Starbucks are set to introduce a 5p charge to paper cups across their 950 UK stores, originally trialed in London for 3 months, it showed that 4% of customers started to bring their own recycling cup in. Starbucks have said they were encouraged by the trial and were excited to roll out the scheme across England.
This weeks Recycling roundup features stories including discarded laughing gas canisters being littered in areas despite the fact they can be recycled for money, Wirrall council have told residents they have no plans to introduce a food recycling scheme, and finally RECOUP organised collections of trays, cups and PET drinks bottles for recycling.
The charity RECOUP has joined forces with Norfolk Waste Partnership to develop a campaign to show how clothing can be made from recycled plastic bottles. Students from Norfolk were asked to get creative and design items of clothing that could be made from polyester which comes from PET bottles, 9 finalists were chosen and were given materials to create their idea.
When it comes to recycling, contact lenses may not be high up on the list, but with millions of people in the UK wearing contact lenses this equates to a lof of plastic waste. Valli Opticians has introduced a contact lens recycling scheme across their 14 practices, the lenses are collected and then sent to TerraCycle who sort them into different materials.
Bristol Council have been criticised for their decision top introduce an additional recycling box following a review into the collection strategy. The result of the report now says that the general waste colletion shall change to every 3 weeks to cut down on the amount going to the incinerator.
This weeks Recycling Roundup feature stories including Morrisons annoucing new measures in which to help reduce plastic pollution, Veolia opening what they say is Europes first solar panel recycling facility, and finally councils across the West Midlands are sending recycling that they collect overseas.
John Lewis is going to be trialling a new app-based service where it will buy back old unwanted clothes. The trial is being tested by 100 John Lewis customers, it doesn't matter whether the clothes have been bought from a John Lewis store on their online shop, as soon as the total reaches £50 a courier will collect within 3 hours and then e-mailed a gift card.
Southend Council are continuing to miss its recycling targets, and over the last few years recycling rates have fallen from 49% to just over 46% even though they have a target of 54%, one reason which could have affected this rate was the fact that residents were given poor pink sacks which split when put out for collection meaning they were not collected.
A new scheme is being launched which will give financial rewards to motorists who recycle their plastic bottles and coffee cups. Recycling Reward machines are going to be installed in Maidstone as part of a trial. Drivers will gety money off vouchers to spend on snacks and drinks, each item recycled will generate a 5p off voucher.
Residents in Ayrshire have now been told they are going to be having 6 recycling bins per household, with some only being collected every 6 weeks. The council have said sending waste to landfill is becoming too expensive but recycling can be used to provide income.