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.
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.
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.
This weeks Recycling Roundup features stories including North Lincolnshire council collected over 1000 tonnes of recycling after the christmas period, the NHS Trust has saved over £100k by recycling unwanted hospital equipment and furniture, and finally a charity in Preston that helps offenders gain employment has won an award.
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.
Hovis has joined forces with TerraCycle to launch a bread recycling scheme, only 1 in ten local authorities recycle bread bags so you can see why consumers who want to do the right thing have such a problem.