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
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
BRAG recently asked Brentford councillor Guy Lambert about plastics recycling and what happens to the waste collected in Hounslow. We told him that we had heard that items not suitable for recycling go to landfill, incineration or overseas. BRAG members who recently visited the Southall Lane Recycling Plant had been assured that all non-recyclables were sent to incineration. Continue reading
Almost every tea bag sold in the UK now contains plastic, according to Ethical Consumer magazine.
The population of Britain drinks 165 million cups of tea a day, or two and a half per person. Continue reading
Brentford Recycling Action Group (BRAG) joined Ealing Friends of the Earth (EFoE) at Brentford Market on 29 July to host an anti-plastic-pollution stall at the Festival of Waste organised by local mental-health charity The Cathja Project.
A plastic-bedecked octopus, created by EFoE for a previous event, caused a sensation, and we succeeded in collecting two and a half pages of signatures for Friends of the Earth’s petition asking for urgent government action to reduce manufacturers’ and retailers’ production of plastic waste. Continue reading
Environmental campaign group A Plastic Planet has launched the world’s first ‘plastic free’ Trust Mark, to let shoppers know which food and drink products have been packaged without plastic.
Early adopters of the Trust Mark include UK supermarket giant Iceland, Dutch retailer Ekoplaza and tea brand Teapigs.
For further information, click here.
Supermarket chain Morrisons has announced it will allow customers to use their own containers for meat and fish from the Morrisons’ Market Street Butcher and Fishmonger counters as from this month.
The new policy is part of a number of measures the Bradford-based supermarket is taking to reduce plastic pollution, in addition to committing to make all its own-brand plastic packaging reusable, recyclable or compostable by no later than 2025.
For further information, click here.
More than 40 companies have signed up to a pact that aims to cut plastic pollution over the next seven years.
The firms, which include Coca-Cola and Asda, have promised to honour a number of pledges that include eliminating single-use packaging through better design.
They have joined the government, trade associations and campaigners to form the UK Plastics Pact. Continue reading