Another dead whale full of plastic

How many wake up calls do we need? 


https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/18/world/asia/whale-plastics-philippines.html


If plastic will not degrade, should it not be banned and replaced?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biodegradable_plastic

Around 150 million tons of plastic are already floating in our oceans — with an additional eight million tons entering the water each year, according to the World Economic Forum.

Here is a picture of a model whale made out of waste taken from the sea.



A sperm whale’s diet is usually comprised of giant squid. But the 33-foot long mammal that washed up on the beach of Cabo de Palos on February 27 2018 was unusually thin.
The necropsy results, released last week, listed just some of the items scientists found stuck in its stomach and intestines: plastic bags, pieces of net, a plastic water container.
Officials said the whale died of an abdominal infection, called peritonitis: It just couldn’t digest the waste it had swallowed, causing its digestive system to rupture.
This, say officials, is a concern not only because sperm whales are endangered, but also because it’s another grim reminder of just how much plastic waste is being dumped into the ocean.



An estimated 150 million tons of plastic are already floating in our world’s oceans.
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/03/21/health/ocean-plastic-intl/index.html

A report ( www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_The_New_Plastics_Economy.pdf ) from the World Economic Forum found that the amount of plastic in the ocean may outweigh fish by 2050

Fact Checking by snopes.com:

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/sperm-whale-die-swallowing-64-pounds-plastic-debris/ 

Sources
  • Gabbatiss, Josh.   “Plastic Pollution Killed Sperm Whale Found Dead on Spanish Beach.”
        CNN.   7 April 2018.
  • Said-Moorhouse, Lauren.   “Ocean Plastic Predicted to Triple Within a Decade.”
        CNN.   21 March 2018.
  • Diaz, Andrea.   “A Sperm Whale That Washed Up on a Beach in Spain Had 64 Pounds of Plastic and Waste in its Stomach.”
        CNN.   11 April 2018.
  • Hamilton, Kristy.   “Post-Mortem On Thirteen Beached Sperm Whales Found Their Stomachs Full Of Plastic.”
        IFL Science.   28 March 2016.
  • Nace, Trevor.   “Yet Another Dead Whale Is Grave Reminder Of Our Massive Plastic Problem.”
        Forbes.   9 April 2018.

Let swallows nest in peace

What is wrong with people these days?

Norwich Tesco store blocks nesting site with netting which could injure returning swallows.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-47584983


About PC Recycler Ltd.

Don't Dump, Donate! The PC Recycler take back and reuse campaign has been helping the environment and our local community since 1998.

If you have redundant computer equipment suitable for reuse, and you would like to dispose of it in a socially aware and environmentally friendly manner, use our  free collection service:- free collection

Reuse is better than recycling
 'WRAP'  says "The repair and re-use of electronic products has a range of environmental and social benefits" :- http://www.wrap.org.uk/content/re-use-protocols-electrical-products

Promote repair and re-use with the restart project :- http://therestartproject.org/about/

Local award winning project
The PC Recycler community IT project (CommIT) earned a top award in 2006. 
400+ computers given away to our local community.

See our community showcase for details of other projects we have been involved with. 

About PC Recycler
PC Recycler was founded in 1998 by one family to promote the reuse of  'redundant' computers, and  to obtain free computer equipment for local primary schools. With the help of Blackpool Borough Council, Blackpool Council for Voluntary Service, and Blackpool challenge partnership, this computer reuse project has become a self supporting social enterprise based in Blackpool, Lancashire, UK.

Recycle Ink Cartridges

In the UK, we throw away 30 million ink cartridges a year. These cartridges alone take 1,425,000 litres of oil to produce. If your ink cartridge can not be refilled, try one of the numerous schemes that recycle ink cartridges.

You can recycle your ink cartridges at Tesco supermarkets, and if you are a club card holder, you get 100 club card points for each eligible cartridge. Post paid envelopes can be picked up in Tesco supermarkets.

https://www.therecyclingfactory.com/tesco/

Recycle Mobile Phones

Your old mobile phone still has value. 

Instead of leaving it in a drawer as a spare, or throwing it out with the rubbish, why not sell or recycle it?

Delete all the data on your mobile phone your phone before you dispose of it.

 https://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-wipe-your-phone-or-tablet-before-selling/

https://www.cnet.com/au/how-to/the-best-way-to-completely-wipe-your-android-device/



Here are some links to mobile phone buyers.

http://www.mazumamobile.com

http://www.envirofone.com

http://www.fonebank.com/recycle_mobile_phone.aspx

http://www.mobilephonerecycling.co.uk

http://www.mobilephonexchange.co.uk
 

Other ways to deal with mobile phones.

http://www.recyclenow.com/what-to-do-with/mobile-phones-0

https://therestartproject.org/unrepaired/


Recycle Batteries


Considering the composition of batteries, it is surprising that battery recycling has taken so long to become 'mainstream'.

Retailers must offer free collection (‘takeback’) of waste or used batteries if they are selling or supplying 32kg or more of portable batteries per year.
Source https://www.gov.uk/battery-waste-supplier-reponsibilities


Now that battery recycling has taken on more importance, it is much easier to recycle batteries, and there is no excuse for throwing batteries away with general rubbish to end up in landfill.

Domestic users, find the nearest recycling point here , using your postcode.

Buying rechargeable batteries instead of none rechargeable batteries will produce considerably less waste.

PC Recycler restarts award winning project

Update April 2012

UK Online who were funding this initiative have withdrawn their support and this opportunity has now ended.
Free computers are still available through Blackpool computer club

April 2011
PC Recycler has restarted a project which enables Blackpool residents to obtain a completely free internet ready computer.
To obtain the free computer, the applicant attends a training session called 'online basics' at the Blackpool computer club.
The training is free of charge, and can be completed in approximately 3 hours.
Once the training is completed, the applicant takes away the computer they have trained on.

The last time PC Recycler ran this promotion, 400 computers were given away to Blackpool residents. see:-  Free internet ready computer for details.