Plastic packaging from British recycling bins has been found dumped at illegal rubbish sites in Malaysia, the charity Unearthed revealed that UK branded packaging has been discarded on a pile of waste near Kuala Lumpur, the packaging included Fairy dishwasher tablets, Yeo Valley yoghurt and Tesco Finest Crisps.
This weeks Recycling Roundup features stories including East Suffolk county council are no longer accepting plastic bags and plastic food film as part of their collection, Coventry council have taken over the brown bin recycling across Nuneaton and Bedworth, and finally 6 Somerset councils are looking for new recycling contractors in preparation for its Recycle More progamme.
Amazon have announced plans that they are planning to introduce 2 new initiaves to reduce its carbon footprint, the corporate giant is planning to invest $10 million in the 'Closed Loop' fund and to install solar panels to help reduce their footprint by 6000 metric tonnes of co2 each year.
There have been calls for firms who use plastic and other hard to recycle materials in their products to be taxed to help reduce the amount that goes to landfill. Taxing firms would force companies to pass on costs to consumers which could discourage people from buying their products, which may in turn make them look at more environmentally friendly packaging.
If you run out of change to pay for car parking at the CitiPark in Leeds, you can now pay in plastic bottles, for each bottle they recycle, they can claim 20p off of parking. If you collect 95 bottles you can park for 24 hours for free, and 30 bottles will entitle you to park for 1 hour.
This weeks Recycling Roundup includes stories about environment bosses in Leeds have launched a campaign to get more people to recycle in the city centre, students in Cheltenham are becoming more and more angry that they have not had their recycling collected for 5 weeks, and finally, Tesco are preparing to trial reverse vending machines in some of their stores.
According to Suez, a simpler labelling system on packaging could be the key to get more people to recycle, after holding a workshop they found that consumers said this was the main reason they did not recycle more. One of the ideas that they come up with was a traffic light system.
Nestle has joined forces with the charity group Recoup and Wastebuster to help deliver a new recycling programme in schools. This new programme will help teach pupils on the importance of protecting the environment especially from the ever rising programme of plastic waste.
Halloween is ever increasing in popularity, which means an increase in parties, decorations and getting dressed up, despite all this you can still cut down on your waste and recycle more.
Tesco have started to trial the reverse vending machines in some of their stores to encourage their customers to recycle plastic bottles. The first machine went operational last month and gives customers 10p for every bottle they deposit in one go.