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Colchester to create rewards scheme for regular recyclers

31 Jan 2013 by David Howells in categories News | Be the first to comment here.

Colchester residents could soon benefit from a recycling awards scheme similar to that of Nectar Points, essexcountystandard.co.uk reports. The local council has decided that using the stick as well as the carrot could prove beneficial for Colchester, with rewards being offered for those who fill their recycling bins regularly, as well as punishments being handed out to [...]

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Glasgow to get £154m recycling plant

30 Jan 2013 by Samantha Bartlett in categories News | Be the first to comment here.

A Glasgow recycling plant, which is worth £154 million, has been given the go-ahead. Building of the Glasgow Recycling and Renewable Energy Centre can now begin as plans have been approved by local councillors. The centre, which will convert 90 per cent of waste that residents place into their recycling bins into renewable energy, will [...]

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Walsall residents complain of double standards as council breach own recycling rules

30 Jan 2013 by Samantha Bartlett in categories News | Be the first to comment here.

Residents in Walsall have complained about double standards after it was revealed the local council broke its own recycling rules, according to ianshires.mycouncillor.org.uk.   Those in the area had seen stickers put on their bins by what they called ‘binspectors’, if they were deemed to have the wrong rubbish in their recycling bins. It was [...]

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Big names team up for food wastage solution

29 Jan 2013 by Ashley Curtis in categories News | Be the first to comment here.

Asda, Boots and Kellogg’s are all teaming up, along with other retailers and manufacturers, to actively reduce the amount of surplus food being wasted in Britain. Reported by packagingnews.co.uk, the big names have formed a new industry group in order to discuss current systems and possible solutions that could increase the UK’s food redistribution. Andy [...]

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Hackney Council champions positives of mixed recycling sacks

29 Jan 2013 by Paul Smithson in categories News | Be the first to comment here.

Collecting mixed recycling in sacks instead of boxes brings with it a host of advantages, Hackney Council has found. From March 1st, the local authority will switch to the mixed bag option and has shared why it has done so – higher recycling rates, quicker collections and much lower costs. A representative from the organisation [...]

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Cardiff named best city for recycling

28 Jan 2013 by David Howells in categories News | Be the first to comment here.

Cardiff has taken the title of Britain’s Greenest City after being found to recycle more than any other, thisisnottingham.co.uk reports. The chart was created following a survey conducted by Nampak Plastics of more than 2,300 from around the UK. Respondents were quizzed on their opinions of recycling, as well as their own personal habits in order to [...]

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Thousands participate in Tunbridge Wells Christmas card recycling scheme

25 Jan 2013 by Samantha Bartlett in categories News | Be the first to comment here.

A recycling scheme in Tunbridge Wells that is collecting leftover materials from Christmas has been deemed a success, according to thisiskent.co.uk. Thousands of customers have placed used Christmas cards and wrapping papers in the recycling bins, which are located at the area’s Royal Victoria Palace shopping centre. The scheme, which began just after Christmas, is also doing [...]

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UK waits on glass PRN recycling result

24 Jan 2013 by Paul Smithson in categories News | Be the first to comment here.

The UK is anxiously waiting to see if it has met its glass PRN (Packaging Recovery Note) obligations for 2012.  According to letsrecycle.com, the final quarter of the year saw the price of PRN material rocket and companies hurriedly buying up stocks of glass to reprocess or export. The EU Packaging Directive means countries are [...]

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Recycling collections missed in North Somerset due to bad weather

24 Jan 2013 by Samantha Bartlett in categories News | Be the first to comment here.

Residents in North Somerset are suffering after dozens of recycling collections have been missed in North Somerset. Thirty-eight streets across the district have been affected by snowy and icy conditions in the areas, which meant crews couldn’t access the road. Portishead, Dundry, Failance, Winford and Long Ashton are among the places to be affected. Collections [...]

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Fortnightly instead of weekly collection could boost recycling, says scientists

23 Jan 2013 by Samantha Bartlett in categories News | Be the first to comment here.

Scientists have claimed that switching from fortnightly to weekly collections of recycling bins could improve rates. The Southampton-based researchers claim that rates could be boosted by 9 per cent in areas which use the alternate weekly collection (AWC) systems. A study, conducted in the areas of Lichfield and Staffordshire, found that an AWC system not [...]

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Calls for greater transparency on recycling made by Lib Dems

22 Jan 2013 by David Howells in categories News | Be the first to comment here.

Liberal Democrats are calling on local councillors to be more open with residents on where recycling ultimately ends up, thetelegraphandargus.co.uk reports. A number of recent schemes have aimed to highlight where recycled material goes after it has been treated, with the interest around the subject hoped to encourage more people to recycle their household or [...]

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Dorset recycling scheme set to be introduced to 40,000 more homes

21 Jan 2013 by Samantha Bartlett in categories News | Be the first to comment here.

A Dorset recycling scheme is set to be introduced to 40,000 more homes in the area, reports bournemouthecho.co.uk. The measures, introduced by the Dorset Waste Partnership (DWP) saw new recycling bins being introduced to the areas of Christchurch and East Dorset. The Council has now said that the scheme will now also be used in North Dorset [...]

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John Lewis lays out ambitious plastic recycling plans

18 Jan 2013 by Paul Smithson in categories News | Be the first to comment here.

The John Lewis Partnership has announced plans to recycle all of its plastic each year, reports letsrecycle.com. Mike Walters, recycling and waste operations manager at the company, explained that the company wants to reach its zero-landfill target by the end of the year. In his opinion, the exciting part is how plastic can be reprocessed [...]

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Edinburgh councillor laments negative impact of fortnightly bin collections

17 Jan 2013 by Paul Smithson in categories News with 2 comments)

Recycling rates in Edinburgh have gone down since a switch to fortnightly bin collections and a local councillor has criticised officials for the statistics. City centre councillor Joanna Mowat, who is also the transport spokeswoman for the Edinburgh Conservatives, told scotsman.com that the September 2012 change was meant to save £5 million and improve recycling [...]

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Two billion tonnes of food turning into waste, warning states

16 Jan 2013 by Ashley Curtis in categories News | Be the first to comment here.

Engineers have warned that nearly half of all food produced in the world ends up as waste every single year, reports greenwisebusiness.co.uk. The amount of food going to waste – equivalent to two billion tonnes – is down to unnecessarily strict sell-by dates, buy-one-get-one-free offers, unsatisfactory storage facilities and “poor engineering and agricultural practices”, according [...]

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