Olympics 2020 Beds and Medals Made of Recycled Materials

Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics is one of the much-awaited events of this year. It is the time where athletes around the world will come together to showcase and compete for their skills with the aim of honour and camaraderie.

But this year of competition is quite different from the previous years. The Olympics organising committee came up with a brilliant idea of using recycled materials. This idea truly deserves an appreciation, knowing that they will able to help preserve the environment.

It is exciting to know what materials and how they were able to produce to achieve such an aim of using recycled materials.

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Well, one of the main topics on the news is the Olympics organising committee shared that the medals at the 2020 Summer Olympics will be made from recycled electronics. Most of the electronics contain copper, silver, and gold-which are essential in making medals for the Olympics. Last 2017, the Olympics organisers requested the Japanese residents to donate their old smartphones and other electronic devices to produce medals for this year’s Summer Olympics.

The Japanese residents were very supportive; the Olympics Organisers were able to collect 78,985 tons of donated electronics, and from that, they were able to bring out approximately 4,850 pounds of bronze, 7,716 pounds of silver, and 70 pounds of gold. Amazingly enough to provide medals for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.

Not just medals made from recycled materials will be used for this event. The bed frames for athletes will be made of recycled cardboard as well. Even if it is recycled, the Olympics Organisers assures that it’s durable where it will be able to support a weight of about 200kg. The mattress for the beds will be from polyethylene materials, which will be reuse for plastic products after the event. A perfect combination to achieve environmentally friendly materials.

The Olympics Organisers extended their effort to embrace environmentally friendly materials. The Olympic Torch is made from aluminium waste and the podiums from recycled household and marine plastic waste.

Stable electricity must be required for this big event. Thus, the Power source will come from renewable sources to attain an eco-friendly goal.

Skip Hire St Helens

North West Waste Consultants are a modern and innovative business in waste management and recycling solutions based in St Helens, providing bespoke and tailored services to meet increasing demands for local, regional and national businesses.

With further rises in tax on waste-to-landfill, the cost of disposing of your waste is ever increasing. Added to this is the pressure to continually improve your business’ social and environmental impact by recycling more waste than ever before.

At North West Waste Consultants, they understand these challenges and work with customers across a variety of sectors to develop bespoke waste management solutions. Our cost-effective, efficient and convenient waste management services will reduce your carbon footprint, and increase your environmental performance and savings for your business.

Nationwide Skip Hire

North West Waste Consultants was set up in 2009 in St Helens by Warren Aspinall, with the view to help local and national companies reduce their landfill and general waste costs, ensuring higher rebates are paid for recyclables and food waste.

They achieve this by diverting as much waste as possible from landfill; therefore massively reducing waste costs as well as being environmentally friendly.

Every waste management program is bespoke to each specific site with the aim that within 12 months to achieve complete zero waste to landfill. With landfill prices increasing year-by-year we are always looking to use new and innovative methods for the disposal of waste in a cost effective and an environmentally friendly manner, with regular, weekly and monthly updates provided.

What We Offer

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At North West Waste, they can help find the right waste solution for your business on a national scale, delivered seven days a week to any location across the UK. Supplying a full range of skips, from 4 yards up to 16 yards, as well as larger roll-on, roll-off containers, from 20 yards up to 40 yards.

  • North West Waste offer:
  • Skip and Waste Container Hire
  • Domestic and commercial use
  • General waste disposal
  • Recycling
  • Social Value

Regardless of where in the United Kingdom you have your next project, North West Waste Consultants has the experience and capabilities to fulfil your requirements. With access to a vast network of vehicles from wheelie bins to caged lorries wagons and much much more. They provide recycling and disposal solutions to the domestic, shop fitting, construction and specialist sectors of the market including hazardous, bulk liquid, asbestos, chemical, pharmaceutical and contaminated waste.

Depending on the size of skip you require, NWWC team of experts make managing your waste disposal as easy as possible.

