J. Karst Journey through Recycling in West Berkshire

J. Karst Journey through Recycling in West Berkshire: Week 6

  ‘Welcome to the new edition of this Community Newsletter. Let me introduce myself. I am a full-time working mum of 2 boys and a freshly published novelist of ‘The Ninth Cross’ by my pen name J. Karst. Every single day I also try to do the little bit I can in saving the environment for future generations.’

     Its shocking how quickly the time goes. Its already one week ago since I told you about the lovely TerraCycle Beauty program. Today, I am here to talk about another program and that’s the home cleaning product / dishwasher products recycling scheme.

     It’s not one program but two. One is called the ‘Air and Home Scheme’ and the other is the ‘RB recycling scheme’. For those keen to help, if you can separate per scheme, it that would be helpful. I do understand if you rather keep them together as it’s hard to remember what belongs to which scheme.

     The RB Hygiene home recycling scheme takes the following waste – any fragrance plastic sleeves, stain remover powder packaging, home cleaning wipe packaging (NOT THE WIPES), any cleaning product refill packaging, dishwasher cleaner and freshener outer packaging, dishwashing salt bags and any dishwashing tablet packaging.

     The Air and home and laundry program takes any plastic air freshener containers and their plastic caps and any plastic car air fresheners plug ins (not the glass), wipes packaging is also accepted under this program as its on RB hygiene scheme as well as tinted rigid plastic tubs used for home cleaning. As well as the RB program washing tablet capsule packaging is taken under this scheme with the dishwasher tablet packaging. Under this scheme I also take the pumps from top of cleaning product spray bottles.

     So now you can recycle so much more of your cleaning products without feeling the guilt of using more in these strange times. In summary, Margaret can still wipe her chihuahua buttocks with disinfectant wipes to protect herself from Corona, but she probably will need protection against itchy bum Tiggie’s canines.

     Next time we talk about the EllaCycle baby food recycling program.

 

  1. Karst (#jkarstauthor; #littleberkshirewomble)

J. Karst journey through Recycling in West Berkshire

     ‘Welcome to the new edition of this Community Newsletter. Let me introduce myself. I am a full-time working mum of 2 boys and a freshly published novelist of ‘The Ninth Cross’ by my pen name J. Karst. Every single day I also try to do the little bit I can in saving the environment for future generations.’

     Its shocking how quickly the time goes. Its already one week ago since I told you about the lovely TerraCycle Beauty program. Today, I am here to talk about another program and that’s the home cleaning product / dishwasher products recycling scheme.

     It’s not one program but two. One is called the ‘Air and Home Scheme’ and the other is the ‘RB recycling scheme’. For those keen to help, if you can separate per scheme, it that would be helpful. I do understand if you rather keep them together as it’s hard to remember what belongs to which scheme.

     The RB Hygiene home recycling scheme takes the following waste – any fragrance plastic sleeves, stain remover powder packaging, home cleaning wipe packaging (NOT THE WIPES), any cleaning product refill packaging, dishwasher cleaner and freshener outer packaging, dishwashing salt bags and any dishwashing tablet packaging.

     The Air and home and laundry program takes any plastic air freshener containers and their plastic caps and any plastic car air fresheners plug ins (not the glass), wipes packaging is also accepted under this program as its on RB hygiene scheme as well as tinted rigid plastic tubs used for home cleaning. As well as the RB program washing tablet capsule packaging is taken under this scheme with the dishwasher tablet packaging. Under this scheme I also take the pumps from top of cleaning product spray bottles.

     So now you can recycle so much more of your cleaning products without feeling the guilt of using more in these strange times. In summary, Margaret can still wipe her chihuahua buttocks with disinfectant wipes to protect herself from Corona, but she probably will need protection against itchy bum Tiggie’s canines.

     Next time we talk about the EllaCycle baby food recycling program.

  1. Karst (#jkarstauthor; #littleberkshirewomble)

Guest Blog: Jana Karst Journey Through Recycling In West Berkshire – Week 5.

     ‘Welcome to the new edition of this Guest Blog. Let me introduce myself. I am a full-time working mum of 2 boys and a freshly published novelist of ‘The Ninth Cross’ by my pen name J. Karst. Every single day I also try to do the little bit I can in saving the environment for future generations.’

