tougher data protection rules for sme's in 2018

Business Owners need to prepare for 2018 change  to Data Protection Law

First published in The Telegraph 18th May

In Small Business, commercial, data, confidential, FederationSmallBusiness

More plastic than fish in the sea by 2050 ?

That's a scary thought ..

As reported in the Guardian , Round-the-world sailor Dame Ellen MacArthur launched a $2m (£1.5m) competition in partnership with the Prince of Wales in London on May 18th to encourage the reduction of plastics in the world’s oceans and target the 30% of plastic packaging that cannot be recycled because of the way it is constructed.

Globally, only 14% of plastic packaging is collected for recycling and by 2050 there could be more plastic than fish, MacArthur warned.

Simon Ellin of the Recycling Association has accused the Pringles brand as an example of failure to consider recycling in design by using several materials for packaging them – other offenders include Lucozade Sport and whisky packaging.

He said the biggest problems came when multiple materials were used in the same packaging. In the case of Pringles,

 “What idiot designed this in terms of recyclability? We’ve got a cardboard tube, a metal bottom, a plastic lid and was also critical of Lucozade Sport and bottles with a similar design, where a recyclable bottle is enclosed in a sleeve made from a different type of plastic. He called the design the “No 2 villain”.

“This bottle is so confusing to computer scanners that it has to be picked by hand off the recycling conveyor,” he said. “Then it often just gets chucked away.”

Product designers need to retreat from “the Pringles factor” in order to make their packaging more recyclable, and cleaning products in spray bottles were misleading when they claimed to be recyclable because of the presence of other polymers and a metal spring. Colouring that made some plastic food trays black – so red meat looks more appetising – made them “worthless”. He also said the metal in whisky packaging made it a problem for recycling.

In JM Waste, Waste, Recycle, Recycling, Coffee, plastic, environment

Will your business benefit from #latepayments ?

#LatePayments is all over Twitter at the moment following Labour Party plans to introduce package reforms aimed at helping small-time entrepreneurs, self-employed tradespeople, and local firms.

In business, CashFlow, LatePayment, FederationSmallBusiness, Finance

Will robots replace us at work?

In a recent article by The Guardian the UK's recycling rates have been at their lowest since 2015 and campaigners blame confusing recycling rules , which differ between which Local Authority collects your household waste & recycling .
One misplaced or incorrectly sorted item into recycling can result in a whole bag being sent to landfill.
A whopping £3.8bn worth of reusable and valuable resources ended up as landfill in 2014, according to
The Green Alliance , and its currently being discussed that we need to find a way to find more effective way of sorting our waste and bringing it under control.
As i've written about in a previous blog Fly Tipping - Our our Councils Doing Enough ?" it costs local authorities £50m a year to clear up illegally dumped waste , and £1.00 in every three paid in Council Tax goes towards the cost of Waste collections and disposal.
It's being discussed whether the use of technology  - Robots  - can be used to increase household recycling rates and reduce the amount of Domestic waste including plastics  - into landfill and our waterways. 
Recycling rates drop in the UK 
The Finnish company ZenRobotics believes that it can prevent this with their Robotic system - their robots scan recycling & sorting lines of wood and construction waste at a rate of 4,000 items per hour. They claim that the value of the waste is enough to justify the cost of the system which is up to £70,000. They have already supplied China with their first robotic recycling plant. 
Working in the waste & recycling industry isnt the most glamourous - often sorted manually its a dirty and dangerous job  - we have lots of issues trying to employ reliable staff at our own Waste Transfer site in eastbourne due to the nature of the work. 
By supplying households using colour coded bags ( which some already do ) Local councils could use the same vehicles to transport waste , reducing the amount of vehicles on the road, as at the moment refuse and recycling collections use seperate rounds and vehicles. Robots would then sort the bags increasing efficiency - and cutting staffing and transportation costs.
It has been stated however that some form of manual handling would still be involved - as some materials including paper - don't mix well. 
Robots have been building our cars for years and supermarket checkouts and Fast Food outlets are already using technology to replace employees  - its been reported by 2015 over 30% of our jobs will be taken over by robots.
What do you think ?
Should Robots do our traditionally manual,dirty,  low skilled and paid jobs that humans don't want ?
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In Green Living, Waste, business, Household, Recycling, environmental act, eastbourne, jobs

10 ways to declutter your home

Spring is on it's way and traditionally time to have a Spring Clean of your home, and the dreaded declutter. 

In Skip Hire, Recycle, DIY