We have experience of managing a wide range of waste management contracts. Our solutions are designed to deliver a high quality, legally compliant waste management service incorporating the management, site logistics, storage and collection of both hazardous and non-hazardous waste streams working closely with our waste management partners.

What Makes Them Different?

North West Waste ensure that the client is the priority with every job that they take on, which is why they provide a tailored waste management plan in order to fulfil your needs. The team are willing to provide a customised plan that will make you feel more valued as a customer, as they know that every job is different, and requires a lot of careful consideration.

This also helps to give your staff some industry know how for future waste disposal needs, which includes how to segregate waste correctly at source, this will help you to reduce your costs and divert your waste form landfill.

Unlike other skip hire providers, NWWC committed to a 100% recycling rate, meaning that anything you dispose of in your skip that can be recycled will be recycled.

Customer service

We pride ourselves on providing the best possible customer service. Our highly trained dedicated customer services team are at hand to provide advice and discuss your specific requirements. Our polite and courteous team will make sure you get the best skip solution for your needs and that the skip is delivered on time and with the minimum disruption.

Flexible and reliable

Skips can be provided as required or on a fixed contract basis. When an order is placed the skip will be delivered to you at a designated time by one of our highly experienced and qualified drivers. Our drivers will endeavour to make sure the skips are delivered on time and are positioned in the most convenient place possible.

With solutions delivering a streamlined waste management service for all waste streams through one point of contact, maximising management efficiency – a one stop shop. Compliance is at the heart of what we deliver; underpinned by accredited services in the industrial setting demonstrating a robust environmental and quality assured service.

North West Waste has the experience and capabilities to fulfil all your requirements. With access to a vast network of vehicles we provide recycling and disposal solutions to the domestic, hospitality, construction and specialist sectors of the market including hazardous, asbestos, chemical, pharmaceutical and clinical waste. The waste management industry has undergone many changes over recent years, however North West Waste is at the forefront of adapting our capabilities to meet the ever changing legislation.

Don’t Let Go – Balloon Releases On The Environment

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If you haven’t seen this image on your social media timeline it is only a matter of time before you do. The Ministry of Environment and Housing have posted this image highlighting the impact of plastic and balloons being released into the environment.

A local traditions at memorials, schools, weddings, and other events balloon releases are something we have all done but have you ever considered the impact this can cause?

The Impact On Our Environment

Balloons that are released outside have end up somewhere, usually this is caught up in tree branches or electrical wiring.

Balloons that are not properly disposed of end up in the ocean and along coastal areas, becoming marine debris. This debris can be mistaken for food and eaten causing interal injury and potential death. The string attached to the balloons can also cause potential death as it wraps around marine wildlife and become entangled.


The Solution?

Instead of balloon releases you can instead have fun, celebrate, and remember with environmentally-friendly alternatives that The Ministry of Environment and Housing recommended.

If however balloon releases is not avoidable then the MCSUK have guidelines for wildlife friendly balloon use including the following:

  • Let go of balloons indoors only
  • Fill the balloons with air not helium.
  • Use balloons made of natural rubber latex rather than foil balloons.
  • When tying balloons use natural cotton string rather than plastic ribbon.
  • Hand tie balloons rather than using plastic valves.

    Be a party pooper We all know reducing plastic in everyday life is easier said than done but something so simple as balloon releases can be an easy way to do your part. It may be just one balloon but to a critically endangered species of marine wildlife it could be their last meal.