     Here we are again. As mentioned last week, this time we will talk about the beauty program.

     What does the program include, you ask? Well it should be simple, any beauty packaging that you cannot recycle in your kerbside recycling, like cream tubes, soap pumps, roll on deodorant (plastic only), facial wipes, cream tubs, facial mask plastic packaging, shampoo bottle tops, tub tops ect.

     The key thing to remember is ‘Beauty’. Cream tubs are a yes just make sure its plastics only as those glass cream tubs aren’t accepted apart from their plastic lid. The roll-on deodorants are also all accepted as long as its all plastic, no need to take them apart! The cream squeezy tubes come in all sizes and no matter what they are if they are from cream, hair products or shaving cream, Just ensure to keep the lid on and drop them all.

     The main beauty problem I keep hitting with this program is the confusion over what ‘Beauty wipes’ I do and don’t accept. This happens too often when your designer bottom gets the care it deserves by buying the ever so polluting plastic bottom wipes, however, its not classed as ‘beauty’ in this program.

     So please, if it comes to wipes, your baby’s backside might be the most beautiful thing on this planet, I sadly disagree, especially when I get a whole load of baby wipes packaging with extra ‘add on’.

     I know that at the time you were using the wipes you had a major disaster. I know that when you checked the baby whilst driving you saw their face go blue which was soon followed by an explosion of bottom burps. I know that for the time you held your breath you could have earned a gold medal at the Olympics for diving and I know that your eyes watered as you parked the car. As an experienced mummy you jumped out of the car at a Gazelle speed and diving into the smog you peeled the child away from the car seat whilst trying not to add to the greenish sluggish content covering the seat and the baby.

     I know that with instinct you grabbed the trusty wipes and probably that moment used the whole pack in one go before passing out due to fumes exposure. Sadly, through all the locomotion you missed the bits in your hair and your sticky finger prints on the packaging. Though I appreciate the difficulties you face but please, put any bottom related packaging into them bin, don’t dropped these off. In TerraCycle terms – if you use it on your face – drop it off, if its used on the bum – bin it.

     I know in this century the beauty has moved on from the face to designer lady/man bits, however, when we talk about beauty wipes, we really don’t mean bottom wipes of any kind. If the sun doesn’t shine there, don’t drop it off. Next time we will be talking about the home cleaning product / dishwasher products recycling scheme…

 

  1. Karst (#jkarstauthor; #littleberkshirewomble)

Guest Blog: Jana Karst Journey Through Recycling In West Berkshire – Week 4.

     ‘Welcome to the new edition of this Community Newsletter. Let me introduce myself. I am a full-time working mum of 2 boys and a freshly published novelist of ‘The Ninth Cross’ by my pen name J. Karst. Every single day I also try to do the little bit I can in saving the environment for future generations.’

     Hello again and welcome to the next TerraCycle recycling program information summary for the Pladis biscuit, cake and cracker wrapper.

     Considering that we are in the land of tea drinkers, this waste stream isn’t as fruitful as the naughty crisp packets scheme. For what this program is, it does generate large volumes of waste. What is accepted under this program? The answer is any flexible plastic wrapper that’s from Biscuits, Cracker and a cake. Not the rigid plastic trays though as they aren’t accepted neither the biscuit tin boxes. Only this year, considering the current situation with lockdown we have already collected 61.8 KG of waste for this program.

     Though this program is a little straight forward it is very important to mention to make sure that you eat all the left overs. Please ensure to shake out the crumbs at minimum as these moreish crumbs attract visitors. Though I do love animals, my animal loving spirit does fall short when a mouse falls out of the biscuit pack and hides in the garage throughout winter.

     It was last year that someone gave me a biscuit load with a free pet enclosed. This free pet became my mortal enemy and did the worst thing ever – it ate through my hammock. I have been looking for the pesky thing for 6 month and cleaned my garage 5 times over and still, I had not found its hiding place.  

