As the Big Recycle kicks off today on World Environment Day, Green Euro MP Jean Lambert has urged Londoners to make a difference and make recycling and green thinking part of everyday life.
Jean, who is Green MEP for London, today gave the Capital a few handy tips as to how we can all make the most of recycling and protect our environment further by greening our homes. Jean said; "If we all made a few simple changes to our lifestyle such as insulating our homes and turning the central heating down a notch or two the impact would be considerable. Below are a few basic ways in which everyone can make a difference:
· Every year the average dustbin contains enough unrealised energy for 500 baths, 3500 showers or 5000 hours of television. It's vital that we all recycle and reuse glass bottles and jars, plastic containers, plastic bags, cans and paper wherever possible to save energy and reduce the amount of waste we send to landfill.
· Use water wisely; keep a bottle of water in the fridge for cold drinks so you don't have to run the tap for cold water. Take showers rather than baths and recycle the water by keeping it for your garden or flushing the toilet.
· Install a compost bin and water butt in your garden. Not only can you feed your garden but composting will reduce the number of refuse sacks you put out each week.
· Energy saving light bulbs are easy to transfer into the home and use one-third to one-fifth of the energy used by incandescent light bulbs. Lasting 10 - 20 times longer, they will also save you money."
With the World Cup taking place over the next few weeks the amount of waste being produced will increase dramatically meaning the Big Recycle 2006 is more important than ever before.
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Notes to editors:
Jean Lambert: In October 2005 Jean was named MEP 2005 for Justice and Human Rights. Jean was first elected Green Party Member of the European Parliament for London in the 1999 European elections. She was re-elected in 2004. She is one of nine MEPs representing London and one of two UK Green representatives in the European Parliament.
The Big Recycle: The Big recycle is jointly organised and funded by
WRAP - a UK programme established to promote resource efficiency - in partnership
with British Glass, the trade confederation for the glass industry; Corus, one
of the worlds largest metal produces; Nouvelle, the UK's number one recycled
toilet tissue; Novelis, the world's largest recycler of aluminium beverage cans;
PaperChain, a campaign from the Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI) to promote
the collection and use of recovered paper; the Corrugated Packaging Industry,
the corrugated sector of the CPI and Recoup, a national charity developing plastics
recycling in the UK. It is a key part of the 'Recycle Now' campaign for England,
WRAP's all year round promotional campaign to get people recycling more stuff