Residents Say Recycling Plans Belong in the Bin – But Are They Right?

As recently highlighted, Wokingham Borough Council ( a local authority area in south east England, UK) is exploring replacing residents’ black kerbside recycling boxes with reusable hessian sacks. A quick glimpse at comments on a Wokingham.Today article or a brief trawl of social media will tell you that many residents are confused by or unhappy […]

Recycling Scheme Continues to Support Local Causes

Following our recent piece on TerraCycle, explaining a little more about its model and what you can recycle, we caught up with Alison Chaney who manages a very successful TerraCycle collection scheme covering Reading and Wokingham in Berkshire (UK). Her Facebook page, Ali’s Recycling for the Local Community, now has over 1,000 followers, with many […]

The 2020 Plastic Free Home Awards

As we’ve just ‘enjoyed’ awards season (well done to the BAFTAs for pushing sustainability, not so well done to the Oscars), it’s time for the biggest of them all (drum roll…), the annual Plastic Free Home Awards. There’s no glitzy ceremony, there are no heavyweight awards, Joaquin Phoenix isn’t among the winners and we’re not […]

Our Interview with Zero Waste Business Maya’s Refillables

The growing awareness of the plastic problem and the issue of waste and pollution more widely has seen a slowly growing number of plastic free or zero waste shops opening across the UK. So what is it like to start and run a plastic free shop, what are the challenges and can we expect to […]

It’s Like Einstein Said… Getting in to the Plastic Free and Zero Waste Mindset

No, not E = MC2. Albert Einstein once proclaimed that “we cannot solve our problems with the same thinking that created them.” Last week really reminded us of this. We drove into our local town centre for a shopping trip and as we were walking around it got me thinking about how our aim as […]

What’s it Like to Run a Zero Waste Business? We spoke to Maya’s Refillables

Maya’s Refillables is a zero waste refill business based in Woodley, near Wokingham, Berkshire. You can find Maya’s Refillables at local markets in Woodley and Wokingham, in and around Reading Town Centre and at the University of Reading, with that list growing every month. Tell us about Maya’s Refillables? “My name is Mariana but everybody […]

My Council Has Declared a ‘Climate Emergency’ – What Does This Mean? A Look at Wokingham

Wherever you are in the UK (and increasingly, beyond), it’s likely that your council (or local authority) has declared a climate emergency or is in the process of planning to. Following Wokingham Borough Council’s recent climate emergency declaration and the related initiatives announced, we caught up with Councillor Gregor Murray, the Council’s Executive Member for […]

Recycling Myths, Mistakes and Misunderstandings Explained – By a Leading Waste Management Company!

With the aim of clearing up any confusion and dispelling a few myths around waste disposal, recycling and the plastic problem, we interviewed waste management partnership re3. Who better to ask than the experts! From what to put (and not put) in kerbside bins to what happens to recyclable items incorrectly put in to bin […]