Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Student Demo London

There are some that have the courage to stand up and fight, and there are some that do nothing.

As much as I don’t know the in’s and out’s of the current demonstrations, I know that many great things have happened in this world by people taking a stand.

Take for instance Mr Nelson Mandela; went to prison for 27 years and then came out a hero. Why was he in prison? He was in prison because people didn’t like he’s approach or what he had to say.

I have to say that to a certain extent; we’ve got to take what comes to us. We gave the government the power to do what they are doing. Yes, many of us were unhappy with Labour, but then if we were not happy with Labour, we should have taken our chances and not re-elected them when they took us to the Iraq war.

I don’t know what the outcome will be or if our voices will be heard. What I do know is that there are going to be many hard times ahead so we have a choice to put up and shut up – or be heard.

Monday, 8 November 2010

Barclays Bike's - 'hazardous or hazardless'?

I'm very much a fan of the 'New Barclays Bikes'.

Saying that, I'm yet to work out if they are 'hazardous or hazardless'.

I mean the driver's in London are vicious enough - but now more bikes in the way. . ..

Ms Mad Max driving around on her phone and you so happens to be the one she nearly knocks over as she was enjoying her conversation. Now she is going to be extra upset! The London Taxi Driver; now
they have more people using the bus lanes they love - could it be a recipe for disaster?

Most would think if you are going to add so many new bikes to the traffic system, that some thought and expense would have been put aside for bike lanes. Saying that I have noticed a few new blue lanes once I've gone south of the river. Still with no barriers separating the general traffic lanes from the bikes, you have no protection from the angry driver.

The bright side I guess is that we had a good summer so there has been a lot of usage. I can't quite figure out what is going to happen once the winter kicks in. Do all or some of the bikes get stored away? If not - what happens if you crash or injure yourself in the snow? Is there a special insurance included in the bike hire premium?

Conclusion: As much as I like the scheme personally, I think I'll reserve judgement until summer is here once more. For now, I'll stick to my current transport. I do think that so little of us in the UK invest in our fitness, so this can be an additional option. Rather than joining the gym in the summer, we can now enjoy a nice bike ride home - or can we?

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Sorry for the delay. . .

I haven't posted for a while - but promise - I'll have something for you to read shortly. . . blink. .

Thursday, 12 August 2010

In The Bin

For some this may be alarming, whist for others a response might be "no surprise there".

Whilst conducting some research and in particular looking at recyclenow.com and recyclethis.co.uk, I noted that in the UK approximately 60% of what the average house hold throws away has the potential to be recycled.

The fact is - the majority of the time that we throw our waste into the dust bin, the option to recycle is vastly diminished. For this reason I started to research companies that come and collect your waste and recycle.

Having looked more extensively into the recycling of our waste, I do know firsthand that some London councils are not taking their waste directly to landfills, so the figure above does decrease. Still, what more could we do and how much do we know about what happens to our rubbish once it leaves our door?

Not for one minute am I saying that recycling is cheap, but at the same time I do know it can be profitable.

Whilst living in North America nearly twenty years ago I took the liberty to collect plastic bottles. I took them to bottle banks which in return gave me a fee. Sometimes this was even enough for me to buy a meal.

Fact: If we just recycled our tin cans, we'd have 14 million fewer dust bins to empty each year. My question was why was there so little information when you looked into recycling tips on the internet in the UK.

Why are we so quick to throw away and why do we know so little about our options in regards to recycling?

Conclusion: Not necessarily always the cheapest option, but rather than just throwing into a bin or skip - I'd much rather give my waste to a company where the waste is going to be given a chance.

Thursday, 29 July 2010


How ironic.

I had the day of today so decided to spend a little time looking at the latest methods and strategies people were implementing in order to be a little more friendly to the environment. In other words - going green.

Well I went to Google as you do and typed in Go Green. As luck would have it the first site that popped up said going green.

Can you imagine I got my note pad out and thought to myself - yes, a few more ideas I can share and hopefully show my customers that I know what I'm talking about. After all I do work in the waste transfer and recycling industry.

OK - moving on. Click on the site. Advert for a new electric car. Hold on a minute. Surely this is some government funded site that is going to provide useful information to someone like myself who wants to make a difference.

How wrong I was - as the full content of the site was in relation to buying a new or used electric car - as long as you buy it from them I might add. Not a mention in relation to the environment. I mean I can't grudge someone capitalising on a good URL in relation to the environment - but at least give something back.

I guess if I want to learn a little more about how I can contribute to looking after the environment - I'm probably going to have to dig just a little bit further. . .

Sunday, 18 July 2010

What a beautiful day. .

How can I make a difference today

Waste removal/ Rubbish clearance

Isn't it time we done our bit for the environment?

Well I think so. . .

In the UK we just seem to be so far behind. Saying that, I decided to set up a waste disposal business 'Central and City Rubbish Clearance', that takes the opportunity to collect waste and ensure that a large percentage was reused or recycled.

The problem is that very few people know about these types of business and it will be a number of years before this is the common route.

Who do we recycle so little in the UK?

What do you think needs to be done?