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New Arsenal Stadium Recycle Pick

New Arsenal Stadium Recycle Pick
 
On the final Saturday in October Cally Time Bank & Islington Friends of the Earth participated in the CSV’s annual Make a Difference Day. Arsenal were playing at home in their new stadium so as the match was about to kick off we met outside Highbury & Islington tube armed with gloves, see-through bags, & litter grabbers to collect the recycleables off the streets around the new grounds.
 
We found Holloway Road was surprisingly clear of rubbish: some of the recycle pickers had just walked down to the tube station that way & noted the debris that scores of fans had left had already been collected by the street-sweepers. In a marked contrast from the last Arsenal match recycle-pick, held in mid-March, there was a fairly sparse scattering of beverage containers, although as we got approached the stadium the amount we found increased. We found most of the cans & bottles we collected in the stretch of Hornsey Road that leads up to the stadium from Holloway Road & in Benwell Road.
 
We weighed the contents of all our bags before handing it in at the i-Recycle Centre, off Caledonian Road. During 90 minutes or so of the event we collected 17.8 kilograms of recycling.
 
Cans
Recycling aluminium cans can save 95% of the energy required to make it from raw material [1]. For steel cans, up to 75% of the energy needed can be saved, if recycled rather than produced from virgin material. For more information about the process of recycling cans see: http://www.wasteconnect.co.uk/media/factsheets/Cans.pdf

Glass
An average 8-10% of household waste is recycleable glass. The amount of energy needed to make glass bottle is 50% less if the source material is from recycled containers rather than raw material [1]. Every 1000 kg of recycled glass saves 600 kg of sand & almost 200 kg of soda ash & limestone [2]. Glass is 100% recycleable with no loss in quality however many  times this is done.

Plastic PET bottles
Around 85% of PET bottles are landfilled, 8% is incinerated & only 7% is recycled. You can save 7.75 kWh worth of electricity by recycling 1 kilogram of plastic bottles [1].  Each PET bottle that is recycled prevents about 450 grams of carbon emissions. All plastic drink bottles & similar plastic containers for liquids like shampoo, washing up liquid & mouthwash can be recycled.

Ecological footprint
The sustainable world average for carbon emissions is 2.5 tonnes/person/year. In the UK we currently use [bp ]

Overall
Recycling waste creates more jobs (over 400 for each million tonne of waste produced, compared to 100 - 290 for incineration & 40 - 60 for landfill)

References & other useful links:
Why recycling is important in terms of climate change:
http://www.foe.co.uk/resource/event_presentations/waste_and_climate_change.pdf

[1] http://www.earth911.org/master.asp?s=lib&a=energy/EnergyFacts.html Some of the data taken from this site has been converted to metric units for this article (for instance : 3413 BTUs = 1 kWh; 1lb = 0.45 kg)

[2] http://www.foe.co.uk/resource/briefings/up_in_smoke.pdf which refers to Anne Gray, Sue Percy and Irene Bruegel, ‘Estimating job creation from recycling and reprocessing’. Report for London ReMade, June 2002. Available at: http://www.londonremade.com/london_remade/reports.asp

[ ] http://www.britglass.org.uk/LocalAuthorities/AmazingFacts.html

[ ] http://www.recyclenowpartners.org.uk/research_fun_facts/fun_facts.html#2

[ bp] http://www.greenchoices.org/footprint_calculators.html
The green choices website provides as useful resource on recycling many household items from batteries to paints: http://www.greenchoices.org/recycling.html

Miscellaneous useful links
CRed UK (Carbon Reduction): http://www.cred-uk.org/

http://www.wastebook.org/

http://www.green-living.com/info/recycle.html

http://www.bestfootforward.com/

Tags: arsenal stadium, cans, glass bottles, pet plastic, recycle pick
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