Recycle Week – 17-23 June

Recycle Week is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year. This year’s theme is: “Recycling – at home and away” and will focus on metals, plastics, packaging, textiles and food waste.

Primary schools generate 45kg of waste per pupil per academic year and secondary schools 22kg per pupil per academic year.

Schools can take the week as a chance to look at how their school can reduce its waste and also up their recycling. It’s also a great way to raise funds using one of the various recycling companies that will collect clothes, DVDs, and printer cartridges.


Coke slakes oil thirst with sustainable packaging

Coca Cola yesterday released the first of more than 200 million PlantBottle packages to hit UK shelves this year, as part of a global rollout comprising more than five million packs across 20 countries.The 500ml bottles developed with WWF are made of up to 22.5% bioethanol from sugarcane and up to 25% recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic.

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Use of plastic bags up 5% in 2010 compared to previous years

The Guardian have published an article about the increase in use of plastic carrier bags in 2010 compared to the years 2006-2009.

In 2006, UK consumers were using 11bn plastic carrier bags, a figure reduced by 40% to 6bn in 2009. But now these figures have seen an increase around 5% in 2010 according to the government’s Waste and Resource Action Programme (WRAP). The reason? Well, the economy has been one supposed factor with people making more regular short trips to local stores rather than a big weekly shop.

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Debate on incentivising recycling schemes in London continues

The London Assembly released a report reviewing the debate on incentivising recycling schemes in London – with the conclusion that although it may encourage a change in behaviour, it is unclear if this would be sustained over time.

I am curious to see the outcome of Lambeth Council’s recycling RecycleBank pilot scheme, which rewards residents for recycling. Points add up and can be redeemed for vouchers to be used in the local community. I think this is a great example of building a sustainable community – both in ensuring we reduce our waste, but also in investing in the local economy.

There is a good article in Business Green that discusses this further here.

Michelle, Account Manager

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