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|Posted on 29 June, 2018 at 23:20||comments (6)|
Attached is our very first edition of E.M.U News.
Each quarter we will bring you valuable information that can help you with making decisions on what to do and how to do it as well as informative stories from around the world.
This month includes:
* Turning Rubbish into Energy
* How to calculate how many loads you have
* Do you need Clean Fill
* A message from Sir David Attenborough
To view the newsletter please click here
|Posted on 27 June, 2018 at 1:05||comments (0)|
Sweden is almost a rubbish free country by turning rubbish into energy. Wouldn't it be great if Australia and in particular Perth worked towards being a rubbish free country and state whilst also creating energy.
By using BnL Earthworks you can be assured that you are contributing to your state and country by recycling.
All green waste and household waste collected by us is sent to recycling facilities where it is sorted and recycled where possible significantly reducing the amount of waste that goes to land fill.
We pledge to support recycling facilities:
* to prolong the life of our landfill sites
* to stop reusable material going to landfill
* to find value in materials deemed worthless
* to provide a better alternative for rubbish disposal
For a quote on your landscaping prep, green waste or household rubbish removal call 0412 082 206 visit our facebook page BnL Earthworks or our website www.bnlearthworks.com.au.
|Posted on 1 June, 2018 at 23:20||comments (0)|
From Sir David Attenborough’s facebook page @SirDavidAttenborough
If ever a photo so vividly illustrates the damage humans are inflicting on the natural world.... Please think before you buy anything in plastic, do you need it? If you do please dispose of it carefully. Wherever I go now, whether it be in the mountains, on the moors or on the coast there is discarded plastic everywhere. The Government haven't a clue, by the time they act it will be too late, they are going to ban wipes and cotton buds within the next 20 years !!!! It's up to us as consumers to act now, enough is enough, plastic will destroy the world and its wildlife. Please note it's not my image, it's from National Geographic.
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|Posted on 9 February, 2018 at 1:35||comments (2)|
BnL Earthworks is proud to say we recycle everything possible. Our rubbish and green waste is sent to a site that recycles everything possible rather than dumping it in our local landfill sites. This assists in the reduction of environmental impacts within our communities.
You, our customers can rest assured knowing that by using BnL Earthworks your household rubbish and green waste is going to be recycled. Steel, concrete, glass, tyres, mattresses, bricks, green waste, white goods are all separated and sent to recycling within this facility.
BnL Earthworks is therefore:
• prolonging the life of landfill sites by using a facility that separates the reusable material from waste streams ready for recycling. The unsalvageable waste is shred, reducing it by 70% in size and increasing its compaction rate by 26%.
• stopping reusable material going to landfill. For example construction waste from the building of new homes is filled with good reusable resources. Metals, timber, paper, plastics, bricks and concrete can all be recycled.
• sending items and materials deemed worthless to this facility for sorting and processing to see if they can be made worthy again.
• providing a better alternative for rubbish disposal - all types of rubbish can be taken and sorted and recycled.
BnL Earthworks chooses to use this facility to reduce the impact of landfill within the local communities and create a more sustainable future.
Please consider using BnL Earthworks when looking for a company to provide your landscaping preps, yard cleans, household rubbish removal or green waste removal.
Call 0412 082 206 for a quote.
|Posted on 29 January, 2018 at 2:15||comments (0)|
HOUSEHOLD waste charges could increase and Perth’s low recycling rates plummet further after China banned the importation of recycled products such as paper and plastics.
In a move that has drawn alarm from State Environment Minister Stephen Dawson, the Chinese Government recently said it would stop accepting recycled waste from overseas countries including Australia from the end of this year.
The decision comes as a major blow to Perth’s resource recovery centres, which collect recyclable waste on behalf of the city’s councils and process it into products such as paper and plastics that can be sold.
The China ban will be a blow to Perth’s recycling centres.
Sales generated by the recovery centres are a critical source of revenue that is used to pay for waste processing and there are concerns household recycling charges could be forced up as a result of China’s decision.
With Perth’s recycling rates the lowest among major Australia cities — and going backwards according to the most recent census — it is also feared the amount of waste sent to the tip could increase if the recovery centres falter. In a typical Perth recycling bin, paper accounts for 46 per cent of contents, with glass at 32 per cent, plastic 9 per cent and mixed metals 3 per cent.
Mr Dawson, who has staked much on turning around WA’s lagging recycling rates, described China’s decision as a worry and suggested it would make his task harder.
It is feared the amount of waste sent to the tip will increase when the ban is enforced.
“I am increasingly concerned with the recent decision by the Chinese Government to cease accepting a range of solid wastes, including recyclables, from Australia in 2018,” Mr Dawson said.
