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1st Jun 2008

ASDA under fire after attack on council recycling

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Thousands of tonnes of packaging are needlessly ending up in landfill because hundreds of local authorities only collect the "bare minimum" of material, retail giant ASDA has claimed.

The supermarket said on Monday that millions of people found it difficult to recycle its packaging - even though 93% of it was recyclable - because of a "postcode lottery" of recycling services. As a result, it said it would be fighting against Government proposals to introduce a pay as you throw "tax" because they were unfair.

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1st Jun 2008

Launch of Reconomy CIC

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The Furniture Re-use Network, Community Composting Network, Community Recycling Network UK and London Community Recycling Network have created a new community interest company (CIC) to work together more effectively across England. REconomy CIC will provide representation, development support, guidance and information for voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations working to manage resources sustainably.

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1st Jun 2008

Community initiatives site launched

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A website has been launched by a social enterprise to promote awareness of community initiatives and services in England and Wales.

The site, at www.communityprojects.biz, provides free advertising space for community groups and for local projects that are supported by MPs, peers, the police, celebrities or sports personalities.

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1st Jun 2008

Recycling anger over skip arrest

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An environmental campaigner has been arrested for taking four plastic chairs from a recycling centre.

Genny Bove, 46, from Wrexham, said the chairs were dumped in a general rubbish skip and were due to go to a landfill site rather than being recycled. She is on bail, but called it a "waste of police time and resources".

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1st Jun 2008

National Trust publish cook book for compost

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A brand new book is set to notch up a National Trust first by becoming the first 100 per cent biodegradable book published by the organisation. Sold in National Trust shops and online, 'How to 'Cook' Compost' is completely compostable and the ultimate book to help you with green living.

1st Jun 2008

Europe-wide accreditation scheme for environmental volunteers will be launched in September.

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The Environments for Learning programme is based on the European Qualification Framework and will provide a way of recognising and assessing skills and knowledge that volunteers learn informally through volunteering.

The programme is being developed by UK environmental volunteering charity BTCV and six partner organisations from across Europe. It will allow skills learned through volunteering in one country to be recognised in another.

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1st Jun 2008

Energy efficiency scheme targets charities

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A scheme to help charities fight rising gas and electricity bills by reducing their energy consumption has been launched by energy firms Bizzenergy and Gazprom.

The Charity Utility Initiative provides organisations with equipment to help them identify areas in which they could reduce energy consumption. The Government-approved 'smart meters' take readings every half hour, allowing clients to know exactly how much they are using at any point of the day and implement more efficient measures.

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1st Jun 2008

Guide to turning your organisation into a volunteer magnet

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The second edition of 'Turn your organisation into a volunteer magnet' has been published.Forty leaders in the field of volunteer management, from Australia, Britain, Canada, Italy, New Zealand and USA share what they have learned about making your organisation attractive to volunteers. The guide is packed full of top tips and compelling case studies on topics ranging from recruitment and retention, to diversity and creative programme management.

This resource has been written by managers of volunteers for their peers and is free to download.

1st Jun 2008

New technology to process Gift Aid claims on shop donations

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Eight charities are to install a new system to manage Gift Aid claims on items donated to their shops. The new software, from technology firm Merlin, is a development of a similar system by E-Productive that was launched after being piloted by Sue Ryder shops in 2006. The charities that will use the new system have not yet been named. The system was launched after a successful pilot scheme in selected shops run by Oxfam and Big C, the cancer research and support charity for Norfolk and Waveney.

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