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We are gradually building up this A to Z of recycling.
Below are entries for the letters so far published in the ATC’s monthly
Green Page in the Hebden Bridge Times. As recycling suggestions for each
letter, A through to Z, are published, we will add them to our website.
If you have any suggestions or amendments, please
them to the ATC
N.B. This list is supplied for your
information only. The ATC does not warrant the competence, reliability or
financial standing of any of the persons or businesses named. It is up to
you to make your own enquiries about a contractor prior to entering into any
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Aardvarks — All A to Z’s start
with aardvarks, but unfortunately there are currently no recycling
facilities for aardvarks in Calderdale. Watch this space…!
Abandoned Vehicles — Environmental Health will
remove abandoned vehicles — contact (01422) 392319.
Advice — For advice about recycling and a guide to
Calderdale's 50 bring sites
Go to our website
or phone Calderdale Council’s
Recycling Officer, Lisa Wainright-McKenzie, on
(01422) 392385. E-mail:email@example.com
Try Waste Watch for general information on 0870 243 0136 or at
www.wastewatch.org.uk or the
Recycling Helpline on 0800 435576. Or see 'Recycling Information' on page 8
of your Yellow Pages.
Air Miles - Can be recycled by
the World Wildlife Fund UK, North London office, 13 Redston Road, London N8
Allotments — To find out about
renting a council allotment or if you have questions about allotment
maintenance phone 359454.
Aluminium cans and foil — Wash,
flatten and take to a recycling point. To find out where your nearest
recycling point is phone Calderdale’s Recycling Officer or log onto
Calderdale Councils Website (see Advice above). Kerbside collect door to
door in Calderdale, tel. 881110.
Alcan do a ‘buy back’ scheme on Tuesdays 11.00am — 3.00pm
Broad Street Car Park, Halifax. Alternatively, contact the Aluminium
Packaging Recycling Organisation 0845 722 7722. For further information on
how to organise the collection of aluminium cans to raise funds for
organisations, contact environmental Health Services (01422) 392336.
Antique Dealers/Markets -
There's one per head in Hebden Bridge! Try Antiquary in Halifax 341770 or
Old Cawsey Antiques Sowerby Bridge 832140. Alternatively see Yellow Pages -
there are hundreds listed!
Appliances (repairs) - Don't
dump that old video - get it fixed! Try Lord Dales in Hebden Bridge (844148)
or Valley Electronics in Mytholmroyd (885088), Calder Services in Halifax
(366152) or Domestice Appliances in Halifax (0800 525960). For washing
machine repairs, try Dakfix on 241666.
Architectural Salvage -Try Andy
Thornton Architectural Antiques Ltd in Elland (01422) 376000 or log onto
Art materials - Pennine Magpie
in Halifax collects scrap material from small businesses and factories and
supplies children's groups, schools and art projects. For further
information, phone 344566 or alternatively try the Rochdale Play Resource
Centre on 01706 640823.
Asbestos Waste/Removal — For
information and advice phone the Environment Agency 0113 244 0191
Auctions/Markets - for
information on Calderdale’s markets contact the Markets Office 359034. For
your nearest auctioneer, refer to Yellow Pages under auctioneers or car
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Baby Clothes and Equipment —
buy second hand from friends or charity shops. See notices in local shops /
newspapers. Or hire Jack and Jill baby equipment - 844459.
Bags — most supermarkets now
offer long lasting ‘bags for life’. Use these or an old fashioned, non
plastic shopping bag — string bags are de rigeur for summer 2002. UK
shoppers use 8 billion plastic bags per year (134 per person)! Refuse
plastic bags in shops if you don’t need them. Safeways in Todmorden has a
bin outside for recycling plastic bags or put your name down for the ATC’s
Plastic Recycling Club — 842121.
Batteries — Household batteries
are difficult to recycle — use mains where possible. Small dry cell
batteries can be recharged (the ATC’s Green Shop sells battery rechargers).
Call Duracell on 0800 716434 for a freepost label and Jiffy bag to return
spent batteries or send Ever Ready batteries to Energizer UK, Recycling,
Freepost LOL2311, Dunstable, Beds LU54YY.
Local community recyclers, Kerbside, have a pilot scheme
for collecting and recharging household batteries — tel. 881110.
Car batteries can be taken to certain recycling point /
civic amenity sites — contact Calderdale’s Recycling Officer for information
- 392385. Kerbside collect used car batteries locally. Exhausted power tool
batteries can often be taken back by the supplier so it’s worth asking eg
Draper tools will take back spent battery packs in exchange for a 10%
discount on a new one.
Beds — If you have any unwanted
beds to get rid of — try a local charity shop or alternatively try
registered charity CHAS - 01274 731909 — they will call on you if you live
in the Halifax area, free of charge, to remove any unwanted items of
furniture which are in a reasonable condition and may be of use to someone
Bicycles — will be repaired by
most local bike shops or try and sell through local paper.
Books — Give second hand books
to charity shops / jumble sales. Your local Oxfam / PDSA etc will be glad of
them. Book Aid International sends books to developing countries —phone 020
Bob the Builder - To get your
hands on a ‘Bob’s recycling day’ sticker book along with a huge selection of
books on Recycling / Environmental issues contact Eco-logic books on 01225
484472 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bottles — Find ways of reusing
bottles and jars or rinse and take to your local bottle bank — contact your
Recycling Officer 392 385 if you don’t know where yours is. Kerbside collect
glass bottles door to door (tel. 881110). For plastic bottles, get your name
down for the ATC’s Plastics Recycling Club (tel. 842121).
