GreenDrive - Making The World A Greener Place

GreenDrive is about taking care of the environment, it’s also about taking care of wildlife and the habitat that surrounds you, which provides a visual and audible splendour every day you step outside.

It does not matter where you live, house or flat, small or large garden, city or village, wildlife surrounds us and we can choose to either help it survive and prosper or dwindle and disappear. Most people do not even realise it is there, especially today with the busy lives we lead.

There is so much written about climate change – much of it controversial and sometimes contradictory. But there are some things that are pretty obvious, such as the need to recycle. As the world changes and the human population increases, there is a bigger demand to feed people and this intensive farming impacts on us and on the other animals we share the planet with.

So GreenDrive is all about taking care of what’s around us.

We have one planet and we owe it to our grandchildren and those generations not born yet to do our bit to make it all sustainable.

Green Facts

0.1 million
tonnes

of food is wasted by the food industry every year in the UK. (WRAP)

1
tonnes

of the food that goes to waste each year is still edible That’s enough for 650 million meals. (WRAP)

1
weeks

is how long it takes the average person in the UK to throw away their own body weight as rubbish (WRAP)

£ 1
billion

worth of food is what British households throw away every year (WRAP)

is the household recycling target rate in the UK - Defra 2018
Wales is the only country to hit this rate (64%) Defra 2018
of the things we throw away could easily be recycled - WRAP researchers say
of the average glass bottle is recycled glass ( green bottles contain 50%) -recyclingbins.co.uk/facts

Household waste and what happens to it

Defra’s policy for England is an ambition of zero avoidable waste by 2050 and zero avoidable plastic waste by the end of 2042.

Councils across the UK are trying to cope with the volumes but some are struggling;

recycling rates green
recycling rates green

Let’s look at some simple small facts that added up can mean a lot, especially if there are 50 million of us doing it:
• 1 recycled tin can would save enough energy to power a television for 3 hours.
• But if you recycled absolutely everything you could in your bin, you could power a TV for 5000 hours, plenty of time to get those boxsets in!
• 1 recycled glass bottle will save enough energy to power a computer for 25 minutes.
• 1 recycled plastic bottle would save enough energy to power a light bulb for 3 hours.
• 70% less energy is needed to recycle paper as opposed to making it from raw materials.
• Researchers says that up to 80% of the things we throw away could be easily recycled
• We send over 20,000 tonnes of batteries to landfill each year, and it takes 50 times more energy to make a battery than you actually get from a battery. Research from WRAP

What happens if we recycle wrongly?

Councils have threatened people who put rubbish in the wrong bin on a repeated basis with fines of up to £100.  BBC News on April 12 2018 said:

“Earlier this year Chichester councillors approved new fines for residents who repeatedly put the wrong items in their recycling bins.

Residents in Welsh local authority Rhondda Cynon Taf who mix recyclables in with their residual waste can also face a £100 on-the-spot fine.”

However, new government guidelines have aimed at a more measured and balanced approach.

food and drink wate green infographic

Our habitat is changing

The most recent RSPB State of Nature report, which brings together findings from 50 organisations, suggests there has been a 59 per cent decline in insects in the UK since 1970. This combined with the reduction in bees and butterflies in making the environmentalists concerned. Birds rely on insects as do other creatures such Hedgehogs.

bird populations green

The most recent RSPB State of Nature report, which brings together findings from 50 organisations, suggests there has been a 59 per cent decline in insects in the UK since 1970. This combined with the reduction in bees and butterflies is making the environmentalists concerned. Birds rely on insects as do other creatures such as hedgehogs.

You can make the world around you a natural haven for animals, you’re in control and in charge. If you plan your garden to be nature friendly you will be doing your bit for the environment and given yourself and your family some visual and audible pleasure.

If you’re in a city volunteer for the local park activities. Get your family involved and see how much fun it is. We cannot always save the whole world but if we all start to manage the environment around us and one we can control then nature will return to a balance, After all we all part of the circle.

Make your garden an environmentally friendly place for all wildlife and make your contribution to protecting the environment around you:
• Don’t just buy flower plants, look to buy plants that attract different insects – in turn these attract different birds to visit your garden
• Creatures need 3 things to come and live in your garden: food, shelter and water.
• Buy different types of shrubs, some of which produces berries for the winter birds. Or buy prickly shrubs for nesting birds.
• Avoid pesticides on your flower. Read the label to see if they hurt other things in your garden.
• Buy an insect house or make one
• An old dish, pot sink or even a large baking pan with a small stone in the centre will attract lots of birds. Even better try a large flat tray 3cm thick and watch the birds take a bath
• Have some nesting boxes but make sure they are hidden enough so birds will nest and predators don’t find them
• An old wooden box with a 4 inch square hole hidden under bushes with straw inside is a perfect place for a home for a hedgehog.
• Buy mixed bird food and spread it around on different tables so that bigger birds don’t scoff the lot.
• Don’t just bin unwanted fruit and veg or bread, just pop them out for the animal
• In winter feed more especially fat balls and protein. Periods of minus temperature kill small birds as they have no tolerance level.

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Some stark images

This video from acleanpeace shows some very unsettling images – we hope you don’t find it too upsetting!

“I only feel angry when I see waste. When I see people throwing away things we could use.”
mother theresa
Mother Teresa
Nun, missionary

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More information

Friends of the Earth are a campaigning group with local groups all over the UK

The Woodlands Trust protect trees, woods and wildlife

Fareshare fight hunger and aim to tackle food waste

Recyclingbins.co.uk have a lot of interesting facts about recycling

The University of Sussex have a paper on the catastrophic decline of flying insects, which could lead to an impending “ecological armageddon”.

Download the WRAP report showing key facts on food surplus and waste in the UK

The House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee 2016-17 report on Food waste in England – download it here

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs have a report on Wild Bird Populations in the UK, 1970-2017. Download it here

The House of Commons Library has in its debate pack a report CDP 2017/0226 from November 2017 on the UK bee population. Download this here

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