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Issue:- 03 January 2013

Make Recycling a New Year's Resolution!

SEFTON'S residents are being urged to make recycling a New Year's Resolution by North West-based Palm Recycling who under take the kerbside recycling service on behalf of Sefton Council.  Cllr. Trish Hardy, Cabinet Member Environmental, Sefton Council, said:- "Recycling rates in Sefton are improving year by year. However, there's always more that we can do. Why not make a New Year's Resolution to recycle more things, more often? It would be great for all glass bottles and jars, cans and every bit of paper used in Sefton to be recycled, as well as any textiles and food waste. The weekly kerbside recycling collection service provided in Sefton makes it as easy to recycle as it is to throw it in the bin."  Ruairi Holyoake, North West Operations Manager for Palm Recycling, added:- "Waste created during the festive period is at an all time high and much of this can be recycled. Think about the environment and try not to put anything recyclable into the waste bin. Please use the weekly kerbside recycling service provided by Palm Recycling for all your glass bottles and jars, cans, paper, textiles and food waste."  The blue bag can be used to recycle newspapers, magazines and all other paper-based items, which is transferred to Palm's state-of-the-art paper mill where it is reprocessed into fresh newsprint. The green box can be used to recycle empty cranberry sauce and pickled onion jars, beer and wine bottles and lager cans, as well as biscuit tins and aluminium foil. The glass is recycled into new glass products, whilst aluminium tins and steel cans are recycled into new metal products.  The food waste collection service using the caddies and kerbside food waste bin, can be used to dispose of all leftovers from the New Year celebrations. Food waste collected in Sefton is transported to a special processing plant in West Yorkshire that composts it for use in horticulture. The weekly textiles recycling collection service, collected via the pink bag, can be used for clothing, paired shoes, accessories, household linen and curtains. Ruairi continued:- "If your recycling containers get full, extra glass bottles and jars, cans and paper can be put out for recycling in plastic carrier bags next to the green box and our crews will collect them too."  Residents not currently opted into the food waste collection scheme can request a food waste bin for outside, an internal kitchen food waste caddy and an information pack, free of charge, by contacting Sefton Council on:- 0845 140 0845. Free extra or replacement blue bags for paper recycling, pink bags for textiles and green boxes for glass bottles and jars and tins/cans and aerosol cans may also be requested by calling this number.

Green Party backs rail fare protests!

THE Green Party leader Natalie Bennett has offered her party's support for protests against the further significant rise in rail fares. British rail fares have been hiked for 10 years in succession and our trains are now the most expensive in Europe. Natalie said:- "Households already struggling with fast-rising rents, food prices and energy costs are going to suffer a new blow. Many households that consider themselves middle class, who only a few years ago were comfortably off, are now struggling, finding themselves able to make ends meet only by extreme economies ranging from skipping meals to unhealthily cutting heating. Many others have already been priced off the rails; forced into convoluted, long bus journeys or into their cars when they'd rather not be, adding to congestion on our roads and increasing our greenhouse gas emissions. All of this only highlights the sense of renationalising the railways, to save us the £1.2 billion additional costs caused by the fragmentation and profit taking in the current system, as the Rebuilding Rail report last year showed. Privatization has also given us a fragile, unreliable system in which fewer than 70% of trains run on time, i.e. within a minute, the measure used in much of the rest of Europe. Britons have the longest commutes in Europe, reflecting the concentration of job opportunities in larger centres, and high house prices, rents and the shortage of social housing. We need to cut the cost of train travel, but we also need to reduce people's need to travel. This is one more reason why we need to look to rebuild strong local economies, promoting small businesses and cooperatives that are growing food, making the goods we need and provide services on a local scale."  More information can be found via these links:- 1 2 3.

Review of the Regulations of Cosmetic Interventions comments

PROFESSOR Kirwan, who was born in Liverpool, is a Plastic Surgery practitioner with Plastic Surgery practices in Abu Dhabi as well as in both the USA and UK.

On 1 January 2012, he gave this response to the media, following the publication of an interim report which has urged on tighter restrictions on cosmetic surgery in the UK. The report followed responses to a public consultation on cosmetic surgery, showing very strong support for a ban on cut-price deals and aggressive selling. The consultation came after concerns over health risks had surfaced in December 2011, following the scandal over the Poly Implant Prostheses (PIP) implants made by a French company.

Prof. Laurence Kirwan MD said:- "I am a 100% behind regulation in favour of good medical practice. Many of the recommendations are already basic rules of the ethics policy of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, such as not promoting surgery as a prize in a raffle. Banning free consultations and non-physician consultations is ideal and will affect all levels of the industry. The USA would do well to do the same where big business is taking over cosmetic surgery such as in the Lifestyle Lift which uses heavy marketing and patient consultants (sales people). Physicians should be the only ones to advise. There are other fields such as LASIK surgery which also use aggressive marketing and should be regulated. It seems that many of these suggestions should be implemented by the licensing bodies such as the General Medical Council and the respective medical societies, which already oversee standards. Another layer seems redundant. Hopefully this report will be the beginning of a new era. Unfortunately, I did not see anything in the interim report to explain the regulatory failure of the government when it comes to PIP which was the tinder that sparked the fire in the first place. It seems that we are recalling 'the driver instead of the car'. Is the consumer going to be any safer in the future with the current CE system of approval of medical implants? No tighter standards, no government liability or corporate responsibility is recommended for the immediate future. In that respect I think we are still as vulnerable to another PIP type storm in the future."

Also writing in the foreword to the summary of responses, the British Government's Health Secretary, Sir Bruce said the responses:- "send a clear message that the current regulatory framework doesn't do enough to support consumer rights or patient safety."

A final report, by Sir Bruce Keogh, the NHS medical director leading the English review, is due in March 2013.

Have you been affected by any of the issues raised in the:- "Review of the Regulations of Cosmetic Interventions" (link) and do you agree or disagree with the views that

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It is suspected that up to 40,000 women in the UK have the silicone implants, mostly done privately rather than on the NHS.

The consultation had 180 responses; the majority were in favour of tighter restrictions on the advertising of cosmetic surgery.

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