Island Life Magazine Ltd February/March 2007 - Page 24

life - ENVIRONMENT We have until 2015 to clean up our act! In 2015 the Island’s land-fill site will reach its maximum capacity, however this date can be extended by up to a further 10 years if we all start to re-cycle our rubbish... As we all know the Isle of Wight is an Island and because of this we should think more carefully when it comes to the disposing of our general day to day rubbish. The Isle of Wight has many Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty thus leaving very little space which would be suitable for use as a new rubbish dump site. The scary thing is within a few years Lyn Tip (Standen Heath) will be bulging at the seams if we do not reduce the volume of waste that is currently being taken to the site each day from around the Island. Most people like myself simply fill bin liners up on a daily basis and leave them out for the dustman we don’t think past this stage as to what actually happens to all our rubbish. However what would happen if we had no where to dispose of these black bags? Much of our day to day rubbish can believe it or not be re-cycled, either processed into fuel, recycled to make new cars and aeroplanes, or simply compost for your garden. So how does this work and how can you do your bit? First of all we will breakdown the average household bin-liner. There are many ingredients to an average bin liner but on the whole these can be divided into four main categories: FOOD WASTE We are a consumer hungry society and this is reflected in the amount of food that is wasted every day on the Island. If like me you probably scoop your leftover food into a bin-liner? However an alternative to this would be to call the council and request a free Organic Bucket in which all this waste food can be put. They have a clip-tight lid which keeps the wildlife at bay, and they are collected on a weekly basis. All the food waste is kept separately on the dustcart and when it reaches the plant it is turned into compost which is used as a cover material on the land-fill site. Quartet - Root Ginger Back left: Barbara Norwood Back right: Annette Domoney Front left: Julie White Front right: Shirley Denne 24 NEWSPAPER & MAGAZINES All types of newspapers and stapled magazines are totally recyclable. All you have to do is to place these items into a kerbside recycling box which is collected fortnightly. These are then recycled into new newspapers and magazines. The council can provide you with these special containers by calling 01983 821000. GLASS & TEXTILES Glass is probably the easiest to re-cycle, how many glass jars are Island Life - www.isleofwight.net