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Zero Waste London Mail

May 19 · Issue #22 · View online

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Hello friends!
It’s been a long time, far too long as far as I am concerned…
I’ve been busy designing an online course about climate change and how to tackle it. I also spent some time campaigning for better air quality in London in general and in my local area, Harlesden, in particular. But, whatever I do, waste reduction keeps popping on my radar again and again.
Why? Because waste plays a huge part in the warm up of the planet. Also, incinerated waste is a source of air pollution.
I was reminded once again of the importance of waste reduction by a report published earlier this month by the United Nations. The document spells out very clearly how urgent it is to reduce methane emissions.
In short, methane is CO2 on steroids. And, yes, waste is a big source of methane emissions across the world…
So, here I am, to let you know, readers, that London’s future has to be zero waste and the future starts NOW.
Welcome back on board. : )

The News 🔔
The report was published by Australian Minderoo Foundation on May 18th
The report was published by Australian Minderoo Foundation on May 18th
A new report about plastic pollution came out yesterday highlighting that 20 firms produce 55% of world’s plastic waste. More interestingly, it shows who are the banks and investors fuelling this plastic pollution crisis - Barclay’s, HSBC, Bank of America, Citigroup, JP Morgan Chase etc.
The Plastic Waste Makers index reveals for the first time the companies who produce the polymers that become throwaway plastic items - that litter our streets, pollute our oceans and are burned in our incinerators - and their financiers.
It’s worth reminding people that plastic made from oil and gas. In other words, manufacturing single use plastic items does contribute to climate change.
The link between the two crisis has been ignored for too long. I hope that this report will help put plastic reduction at the centre of the climate change fight and will spear authorities and organisations into action.
The Campaign 🙅
#OneLess, a partnership between the Zoological Society of LondonForum for the Future, the International Programme on the State of the Ocean, and the Thames Estuary Partnership, has called on the newly re-elected Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, to eliminate single use plastic bottles in the capital.
On average, Londoners purchase a whooping 175 single use water bottles every year. 😩
If you want to help tackle the problem at the source, #OneLess has a well-designed and comprehensive guide about how to install public fountains in your area. You can download it here.
The guide details all the steps that need taking by an organisation willing to have a water fountain installed in their premises or a council that wants to install a public fountain. The document also contains detailed information about the cost of different type of fountains.
I think the #OneLess guide is also a very useful for residents who want to lobby their council. Yes, Brent council, I am thinking about you…🤔
The Petition 🖊
I’ve mentioned the Right to Repair in this newsletter a few times already. I am glad to see that that this waste reduction solution is getting more coverage in the press. Recently, the Restart Project has launched a petition calling on the UK government for a real Right to Repair. The UK is the second producer of e-waste in the world. This has to change pronto!
The Events
Plastic Free Hackney organise monthly litter picks
Plastic Free Hackney organise monthly litter picks
Plastic Free Hackney has restarted its regular litter picks. It has scheduled 3 picks between the end of this month and the end of July. You have to register online here if you want to attend.
If you don’t live in Hackney but wants to take part part in a clean up, you will probably find a group close to you via social media. Over the last year, there has been more litter picking happening in my area in North West London (especially along the Grand Union Canal and in the Welsh Harp) and I suspect elsewhere as well.
Let me know if you have been litter picking in London recently!
In the media
BBC Radio 4 has recently broadcast a documentary in 3 episodes about the Right to Repair. I listened to the first episode. It’s a really good introduction to the Right to Repair. I need to catch up with the other 2 episodes. : )
You can listen to Dare to repair here.
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