It’s festival season, and sure enough, the topic of recycling has reared its head like it does every year. The revellers that attend the average festival usually get a bad rap for leaving waste behind, and festival organisers have to do everything they can to keep it under control.
A report released by the waste reduction charity WRAP says there are eight plastic items that should be removed from shelves by the end of next year as part of the UK pledge to reduce the usage of single-use plastic.
Nestle has launched a new recyclable paper snack bar wrapper that’s thought to be the first of its kind. The firm’s YES! snack bar range will be its first product to appear in the new packaging that’s made from sustainable coated paper.
A Which? investigation looked at the packaging on 46 popular items from 11 supermarkets and found that the average amount of packaging that could actually be recycled was only 52%.
John Lewis is the latest retailer to announce that it’s launching a trial in-store recycling scheme that will reward customers for taking their empty product containers back to its stores to be recycled.
Sainsbury’s has become the latest supermarket to trial a reverse vending recycling scheme at one of its superstores, which will allow customers to return plastic bottles with the potential of receiving £25 off their shopping.
The UK’s recycling efforts have received a timely boost in the form of a £4.7 million recycling grant from Defra. The funds will be managed by Wrap, the recycling charity, and they’ll be put towards growing the UK’s plastic and textiles recycling and reprocessing infrastructure.