each single-use plastic straw take five seconds to produce, is used for five minutes and takes 500 years to break down.
from CITY to OCEAN
It's (sadly) as easy as 1,2,3...
1) Sending plastic to landfill, and not recycling.
Plastic being transported to landfill is often blown away because it’s so lightweight, where it is free to enter drains and rivers.
Rainwater and wind carries plastic litter into streams and rivers, and through drains. Illegal dumping of waste adds greatly to the plastic surge in our seas.
3) Down the drain
Many products used daily, such as cotton buds, wet wipes, and sanitary products are flushed down toilets.
Microfibres are also released into waterways when we wash our clothes in the washing machine, as they are too small to be filtered out by waste water plants.
COMMUNITY ACTION DAYS
Every last Saturday of the month, 12 - 4pm
Come and enjoy community gardening in Mitcham's lovely Orchard and Gardens. Warm welcome to everyone - training provided for anyone who wants to learn more and we love to learn from experienced gardeners as well. Refreshments and tools provided.
Fieldgate Lane, Mitcham CR4 3AL
What happens to our waste?
Have you ever wondered where the contents of your recycling bin ends up?
Perhaps you've found yourself (sceptically) saying - 'it all goes to landfill anyway'?
It's time to get to the bottom of this recycling business... and our Community Champions are doing just that!
Visit to Southwark Recycle Centre
In July 2018, our Community Champions were given a guided tour of Southwark's Integrated Waste Management Facility (where Merton's dry waste is processed for recycling) to find out more about the problem of waste, how recycling works, and the possible solutions to reduce our consumption, and therefore waste less. The team share their thoughts...
Did you know?
Food waste collected from households in Merton is taken to an Anaerobic Digestion facility in Trumps Farm, Chertsey.
The facility, run by Agrivert, turns food waste into biofertlizer for the farming industry. In doing so, it also produces enough electricity to power 4,500 homes.
Recycling just 6 tea bags produces enough electricity to boil a kettle for another cuppa.
So remember to pop them in your food caddy when it's tea o'clock!
Food Waste to Energy...
"Neither the fertiliser, nor the plant, smell unpleasant due to the lengthy processing and efficient air filters. The whole plant is highly computerised, employing just 3 staff and can be managed remotely from a mobile phone!"
Ruth, Community Champion
It makes me really upset when people say there’s no point in recycling because it all goes to landfill. Well that’s just not true. You can see the amount of resources and effort that goes into this facility to ensure our waste is recycled properly.
Emma, Southwark Integrated Waste Management Facility
Getting it right...
Contamination: this is where items are put into recycling but shouldn’t be. A great example is plastic bags or plastics that aren’t recyclable or cling film. The processes of separation can deal with some level of contamination and items that are contaminated will go to landfill or to Merton's new incinerator. Here's a quick guide to what can and can't be recycled...