Bottled water - Filter your own
or drink tap water! Plastic bottles are difficult to recycle — there’s also
the energy waste in bottling / packaging and transportation. ATC recycle a
limited number of plastic bottles. To find out more about plastic recycling
contact the ATC or RECOUP on 01684 272185.
Bric a brac — take your
unwanted goods to charity shops / jumble sales / car boot sales. Other
people are always ready to give your cast-offs a new home!
Bring sites — another
name for ‘recycling sites’ or ‘bottle / paper banks’. Phone Calderdale
Council — 392385 - for a free, up to date list of what to take where in
Calderdale or see
Building Materials — to find
companies that sell second hand building materials such as bricks / gates /
paving see Yellow Pages under Builder’s Merchants or Salvage and Reclamation
or try www.salvo.co.uk.
Buy recycled — buying recycled
helps the recycling chain. It encourages the growth of companies providing
recycled goods and displaces products made from scratch. A UK recycled
products guide can be obtained from Waste Watch on 020 7 253 6266.
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Cables — from electrical equipment generally
contain copper wire and can be recycled. Contact Kerbside for details of
collection procedure (Tel. 01422-881110)
Cameras — don’t buy one-use
Cans — aluminium & steel cans,
that is - wash, flatten, take to a recycling point. Some take mixed
aluminium and steel, some require them to be separated. There are 33
aluminium can recycling points in Calderdale. Ring Calderdale Council for a
free, up to date list on 01422-392385. Doorstep recyclers, Kerbside, collect
cans — see Collections.
Car oil — some recycling depots
(there are 5 that take oil in Calderdale) and petrol stations will recover
oil — to find out more contact Calderdale Council on 392385 or phone the oil
bank on 0800 663366.
Cardboard — flatten, remove
staples and packaging and take to your nearest collection point — the
council will tell you where this is. Shredded and scrunched cardboard can
also be added to your compost heap.
Cards — try to only buy cards
that have at least some recycled paper in them — by buying recycled goods
you help stimulate the market for recycling. You can recycle greetings cards
at branches of Boots and Wilko’s.
Carrier Bags — See Bags.
Car boot sales — a good way of
recycling your unwanted household paraphernalia. Look in local paper or
contact the Markets Manager 359 034.
Cartridges — for a list of
companies dealing in recycled ink cartridges contact Waste Watch on 0207 253
6266 or try the Green Stationery Company on 01225 480556.
Charity shops — recycling at
it’s best! Take any unwanted clothes etc to your local shop — make sure you
close the loop too by buying recycled (ie secondhand). Some will arrange
Christmas Trees - Buy a fake
tree to use year after year (no needles all over your carpet either!). If
buying a real tree, buy a UK grown tree — preferably with roots so that you
can plant it out after Christmas. If you want to dispose of your tree, phone
your recycling officer to find out about collection points 392385
Copper — pipes, tanks and wire
can all be recycled — contact Kerbside for details of collection points and
house to house collections (881110)
Clinical waste —includes things
like soiled dressings, needles and syringes - there is a free collection for
households and a chargeable one for businesses. Contact the cleansing
section of Environmental Health 392318 / 392304.
Clothing — take to a charity
shop or a clothes bank at a recycling point. Consider getting clothes
repaired Stitch Express Halifax 348820 or learn how to fix ‘em yourself!
Coffins — each year 437000
wooden coffins are burned in the UK. To find out about cardboard coffins
phone The Natural Death Centre on 020 8208 2853 or try
www.naturaldeath.co.uk. Contact The Funeral Company to find out about energy
saving woodland burials 01908225 222 or
Collections — there is a weekly
collection of recyclable materials (glass,paper etc) from households in and
around Hebden Bridge. For more info contact Kerbside on 881110.
Commercial and office waste — A
wide range of options are available for the collection and disposal of
commercial and industrial waste. For information contact the Cleansing
Section, Environmental Health Services 392318 / 392304 / 392339.
Computers and IT equipment —
contact comm.unity on 01422 843792 or the Skillsgap (atJava Lounge) on
845740. For further info refer to the DTI’s website on `Unwanted computer
equipment — A guide to re-use’
Company details —For local
office paper / plastic collections see your Yellow Pages under ‘recycling’.
There are also hundreds of companies nationally making products using
recycled materials — contact Waste Watch for a recycled products guide —0207
Composting —Almost 1/3 of our
domestic waste could be put back into the soil to return nutrients and
energy. 27 million tonnes of organic waste (eg tea bags and egg shells) goes
to landfill each year — once it’s in landfill it’s deprived of oxygen and
does not biodegrade. The ATC has lots of information on composting, compost
bins and wormeries, as well as peat-free compost, for sale (or contact the
Composting Association on 01933 227777 or contact the Community Composting
www.othas.org.uk or phone on 0114
Cycles- advertise an unwanted
bike in your local paper or find local bike shops in the Yellow Pages. You
can get bikes repaired at Cyclegear in Sowerby Bridge 831676 or Dougie
Mansfield’s in Mytholmroyd on 884397.
Cut someone’s trek to collect water
/ food by 3 hours a day in a developing country by donating your bike to ReCycle - Tel 01206 382 207.
