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The Challenge of Recycling LED Lamps

Friday, 23 February 2018 10:08:29 Europe/London

Lightbulbs are essential to our homes and businesses, in recent years they have changed from the incandescent bulbs which are now banned to low energe and LED bulbs, but with this change comes the challenge of recycling.  In 2016 6000 tonnes of lamps were collected and recycled with only 1% being LED lamps.

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Posted in How To Recycle By Jon

Shredding Paper: Good for Your Business and for the Environment

Wednesday, 21 February 2018 09:34:16 Europe/London

Although most businesses have made the move from paper to storing everything digitally but there are still some companies which prefer to maintain paper files.  Around 99% of shredded paper is recycled but also helps keep sensitive information from falling into the wrong hands.  Every tonne of paper that is recycled, 4 barrels of oil are saved which on average can power a hoke for 6 months.  

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Posted By Michelle

Why People in London Flats Don't Recycle

Monday, 19 February 2018 09:23:43 Europe/London

Resource London and Peabdody have joined forces to look at barriers to recycling in flats in urban areas to see if they can increase the recycling rates in London.  37% of London residential accommodations are made up of flats and it has shown that residents that live in flats recycle half as much waste as people living in houses, despite raising from 32% to 33% it is still below the nationwide rate of 44%.

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Posted By Adam

Lego to Put Recycling Labels on all its US Packaging

Friday, 16 February 2018 09:11:22 Europe/London

Lego has joined the How2Recycle program and have announced plans to start labelling its toy packaging for its US consumers this year.  By the end of the year Lego hope to have the How2Recycle lable on more than 60% of its packaging, since 2012 they have committed to only use paper from forests that have been sustainably managed.  

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Posted By Sam

Asda to Phase Out Single-Use Plastic Bags

Wednesday, 14 February 2018 09:02:12 Europe/London

UK supermarket chain Asda are going to be phasing out single use plastic bags by the end of this year and making 100% of its own brand packaging recyclable by 2025.  Asda will be the first to take this action on plastic with similar retailers following in the near future.  

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Posted By Michelle

Recycling Roundup 12th February

Monday, 12 February 2018 09:02:00 Europe/London

Stories this week include looking at the waste management statistics in Northern Ireland, carpet recycling is up by 42% according to Carpet Recycling UK, and lastly, residents in Cumbria are soon to be able to recycle card and plastics.  

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Posted in Recycling Roundup By Adam

McDonald's Aim to Use 100% Recycled Packaging by 2025

Sunday, 11 February 2018 09:16:53 Europe/London

McDonald's has set itself a target for 100% of its packaging to come from renewable, recycled, or certified sources by 2025.  The company, who are the world's largest restaurant company say they have a responsibility to use their influence to make changes to help the environment.  

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Posted By Sam

UK Government Fails to Back EU Recycling Targets

Saturday, 10 February 2018 09:08:03 Europe/London

The UK government is opposing new recycling targets set by the EU even though it pledged tp develop new targes and milestones themselves.  The European parliament voted on a new target of 65% by 2035 which the UK refused saying meeting the target of 65% by 2030 would save around £10 billion in waste related costs.  

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Posted By Jon

Scientists at the University of California have developed a new recycling process that restores old lithium battery cathodes.  Less than 5% of lithium batteries are recycled which means millions end up in landfill every year, the problem with this is the toxins it can release and also the supply of the precious metals used in batteries is dwindling fast.  

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Posted By Adam

Clothing Companies Join Together to Combat Fashion Waste

Thursday, 8 February 2018 09:29:53 Europe/London

64 Companies have signed a commitment which aims to tackle the amount of waste in the fashion and textile industry, the industry plans to concentrate on reselling more used garments and develop recycled textile fibres.  

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Posted By Sam

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