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WORLD NEWS BPI Recycled Products Expanding Across The Channel

Recycling giant bpi.recycled products is moving into a new market with its fi rst sacks contract in France, having recently gained the required accreditation to supply the market across the Channel.

The UK manufacturer will supply France’s Saumur Council with its EN13592 accredited mixed-waste sacks in an initial year-long contract. Although it is hoped that this will be extended for a further two years afterwards.

The new contract is for the collection of selected waste streams including plastic bottles, metal packaging, cardboard cartons and drinks containers.

Lorcan Mekitarian, BPI RP’s Commercial Director, said: “We hope to build our presence in France following this fi rst order. BPI is able to produce a wide range of refuse sacks across a variety of applications and market sectors, adhering to required standards and accreditations.”

Little Bugs Clean Up The Big Apple

Scientists have discovered that insects such as ants, cockroaches and millipedes actually help to clean up our mess.

In a recent study from North Carolina State University, it was revealed that these bugs consume 2,100 pounds of food waste – almost 1,000kg – every year, equating to roughly 60,000 hot dogs. Study leader Elsa Youngsteadt, an entomologist at the Raleigh- based university, said: “If insects weren’t eating all of this food, it would accumulate and be foul.”

In an effort to fi nd out how the bugs consumed our waste, the researchers

conducted an experiment where two sets of scraps – including crisps, cookies and hot dogs – were dropped in 45 parks across New York. One set was out in the open, while the other was caged, so that only arthropods (a group of invertebrates such as insects, spiders and crustaceans) could get to it. What they found was that these arthropods consumed 32% of the caged food in just 24 hours.

Following the study, Daniel Herms, an entomologist at Ohio State University said: “This is another in a series of elegant studies on urban ecology by this group of researchers at NCSU. Insects are important in the natural

Male Cleaners Don’t Do It For The Ladies

Men may be less likely to help out with the cleaning, as a recent study has shown that doing so can cost them sex.

Researchers from the Juan March Institute in Madrid studied data based on relationships of more than 4,500 middle-aged American couples over the course of 20 years, including their sex lives and how they divided up household chores.

They found that tasks such as cooking and cleaning were still perceived as being ‘women’s work’,

with 80% of the housework still done by women. They also discovered that men who did their fair share of the housework, including these so-called ‘feminine’ jobs, had less sex than those men who didn’t lift a fi nger.

Sabino Kornrich, a sociologist at the university, said: “What we do in the house is really strongly tied to how people think of themselves as men or women, or as masculine or feminine. So women may see men doing ‘feminine’ jobs as being less sexually attractive, while couples with similar

domestic roles may feel more like siblings than lovers.”

However, the research has not been widely appraised, with some claiming that the opposite actually applied. Constance Gager, a sociologist at Montclair State University in New Jersey, said that the initial results may not apply to younger couples, who have grown up in a time when gender roles have, by and large, changed, and that when tasks are not classed as being ‘gender specifi c’, men have more sex when they do more housework.


environment, and this study is another example that they are providing critical services, even in urban areas.”

He explained that sacks for the French market have to be EN13592 accredited. Bpi.recycled products’ sacks have AFNOR Certifi cation – which provides a written assurance that the product conforms to the specifi ed requirements.

BPI RP’s yellow-tinted drawstring sacks, which were launched at the ISSA/Interclean exhibition in May, have text on the outside stating the different types of waste that can be put inside.

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