Utilities Promoting Community Recycling
By Amy Morin
Utility companies have many opportunities to promote recycling within the community.
They can also be a model for green living by showing the community that they are doing their share to reduce their own carbon footprint.
Many electric companies offer a variety of recycling programs.
Recycling programs can not only reduce the amount of waste headed to the landfills, but can also encourage people to use more energy efficient appliances.
A lot of electric companies offer light bulb recycling. Since many light bulbs contain mercury, it’s important to keep these out of the landfills. Offering customers an opportunity to drop off their lamps and light bulbs for free can ensure that they don’t end up in the trash.
Appliance recycling programs can also be a great way to reduce waste.
Unfortunately, many cities and towns charge people to drop off any of their unwanted appliances. This can lead to people taking desperate measures to get rid of items, including leaving them behind when they move or even dropping them off illegally.
While most utility companies will offer a free place for people to drop off their appliances, some companies will even pick up appliances. This can help encourage customers to purchase energy saving appliances which can help them save on their utility bills each week.
Water and Sewer Companies
Water and sewer companies often educate the community about a variety of ways to recycle water.
Some companies offer reduced bills to customers who prevent water run-off from going into city drains and streets. Water run-off can be collected from gutters and used for things such as watering the lawn.
Some cities allow wastewater to be treated and used for watering plants. Other places offer customers education about composting and recycling grass clippings.
How Utility Companies Recycle
Utility companies should not only promote recycling to their customers but should also show the community that they practice recycling. Companies should look for ways to reduce their own waste by recycling as much as possible.
Utility companies can also use recycled materials.
By using anything from napkins made from recycled paper to using recycled concrete to pave their driveways, they’ll show the community that they are serious about saving the environment.
Utility companies can easily pave the way for recycling in a community. By offering incentives, education and refuse drop off, companies can reduce the amount of waste headed for the landfills.
As a power provider, how are you doing your part in your local community to be recycle?
About the Author: Amy Morin writes about parenting, psychology, and business topics such as small business payroll.
All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency
Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.
Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.
According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.
Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.
“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."
He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."
North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).
The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.