“WA is in the process of implementing significant reform in the waste sector. Cost-efficient recycling of materials is key to delivering better outcomes across the State.
“The loss of opportunities to manage recycling with our international trading partners risks becoming a major barrier to reform in this State. I have written to the Federal Government to explore opportunities to work with them to mitigate or minimise the impacts of this ban on West Australians.”
Perth’s recycling waste stockpile could get larger after China ban.
Nial Stock, the State general manager of French waste management giant Suez, confirmed China was the linchpin of WA’s recycling exports, which were sold directly to it or through secondary markets such as Vietnam. He said that in the absence of China’s participation, ratepayers could have to pay more for their recycling services.
“In the end the ratepayer will pay extra for the recycling that goes on at their house,” he said.
Curtin University sustainability expert Peter Newman urged the Government to offer incentives to WA businesses to use recycled materials.
“Get businesses under way that manufacture things,” Professor Newman said.
To view this article visit https://www.perthnow.com.au/politics/local-government/wa-to-be-hit-by-china-recycle-ban-ng-b88716545z
|Posted on 27 November, 2017 at 0:35||comments (0)|
Bertram PS benefiting from Story Dog
|Posted on 1 November, 2017 at 4:10||comments (0)|
Need help working out how many loads you might have to get rid of? Heres some info that might help!
To work it out is simple if you know how!
Length x width x depth. For example - A front yard is 6 m x 10 m = 60 m2
If you want to go down 100mm for say mulch, grass or pave you simply times 60 by .1 (.1 represents 100 mm) 60 x .1 = 6 m3
If you want to go down 50 mm then times the total area (ie length x width) by .05. 60 x .05 = 3 m3
If you want to go down 30mm then times the total area (ie length x width) by .03. 60 x .03 = 1.8 m3
And so on.
We have a 5 m3 truck so you can roughly work out how many loads you have to take away.
Hopefully this information gives you a bit of an idea on how to work out what loads you have to take away.
|Posted on 18 October, 2017 at 3:50||comments (0)|
Local Wellard family owned and operated business, B n L Earthworks has sponsored a Story Dog.
Ben recently became a Story Dog and now attends Bertram Primary School weekly to sit with selected children who read to Ben and his handler.
The outcomes are amazing as the child has fun, is not judged, improves focus, improves reading skills and increases confidence.
B n L Earthworks sponsorship provides the essentials for Ben and his handler to start in a school and continue helping children to learn to read.
“Our sponsorship provides everything Ben needs to help these young children to be the best they can be. Reading is an essential part of learning. We are proud to be able to provide what Ben needs to help these kids get a great start in their education.” Says Owner - Louise Schnuriger.
Story Dogs is a not for profit organisation formed in 2009 and is based on the successful American literacy program: Reading Education Assist and Dogs (R.E.A.D.).
Story Dogs improves children’s reading and communication skills by employing a powerful method – reading to lovable, gentle dogs.
For more information on Story Dogs visit http://storydogs.org.au/dog-teams/
|Posted on 18 October, 2017 at 3:45||comments (0)|
It’s a sight familiar across the suburbs — old furniture, whitegoods, tree branches all piled up along the verges of households for bulk rubbish collection.
But in four local councils across Perth, the yearly ritual of turfing out junk for collection has come to an end and while the issue may seem innocuous, voters have made it a must-address item for the crowded field of candidates in the race for the City of Joondalup’s top job.
After a push by the administration last year, residents in Perth’s third-biggest council shifted to a new system for bulk rubbish, where instead of dumping their furniture and other junk on their verge, households are eligible to book a 3cum skip bin each year.
Joondalup joined neighbouring City of Stirling, as well as the Belmont and Bayswater councils in shifting from verge collections.
While the election has received interest because of the high-profile contest between former MPs Albert Jacob and Rob Johnson, the mayoral candidates have revealed to The West Australian that ratepayers were up in arms about the change, with several declaring they wanted to go back to the old system.
Russell Poliwka, a sitting councillor who has run for mayor twice before, said the change had received a lot of criticism from voters.
Criticisms include a limited list of eligible items to be put in the bins and the small size of the bins themselves.
Mr Poliwka, who supported the original change on council, said it was an issue the new mayor and council would have to deal with.
“I would certainly look at returning to the old system, even though we voted in the new system as a council, at the end of the day we’re there to represent the ratepayers and if they want to go back to bulk then we should,” he said.
“You can’t ignore ratepayers, if you do it’s at your peril.”
Mr Johnson, who lost his Hillarys seat in March after 24 years in State Parliament, said an online poll he had run had shown emphatic support for returning to the kerbside collection of bulk rubbish, with 75 per cent of voters endorsing such a move.
He said the original change was an example of the disconnect between councillors and the voters.