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you can be green even in death! Consider a
woodland burial or cardboard coffin. Visit
The wire and cellophane that comes with bought flower
arrangements takes years to decompose and becomes an eyesore. Why not take a
rooted plant to be planted by the grave instead?
Decorating? — 6.2 million litres
of paint sold in the UK remains unused — but it can be recycled. Re-Paint
redistributes paint to local community projects. For more info see
Desks - There will always be
someone who will take it off your hands - advertise in the local rag or try
Sitting Comfortably, a charity which will collect decent used furniture and
household goods in the Calderdale area, tel. 01274-731909 (except Tuesdays —
tel. 01422-392482). For Bradford area contact CHAS, also on 01274-731909.
Dining out? Ask your pub /
restaurant if they currently recycle their glass — 80% of this goes to
landfill at the moment. If local commercial collection schemes are
inadequate suggest they team up with others / lobby local council. The
Recycling Helpline will tell you what’s out there 01686 640600.
Disabled equipment and vehicles -
Several companies offer nearly new / reconditioned stair
lifts, wheel chairs and scooters - see Yellow Pages under Mobility &
DIY equipment / tools - Tool
hire companies offer a huge range of equipment e.g wall paper strippers,
lawnmowers etc. Much greener than investing in your own tools which were
probably made in a sweatshop on the other side of the world. Try Calder Tool
Hire 01274 774406 or EPS in Mytholmroyd 885619.
Or maybe you can find someone with what you need through
Calderdale LETS (Local Exchange Trading Scheme), tel. 01706-814722.
Unwanted tools may be welcomed by Tools For Self Reliance
who mend old tools and ship them out to community projects in poorer nations
— e-mail: email@example.com
Donate! — Recycle your organs by
picking up a donor card from your GP’s surgery. There are always people
waiting for donors. The ultimate in recycling!
Don’t buy it…! If it’s
overwrapped or packaged in non-recyclable materials.
Don’t throw it away! Whatever it
is, there must be a more constructive way. If you really are stuck with
something and don’t want to bin it contact the ATC for further ideas.
Doors - Every skip contains a
door! Think about ways in which you could revamp a door without having to
dump it - try local stripping/restoration services .
Dress hire - More
environmentally friendly than owning your own. Try Cream Dress agency,
Dustbin — Put as little as you
can in it — by recycling and composting some of your waste you can make a
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Egg boxes —
Torn up cardboard eggboxes are a useful addition
to your compost heap. They also make great trays for chitting potatoes or as
biodegradable seed pots. Some are accepted back by retailers for reuse —
it’s worth asking.
Egg shells — Crush up your
eggshells for the compost heap. They are rich in nitrogen and phosphorous.
Electrical Equipment — Some
charity shops still take electrical goods - try Oxfam on Market Street in
Hebden Bridge who will take items, send them to be tested and re-sell them.
Or try Sitting Comfortably on 01274731909 — they will take working
TV’s, irons, kettles etc.
Energy — Making reductions in
your energy consumption saves money as well as precious resources. It takes
up to 95 % less energy to make a recycled aluminium can than to start from
scratch according to Alcan. You could also contact Calderdale Council’s
Energy Conservation Section on 01422 392487.
Engine oil — Waste oil contains
toxic substances, which could end up in our drinking water if dumped. It is
illegal to dump waste oil down the drain. If you live in Hebden Bridge your
nearest sites are Milner Royd Depot, Mearclough, Sowerby Bridge
or the Eastwood Waste Site, Halifax Road,
A lubricating oil called ‘Envirol’ manufactured from waste
oil is available from some branches of Halfords.
Enquiries for enquiries about
your local recycling site phone your Recycling Officer on 01422 392356.
Envelopes — re-use your
envelopes — there’s no difference between a used one and a new one except
maybe a bit of writing. Open them carefully so that they can be reused. If
you must - you can buy re-use labels from Friends of the Earth 02074901555
or other local charities.
Extended Life — This company
promote re-use of old computers and are involved in recycling them too. You
can contact them on 01422 422256
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– always research tried and
tested practical solutions to problems! Many of today’s so-called
alternative technologies are merely recycled traditional ideas that employ
the best examples of modern engineering. (The latest 2.75-megawatt windmill
on Orkney can supply a whopping 1,700 homes with renewable energy!)
Incineration – Dioxins, furans, acid gases and heavy metals – just
some of the pollutants created by burning waste. Incineration means that
potentially valuable and reusable materials are destroyed forever. The Zero
Waste strategy in New Zealand has proven that by minimising waste and
introducing effective recycling systems incineration is unnecessary. For
more incineration information see www.foe/campaigns/waste/issues.
Industrial waste – many types of industrial waste can be recycled.
Contact Calderdale’s Recycling Officer on 392356 for further information.
Inkjets – recycle your inkjet cartridges! The ATC has freepost bags
to send used cartridges to ‘Tommy’s Campaign’ – the national baby charity.
Many other charities run similar schemes. Insulate - badly insulated
buildings waste energy. (You can recycle the heat in your rooms by putting
foil behind radiators to reflect heat back into the room, shelves above
radiators also help to positively change the heating pattern in rooms.) Many
thermal insulation products are made from recycled materials. Warmcel is
manufactured from 100% recycled newspaper and contains no toxic substances.
