste figure. Ocado's automated business model is built on efficiency and low waste, and tackling the food redistribution strategy has become key, with 2,200 tonnes of food donated in 2017 alone.
Knauf Insulation and Veolia have opened a £10 million glass recycling facility in St Helens, Merseyside whereby 60,000 tonnes of used glass bottles and jars will now be given a new lease of life each year as energy-saving insulation. Fittingly, the town has been well known for glass making, including pioneering the float glass window method, for hundreds of years.
The Global E-Waste Monitor 2017 report brings attention to the growing worldwide issue of e-waste ranging from mobile phones, laptops, televisions, refrigerators and electrical toys - with facts and predictions showing large increases and risks to both the environment and human health.
Schoolchildren are being inspired to seriously consider 'untrendy' careers in science and engineering following visits to a Berkshire waste-to-energy plant where Grundon, Viridor and Lakeside join forces to focus on providing STEM education.
The increasing UK homeless crisis, and people intoxicated from alcoholic drink or drugs, means that refuse collectors are living with the growing fear that they could accidentally kill a person sleeping in a commercial wheeled bin, as they attempt to stay warm for the night.
As we near the end of 2017, what has been achieved and what can we expect from 2018? Nick Oettinger, Managing Director at TFR GROUP discusses.
High rates of contamination in recycled materials have prompted the Recycling Association to advise 'if in doubt throw it out when recycling at home', because the public are often unsure whether household items are recyclable or not.
Adrian Griffiths, CEO of Recycling Technologies, feels strongly that plastics should and can be dealt with at home to solve ocean pollution. He writes....