Severn Trent has branched out and bought a food waste recycling company called Agrivert. Agrivert produces energy from food waste and was bought as part of its Green Power Business, and they say that renewable energy is of strategic importance to them and the country as a whole.
There are quite a few projects around at the moment which aim to help protect our planet for the future, this includes powering the Notting Hill Carnival venues and Lego introducing a plant based plastic which is far more easily recycled.
People who attended this year's Notting Hill Carnival were encouraged to recycled their aluminium cans as part of 'Every Can Counts' programme. After the carnival it took two nights and over 30 refuse trucks sweepers to clean up the area, despite this they say that recycling was increased during the festival.
Havering Borough Council are preparing to withdraw from the London Green Points Recycling Scheme, they are urging residents to redeem any rewards they have accumulated before October. The council were awarded funding for a 5 year scheme, with it now coming to an end, there is no evidence of any more funding awarded to carry this scheme on.
A new pilot scheme has been launched to encourage people to drop their old unwanted golf clubs at their local golf club for recycling has become so popular that organisers have been inundated with venues wanting to take part. Funded by the Scottish Government the aim is reduce waste and also to give people who can't afford golfing equipment the chance to take part in the sport.
This weeks Recycling Roundup features stories include a new fully operational recycling plant which has now opened in WestLothian, recycling collections have been affected in North Somerset due to refuse crew shortages, and finally Fife Council's attempt to try and increase charges at a recycling centre could lead to an increase of businesses fly-tipping.
The government has indicated that it plans to introduce a plastic tax on non-recyclable plastic such as straws and single use cutlery, with the eventual aim of encouraging businesses to switch to more environmentally friendly alternatives. The treasury carried out a consultation and got 162,000 consultations saying most would back a tax on single use items.
During the summer Germans have drunk so much beer that the breweries are running out of glass bottles, demand for beer is so high at the moment that it is exceeding the rate of the bottle return scheme. One employee told a TV network that one company is sending out company delivery drivers to try and find some empty beer bottles.
Since Milton Keynes Council introduced clear sacks from plastic it has highlighted the true problem of contamination in the area. Residents say they were shocked to see their recycling being thrown in the back of the general waste lorry after they had taken their time to spearate it. The council say that 1 in 5 is unsuitable for recycling.
The city council of Malaga say that almost 50% of the waste generated comes from hotels, bars, and clubs and is made up of glass bottles and containers that are only used once. They have paired up with Ecovidiro to launch a recycling campaign which gives recycling containers to establishments to make the collection of glass easier.