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National News In Brief (August 2021)


Good Practice Guidance for Assessing the GHG Impacts of Waste Incineration

The United Kingdom Without Incineration Network (UKWIN) launched a good practice guide for assessing the greenhouse gas (GHG) impacts of waste incineration. The Guidance has been welcomed by environmental organisations including Friends of the Earth and Zero Waste Europe.

Created in response to the inconsistent quality of incinerator carbon assessments, this Guide is intended to be used both by those carrying out climate assessments and those reviewing or evaluating those assessments. It provides ten recommendations based on an extensive review of the approaches being used by industry practitioners and academics.

Help More People Understand the Impact of Flying

Did you know that a flight to LA and back emits as much carbon dioxide as chopping down more than 100m2 of rainforest? We know that we need to cut our emissions as fast as possible to protect the climate. Avoiding taking flights is one of the best things we can do to reduce our environmental impact.  

Possible have created a fantastic set of shareable images that highlight the relative impact of flights that help convey the scale of the problem, including flying vs. recycling, flying vs. smart phone, and flying vs. avocados.

You can check them out here.

TerraCycle: From Crisp Packets to a Garden to Help Young People 


With the help of thousands of recycled crisp packets, a new garden, Wooden Spoon Allotment, has been created to support young people with mental health problems in Leicester. It provides a quiet place to connect with the environment, and offers a range of activities for 13 to 25 year-olds to rebuild their confidence, self-esteem, and skills in a safe environment.

The garden includes a ping pong table, four planters, four seedling tables, a picnic table, two benches and four bird nesting boxes. These items were made by TerraCycle from recycling collected across the UK, including used packing for nuts, popcorn, crisps and pretzels from KP Snacks.

The partnership with TerraCycle forms part of KP’s pacKPromise – a three-step plan to reduce the company’s packaging impact.

Unanimous Support for Derbyshire Dales District Council’s Biodiversity Project

Derbyshire Dales district councillors have voted unanimously to increase biodiversity in the road verges and open spaces the authority manages - 12 pilot areas have been identified.

DDDC were approached by 5 community groups and organisations to take part in the Council’s wildflower verge project:

  • Rewilding Hathersage
  • Wilder Wirksworth
  • Bradwell Wildflower Project
  • Doveridge Parish Council
  • Hartington Parish Council

The groups have informally adopted the verges in their area and are working in partnership with the council to manage them for wildflowers and pollinators.

Each of the pilot sites are being surveyed as part of the monitoring, to see how the verges develop over the next three years.