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Soon, if the scheme pushes through, every household will get a slop bucket (kitchen caddy) where food scraps go. And you’ll be slapped with a £80-£500 fine if you fail to recycle. Environment secretary Hilary Benn suggested this plan over the summer.

Biodegradable waste will be used for energy or processed for biofuel instead of going into the landfill.

Not sure how this is going to be enforced. Would they check my waste bin to see if Ihave dumped food scraps in there? Or am I going to be judged by my empty slop bucket? If it’s empty, it could either be I’m not recycling (so, yes slap me a fine) or I made an effort not to have food waste or I compost my own waste (no, I don’t deserve a fine).

Your thoughts?

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Feast on the Bridge scene

Banquet tables on Southwark Bridge

Sorensen and Byrne's Tick-Tock installation

The ‘Feast on the Bridge‘ event yesterday in Southwark Bridge allows visitors a chance to tate food from the UK’s leading sustainable producers (much of them you can find in the London Borough Market). People were churning butter, treading grapes, and a lot (like us) were just enjoying the atmosphere whilst downing some organic ale.

What impressed me was that, they have people going around scraping food from paper plates. Hopefully, they all go into composting!

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Cycle Fridays

I don’t own a bike. Actually, as shameful as it sounds, I can’t really properly ride a bike. I struggle cycling in the comforts of the local park.

I don’t work in the city. And I travel 1.5 hours each way by walking, tube and train to get to work. Probably more eco than driving there. But I do wish at some point I can work closer to home and just walk (or cycle).

So, if you do have a choice, consider cycling.

We love this initiative to get more cyclists out on the road, Cycle Fridays  are guided rides following given routes. If you’re a novice, it’s a chance to group together and find there’s safety in numbers.

Most people who can cycle are deterred by the fact that cycling on the roads is not that safe. And if you haven’t tried cycling in rush hour before, it’s easy to be intimidated by the incessant honking of annoyed and impatient drivers. And the mad rush of pedestrians who can’t see you.

So, this is a chance to improve your skills and gain more confidence on the roads. Marshals are on hand to check your bikes and answer your queries.

The London cycling campaign runs these guided rides.

And do you know you can get free cycle training from your local council? Find out more here
and request for a cycle training here.

To help you get on your bike, the government is also offering tax-free bikes for work, if you can get your employer to back you up.

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So where were you last bank holiday Monday? Living in London and never been to the carnival, we decided to give it a go if only to soak up the atmosphere (and remind ourselves not to stay too late lest we get caught up in the violence that the carnival is infamous for).

I’m not going to talk about what fun we had or what antics people get up to. Let’s just say these are scenes you would not see every day in the streets. And definitely not in broad daylight.

But going through the streets off the parade route, the ones lined with food stalls and the intoxicating smell of jerk chicken in the air, you see the mountains of rubbish – plastic bottles, plastic cups, aluminum cans, bottles, styrofoam containers, half eaten chicken, lots of rice, leaflets.

And i thought a lot of them can be recycled. shops should have been banned from using styrofoams. and we really should make an effort in finishing our meals. and there are plenty of bins about, there really is no excuse why you should leave your beer bottles where you’ve finished them. (a lot of us were scared in cutting our feet from the countless broken bottles in the streets)

It’s ok to have fun. Believe me, I am all for it. And the carnival is a much welcome respite for a lot of us. But I can’t help thinking how much we are costing the environment with our ‘sense of fun’. Really, we can have that much fun whilst knowing how to throw our trash in the proper recycling bin right?


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