Climate change is a big green issue these days; but how real is it? It's not unusual for world temperatures to increase; the earth has gone through many natural ups and downs. What is alarming, however, is the speed at which current temperatures are increasing and the inability of plant and animal species to accommodate these sudden changes. The data is available to show how these temperature rises are a direct result of human activity. We must remember that we are not immune to the laws of nature, especially this one: 'for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction'.....
So what does this mean on a more local level? Is there anything we can do that will actually make a real difference? The main challenge of today is how to live in a more sustainable way. Global warming may seem a bit removed from our daily activities, but what we do on a day-to-day basis, whether this be at home or work, can actually have a positive impact. Being more energy efficient is always a good place to start; not only does this help the environment, it also helps our pockets. In addition, what we do with our waste also has an impact on the environment, both at local and global levels.
In 1996, the UK introduced its first environmental tax - the Landfill Tax. The 2010 Budget set the Landfill Tax at £48 per tonne, with a yearly increase of £8 per tonne per year (this is known as the Landfill Tax 'escalator') until 2014, when the figure will be £80 per tonne. The Chancellor revealed that the tax would then not fall below £80 after that point. Think of the impact this cost could have on your balance sheet....
The latest figures from DEFRA show that in 2002/3, 1% more waste from the industrial and commercial sector was recycled rather than sent to landfill. It's brilliant that we are all becoming more aware of the benefits of recycling, but did you know that anything up to 30% of our waste can be composted? Food waste, sent to landfill, bio-degrades anaerobically (ie, without oxygen), and as a result produces methane, which just happens to be 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide. So, during 2002/3, while more waste was being recycled there was still 660,000 tonnes of food waste sent to landfill, with the potential of producing 15,350 tonnes of methane, or the equivalent of 322,350 tonnes of CO2 (NOTE: this is the same CO2 as 6000 cars with a lifetime of 200,000 miles).
You and your company can help to reduce this methane and CO2 by composting all your food waste. Rotters Community Composting has 4 years experience in recycling food waste and is the only DEFRA Category 3 certified siteon Merseyside. If your company is based in the Liverpool area, we can tailor a collection service to suit your company's individual needs and requirements. Alternatively, we are able to offer advice and consultations about the possibilities of various on-site composting options.
Why not contact us today and find out what we can do for you.
Workshops for Businesses Rotters can provide seminars and/or interactive workshops about how your company can reduce not only the waste thrown away to landfill, but also your bills. By creating a more sustainable way of disposing your waste, you can help your pocket as well as the environment.
Advice for Businesses If you don't want your food waste collected by Rotters, but are still concerned about the effects of throwing all your food waste into landfill, there are still other options available. Rotters can provide advice as to what system of disposal would best suit your business.
Business Collection Service Does your place of work have a canteen? Or are you based at a hotel/restaurant? Do you produce large amounts of food waste? If you can say 'yes' to any of these questions, then Rotters may be able to help you dispose of your waste in a more eco-friendly way.
Each collection can be tailor-made to suit your company's needs, so why not contact us today and see what we can do for you?