Waste and Recycling Initiative

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New (2015): Rubbish from the basement bins is sorted for recycling by the contractors who empty them (usually every Tuesday morning). If there are opportunities to improve recycleability (by pre-sorting, and delivering to a discrete dumping place) we should use them if practical along these lines:

Simple rules: -

  • if it can be reused, reuse it
  • if it needs special handling (Waste Electrical, chemical, sharps), arrange it
  • if it can be recycled, recycle it
  • if it can be burned (in a domestic wood stove), burn it
  • if it can be composted, compost it
  • anything else can go in the bin

We have a container for sharps (stanley knife and scalpel blades, etc.) in the Safety-Weat cabinet just inside the door of the Workshop.

WEEE needs to be accumulated and kept for disposal at local disposal facilities.

I've decided to take on the job of managing this initiative (I'll be the one sorting and taking out the trash!) --Michael Erskine 10:22, 27 May 2011 (BST)

Nearby recycling points

This map shows the location of the nearby recycling points (the closest is in Aberdeen Street car park, which accepts: mixed glass, mixed paper, tins and drink cans, and plastic bottles).

© OpenStreetMap


Materials are a valuable resource and waste is to be strongly discouraged. In fact, most of the Hackspace's resources are recovered from "waste" (and a lot of that by me! User:Msemtd). Even a small piece of scrap metal, wood, or plastic may be exactly what somebody needs for their project. As long as we know where to look -- we are a chaos-reducing organisation: sorting and categorising -- put wood with the wood, put metal with the metal!

"What can be recycled?" A surprising amount! Refer to the Nottingham City Council pages for those things that we can have collected.

I have a wood burning stove at home and it has no problem with pizza boxes! I'll take things away on those days I have transport.

The Nottingham City Council recycling scheme http://www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=1286

The Nottingham City Council recycling tips http://www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=1321

I need to find out the waste collection arrangements with BizSpace --Michael Erskine 10:24, 27 May 2011 (BST)

I need to make some signs for near the bins, esp. in the kitchen.

I need to obtain/make a food waste collecting bin and arrange for its regular removal.

Aluminium cans are taken to scrap merchants to raise funds (enough to cover the cost of delivering them). There is a magnet wand next to the can-crusher which can be used to separate steel from aluminium cans. --Dclarke 03:27, 30 April 2012 (EST)