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Friends of the Earth’s campaigning brought about the Household Waste Recycling Act in 2003 which means that we can now recycle from our doorsteps. But the type of materials that we can recycle depends on our postcode.

The latest figures from Defra (2009/10) show that Greater Manchester currently recycle 33.8% of it’s waste – we have a long way to go to catch up to the best councils across Europe that recycle 70%+.

We have held a number of actions to increase awareness and to encourage members of the public to take action on waste issues:




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      Beat the bottle (CPRE)

      By Sam Harding, CPRE Litter Programme Director If you’re that way inclined, there are many places you can see the results of our bad habits with used drinks containers, largely because people aren’t selective about where they throw them. The … Continue reading

      6th Mar 2017
      
      	
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      Ask your supermarket to take action on packaging waste

      1 billion black plastic food trays go to landfill each year. Let’s fix this. We were shocked to hear that billions of the “recyclable” black plastic trays used for many ready meals and other food items end up in landfill.

      2nd Feb 2017
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      £13 billion of edible food needlessly thrown away

      Responding to new figures, published today [Tuesday 10 January 2017] by WRAP revealing that £13 billion of edible food was needlessly thrown away from homes in 2015, Friends of the Earth food campaigner Kierra Box said: “While people live in food … Continue reading

      10th Jan 2017
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      Send your own Christmas E-cards …..

      If you missed the Christmas post don’t worry! You’re only a few clicks away from sending your own Christmas E-cards to your loved ones. They’re free, simple to use and completely environmentally friendly. Give it a try now.

      22nd Dec 2016
      
      	
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      12 tips for a tasty and planet-friendly Christmas: 5: Prepare for the new year

      Whatever you’re eating this Christmas, make sure it tastes great – and is great for our environment too.  Christmas is a big moment for food lovers everywhere. This year, we’ve collected up 12 incredible tips to make your festive traditions even more special – … Continue reading

      18th Dec 2016
      
      	
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      12 tips for a tasty and planet-friendly Christmas: 4: Shop to impress this Christmas

      Whatever you’re eating this Christmas, make sure it tastes great – and is great for our environment too.  Christmas is a big moment for food lovers everywhere. This year, we’ve collected up 12 incredible tips to make your festive traditions even more special – … Continue reading

      17th Dec 2016
      
      	
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      Black Friday or Buy Nothing Day? Your choice

      Friday 25 November is a nightmare for the indecisive among us. On one hand Black Friday means the discount-fuelled, frenzied start of the Christmas shopping season. On the other Buy Nothing Day is an invitation to pledge to escape the “shopalypse” for 24 hours.

      25th Nov 2016
      
      	
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      It’s 1 year since the plastic bag charge, should it apply to disposable coffee cups?

      On the first anniversary of the successful single-use plastic bag charge, Friends of the Earth calls on the government, businesses and consumers to turn their attention to reducing other waste. The popularity of the plastic bag charge also means that … Continue reading

      5th Oct 2016
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      Take our coffee cup survey

       The response to the petition to end coffee cup waste has been huge. We are piling on the pressure for action. But we don’t want to leave it at that. I’d love to know what you think should come next … Continue reading

      8th Aug 2016
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      Today is Earth Overshoot Day!

      On August 8, 2016, we will have used as much from nature as our planet can renew in the whole year. We use more ecological resources and services than nature can regenerate through overfishing, overharvesting forests and emitting more carbon … Continue reading

      
      	
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