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  • For The Recycling Consortium (TRC), which is based in Bristol, in the South West of the UK, the 3R’s are the only way to deal with the waste we produce. TRC promotes ways to reduce, re-use, recycle and compost. By advancing sustainable ways to deal with our waste, TRC believe that we all benefit - as do our planet and our environment.
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IRAIN - Pesticide pollution of groundwater is also on the increase. At least 16....

Pesticide pollution of groundwater is also on the increase. At least 16 toxic pesticides are commonly found in drinking water and widespread testing is still woefully inadequate.

Dangerous concentrations of metals like lead and aluminium, implicated in Alzheimer's disease, affect two million people's water supplies; while old pipes sometimes contain five times the EC limit of cancer-causing coal tars derived from pipe-sealing materials. WHAT NEEDS TO CHANGE: The government must strictly enforce all the EC standards for drinking water. All water board test results should be publicly available.

The use of nitrate fertilisers in agriculture must be discouraged by appropriate taxation and limitation, and strict control over a much-reduced arsenal of pesticides maintained. WHAT YOU CAN DO: If you are concerned about the quality of your tap water, ask your local Environmental Health Department to test it for you, and ask for a full breakdown of the results. This service should normally cost you nothing and Friends of the Earth (see: www.foe.co.uk) may be able to assist you in interpreting the results. Do what you can to reduce the amount of water you use.

You could buy bottled water, though the non-returnable plastic bottles and the transporting of the water to your local shop are very wasteful of energy. Also, bottled water costs 1,000 times as much as tap water. You can buy a water filter, but even if you pay in excess of £200 for a plumbed-in evaporation unit you will not eradicate all the pollutants from tap water.

A cheap jug-type filter will improve the taste, however, by filtering out some pollutants and any organic impurities in the water. If you use one of these, change the filter unit regularly to prevent build-up of harmful bacteria.

Then write a strong email to your local Member of Parliament and....

Then write a strong email to your local Member of Parliament and to your water authority. INSISTING ON SWEET WATER - WHO BENEFITS? You: Pollution in our tap water is one of th... read more

If you decide to buy only non-South African fruit, avoid Cape, Del....

If you decide to buy only non-South African fruit, avoid Cape, Del Monte, John West, Outspan and Libby's. The Co-op is the only supermarket chain which almost neve... read more

Thirty-six per cent of families do not have the use of a....

Thirty-six per cent of families do not have the use of a car. One survey found that 70 per cent of people liked clothes shopping and 61 per cent... read more