Protecting the environment is everyone’s business, and even though we might pat ourselves on the back for religiously rinsing our cans of beans and putting them in the recycling, it appears that kids are head and shoulders above us when it comes to recycling knowledge.
KP snacks are the latest company to launch a recycling scheme for their packaging, they have joined up with Terracycle for the collection of nuts, crisps, popcorn and pretzel packets which will then be collected and turned into new items like garden furniture.
Since 1992 around 72% of the world's plastic waste has ended up in China and Hong Kong, but with China banning the importation of recycling, what are the ramifications of this?
One of the largest retail property owners in the UK is set to pilot a textile recycling scheme where people can recycling their old clothes by dropping them off at a shopping centre in Oxford.
Local authorities can boost their recycling rates by over 1% and save over £450k in waste disposal if they introduced a bulky waste collection service. Figures by WRAP suggest that 50% of goods that are taken to the recycling centre could be reused.
There have been calls for clothing brands and retailers to pay a penny on each item they sell to fund a clothing recycling scheme, MP's say that 'fast fashion' contributes to global warming, water pollution and air pollution.
The recycling provider is introducing a free glass waste collection service for businesses in the vehicle industry. The company said it is aiming to remove the burden from businesses who are reluctant or unable to recycle.
The fact that we are recycling more is great for the environment, however do we think of the toll it takes on the collectors body on a daily basis. Research has shown that it is having a detrimental effect on binmen's backs, so is it time to ban the recycling boxes and offer an alternative?