Major government consultations are expected imminently on UK-wide packaging extended producer responsibility, a deposit return scheme for beverage containers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and consistency in household and business recycling collections in England.
Organisations including the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM), INCPEN, Environmental Services Association (ESA) and WRAP UK are working in partnership to support a series of free and open-to-all webinars to ensure that stakeholders across the resources, waste and packaging/retail supply chains can gain an early understanding of these important consultations. To register your interest in one or more of these events, please follow the appropriate link:
The Recycle Your Electricals Campaign has unleashed HypnoCat, a pink fluffy feline that uses its hypnotic superpowers to persuade people to recycle their electricals rather than binning them. His pink coat reflects the designated colour for electrical recycling.
The campaign has been launched in response to the UK’s surge in clearing out during the coronavirus lockdown. It was initially rolled out on paid social media and radio in four locations across the UK: Bristol, Bath and North Somerset; Tyneside and Newcastle; Edinburgh and Falkirk; and Norwich. Continue reading
The Independent newspaper recently published a list of plastic-free tea bags. Here are its picks:
Abel & Cole Indubitably Excellent Organic Earl Grey (The Independent‘s top pick)
Brew Tea Company Earl Grey
Clipper Organic Tea
Hampstead Tea Whole Leaf Home Compostable Pyramids
We Are Tea English Breakfast Tea
Eteaket Royal Earl Grey Tea Bags
Nemi Tea Green Tea
T2 French Earl Grey Teabag Gift Cube
Good & Proper Tea
Twinings Loose Leaf Pyramid Bag
Teapigs Everyday Brea Tea Bags
To read the whole article, click here.
We think this petition, about requiring washing machine manufacturers to install filters to stop microplastics going into the sea, is worth signing: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/248269
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is holding a consultation on a proposal to extend the single-use-plastic-bag charge to all retailers and to increase the minimum charge to 10 pence.
For more information, and to have your say, see https://consult.defra.gov.uk/environmental-quality/extending-the-single-use-bags-charge/
Recycle for London (RfL), as part of its London Recycles campaign, has launched Know Your Plastic, an initiative to help people understand which plastic items can be recycled at home. It features short, quirky videos on social media supported by detailed information on a dedicated web page.
The campaign is being shared by Hounslow Council, which wants to help residents understand what can and cannot be accepted for recycling. Continue reading
Walkers Crisps has pledged to make all its packaging 100% recyclable, compostable or biodegradable by 2025. In the meantime, the company has partnered with recyclers TerraCycle to make it easier to recycle its crisp packets and thereby reduce its impact on the environment.
There are a number of collection points throughout the UK for the packs, which must be clean and empty. If there isn’t a collection point near you, Walkers can arrange for a courier to collect your packets free of charge, or you can take them to your nearest courier drop-off point. You’ll need at least 400 packets, so it’s best to club together with family, friends and colleagues.
For more information, click here.
TerraCycle partners with manufacturers to recycle the “non-recyclable” – items that are usually consigned to landfill or incineration. In some cases product packaging can be returned to shops, but it’s also possible for volunteers to set up a drop-off point and earn money for charity. Continue reading
The Frontline Club will host an event on Tuesday, 20 November, at 7pm, to release the results of an Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) and Greenpeace UK survey of major UK grocery retailers, their use of single-use plastic packaging and their targets to reduce it. Continue reading
Ealing Friends of the Earth and Southall Transition present the film ‘A Plastic Ocean’, on Thursday, 6 December, in Southall (details below), which documents the devastating impact plastic is having on our oceans and the marine animals that live there. Continue reading