Investments – recycle your money ethically by switching your account
to a bank or building society with sound environmental policies and letting
your old bank know why you’ve changed! Last year the Co-Op bank declined
£2.5million of income from sources that breached its ethical policy!
Irons – don’t throw them away when you ‘upgrade’, donate your working
irons to Sitting Comfortably (839482), remove plugs for re-use
and recycle the flex and all metal parts of broken irons with Kerbside
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Jars - we each use approximately 100 glass jars a year! Before they
are ultimately recycled jars are ideal airtight storage containers,
invaluable for homemade jams and chutneys, as well as being excellent
mini-cloches or propagators in the garden.
Jeans, jumpers and jackets - buying second-hand clothes from, and
donating to local charity shops or jumble sales is an everyday example of
Jewellery - buy second-hand or jewellery made from recycled materials.
Donate any unwanted items to local charity shops.
Jiffy bags - These take up loads of room in landfill, are quite
expensive to buy, but can be re-used countless times. Why not save and
re-use them with new homemade labels!
Join in your local recycling scheme! – To find out if you are on
Kerbside’s weekly collection route contact them on (O1422) 881110.
Jokes - did you hear the one about the inflatable boy who took a pin
to school with him?
Journalism - try not to follow Bernhard Ingham’s policy of regularly
recycling old ideas and articles and sending them to our local newspaper.
Junk mail - junk mail produces a shocking waste of resources. 44% of
junk mail is thrown away without being opened! Rather than perpetual
recycling why not initiate your very own Zero Waste Strategy and reduce this
waste at its source? Contact the Mailing Preference Service, Freepost 22,
London WE1 7EZ (Telephone – 0207 7664410) and ask for your name to be
removed from mailing lists. If junk mail persists you can return it marked
"return to sender" with a note asking to be taken off their lists.
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K is for…
– apart from recycling all
working kettles with Sitting Comfortably (01274 731909) and non-functioning
metal kettles with Kerbside Community Recyclers (01422 881110) it is
essential to use your kettle efficiently. Heating water is a big energy user
so only boil the amount of water you need and keep your kettle fur-free
(calcium carbonate often clogs up kettles in hard water areas and causes
less efficient boiling! It can be removed by overnight soaking with white
Keys – all unwanted keys (except those from your piano, organ or
computer) can be put with your metals for collection by Kerbside.
Kitchen utensils – Unwanted and damaged metal pots and pans can all
be easily recycled. Many kitchen utensils will have their lives prolonged by
careful cleaning and polishing and non-serrated knives can always be easily
sharpened. The most energy-efficient kitchen utensils are those powered by
hand so always choose manual can openers and carving knives. Using glass and
ceramic baking dishes also reduces the cooking temperatures (and therefore
energy consumption!) for all dishes by up to 25ºF.
Kitchen waste – Vegetable peelings, tea bags, and other food scraps
are excellent additions to the compost heap and would otherwise take up a
huge space in the average dustbin. By adding ripped up kitchen roll holders
and other small scraps of screwed up paper too we can improve the composting
process for kitchen waste.
Kitsch – If you’ve got the space, keep everything you would otherwise
consider throwing away due to its pretentious or inferior nature. Chances
are that it will form the basis of the next fad or youth craze.
Knitwear – Old woollen clothing can be recycled via second-hand shops
if it is still in good condition or through the local Kerbside service.
Because processing wool often uses large amounts of water and chemical
treatments its re-use substantially reduces the amount of energy used and
pollution caused by its original manufacture.
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M is for
Magazines – Suitable for recycling with your newspapers (remove
any plastic packaging from unread magazines!) but also worth
passing on to health centres, hospitals or doctors and dentists
surgeries if they contain well-researched articles on alternative
therapies, non-mercury dentistry, or the fluoridation of water
– Farmyard manure can be rich in plant nutrients and
ideal for improving soil structure. Well -rotted manure has a carbon
to nitrogen ratio similar to good compost and can be used as a
fertiliser or compost activator. Manure from intensively reared
animals is likely to distort the balance of your compost heap and
should perhaps be avoided.
– Old road maps,
rendered obsolete by successive government passions for
concreting over the countryside, make excellent wrapping paper!
– Wednesday’s second hand market in Hebden Bridge is
often full of really useful second-hand goods for re-use and
– Make a concerted effort to reduce your use of
unnecessary antibiotics! Although some medicines are classified as
hazardous most can be returned to the chemist or doctor’s surgery for
– Contact Kerbside (01422 881110) or the council’s
recycling officer (01422 392385) for information on all aspects of
Glass milk bottles are regularly re-used up to 20 times before being
recycled and their continued use must be supported. Plastic milk
bottles can be recycled by members of the ATC’s Plastics
Recycling Club (01422 842121).
– Broken mobile 'phones can often be repaired, try
i-tec (0870 840088) or cellcomm (01274 688788) but in the UK
alone it is estimated that there are 90 million mobile phones
lying around un-used! A directive due to take effect in 2004 will make
manufacturers responsible for their recycling but until then
freepost bags for recycling your unwanted mobiles are available from
various charities including Action Aid. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
– The art of mosaic making dates back into prehistory.
Almost any recycled objects can be incorporated into mosaic
designs and the results are often stunning. Mosaic making kits similar
to those used on projects by the ATC are available from The
Oil – Waste
lubricating oil from vehicles is recyclable and it is illegal to
pour oil into drains or dump it. Waste oil contains toxic substances
and just four litres (about the amount from one oil change) will
contaminate an area of water twice the size of a football pitch. The
annual amount of dumped oil in the USA is eleven times the
amount that polluted the environment after the Exxon Valdez Tanker
spill! Car oil can be deposited in a special receptacle at
Eastwood Waste Transfer Station.
