LG Electronics USA have been recognised by the US EPA for leading the way in responsible electronics recycling leadership, mainly for the collection of a large amount of electronic items and sending them to a third party for recycling.
The drive for recycling is not a new concept, it dates back as early as our ancestors were repairing, recycling and reusing materials. People often made small flint tools from old axes and ground down ceramics to new pots and materials for houses.
Tetra Pak and Veolia have joined forces to make sure that all parts of the used drinks cartons in the EU can be recycled by the year 2025, the recycling director at Tetra Pak said that every material in these cartons can be recycled .
After carrying out some consumer research the plastics recycling charity recoup has found that the key to the Deposit Return Scheme is convenience, 56% of consumers said they either wouldn't travel more than a mile to empty their containers and only 14% of said they would be willing to travel more than 3 miles.
Since we announced we were leaving the EU, Brexit has been on the news on a daily basis, but will recycling be affected when it does happen? Most of the UK's recycling rates has been down to the EU legislation with the UK currently at 44% but this was set to rise to 65% by 2030.
The UK waste management charity WasteAid UK is set to run a two year plastic recycling project in Gambia that is being funded by the government. The charity has been working in Africa since 2015 and since then has set up recycling centres in 27 communities.
Veolia has announced that the community fund for 2019-2020 is now open for applications. Various organisations can apply for a share of the £115,000 to help encourage recycling, reducing household waste or prevent carbon emissions.
More and more people are buying second hand goods at 'tip shops' that have been set up at waste and dump sites, one of these shops in Newport has rescued 21 tonnes of goods from ending up in landfill. The idea of these shops is to help those who cannot afford to buy brand new items from the high street.
A report has looked at recycling arcoss of the member states and has been forced ot issue warning to 14 nations who are in danger of missing the EU targets. That list includes Malta, Greece, and Cyrpus who are currently only recycling 20% of their waste compared to the targe of 50%.
Following in the footsteps of Walker's, Pringles have introduced a recycling scheme for its packaging, from December consumers will be able to recycle the cans. In the past Pringles have been criticised due to the complex construction of the cans made it almost impossible to recycle.