These pages have been set up to promote local initiatives to reduce waste and to encourage reuse and recycling. Recycling and reducing our waste is a confusing business but all is not lost. By February 2020 the public collection of pens for recycling totalled 7.125kg, of which 4.274kg was collected by the fantastic pupils and staff at Lady Bay Primary School. Tree's Homemade Terracycle Recycling Depot in Julian Road has, so far, collected 45kg crisp packets, 8.2kg single-use contact lenses & packaging and 12kg of toothpaste 'stuff'.
Although we can’t solve all the environmental problems on our own, we can take small steps in the right direction, especially with an active community like ours. Lady Bay people are setting themselves up as a network of drop-off points for selected recyclable items and, in doing so, are also finding ways of reducing our waste. "The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones" - Ancient Chinese proverb (apparently).
This is a journey - we actively welcome contributions to improve the factual content of these pages and volunteers to act as drop-off points and/or centres of knowledge.
If you want to jump straight to our local drop-off centres, click here but, for the full story behind it, keep reading. What we find is that we are faced with a lot of gaps and confusion, even after consulting the very useful Rushcliffe Council’s A-Z of waste, learning what does and doesn't go in the blue and green bin and what you can take to the various recycling centres.
There are very helpful national sites, like these, each of which adds to our knowledge:-
https://www.which.co.uk/.../article/how-to-recycle-in-the-uk (very good on the 'why' some things aren't that simple to recycle but not always accurate advice compared to our local recycling capability)
https://www.recyclenow.com/recycling-knowledge (sponsored by the UK government but with ability for local searches by item)
http://www.recycling-guide.org.uk (not yet sure who this organisation is)
but after all that the big messages are :-