– Covering the ground
with a layer of recycled materials such as leaves, newspaper,
cardboard, grass clippings or even black plastic can keep weeds at
bay, retain moisture, and protect the soil from rain and sun.
Some mulches will add fertility to the soil and mulching is generally
regarded as an excellent tool for all gardeners.
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N is for Nappies –
Despite what the Absorbent Hygiene Products Manufacturers
Association might try to tell you (and I bet they have exciting
parties!), disposable nappies are not recycled and are not good
for the environment! 8 million disposable nappies are used every day
in the UK creating 800,000 tonnes of dirty nappy waste every
year. It is possible to purchase more environmentally friendly
disposable nappies but “real” re-usable nappies supplied by a
laundry and delivery service are the only cost-effective and more
environmentally friendly alternative.
– Community inspired
projects with effective resident participation, free from the hands of
overpaid consultants and outside contractors, will breathe life
into all depressed urban and rural areas in need of regeneration!
– Nettle leaves and young nettle plants are good
activators in compost heaps and make a superb liquid plant feed.
– On average over a third of the contents of everyone’s
waste bins is paper and card. Kerbside Recycling (01422 881110)
will collect newspapers on their local collection routes and all
Council recycling sites have facilities for newspaper recycling.
With vinegar newspaper can make an excellent window cleaner,
shredded newspaper makes a good bedding for pets and other animals, it
is used both commercially and domestically as an effective
insulation material and can be used in small quantities in compost
heaps. Alternatively, cut down on the amount of gossip and
misinformation you consume. On average each American uses the
equivalent of one mature tree of newsprint annually! Try
rejecting “free” publications and replacing daily newspapers with
quality publications and alternative electronic media sources.
– What more ethical statement could you possibly make
than purchasing a notebook with a recycled plastic cover and
100% recycled paper!
– Recycle those rose tinted spectacles with the local
optician and take a fresh look at the issues affecting contemporary
– Beware of messengers
from deepest Surrey who will try to convince you that nuclear power is
clean, non-polluting and the answer to all of society’s ills.
Remember that the total radioactivity released into the atmosphere
after the Chernobyl accident was 200 times that of the combined
releases from the atomic bombs exploded at Hiroshima and
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Oddments and ornaments
- Donate all unwanted but
re-usable items to Zion Housing Co-Op (01422 845990) who will
sell them at their Wednesday market stall in Hebden Bridge.
– It is highly
dangerous and illegal to pour oil into drains or dispose of it on open
land. The amount of oil dumped each year is estimated to be 11 times
that which was lost in the Exxon Valdez tanker disaster. Waste
lubrication oil from vehicles is recyclable. Car oil can be deposited
at Eastwood Waste Transfer Station. More information can be
obtained from the Oil Bank Line 0800 663366.
– It is reasonably easy and enjoyable to start up a
basic office recycling and waste reduction scheme. If you can afford
to pay to have your waste paper and drinks cans collected
contact Kerbside (01422 881110) otherwise work co-operatively with
colleagues and create your very own system. Re-using envelopes
and packaging materials, recycling unwanted CD roms, contact the ATC
(01422 842121), inkjet printer cartridges (envelopes available
from the Green Shop), and donating unwanted office furniture and
equipment to worthy causes, such as the ATC, will dramatically
reduce your waste creation and help you to sleep at night.
Produce an excellent golden brown dye for all types of material and
can also be used in the manufacture of recycled paper.
Ensuring community involvement in revitalising unused open
spaces is a guaranteed way of repairing and recycling community
– Reduce cynicism, re-use enthusiasm and determination,
repair energy levels and recycle all optimistic thoughts. Even
through the very smallest of actions we can all make a positive
difference to our own and other’s lives and have a good time doing it!
– Apart from being composted when fresh, dried orange
peel makes excellent firelighters.
– Application forms for organ donor registration are
available from Valley Road Medical Centre, Hebden Bridge.
– It is generally agreed that
about a third of all household waste is organic, such as vegetable and
fruit peelings, food and garden refuse, and could be composted.
If organic waste is buried in landfill sites it normally rots in the
absence of oxygen and causes potentially dangerous gases such as
methane and leachates that poison our air, land and water supplies.
Ostrich Feathers and Ottomans–
see Oddments and Ornaments.
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P is for Packaging:
Recent estimates suggest that up to 30% of domestic "waste" is
packaging. Producers have a theoretical responsibility to reduce
packaging but consumers will force change by demanding goods with
minimal packaging and a high recycled content, returning unwanted
packaging, supplying their own bags whenever possible, and
buying loose products for which packaging is not necessary.
Community Repaint is a network of paint re-use schemes across Britain
that collects leftover re-useable paint and redistributes it for
re-use! Contact www.communityrepaint.org.uk for your nearest
Wooden pallets that cannot be reused make excellent frames for compost
and leaf mould bins, and trendy furniture.
Our use of all types of paper must be fundamentally re-considered.
Paper consumption can be reduced, recycled paper goods should be
purchased at every opportunity, and paper must be re-used
whenever possible. All used paper can be recycled. Contact Kerbside
(01422) 811100 for local paper recycling information.
