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Tune into The Fred Macaulay Show – Wednesday 2nd February

Before Christmas I had the pleasure of appearing on the Fred Macaulay Show to talk about the national Love Food Hate Waste Campaign and how his viewers could save £50, that’s over £430 a year, by cutting down on the food that they waste. 

Zero Waste Scotland | 31 Jan 11

Fred has invited me back this week to chat about interesting ideas for people to recycle more, why it’s good to recycle and getting in the habit of recycling. 

The show is lending their support to the Scottish Government Recycling Campaign, “Recyle more and give things a new life” and you may have spotted the adverts on the television and the road shows that have been touring Scotland.  It’s not too late to catch the road shows which are still to visit: Kirkcaldy, Perth, Forfar, Stornoway and Edinburgh. Go to: www.sort-it.org.uk for details of dates and venues.

Also appearing on the radio show will be Gregory Chauvet from The Glasgow Bike Shed, a social enterprise company who save bikes from Glasgow landfills and not only finds new homes for the bikes, but also offers cheap repairs and spare parts.  They also give volunteers from all walks of life the chance to gain new skills while helping the city improve its recycling practices.

So I hope you will tune in to the Fred Macaulay Show on BBC Radio Scotland on Wednesday 2nd February from 10.30 am to pick up some helpful hint and tips on how to recycle more.

And did you know?

  • 95% of Scots recycle at least one material. The materials which Scots most commonly recycle are paper (91% of us) and glass (84% of us). Plastics and drinks cans are also popular items to recycle.
  • Over 400 million glass bottles were recycled in Scotland during 2010. When you consider that recycling just 1,000 bottles saves 120g of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere, it’s easy to realise the environmental benefits of recycling.
  • There was also a huge increase in the amount of electrical goods recycled in Scotland last year. 350,000 televisions were recycled, a 60% increase on the year before, 230,000 fridges and over 10,000 tonnes of small domestic items such as irons, vacuum cleaners, lawn mowers, telephones and small electrical items were also given a ‘new life’.
  • Scots have also embraced the concept of reusing items. 21% of us give used items that still have some life left in them to charity projects and one in eight of us sell our unwanted goods online, meaning we’re sending even less to landfill.
  • Local authorities across the country are doing their bit to make it easy for us to recycle. Over 90% of Scottish households have kerbside recycling facilities. 13 local authorities now recycle more than 40% of all waste collected and just over one third of local authorities now collects food waste from households, further reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill.
  • Recycling efforts in Scotland are having real results. There are now only 68 landfill sites in Scotland, compared to 264 in 1998
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