George at ASDA has launched a clothes recycling scheme that will give customers rewards for bringing back their unwanted clothes. In partnership with Yellow Octopus Group which helps businesses become more sustainable. ASDA Northern Ireland has a scheme where customers receive a 10% off voucher which they can use online at George. Customers just have to locate a participating store then they can get a label or QR code so they can drop off their old and unwanted items.
Discarded laughing gas canisters are becoming an increasingly familiar sight on our pavements and in our parks. These small steel bottles contain nitrous oxide or ‘laughing gas’ which has become a recreational drug of choice for party and festival-goers.
Nitrous oxide is a light anaesthetic in dentistry or to charge whipped cream aerosols. As a drug, the gas it provides is transferred from the canister into a balloon and inhaled. The high that users get is brief, so you’ll often find a large number of discarded canisters in the same place.
In this weeks Recycling Roundup Guernsey has cut the amount of general waste it collects by half after making some big changes to its recycling services. Also waste bosses at Edinburgh City Council have said that a deposit return scheme would reduce waste but also might lead to more expensive waste management contracts and a woman from Chippenham was told to dump her broken council recycling box because it "couldn't be recycled"!
In this weeks Recycling Roundup changes are coming to waste and recycling collections in some parts of Aberdeenshire where collections will take place on a three-weekly cycle from 10th September. Also, UK snack giant Walker’s Crisps has partnered up with recycling specialists TerraCycle to recycle more packaging and raise funds for life-saving services across Scotland and the Authorities in Rome are trialling a scheme where people can recycle bottles in return for free journeys on the city’s public transport...
In this weeks Recycling Roundup Britain in Bloom judges have visited Newbury and now the town is on tenterhooks to see if it’s going to reach the finals of the national competition. Also, research carried out by WRAP has found that cotton and polyester are the materials whose fibres could potentially best replace virgin materials and two new recycling points are being trialled in Hampstead Heath in the hope that it will help clean up the area...
In this weeks' Recycling Roundup WRAP has announced that a £1 million grant will be made available to boost the recycling of business waste in England. Residents in Powys who want to use household waste and recycling facilities in Monmouthshire might be able to do so - if they’re willing to pay and the chief executives of Asda, Greggs and J Sainsbury will meet with the Environment Secretary Michael Gove to discuss concerns they have about recycling initiatives that they say will impose ‘unsustainable costs’ on an already struggling retail sector.
In this weeks Recycling Roundup, Zero Waste Scotland has released figures showing a record amount of food waste was collected in 2017, residents in Great Blakenham in Ipswich have been given a free ice cream to make up for having to put up with an alarm that has been driving them mad over the past month and according to The Body Shop, the UK recycled 602,493 tonnes of plastic in 2017-18, and six of the top 10 best cities for recycling were in Wales.
This weeks Recycling Roundup features stories about the UK's latest aluminium can recycling rates, residents in Cheltenham being assured that their recyclables are not going to landfill and new recycling collections are coming to East Sussex.