May Update: The Green Newspaper

May Update: The Green Newspaper

With Earth Day last month, World Environment Day next week, and the Extinction Rebellion protests in London, there’s been a lot of focus recently on the damage we’re all doing to the environment.

But there are also many people, and companies, out there trying to reverse some of this damage and find new and innovative ways of helping our planet. And The Green Newspaper is here to highlight some of these environmental wins. So, here’s our round up of positive eco-news from the last couple of months…

Inciner8 and Steel Warriors fight knife crime through recycling

Merseyside waste management firm, Inciner8, and crime charity, Steel Warriors, have partnered up to fight knife crime and do something good for the planet at the same time. The two companies are working together to turn confiscated knives (collected by Metropolitan Police) into outdoor gyms across London. This is a real positive to come out of the knife crime epidemic Britain is currently facing – and a great way of giving back to the community and the environment.

Diageo give Guinness a plastic-free makeover

It may not have been in time for St Patrick’s Day, but drinks company, Diageo, have announced they’re removing plastic ring carriers and shrink wrap from Guinness multipacks. The plastic will be replaced with sustainably sourced, recyclable and fully-biodegradable cardboard packaging, and is set to hit the shelves from August this year. Now, that’s something to drink to!

Castle Newnham School build café using 100% recycled waste

Castle Newnham School in Bedford have transformed an unused area into an eco-friendly café, by collecting discarded items from around the school site, such as old science stools and an unwanted textiles cupboard, and turning them into a place for pupils to hang out and enjoy. The café is made up of 100% recycled materials and is a wonderful way of teaching children about sustainability – all over a cup of tea and some lunch!

McDonald's turn burgers into biofuel

For over a decade, fast food giant, McDonald’s, has been turning the used grease from its fryers into biofuel for its transport fleet. Now, the company has partnered up with domestic appliances manufacturer, Miele, to get even more out of this grease. By updating all of the UK branches’ washing machines, Miele will help McDonald’s to pull grease out of used mops, towels and cleaning cloths – all of which will boost the company’s biofuel production. A fantastic example of closed loop recycling.

Protos to host UK's first full scale plastics-to-hydrogen project

In a UK first, Peel Environmental’s Protos site in Cheshire is set to host a full scale plastics-to-hydrogen project - operated by EfW developer Waste2Tricity and licensed by PowerHouse Energy. In an effort to avoid landfill or incineration, the project will turn non-recyclable plastics and tyres into a clean and low-cost hydrogen - which can then be used to power buses, HGVs and hydrogen cars, reducing air pollution in the process. We’ll certainly be keeping our eyes ‘peeled’ for developments on this one.