     Thankfully this spring the nicely fed pest left my garage (it was probably bored with my hammock) and no more could I find the little mouse tiny liquorish all sorts scattered around my garage (yes, I do mean the little mouse poop). To add insult to injury, finally I found where that little thing overwintered. In that one place I hadn’t looked – in my spare empty beehive in the garage. It was only in spring when I needed to use the second hive to split my current colony to stop swarming that I found the chewed-up leftovers of my hammock mixed with whatever plastic pack it found.

     Five times I carried the thing out of my garage when cleaning the garage corner to corner and carried it back when unsuccessfully, I haven’t found the nest and cleaned garage corner to corner. Yes, the garage was cleaner than my teenager son’s bedroom.

     The little mouse must have laughed their little furry buttocks at the pathetic human being searching abilities. Therefore, bear in mind that I do accept flexible packaging not free pets. Next is the beauty program and what everyone sees as what beauty product is……

Guest Blog: Jana Karst Journey Through Recycling In West Berkshire – Week 3.

   ‘Welcome to the new edition of this Jana’ Blog Let me introduce myself. I am a full-time working mum of 2 boys and a freshly published novelist of ‘The Ninth Cross’ by my pen name J. Karst. Every single day I also try to do the little bit I can in saving the environment for future generations.’

     As promised last time, the following articles we will be jumping into each program I collect waste for and explain in detail what can and cannot be taken. Surprisingly the most weight I collect in recycling for all the programs I am listed for it is the crisp packet recycling that is the worst polluter.

     Yep that little one tiny light, shiny pack filled up with flavoured salty snack is the worst offender. Only in 2019 when I began this recycling journey, I managed to collect 673.8kg of crisp packets alone! Yup that’s more than half a tonne. Considering that all recycling together last year I collected well over 2022.4kg of waste, the crisp packet part is a huge chunk in weight and that’s not to mention that heavy items like used toothpaste and toothbrushes aren’t touching the tip of the crisp packet weight mountain!

     Only this year, considering the current situation with lockdown and having been shut for most of the year, the crisp packets volume is already at 400kg (up to today). That is shocking so let’s keep sending these little snack polluters back to the manufacturer’s, so they have to pay for its recycling!

    So, the crisp packet programs I am on about are the Walker and KP program. Walker’s program accepts any brand of crisp packets but wont take nut, popcorn or pretzel packaging. However, the KP program accepts all brand of crisp packets as well as popcorn, pretzel and nut packaging. So, it is this easy, if you do get any potato-based snack or popcorn, nuts or pretzel, as long as its plastic you drop it all off to me to sort into the walkers/KP box. Please bear in mind that sadly as none of these manufacturers do make meat type snacks, though very similar packaging, they aren’t accepted and hence if dropped off would make my life harder in trying to pull them out and bin anyway. So, if its meaty don’t put them in.

     Overtime, you get used to what is taken and what’s not but if in doubt get in touch! I am sure that as we are only humans there are sometimes mishaps like the bag of crisp packets from an old folks’ home that had some 50s hair curlers, or the desperate mums drop off who was just puzzled for 3 days as she couldn’t find her sons football shorts.

     Yep, if anything is critical to mention it is the fact that you need to keep your laundry basket as far as possible from your recycling box, especially if you have children. It happens more than you think that pants with Nutella highway are mixed within the crisp packets and when politely I make a shout out to the poor stressed mother who’s been going around in circles in the house, they always apologetically turn up with pink cheeks ‘I told him to put it in the washing basket’ they peep as I hand them the long lost crusty item.

     On this note, I end here and next time we shall talk of biscuits, crackers and cake wrapping and the wonders of human mind of what else could be a cake/cracker or biscuit wrapper……

Guest Blog: Jana Karst Journey Through Recycling In West Berkshire – Week 2.

     In the last week article, I promised to tell you ‘why’ – why would someone in their busy life spend hours each day recycling and not expect anything in return. It all started with my rescue Beagle. Her painful howl and hobble were awful to watch when she cut her paw for the 3rd time on discarded litter.  After the Vet visit, I sat with her trying to calm down her anxiety shakes. I stroked her soft fur and my tears were dropping onto her shiny coat.

