One of the largest retail property owners in the UK is set to pilot a textile recycling scheme where people can recycling their old clothes by dropping them off at a shopping centre in Oxford.
This weeks Recycling Roundup features stories including North Lincolnshire council collected over 1000 tonnes of recycling after the christmas period, the NHS Trust has saved over £100k by recycling unwanted hospital equipment and furniture, and finally a charity in Preston that helps offenders gain employment has won an award.
Local authorities can boost their recycling rates by over 1% and save over £450k in waste disposal if they introduced a bulky waste collection service. Figures by WRAP suggest that 50% of goods that are taken to the recycling centre could be reused.
There have been calls for clothing brands and retailers to pay a penny on each item they sell to fund a clothing recycling scheme, MP's say that 'fast fashion' contributes to global warming, water pollution and air pollution.
Hovis has joined forces with TerraCycle to launch a bread recycling scheme, only 1 in ten local authorities recycle bread bags so you can see why consumers who want to do the right thing have such a problem.
Big companies are increasingly offering incentives to help reduce waste and recycle more, these incentives often include freebies, discounts and loyalty points. All this seems great however a lot of people are not aware that these incentives even exist.
The recycling provider is introducing a free glass waste collection service for businesses in the vehicle industry. The company said it is aiming to remove the burden from businesses who are reluctant or unable to recycle.
This weeks Recycling Roundup features stories including a new nationwide contact lense recycling scheme being launched, a clothes recycling bank is being removed from a retail park after a spate of flytipping around Christmas time, and finally a Co-op in Ipswich is raising awareness around the towns kerbside recycling.
The fact that we are recycling more is great for the environment, however do we think of the toll it takes on the collectors body on a daily basis. Research has shown that it is having a detrimental effect on binmen's backs, so is it time to ban the recycling boxes and offer an alternative?
The plastics reprocessing copmpany Recycling Technologies has announced that it is joining forces with Swindon Council to develop an advanced plastics recycling facility which will be the first of its kind in England.