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December 21, 2016 in EH Spy
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Christmas Leftovers

 

Christmas Leftovers

 

  • The wrapping paper discarded by British families on Christmas morning will be enough to circle the globe ten times
  • UK Christmas trees would stretch to the North Pole and back if placed end to end.
  • London Junk recycle 80% of everything they collect

 

 Do you know  the person who has everything, who would like to be reacquainted with the gritty side of life? London Junk is offering the ultimate Christmas gift in celebration of their first ever ‘Waste Collection Experience Day’! For just £300, you will get to spend a day elbow deep in the capital’s rubbish. This experience will offer a deep insight into what Londoners throw a way as rubbish, as well as the opportunity to sort through the city rubbish and deliver it to various recycling centers nationwide. When the day is over, the lucky rubbish sorter will receive a coveted souvenir of their day! A spokesperson for the company explains, “It’s a far cry from the Square Mile or the King’s Road, but it is real and you could say it’s the underbelly of London.”

With the Christmas season in full swing, Harsha Rathnayake, has appealed for families to take note of their local bin collection days in order to avoid illegal disposing of rubbish. Due to large amounts of leftover plastic, elastic and cardboard, there is often a rise in illegal dumping and fly-tipping activity during the holiday season.  “Bigger families are likely to find managing their rubbish more challenging, and with bags of rubbish piling up on doorsteps, there’s no wonder desperate mums and dads look elsewhere to take waste”, Rathayake explains.

Large amounts of rubbish can attract rodents which can lead to serious health risks. Fly-tipping is just as hazardous as it can lead to severe consequences for natural wildlife and local environment. Rathayake hopes to combat these issues by creating additional collecting hours across December and early January. It’s certainly worth doing some research to find out more about waste collection days and private companies in your area, as many will be offering their services across the holiday season.”

For more information, visit here: http://www.london-junk.co.uk/waste-collection-experience-day-gift-package/

 

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An abandoned government building in the center of Dublin was taken over by activists looking to end homelessness in the city earlier this week. Apollo House, former premises for the social welfare department, was broken into by ordinary citizens and transformed into a temporary shelter. Despite a High Court ordering to vacate the premises, citizens have refused to move from the building. The local council has accused the activists of conducting illegal activity and not following health and safety procedures.

Homeless Story Become Global News

News broke at the beginning of the week that activists had hijacked the building and offered it as accommodation to over 30 people who were sleeping on the streets. The event has caused quite a splash globally with news outlets such as CNN in the United States picking up on the story. Hundreds of people took to the streets on Tuesday afternoon to attend a small concert held by the activists from the roof of the building. Irish musicians such as Hozier and Kodaline joined in on the event, performing some of their most well-known songs. Singer Glen Hassard spoke from the roof of the building, saying “This was born out of a concern, out of a pain in the heart, and anger to be honest because we’re looking around and we’re seeing the numbers  go up. We’re seeing the amount of charities rising, we’re seeing the number of homeless rising, I mean what’s going on?”

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