Lidl is going to be removing all of its large 9p reusable bags from all of the Welsh stores to help reduce the plastic pollution, it will affect all 54 stores across Wales and it is estimated that it will save around 150 tonnes of plastic per year.
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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?
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.
Recycling experts are saying that a lot of unrecyclable material is getting put in to recycling bins which is then driving the cost up during the recycling process. This was shown when China banned the importation of plastic waste, because they were receiving so many loads that were contaminated.
A company that says it has the technology to turn plastics into oil wants to open a plant in the UK. It has said it has the ability to turn plastic waste into alternative fuels which can then be used to make new food-sage plastics.
There have been calls for firms who use plastic and other hard to recycle materials in their products to be taxed to help reduce the amount that goes to landfill. Taxing firms would force companies to pass on costs to consumers which could discourage people from buying their products, which may in turn make them look at more environmentally friendly packaging.
If you run out of change to pay for car parking at the CitiPark in Leeds, you can now pay in plastic bottles, for each bottle they recycle, they can claim 20p off of parking. If you collect 95 bottles you can park for 24 hours for free, and 30 bottles will entitle you to park for 1 hour.
Tesco have started to trial the reverse vending machines in some of their stores to encourage their customers to recycle plastic bottles. The first machine went operational last month and gives customers 10p for every bottle they deposit in one go.
Hovis are going to be introducing clearer labelling to make customers aware that it's bread bags are 100% recyclable and encourage customer to recycle them after use. The new labelling is just another step the company is taking to reduce its environmental footprint.
Coca Cola Europe has laumched a new marketing campaign aimed at encouraging people to recycle their empty drinks bottles and offering a reward when they do so. Also during recycle week, Coca Cola will take over Picadilly lights and encourage passers by to recycle their plastic bottles once they have finished their drink.