China’s new e-waste reforms

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China’s e-waste industry is ready for an upgrade. www.inkntoneruk.co.uk thinks it’s well overdue.

In the China dialogue website it has been reported that e-waste is a challenge because of the toxic substances and with the world producing 41.8 million tonnes in 2014 of that 6 million was produced in China.

China released a new policy in January of 2017 called Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) and by the end of the year the Ministry of Environmental Protection and other government bodies “must put forward a proposal for recycling electronic[s]” and that they want to see the EPR system in place for 2025 for “key product types” and advances in “environmental product design”.

The article also noted that China had shipped 560 million mobile phones in 2016 of which 400 – 500 million will be discarded as users update their phones and there are already one billion dumped in China.

The EPR system recommends four areas of manufacturer responsibility which are “producing environmentally-friendly designs, using recycled materials, standardising waste management and recycling processes, and disclosing data on recycling” to reduce carbon footprints and to make manufacturers track and re-use products during their life cycles”.

The reform will begin with targeting four products; electric and electronic, cars, lead batteries and drinks packaging which means increased costs for businesses in these segments and the recycling costs are “expected to be passed on to consumers through increased prices” the article suggested.

According to a survey by CHEARI (China Household Electric Appliance Research Institute) the informal recycling sector handles 86 percent of e-waste in China and the government wants to promote “formal recycling” because of incorrectly discarded materials during informal recycling which lead to pollution and environmental “damage”. The workforce toiling away on these informal sites have neither health and safety protection nor any union support.

Li Boyang, Deputy Head, Energy Saving and Environmental Protection, Research Centre, said that “licensed disposal firms require production lines that meet national environmental standards, and which use suitable technology to dismantle, discard and re-use waste, all whilst providing basic protections for employees” and this costs millions for a “single production line” leaving these firms unable to compete with the smaller traders. E-waste formal recyclers are subsidised by the government but the payment can be as late as one year, which may cripple smaller businesses.

Boyang said that it was “difficult to regulate and manage the informal recycling sector” and that the government wants to direct more E-waste to the formal sector as soon as possible but that the EPR (Enterprise Resource Planning) system is not addressing the fact that the smaller, informal segments are
important in keeping cities clean.

In the formal sector there are “strict licensing and limits on the number of waste firms” and there are only 109 at present but the China Dialogue was told that “large quantities of discarded products are snapped up by small scale workshops and traders, leaving nothing left for larger firms, meaning such facilities lie idle”.

In conclusion the article noted that by ignoring the informal sector and targeting manufacturers the former will be left without jobs and that this could cause other problems.

Today (July 7) is World Chocolate Day!

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Whether you prefer white or milk chocolate, or even dark chocolate, now’s the time and the perfect excuse.

So go on, pull out that bar of Toblerone, stock up on Kit Kats or demolish a block of Fruit & Nut.

What’s your preference?

One of the great things about chocolate is just how versatile it is, as well of course how just plain yummy it is too!

You can drink it, eat it, you can have it by itself, as an ingredient or even as a topping. It’s fair to say that at www.inkntoneruk.co.uk we simply love chocolate.

It’s the perfect summer snack (as long as it’s cold) and in winter-time nothings better than a cup of hot chocolate by the fire.

A little bit about how chocolate is made. You may know that Chocolate is produced from cocoa beans. This comes from the dried and partially fermented seeds of the cacao tree, which can be found in the deep tropical region of the Americas.

But where can you get cocoa from? If you want a lifetime supply of chocolate you can find them in West Africa as two-thirds of the entire world’s chocolate is produced there. Reports from the World Cocoa Foundation state that approximately 50 million people around the world depend on cocoa as a source of livelihood.

As you may know there are various types of chocolate but the most pure, unsweetened chocolate contains primarily cocoa solids and cocoa butter in varying proportions. Much of the chocolate consumed in today’s society is in the form of sweet chocolate which is cocoa and sugar combined. Milk chocolate is very common as well and it is also a sweet chocolate that additionally contains milk powder or condensed milk.

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Majority of University graduates will never pay off student loan!

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A report has found that three quarters of graduates will never pay off their student loans.

The Institute of fiscal studies show that most of those will still be paying it back when they’re into their 50s.

Reforms that have been brought in by the coalition government has seen the lowest earning third of graduates better off by £1500. Replacing maintenance grants with loans sent debt rates sky high.

The IFS (institute for fiscal studies) probe has revealed that any gains that have been made by poorer students during the controversial 2012 tuition fees system shake up have been wiped out more.

The result of this has proven that students from low income families are graduating with debt levels that reach as high as £57,000.

Interest rates were also extremely high at up to 3% above inflation. This means that your average student who borrows £45,000 will end up paying another £5,800 in interest.

The IFS have found that higher earners may have to fork out £40,000 in interest repayments.

Reports indicate that reducing maintenance grants would have the advantage of allowing the government to target specific students or courses which have wider benefits to society. The government have inputted that ‘This would, however significantly increase deficit spending and lead to a smaller but still considerable increase in the long run government contribution.’

Since 2011 university funding has increased by roughly 25% per student, originally funded by richer graduates. Institutions now receive on average £28,000 per student per degree.

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Andy Murray will open centre court play for Wimbledon 2017

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The first round which will take place at 1pm BST will be Andy Murray against 30 year old 2016 champion will face Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik.