Often recycled into MPs of various political leanings.
Parkas and pogo sticks:
Surely it’s time to dig out those fur lined fashion statements of
the seventies and bounce into town to join in the current Retro
Re-use plastic carrier bags, refill washing-up bottles,
buy recycled plastic goods, avoid products made from PVC
(polyvinyl chloride) or mixed plastics, write letters to local
councillors demanding plastic recycling facilities, and support your
local plastics recycling project! With careful product design the use
of plastic can lead to energy and resource savings when compared
with other materials.
If buying plywood check that it is not made from an
unsustainable source. Consider buying salvaged timber or imitation
wood made from recycled plastic instead.
Used postage stamps are currently collected by those
lovely people at the Post Office, Holme Street, Hebden Bridge.
Regularly recycled by a former Prime Minister’s press
secretary in his monthly contributions to the Hebden Bridge
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Q is for Quangos –
Easily recycled into money saving, accountable and democratically
controlled organisations, or even a regionally elected assembly!
Quantities of plastic 4-pack beer/baked bean can
– Donate all clean plastic
can holders to Ekko, the ATC’s very own plastics recycling factory.
– Got a recycling query? Contact Calderdale’s Recycling
Officer (01422) 392385.
– A useful source of nitrogen, damp hair can be placed
directly into your compost heaps in small quantities, or used
dry as a slug-blocker around immature plants.
(1) – Excellent insulators for compost heaps and a
superb packaging material for large fragile items. Contact
Rhythm Bridge Foundation (01422 845074) if you have quilts suitable
for protecting their drums and percussion instruments in
(2) – Although traditionally born out of necessity,
making warm bed coverings from discarded rags, patchworking and
quilting remains a fashionable recognised art form and an excellent
way of reducing the amount of textiles being wasted.
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R’S…reduce, re-use, repair, recycle! Radiators-
Old radiators can be used in the construction of basic solar water
heating systems. Self-build courses are offered by Heeley City
Farm, contact Nick Parsons (0114 2505108).
About 5% of all domestic waste consists of old clothing, fabric
remnants and unwanted furnishings. There is however a thriving
textile reclamation trade and reprocessing a tonne of rags uses
considerably less energy than manufacturing a tonne of new
fabrics. Kerbside (01422 881110) will collect all clean and dry
clothes and paired shoes for recycling.
British gardens make up our biggest nature reserve and water butts to
collect rainwater for watering during dry spells are an
essential feature of any self-respecting garden.
Invest in a quality, long lasting shaver, help protect the environment
and save yourself money! Never buy a disposable razor!
Make a conscious effort to reduce unnecessary consumption, avoid
overpackaged goods, and shop local!
Chemical treatment of polluted water supplies is costly both
financially and environmentally. Reed beds act as pollution
filters and can extract toxic substances such as phenols, phosphates,
and nitrates from water and even deal with harmful bacteria.
Ec0-friendly washing up liquid, surface cleaners, fabric conditioner,
toilet cleaner and washing powder can all be obtained as refills
from the Green Shop!
When you are replacing your fridge try to buy a low/no CFC, high
energy efficient model and ensure that your old fridge is
recycled safely (contact Calderdale's Recycling Officer on 01422
392385). Low income households throughout Calderdale can
trade-in old, damaged and inefficient fridges using the Council’s
Fridge saver scheme (01422 392487).
Avoid disposable products whenever possible, use local charity shops,
re-label used envelopes, re-use carrier bags, and attempt to
extend the life of all the products you purchase.
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S is for
Saucepans - Stainless steel, aluminium, cast iron and copper pans
should all be recycled when damaged beyond repair. With Kerbside
in suspended animation the nearest recycling amenity for scrap metals
is Eastwood Waste Transfer Station.
and reclamation are essential elements of recycling and whenever
possible we should always consider buying second-hand before buying
new. Though a touch on the expensive side, Hebden Bridge is
awash with good quality second hand and charity shops.
– Seed saving is an environmentally friendly and money
saving option for anyone with a growing space. For advice contact Susy
– Up to 99% of sewage is water! By storing your
grey-water (from washing machines, washing up and baths) and using it
in the garden you will not only be saving water but also reducing the
amount of sewage which is increasing every year throughout the world.
Shoes and Boots
– Over 260 million new pairs of shoes are bought each
year in the UK. Some will be incinerated, others dumped. When
most footwear materials are burnt they release harmful dioxins, when
dumped they generally fail to biodegrade. White Lightning Dry
Cleaners, West End, Hebden Bridge currently collect shoes for
recycling. For your nearest collection point contact the European
Recycling Company at email@example.com .
– We use many necessary items with a short lifespan. It
is essential that all of these goods, such as toilet paper are
made from recycled materials. Other short lifespan disposable goods
should be avoided whenever possible.
– Use the
new furniture recycling service and charity shop managed by
Sitting Comfortably at Calderdale Business Park, Ovenden, Halifax.
They currently supply furniture, electrical goods, clothing, household
goods, babywear and flooring. Contact them on 01422 329895 or 01274
– Currently not being very successfully recycled by
miscreants such as the Chuckle Brothers.
– Used postage stamps are worth money to charities and
are collected at various shops and the Post Office in Hebden Bridge.
- Steel is the most commonly used metal in the world
and also Europe’s most recycled packaging material. The raw materials
of steel are all finite resources and energy savings of
approximately 75% are made when steel is recycled. Recycling steel is
far less environmentally damaging than making new steel!
