World Environment Day: 5 June 2020
World Environment Day is taking place this week, with millions of people poised to take part in the festivities digitally. This comes at a time when communities, countries and the entire world are working together in the fight against COVID-19. As we are all having to do things a little differently right now, it’s a great time to extend that and apply it to environmental issues.
We all need to be asking ourselves: what can I do differently to help the environment? If everyone committed to doing just one or two things differently, it would have a huge positive impact on the environment. Pledge to recycle 100% of your recyclable waste, boycott plastic bottles, switch to energy-efficient bulbs, use your car one day less a week, use less water. Whatever it is, start doing it today and stick to it!
Brought to you by the United Nations Environment Programme, World Environment Day has taken place every year on the 5 June since 1974. The aim is to engage governments, businesses, celebrities and citizens to focus their efforts on pressing environmental issues.
Every year there is a different theme, with this year’s being biodiversity, which is a significant concern. Recent events from bushfires in Brazil, the US and Australia, to locust infestations across East Africa – and now, a global disease pandemic, demonstrates the interdependence of humans and the environments in which they live.
World Environment Day offers a global platform for inspiring positive change. It recognises that global change requires us all to work together towards that goal. Individuals should think about the way they consume, businesses must develop greener practices, manufacturers need to produce more sustainably, governments must safeguard wild spaces and the younger generations need to become eco warriors to safeguard the planet!
What are TJ doing to help?
Diverting waste from landfill
TJ are strong supporters of diverting waste from landfill, opting for other options wherever possible. Energy can be recovered from waste, mainly through incineration of refuse derived fuel (RDF) and this is something that TJ is involved in. The use of energy recovery from RDF increased by 375% between 2014 and 2016 in the UK, making it an ideal alternative to landfill.
It supports the government’s 2025 Revised Waste Framework Directive, which effectively bans recyclable material from going to landfill, whilst also supporting the growing awareness amongst our customers to improve sustainability and become more socially responsible.
Recycling up to 100% of waste
TJ has materials recovery facilities dotted along the south coast in Southampton, Portsmouth and Yapton, plus facilities in the Avonmouth area of Bristol. All of the waste that comes into the facilities is sorted into categories to ensure that as much as possible is recycled or reused.
TJ recycles up to 100% of the waste that comes through their doors, demonstrating their commitment to diverting waste from landfill. TJ’s extensive knowledge of a range of recycling centres in and outside of Hampshire helps make all this recycling possible.
TJ are keen to promote the practice of recycling and are regularly forming partnerships with like-minded companies that are looking to improve their recycling rates or who have means of providing innovative new ways to recycle. TJ’s recycling efforts have led to an excess of 250,000 tonnes of waste diverted from landfill through recycling routes.
TJ is working in partnership with two local companies to help direct plastic ice cream tubs into the recycling process. Jude’s Ice Cream are one of TJ’s clients and when TJ established a new recycling process for certain types of plastics, they soon realised that Jude’s unwanted plastic ice cream tubs and offcuts would be ideal for it.
Jude’s confirmed that they were happy for their plastics to be recycled and instructed TJ to organise this for them. When the plastic ice cream tubs are recycled, they are made into a new product – pellets – which will then be moulded into new plastic products. The latest equipment for recycling plastic materials is used in this recycling process to ensure that the highest quality products are maintained.
Helping preserve ocean health
Last year, TJ formed a partnership with local non-profit community interest company The Final Straw Solent, whose work revolves around highlighting the impact of plastic pollution on our environment, local seas and wider oceans. TJ feels strongly about this issue and supports efforts to improve the situation however they can.
TJ provided waste management services for two beach cleans at Eastney beach, Portsmouth, organised by The Final Straw Solent. They provided a 17-yard roll-on-roll-off skip on both occasions to provide a place for all the waste collected. Once the beach clean was complete, TJ removed the skip and took it back to their materials recovery facility in Tipner for sorting and recycling.
The Final Straw Solent also has a big metal fish structure called Nellie, that acts as a recycling bin for plastic bottles and is positioned in various places around the county, usually to encourage recycling during events. When Nellie was recently in Winchester city centre and full of waste, TJ stepped in and emptied her for free after others refused to help.
Lissie Pollard from The Final Straw Solent said:
“TJ has been an incredible supporter to our campaign and has been fantastic at dealing with our last-minute requests for help! It’s great to know that we have them on our side trying to help clean up our local areas and they have really pulled out all the stops to give us a hand whenever they can – thanks guys!”
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