     I was cross! I cursed the youngsters that left the litter in the park and the council’s lack of engagement. I blamed government for being too soft. At that point a thought came racing through my mind – maybe I can do something. I went out armed with a plastic bag and litter picked the whole field. It felt good, not to mention that I as an individual I was making a difference.

     I finally took of the rose-tinted glasses off my face and saw the truth. The litter was everywhere – I was ‘litter blind’. Then onwards I litter picked each walk. Not to mention that most of the litter I pick up is recyclable under the TerraCycle programs.

What are those programs and how does it work? TerraCycle joins in partnership with large corporations who pay TerraCycle to manage their waste. The large corporation then pays for the recycling and TerraCycle turns it into funds for the charity. Let’s start with the ‘Walker’s Program. Walkers, a large crisp manufacturer, agreed to pay for one large shipment of crisp packets (any brand) from a collector such as myself. I collect a volume of any brand crisp packets into a box that weighs more than 8Kg and is not larger than 50x60x60 cm. It however must only be crisp packets not anything resembling the same material! I post maximum of 3 of boxes (one large shipment) a month so I can receive funds paid directly to the charity linked to my TerraCycle account.

     At the moment I have 2 main charities listed – Canine Partners (https://caninepartners.org.uk/) and Hedgehog Bottom (https://www.hedgehog-rescue.org.uk/). Both are non-government funding charities in much need to support. Though bear in mind that it must be a registered charity! You can’t get funds paid into ‘Gigolo for the Elderly charity’ or ‘Year supply of booze for Margaret charity’.  

     So that’s for now and watch out next time where slowly I will be introducing all the different TerraCycle programs I collect for.  

J.Karst (#jkarstauthor; #littleberkshirewomble)

Guest Blog: Jana Karst Journey Through Recycling In West Berkshire – Week 1.

Welcome to the new edition of this Community Newsletter. Let me introduce myself. I am a full-time working mum of 2 boys and a freshly published novelist of The Ninth Cross by my pen name J. Karst. Every single day I also try to do the little bit I can in saving the environment for future generations.

     It started more than a year ago when I decided to litter pick as our family dog had yet another surgery on her paw because she injured herself on litter. After that incident I realised the more you look the more rubbish there is around us. I was ‘litter blind’. Suddenly as if the rose-tinted spectacles fell off my face, I saw litter everywhere. This send me into an anxiety land because after all what can one person do? Surely, it’s the Council, the Government who has to step up. How wrong was I, as each and one of us can make that little bit of a difference. It’s us, little people scattered over the countryside that can teach the next generation of being proud of where they live. Once you start litter picking the next level is finding out what else can be done.

     I soon realised that there is so much more that I can do. I joined a local Facebook group ‘Thatcham & Newbury plastic free, recycling & zero waste UK’, where I met like minded people. It started from discussing what can we do like instead of use plastic sponges for cleaning to use Loofa sponges to not use plastic bag when buying fruit. After that I was introduced to a company called TerraCycle. This company go into partnership with large corporations such as Nestle, Walkers, Mars etc. who pay for TerraCycle to pick up their packaging to recycle and in return money raised are placed into a charity.

     I joined this scheme and created an account linked to a Charity called Canine Partners. In order to get the volume of waste needed, I started promoting of all waste that I take to recycle, such as crisp packets, biscuit, cake, cracker wrappers, confectionery wrappers, used toothpaste tubes and toothbrushes and many more packaging and in turn in 2019 I removed 2.5 tonnes of waste out of West Berkshire and raised over 3K for charities. Through this venture I met many lovely people who helped me to grow my confidence which in turn helped me to achieve my dreams of publishing a book.

     In order to give back, I would like to publish in this newsletter short articles, slowly introducing you to the world of recycling of what you can start today at home and hopefully empower you to become who you want to be and achieve your dreams. That’s of course to ensure that if your dream is to become Lady Godiva and ride through your village in your birthday suit on a donkey, then you can’t say that the Community News Page told you so. Everything within limits! The barriers we want to break is to make that little change that will account to thousands worth of good deeds. Have a fab day and look out next week for another short article.

Karst (#jkarstauthor; #littleberkshirewomble)

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