– An excellent mulch in the garden and very useful addition to the
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T is for… Tables
– Good quality
tables will be collected and re-used by Sitting Comfortably (01274
– Well I’m holding onto mine…A Bay City Rollers revival is surely
just around the corner.
– I’m not saying Bye Bye Baby to my Scottish fabrics…I
reckon that we’ll all be singing Shang-a-lang before the year’s out.
– A suitable ingredient for your compost heap. Tea leaves are a
very good source of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium.
– There are several mobile telephone recycling schemes
(old mobiles can be packed in a strong envelope and sent to
SENSE, Recycling Centre, FREEPOST NAT5224, Peterborough PE2 6BR) but
it is also possible to recycle your non-mobiles too. BT will
recycle BT telephones and should provide you with a freepost padded
envelope (they currently recycle over a million telephones every
– Telephone directories can be recycled at most
cardboard recycling facilities but can also be mixed with other
papers if they are ripped down into smaller volumes. For those who
need to talk to someone about what to do with their Yellow Pages, The
Directory Recycling Helpline can be reached on 0800 671444.
– It is estimated that leaving your television on
standby instead of switching it off contributes to an extra 200,000
tonnes of carbon dioxide being dispersed into the atmosphere
each year. Most faulty televisions can be repaired. In 1989 a survey
revealed that a quarter of televisions found dumped had no obvious
fault and another 20% could have been repaired by an hour’s work.
– Return to Dionysus.
– Using unwanted tiles to make mosaic decorations is one of the
most rewarding and worthwhile re-use/recycling projects. Mosaic
stepping stone kits are available form the Green Shop.
– Although wood is a renewable resource many forestry practices are
unsustainable and it makes economic sense to re-use wood
whenever possible. Contact Aarons Reclaimed Timber (01422 330138) or
Aaron Beam Centre (01422 300300) for good quality reclaimed and
recycled timber. Unwanted timber can be recycled locally at Eastwoods
Waste Transfer Station. Toilet Paper – Despite several
experiments we have not been able to perfect the re-use or recycling
of toilet paper. However it is of course essential to buy toilet paper
made from 100% recycled and unbleached fibres, and to reduce the
quantity used whenever possible!!!
– Regularly recycled in articles by Bernard Ingham.
– The production of tyres consumes vast amount of raw materials and
it is essential to prolong the life of your tyres by regular
maintenance, and frequent checking of tyre pressure.
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U is for
Ukuleles - Visit the Green Shop to see an excellent example of a
4-stringed Hawaiian style guitar made from reclaimed and recycled
materials by local amateur luthier Robert Collins.
- Bring your parasols, they may be small, they may be
big, he will fix them all with what you a thingamajig, or
alternatively, before discarding old umbrellas, it’s always
worth asking if your local school is carrying out a science project on
- Whilst bright white
paper might look clean, producing it from brown wood pulp or recycled
paper fibres can be a dirty, dangerous and wholly unsustainable
business. Chlorine bleaching creates poisonous by-products in the
atmosphere and watercourses. Other types of bleaching are less
hazardous but often unnecessary. Make the effort to buy unbleached
toilet and kitchen rolls and experiment with unbleached recycled
stationary. Underwear - Don’t recycle radioactive Yfronts
from the Ukraine because Chernobyl fallout.
- Many little things done by many little people will
change the face of the world.
- Sitting Comfortably will recycle all good quality
furniture through their furniture shop that is based in
Calderdale Business Park, Ovenden, Halifax. Contact them on 01422
329895 or 01274 731909.
- As BNFL have proved there is no safe method of
disposal or recycling for the heaviest of our naturally occurring
elements that is used as a source of non-environmentally
friendly and utterly unsustainable nuclear energy.
Urine - Human urine is an excellent activator for compost heaps
even though our esteemed head of the Environment Agency will most
probably think that we are taking the piss.
- Avoid loan sharks
or credit cards with excessive loan repayments and extortionate
interest rates by joining your local credit union, an effective
community banking system. Contact Calderdale Credit Union on
Utopia - Visit the Green Shop and let us help you visualize your
very own sustainable
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Vacuum cleaners and video recorders
– Unwanted working vacuum cleaners and video
recorders can be donated to Sitting Comfortably (01422 329895
/ 01274 731909) or deposited in the special unit at Eastwood
Waste Transfer Station. Lord Dales (01422 844148) and Valley
Electronics (01422 885088) will repair vacuum cleaners and video
recorders. Vegetable waste and peelings – Estimates vary, but it
is generally agreed that up to a third of all household
“waste” is derived from kitchens and gardens. All of it can be
successfully composted with other materials to produce a
valuable resource for your garden or allotment. On the other
hand, if food waste is continually dumped in landfill sites it
will invariably create a highly dangerous pollutant that will
damage water supplies and affect air quality.
– Each year in the
UK about 2 million vehicles are scrapped and nearly a quarter of
the weight of all scrapped vehicles is not currently recycled.
The End-of- Life Vehicles Directive, which became law in 2000,
but is yet to be fully implemented, aims to reduce the use of
hazardous substances in vehicle manufacture and sets recycling
targets for all governments in the European Union. Car
share clubs (Hour Car - www.hourcar.org.uk) offer the
opportunity for a reduction in the need for vehicle ownership
whilst giving members a convenient and cost-effective access to
– By recycling
non-reusable plastic cups from vending machines many companies
and other organisations can cut their costs and help improve the
environment. The recycled plastic is used in the manufacture of
many innovative products including personalised business cards.
