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Freesheets face up to recycling responsibility


Call Greenbang a curmudgeon (she won’t mind and you wouldn’t be the first) but she’s very pleased to hear that the London freesheets have been forced to open up recycling points across London for their gratis irritants.

At least it gives commuters somewhere to dispose of the cobblers thrust into their hands by the aggressive purple paper pushers and hopefully stop people from redecorating Tube carriages with discarded celebrity rumours.

These stats courtesy of The Guardian.

The mountain of discarded newspapers in the capital has been a big issue since the freesheets launched in September 2006, with councils in central London and London Underground complaining about the increased clean-up bill.

The two papers distribute about 900,000 copies across London every day between them and newspapers account for 24% of street waste in the West End.

Greenbang thinks this is an interesting example of manufacturers being forced to take responsibility for the disposal of their products. More please. Crisp packets and burger boxes, next please.


  • Feds
    Posted January 25, 2008 at 9:40 am

    I think a lot of people are under the impression that the energy saving bulbs produce that awful, white-with-a-blue tint light, and for the most part, it’s true. Where are the energy efficient light bulbs with the nice soft yellow glow?

  • matt
    Posted January 23, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    “but the quality, variety & brightness is better than ever”

    Where do you get yours from?
    Most of the rooms in my flat are lit by energy saving lightbulbs – but i find i still need an old
    style bulb here and there – the energy saving ones are
    just too dim.

  • HelenHopper
    Posted January 23, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    A chap from Greenpeace who was speaking at an event I attended on Monday night said “don’t change to energy saving lightbulbs, the old style ones heat the room as well as giving out light, and therefore stop your heating from coming on as often.” He suggested that in Summer we don’t use lightbulbs at all, instead relying on natural light where possible…. hmmmm

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