“There are so many things you cannot put in a bin and it doesn’t really answer the problems we are having — they are very small bins and older people cannot lift up over the top of the bin,” he said.
“Everybody wants the return of the verge collection because it’s easier to do.
“Local governments are supposed to be there for the residents and give them the service they deserve.”
Some candidates, including Craigie resident Graeme Strickland, are concerned a quintessential part of Aussie culture is at risk, with the days of roaming the streets during bulk pick up looking for gems at an end.
“A lot of people aren’t happy about it, because there was the opportunity for recycling, and getting things off the bulk rubbish and using them — it was an opportunity to do something good with some of the stuff,” he said.
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Gary Morris said the collections gave employment opportunities to people who looked to sell steel, while Chris Morrison said there was an opportunity for the city to collect the bulk rubbish at central locations and sell items in good shape at a shopfront.
But not everyone wants to return to the old system.
Warwick resident Nasir Shah said though he preferred the verge collections, he would stick with the bins if elected until a financial analysis of the two models was offered.
Brogan Murphy, the youngest candidate for mayor, said he wanted the community to organise something where residents could bring their bulk rubbish to sell in a swap meet-style event.
Mr Jacob, a former environment minister, said the goal of reducing what went into landfill had been noble, and outside of a few tweaks, the bin system should stay.
“My understanding is there is essentially a long-term contract in place but also I think bins are the best way to achieve recycling,” he said.
Retiring mayor Troy Pickard has defended the move, saying there had been a dramatic increase in the diversion rate of bulk hard waste going to landfill, from just 2 per cent to 48 per cent.
“The City’s on-request bulk hard waste service commenced in October 2016 and has already achieved significant positive results in terms of cost savings to ratepayers, increased diversion rates from landfill and improved visual amenity on suburban streets,” he said.
“The changes to the City’s method of collecting bulk hard waste was prompted by a waste management review carried out in 2014 that indicated the City collected more bulk waste per household than any other local government in Australia, and more than double the WA average.
“The cost of sending waste to landfill continues to rise each year and the City has worked hard to find a solution that offers more flexibility to residents as well as limiting future increases to operational costs.”
To view the article visit https://thewest.com.au/news/wa/battle-for-joondalup-turns-into-a-junk-pile-ng-b88618517z
|Posted on 18 October, 2017 at 3:45||comments (0)|
Dear newly arrived Pom.
The shock and thrill of landing in your new country has finally started to wear off. You’ve got a pretty good handle on the new, interesting uses of the English language and you’ve even started to wear a cardie when it’s a “nippy” 20 degrees out.
But suddenly, disaster! The quiet, dreamy suburb you settled on after months of research through Google images, all those real estate websites and endless forums of would-be emigrees has seemingly overnight produced strange and rapidly multiplying piles of rubbish, cluttering up the kerbs of the otherwise neat-looking homes.
Calm down, don’t panic. We promise, your suburb hasn’t quietly been reclassified a “dump”. And no, all those drivers with a trailer attached to their overflowing cars who stop every few houses to duck out and carefully assess each piece of another man’s junk are not necessarily criminals.
You know you've lived in Perth too long when you wear "activewear" even though you've never been to a gym.
I know, I know. You didn’t sign up for this, and the idea of living in a cesspit of junk is repulsive, but we assure you it’s temporary. Within a few weeks it’ll all be gone again.
Yes, it’s verge bulk rubbish pick-up season. Well, it is in my neck of the woods, anyway.
How to survive the festive season. Cheers to that!
While it might be alien for anyone new to these sunny climes, it’s often one of the most anticipated times of the year for bargain hunters. People finally sort out all that junk they’ve been hoarding for 12 months (did I really need that third juicer-cum-slicer- cum-coffee maker cluttering up my pantry, and where exactly did that hideous outdoor chair from the 1970s spring from?).
You’ll quickly learn that regardless of whether it meets the local government’s criteria for pick-up or not, you can still stick it on the front lawn and simply wait for the council to come and collect whatever the kerb crawlers don’t.
And no, we don’t mean that kind of kerb crawler. We mean those with a keen eye for a bargain who help “recycle” items from the verge before anyone else gets their hands on them. Again, don’t panic. It rarely ends in fisticuffs.
There’s no real British equivalent to the verge pick-up. The old-fashioned rag-and-bone man would be the closest I can think of. I can’t even imagine how such a collection would work back in Blighty these days … unless you just pop a note on the front door telling would-be bargain hunters to head out the back to the shed and take their pick of your trash?
One secret I will let you in on — the day you find yourself quietly tiptoeing up to your neighbour-but-one’s pile under the cover of darkness to scoop up that perfectly good child’s toy will be the day you can call yourself a true-blue Aussie.