One-third of UK supermarket plastic is not easily recyclable

Almost a third of plastic packaging used by UK supermarkets is either non-recyclable through kerbside or retailer collection schemes or difficult to recycle, a consumer group has found. Which? is urging the government to introduce compulsory “clear and simple” recycling labelling on all plastic packaging as its new research reveals “huge inconsistencies” involving myriad different schemes and with some items not labelled at all. Its analysis of the packaging used for 27 everyday own-brand items at 10 major chains found that Lidl had the lowest proportion of widely recyclable packaging – at 71%. Iceland (73%), Ocado (74%) and Sainsbury’s (75%) were also close to the bottom of the pile. Overall, the analysis found that up to 29% of plastic packaging was not widely recyclable. The best performer was Morrisons with easily recyclable packaging for 81% of its tested products. For example, Morrisons’ chocolate cake was in a widely recyclable plastic box, while Lidl’s cake came in mixed packaging comprising a non-recyclable film within a widely recyclable box with a non-recyclable window. “Which? believes a lot more can be done to increase the amount of recyclable packaging and the way it is labelled so that consumers know what can be recycled and how to recycle it” said Nikki Stopford, director of research and publishing at Which? “The plastic pollution crisis makes it more crucial than ever that the government, manufacturers and supermarkets do the best they can to banish plastic that cannot be recycled and promote the use of less damaging packaging.” The analysis highlighted black plastic trays and “orange nets” as items that remain a huge challenge. The latter are not only non-recyclable, but they can also cause huge problems if they wrongly end up in a recycling sorting plant and risk getting caught in the machinery. It also found that a significant proportion of packaging – as much as 10% of Waitrose’s goods – could only be recycled at supermarket collection points rather than at the kerbside. Plastic waste has recently become an emotive issue in the UK, with programmes such as Blue Planet exposing its impact on the oceans, and regular media coverage exposing the dangers of a global plastic binge. In April, in response to a growing public backlash against the huge volumes of plastic rubbish, Aldi, Asda, Lidl, M&S, Morrisons, Ocado, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose all signed up to support the UK Plastics Pact – an industry wide initiative which says it aims to transform packaging and reduce avoidable plastic waste. That includes an aspiration that by 2025 all plastic packaging can be reused, recycled or composted. A Lidl spokesperson said the company had recently launched ambitious plastic reduction targets. “We are in the process of conducting a comprehensive review of our entire packaging footprint, and estimate that the vast majority of our packaging is widely recyclable under the industry standard scheme.”

Summer Recycling Tips

As the weather heats up with the World cup and Wimbledon in full swing you may be in holiday mode, but that doesn’t mean we should take a break from sustainability. Every year in Britain, we chuck away almost 450 million tonnes of household waste, most of which ends up in landfill. Rubbish like plastic bags can take hundreds of years to break down, so it’s best to find ways to both minimise and reuse our household waste. With many areas of the country only 10 years away from completely filling their local landfill sites, it’s crucial we all do our bit – starting now!

North West Waste would like to offer the following top tips to help make sure that looking after the environment remains high on your priority list over the summer: Get some wear out of your old clothes Why not have a sort out and bag up any old clothes you don’t wear anymore? if you are clearing out your wardrobe to make room for summer clothes, or getting rid of everything you didn’t wear this summer come the autumn, Anything good enough to be worn again can be donated to a charity shop, anything else can be chopped up and used for stuffing, rags or patchwork blankets!

Greener barbecues

If you are having a barbecue this summer remember that much of the waste produced can be recycled. You can recycle all your paper, card and cardboard; glass bottles and jars; cans, tins and empty aerosols; plastic bottles, pots tubs, and trays as well as cartons.

If your barbecue preparation includes getting rid of an old grill, recycle it instead of throwing it away. Once you have finished recycling your old grill, replace it with a more eco-friendly version.

On road trips

Pack food and snacks in reusable containers and bring a reusable water bottle instead of buying bottled water. Don’t forget to bring along bags to collect recyclables in the car and look for recycling bins at rest stops, use reusable crockery rather than disposable knives and forks and paper plates. Buy loose fruit and vegetables rather than food in disposable packaging.

Don’t litter

This is an all-round good rule for any time of the year, but it may be more likely that you’re going out for a picnic somewhere in the nice weather! If you are, make sure to try and pack as much of your food in reusable containers to reduce waste (and save you money!). You should also take bags with you to make sure that you take any rubbish from your picnic with you.

If you’re a business looking for some solutions to your recycling or food waste problems this summer, don’t hesitate to get in touch with North West Waste to learn more about what we do.

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