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Recycling Charity Clears Up the Confusion Around Plastics

Saturday, 14 July 2018 13:21:20 Europe/London

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. 

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Posted By Michelle

Opticians Introduces the UK's First Contact Lens Recycling Scheme

Friday, 13 July 2018 13:14:49 Europe/London

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.

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Posted in How To Recycle By Michelle

Bristol Council Criticised for Introducing a Third Recycling Box

Wednesday, 11 July 2018 13:13:08 Europe/London

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.  

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Posted By Jon

John Lewis Trials a Scheme to Buy Back Unwanted Clothes

Sunday, 1 July 2018 15:50:00 Europe/London

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.

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Posted By Adam

Southend Council Fails to Meet Recycling Targets

Saturday, 30 June 2018 15:28:45 Europe/London

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.

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Posted By Adam

Motorists Can Make Money by Recycling

Friday, 29 June 2018 15:20:02 Europe/London

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.  

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Posted By MIchelle

How Many Recycling Bins is Too Many?

Monday, 11 June 2018 15:24:49 Europe/London

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.

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Posted By Michelle

Scotland's Recycling Rate Rockets

Saturday, 9 June 2018 11:02:09 Europe/London

Recycling, composting and the reusing of waste in Scotland has risen to above 60% for the first time, the government is pleased the country is striding towards their target of 70% by 2025.  The chief executive of Zero Waste Scotland has said they are happy with Scotland making progress towards a circular economy and have acknowledged the work done by councils and other agencies.  

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Posted in Recycling Goals By Sam

Suez Suggests Pay As You Throw Schemes Will Improve Recycling Rates

Thursday, 7 June 2018 10:50:05 Europe/London

Suez, who are one of the biggest UK waste firms have given their opinion which they say would increase recycling rates, they carried out a waste and recycling survey to find that crisp packets, sweet wrappers and fast food wrapper are the main culprits of litter.  They want to introduce a 'Pay as you Throw' scheme where waste is weighed on collection whilst recycling will remain free.

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Posted By Michelle

Iceland Trial a Reverse Vending Machine in Fulham

Thursday, 31 May 2018 14:22:28 Europe/London

Iceland has become the first supermarket to install a reverse vending machine to help tackle the problem of plastic pollution.  The trial is taking place in Fulham and customers will be able to recycle plastics drinks bottles in reward for 10p voucher to spend in store.

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Posted By Michelle

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