For more information contact www.save-a-cup.co.uk.
– Worms will eat
most types of organic waste to create vermicompost, a high
quality growing medium which can be used in many ways throughout
the garden. Setting up a vermiculture system requires very
little work and should produce very few offensive smells! Worm
bins can be bought or home-made and will fit even in the
smallest of back-yards.
– See Vitality.
– Anyone with a
few spare hours on their hands who is interested in any aspect
of sustainability can be easily recycled into a much-loved
volunteer at the Alternative Technology Centre. For more
information about the current opportunities for volunteering at
the ATC please contact us
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– Regularly recycled by Bernhard Ingham.
– By spending your money wisely on local goods and
services you will be helping to recycle wealth! If 80p in every £1 was
spent locally it would eventually create £50 worth of income
within the community. If just 20p in every £1 is spent locally it only
creates £12.50! By shopping locally you can save yourself time
and energy whilst supporting your local community!
Washing Powders and Washing Up Liquids
– Number 25
in the Environment Agency’s Top 60 Ways To Save The World is “use
environmentally friendly cleaning products”. All cleaning
products are harmful to the environment in varying degrees and it is
therefore essential to choose products that biodegrade rapidly
and emit minimum toxicity into the aquatic environment. The washing
power of most eco-friendly brands is equal and occasionally
better than conventional, ecounfriendly products and they do not
include synthetic “optical brighteners” (which can react
chemically when in contact with human skin!), synthetic fragrances or
genetically modified enzymes.
– On average every family in the UK disposes of about
8.5 kg of paper and card each week and approximately 5 million tonnes
of household paper is not recycled each year. Recycling paper saves
energy, reduces waste disposal problems, protects ancient forests
from being replaced by plantations, reduces air and water pollution,
and its easy to do! – (Contact Kerbside - 01422 881110) The UK’s
national income rises by £154 for every additional tonne of paper that
– Old, part used and unwanted candles can be recycled
at Meltdown Candles, Hebble End Mill, Hebden Bridge.
Weapons Of Mass Destruction
only found in vast quantities in countries that don’t need them, but
who are nevertheless supposedly looking for them in other countries,
which don’t seem to have them, in an effort to stop them having them.
Wood – Up to 25% of all construction and demolition waste is
recyclable wood. Households can recycle timber locally by using
the special skip at Eastwood Waste Transfer Station whilst recycled
and reclaimed wood can be purchased from Aarons Reclaimed Timber
(01422 330138) or Aaron Beam Centre (01422 300300).
– Most textiles can be easily recycled. Woollen
clothing that can be re-used is often sold or used as humanitarian aid
by many charity shops. Balls of wool can be donated in Oxfam
shops from where it will be used to create clothing and blankets for
use in humanitarian aid packages.
– Create a wormery to dispose of food scraps in an environmentally
friendly way whilst producing a useful
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(well you try thinking
of something else beginning with X!) Over the Christmas period
the United Kingdom throws up to 30% more glass bottles, and
aluminium and steel cans than usual into its dustbins, helping to
create more than 3 million tonnes of rubbish. A staggering extra 500
million aluminium and steel drinks cans will be used over the
Christmas period. It’s estimated that as much as 83 square kilometres
of wrapping paper will end up in the bin. That’s enough to cover
an area larger than Guernsey (now there’s a thought!). The main
sources of extra rubbish during the festive season are packaging
and cards, glass, cans and Christmas trees, all of which can be
recycled. Recycling is the most cost-effective solution for re-using
these valuable resources so don’t forget to fill up those black
kerbside boxes and make regular visits to your local recycling sites
(your body will appreciate all the activity it can get!).
– Up to 1 billion
cards will end up in the waste stream this Christmas (that’s 17
for every man, women and child!). Whenever possible buy cards made
from recycled materials. Consider making your own (The Green
Shop has a large selection of recycled card), perhaps try sending
e-cards, but make sure that you bring all of your unwanted cards
to the ATC after January 5th for recycling with Kerbside. If you can’t
get to the ATC there will be collections at most WHSmith and Tesco
stores. Christmas presents – Buy locally, buy recycled and buy
durable presents whenever possible. Visit The Green Shop or
www.rethinkrubbish. com to see a wide range of excellent recycled
gifts. Avoid presents with excessive packaging! Around 125,000 tonnes
of plastic packaging is thrown away over Christmas. If you
receive an unwanted gift consider passing it on to a charity shop, or
after school club! More than 80,000 tonnes of old clothes are thrown
away every Christmas. Consider donating unwanted clothes to charity
shops or place them in a textile bank. Use labels and tags on
presents that are recycled from your old Christmas cards. If you
didn’t save any last year the ATC has a large collection for you to
– Instead of
buying a tree consider renting a living tree that can continue
growing after Christmas is over. Over 6 million trees were bought in
the United Kingdom last year. Most were thrown away after Twelfth
night, creating an additional 9,000 tonnes of rubbish. The ATC will
once again be renting out trees this year that have been grown on Hill
Top Farm, Edgworth. Contact Abby at the ATC (01422) 842121 for more
information. Trees will also be available at the Farmer’s Market in
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