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Simon Young is our Green Officer





  • Council collect grass/garden waste; make compost, then sell it back to general public to cover cost.

            People are growing their own vegetables more and more.


  • Council starting to collect food waste to recycle for animal feed.  Should collect old cooking oil (vegetable oil) at the same time and use it make biodiesel to use in their vehicles.  Win, Win situation – collecting from schools, residential care etc.  Possibly from hotel and b. & b.

Production of biodiesel uses some harmful substance but using proper safety standards, there is no environment issues.


Advantage of using Biodiesel:-

  1. Fully biodegradable
  2. Naturally renewable resource
  3. Less toxic than table salt
  4. As biodegradable as sugar
  5. Eliminates black smoke from tail pipe
  6. It replenishes lubricants, helping the engine to last longer, reducing engine wear and helps keep injectors, fuel line, pump and tank clean, reducing maintenance costs.
  7. Less unburnt hydrocarbons/carbon monoxide.
  8. Biodiesel produced largely from renewable sustainable resources, which means less green house gas emission, is involved in the production of it.


             Disadvantage of using Biodiesel:-

 Vehicle manufactures only recommend a 5% mixed into white diesel or they void their warranties.


 Background History to the Diesel Engine:-


            Rudolf Diesel invented it to run on peanut oil or vegetable oil. During          2008 fuel price increases meant that the use of vegetable oil became much more wide spread.


     If you want more information you can order on line:-

     From the Fryer to the Fuel Tank by Joshua Tickell.


     Video/DVD the Veggie Fuel Video (making biodiesel from used cooking oil).



     In 2007 McDonald’s UK started producing biodiesel from its own waste cooking oil; this is used in its own fleet of trucks.

     Virgin trains run on 20-% biodiesel mix.


     The Royal Trains from 15th September 2007 ran on 100% biodiesel.




     In January 2009 Disney Train ran on biodiesel from its own waste vegetable oil.


     During biodiesel expo.  2006 Andrew Robertson suggested that B20 biodiesel could reduce U.K.’s household C02 emissions by 1.5 million tons per year.


    Down side if biodiesel not produced correctly can cause deposits/cooking of injectors, combustions chamber and valve.  Better to use a blend to stop problem.




Win the Climate Change Debate Tuesday 30th November Unison House Cardiff



The U.K. must take action to stop the Global threat of climate change, for it will effect every man, woman and child in the future.

Britain has a legal target to cut emissions by 80% by 2050 and 34% by 2020.  Plus increasing its energy produced by renewables from 2% now to 15% by 2020.

 These are very difficult times for the U.K. economy but we must not allow this to take our eye off the ball, this is for our grandchildren’s future.  We must not mess it up.

 By investing in a low carbon economy the Government estimates it to be worth £112 billion and employ 910,000 people with it.  Friends of the Earth believe that it is essential to the economic recovery of the U.K. that we forge ahead with this sooner rather than later.

 Despite the U.K.’s vast wind and wave resources, in 2008 only 2.3% of our total energy came from renewables.  The last Government was slow to protect our low carbon businesses.  So much so, that, the U.K’s only manufacturer of wind turbines “Vestas” on the Isle of Wight, closed in 2009 with the loss of 618 jobs.  One positive action the new Government has done is to grant Nissan in Sunderland £20 million in grant aid for the production of electric vehicles.  WithEd Miliband being elected as the new Leader of the Labour Party, it is important that he does not forget what was important to him when he was Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.


Our mission Statement must be for now and forever “REDUCE”

“REUSE” AND “RECYCLE”.   Keep up the good work.


All of us as individuals have a part to play in reducing C02 emissions – but, more importantly, tackling climate change will require a strong collective response from society at large and governments.


1.     Cycle or walk to work/shops once a week.

2.     Start a vegetable patch (much cheaper and better tasting than supermarkets).

3.     Energy saving light bulbs cost £3.00 to £8.00, but save up to £65 in whole life of bulb, can last up to 10 years.

4.     Switching off plug sockets at the wall and switching off unused lights can save £11.00 per year off your energy bills.

5.     Only boil water you need (use one cup of water for one cup of tea).

6.     Turn central heating down by 1 degree and save £30.00 per year.

7.     Use correct sized saucepan, including the lid, saves energy.

8.     Lagging water tanks and installing loft insulation saves between £35 and £50 per your.

9.     Use cotton cloths to clean your kitchen instead of kitchen roll, (they last longer and cost less).

10.    Get composting!  Shop-bought compost cost £3.50 for 20 litres.

 GREENER DRIVING           1.     Drive in the highest gear practicable.

2.     Use little or no air conditioning.

3.     Turn off engine when stuck in long traffic queues.

4.     Check your tyre pressure, make sure they are correct.

5.     Clear out boot and remove roof rack when not in use.

6.     Reduce speed on motorways.  Driving above the speed limit is not only illegal, but costs considerably more.

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