The first synthetic polymer was invented in 1869 by John Wesley Hyatt, who was inspired by a New York firm’s offer of $10,000 for anyone who could provide a substitute for ivory.
Precious Plastic North Ronaldsay aims to build a plastic recycling centre, transform beach plastic waste into new products and turn the problem into a solution.
“Throughout my work as an artist maker, I have whenever possible tried to be as eco friendly as possible by using natural or recycled material.”
At the council’s Development and Infrastructure Committee on 30th March, a successful motion by Green councillor Steve Sankey meant that the decision to close the centres has been deferred with more reports to follow.
There is an estimated two to three million tonnes of plastics used in agriculture each year.
Householders in Orkney, whose refuse collections were missed or cancelled due to last week’s wintry weather are being asked to store rubbish if possible until their next scheduled refuse collection.
“We used to use two galvanized steel dustbins for our rubbish, then wheelie bins took over and the metal bins went into the shed, where they sat in the corner, doing nothing, for years.”
the Scottish Government will consult on a mandatory national food waste reduction target and the mandatory reporting of Scotland’s food surplus and waste by food businesses.
Orkney Islands Council is opening temporary skips for paper and metals recycling over the festive period.
The site will be open from Tuesday to Friday for the first week and then Monday – Friday each week thereafter, from 8am to 4pm, with last entry at 3.45pm.