Women’s champion Serena Williams will be absent during this tournament as she prepares to give birth to her first child.

The Scotsman who is now recovered from a bad hip injury hopes to match against fellow Briton Fred Perry as a three time champion in the competition.

British number one Johanna Konta is also in full action on the first day of the 131st championships, alongside with Venus Williams and Rafael Nadal.

The weather forecast for the early days of the tournament suggests rain throughout but due do the centre court roof, play is guanteed to take place thanks to the roof which has been put in force since 2009.

Court one has already begun work on installing a roof which will be available in time for the 2019 championships. This will cause the court to be more open to the elements than usual this year.

After the 647 matches that are about to take place, the two singles champions will walk away with a record prize money of 2.2m. This amount doubles the winner’s cheques from six years ago where the price taken home was just 35,000.

The earliest places in the famous queue for tickets were taken just 48 hours before play starts, this if for those who are prepared to camp out.

Roughly around half a million spectators will pass through the gates of all England club across the 13 days of play. 28,000kg of strawberries and 10,000 litres of cream are set to be consumed along the way!

To celebrate the Wimbledon Tennis Tournament, print out the poster below:

wimbledon 2017 poster

What Do The Letters Mean At The End Of Your Printer Model Numbers?

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Looking to buy a printer at Ink N Toner UK? You may get confused with so many model numbers as they all look quite similar with additional letters in the end. for example: M3825DW, M4075FW, M2625D etc. But what do these letters at the end of model number mean? These letters usually stand for a feature or function that the printer has. So a combination of multiple letters indicates that it comes with a few number of features.

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What do printer model suffixes mean?

B: Battery Your printer can be powered by battery
BT: Bluetooth Your printer can print via bluetooth connectivity
C: Colour Your printer can print in colour
D: Duplex Your printer can print on both sides of the page automatically
F: Fax Your printer can fax
H: Hard Disk Your printer has a built in hard drive for additional features such as saving documents to your print jobs
i: Imaging (Memory Card Slots) Your printer has memory card slots
MFP: Multifunction Printer Your printer is an all-in-one printer which means your printer can print, copy, scan and also could include fax
N: Network Your printer has some sort of network features such as an Ethernet port or wi-fi connectivity. If your printer has NW, this could just be wireless networking and may not include an Ethernet port.
S: Stacker or Stapler Your printer either has a built-in stacker (a section of paper will be stacked for high volume printing) or a stapler
SK: Stacker and Stapler Your printer has both a stacker and a stapler
T: Extra Tray Your printer has an additional paper tray included
W: Wireless Your printer has wireless capability and can connect to your wireless network
X: Duplex, Extra Tray and Network Your printer contains a number of extra features. Please refer to your printer spec list to see what they are.

When these letters are combined together in your printer model number, it usually means that it your printer includes a combination of those features. For instance DN means your printer comes with duplex and networking capability. Another example is DTW which means that your printer comes with duplex, extra tray and wireless capability. If you want to ensure that you are 100% getting these features, do check the full specification of the printer you want to buy to confirm the features you need.

The Best Fidget Spinner In The World!

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Fidget Spinners are the hot trend of 2017 and is the perfect toy for relieving ADHD, anxiety and boredom while it spins for up to 3 minutes. Here is the list of the top coolest fidget spinners you won’t believe exists in the world. They are truly unique and amazing, so take a look below.

Top Coolest Fidget Spinners YOU Wont Believe Exist

Make your own GCSE Flash Cards here!

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Download your free GCSE flash cards here. These GCSE revision cards are all empty so you can write in your questions and answers to help you revise for your GCSE. These easy to use GCSE flash cards can provide you with what you need to enhance your learning experience and ace your GCSE’s. Just print out the GCSE flash cards using your printer and then cut each card out. You can use the left cards to write in your questions and the right cards to right in the answers to the questions. Simple!

GCSE flashcards

May the 4th be with you! Star Wars Day!

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“May the 4th be with you.” What started as a pun for May the Force be with you warmly shared by fans has become a Star Wars holiday or Star Wars Day for them.

So as you know today is Star Wars Day, so fans across the world will be saying ‘May the 4th be with you’.

Check out these funny pictures posted on today!

Star Wars Day: May the 4th Be With You

Star Wars Day: May the 4th Be With You

Star Wars Day: May the 4th Be With You

That Friday Feeling!

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It’s Friday and we are all looking forward to the bank holiday weekend.

I’m guessing today you have that Friday feeling so enjoy these e-card by sending them to your friends and colleagues to have a laugh. Happy Friday!

Why not grab yourself a bargain this bank holiday weekend at Inkntoneruk.co.uk with our low prices on ink cartridges and toner cartridges. Just click here to visit our site and save money today on your printer cartridges.

It’s Friday!

It’s Friday!

It’s Friday!

It’s Friday!

Free Printable Easter Cards

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Check out these free printable Easter cards by Ink N Toner UK. These Easter cards are a great way to spread some Easter fun to the loved ones, especially the ones you won’t get to see during the Easter bank holiday weekend. Wish your friends and family with these fun print-friendly Easter cards. We hope you do love them as we think they are great! To print out these Easter cards, just click on any of the images to view a high quality jpg file. Right click on the image, and save it and then you can print it from your saved folder in your computer.

Free Printable Easter Cards by Ink N Toner UK

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