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.
This weeks Recycling Roundup includes stories about environment bosses in Leeds have launched a campaign to get more people to recycle in the city centre, students in Cheltenham are becoming more and more angry that they have not had their recycling collected for 5 weeks, and finally, Tesco are preparing to trial reverse vending machines in some of their stores.
According to Suez, a simpler labelling system on packaging could be the key to get more people to recycle, after holding a workshop they found that consumers said this was the main reason they did not recycle more. One of the ideas that they come up with was a traffic light system.
Nestle has joined forces with the charity group Recoup and Wastebuster to help deliver a new recycling programme in schools. This new programme will help teach pupils on the importance of protecting the environment especially from the ever rising programme of plastic waste.
Halloween is ever increasing in popularity, which means an increase in parties, decorations and getting dressed up, despite all this you can still cut down on your waste and recycle more.
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.
After a protest from the public, Walkers have now introduced a nationwide scheme for recycling crisp packets. This all started after campaigners started attaching freepost lables to the back of crisp packets and sending them back. The scheme will help enourage customers to drop their empty crisp packets at public collection points.
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.
A company that is working on innovating ways to recycle takeaway cups has won an entrepeneurs award. They use a technique which heats the cup to a very high temperature in the absence of oxygen, this can then be broken down into gas and bio-oil to produce energy.
This weeks Recycling Roundup includes stories of a keen 5 year old recycling campaigner is the new star of a Wigan council recycling campaign, the plastics charity Recoup the consfusion behind plastics packaging is down the the budget cuts are local authorities, and finally the recycling minister has said that household recycling rates are collapsing.