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How the Coronavirus has affected the Zero Waste movement

From plastic bag charges to the promotion of reusable coffee cups, these were the steps included in the action plan for the UK public to be less wasteful. That was until 2020 hit the entire world with an unexpected health crisis, the Coronavirus.

At the beginning of March 2020, Starbucks made the decision to temporarily pause the use of personal cups or tumblers in their stores across the UK, as a precaution to help prevent the spread of the virus.

Many cafes and restaurants have made the switch to takeaway and delivery services, which too comes with its effects on the environment too. With food which would usually be served on a plate, now in takeaway packaging, and food waste rising due to unpredictable ordering patterns making it easy to prepare more food than is needed leading to an increase in food waste.

If you use an online grocery delivery service from supermarkets, you may have also noticed the plastic bag charge has been temporarily suspended by the Government and is expected to end on 21st September 2020. According to the Government, the change will speed up deliveries and reduce the risk of contamination. People have also taken it upon themselves to stop using their reusable shopping bags in stores, and start using the single-use plastic bags which they can then dispose of once they have finished with them. Indeed many delivery companies like Ocado have suspended their carrier bag takeback schemes.

For many Governments and Organisations across the world containing the virus is currently a greater priority than environmental concerns. But, no one truly knows how long these temporary changes will need to last. Can the zero waste movement survive the Coronavirus?

 

   

How to remove airborne viruses in your office

How healthy and hygienic is the air quality in your office? You can be reassured its the best it can possibly be with Citron Clear, an environmentally friendly solution designed to fit into any workplace. Using the latest UV technology it removes bad smells, eliminates airborne and surface bacteria and kills 99.5% of all airborne viruses.

The Citron Clear is chemical free, no odour masking. It’s portable and with its modern, sleek design it can be used anywhere from schools, to offices, care homes, restaurants or even kitchens. Available in black or white you can choose a colour you like.

wall mounted air steriliser
Key Features
  • Low energy use
  • Chemical free
  • Operates around the clock
  • Installed by engineers with annual service
  • Suitable for rooms up to 42m2 per unit

 

How does it work?

Using four types of advanced technology, photo-plasma, photo-catalytic oxidation, ozone and negative ions. Along with the combination of these four technologies it results in high level oxidation, and the action of ultra violet reduces the polluting organic matter and odours in the air.

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Thank you for the thank you’s

As isolation continues across the UK to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, people across the country have left their thank you messages for key workers who are continuing to provide vital services.

Along with the clap for the NHS and care workers every Thursday at 8pm, people have been leaving heart warming messages for refuse collectors who are also in amongst those classed as essential workers. From sticking notes to their bins, to writing on the pavement in chalk on collection day, which our Finance and Operations Administrator Helen, did to show her gratitude. The messages don’t go unnoticed and are certainly appreciated.

Waste collectors are vital to avoid the overflow of rubbish which if left to mount up, can cause a spread in diseases, attract vermin, harm the environment and ruin our community reputations. You can read more about this in our blog about fly tipping here.

If you have rubbish which you can’t put in your wheelie bins, perhaps you’ve had a clear out or it’s simply just over flowing, you can read about our on demand waste collections here or get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to help.