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17Feb

New On Pack Recycling Labels

On Pack Recycling Labels are there to provide a simple, UK-wide recycling message on retailer and brand packaging to help consumers recycle more products, more often. ORPL is simplifying the design of on-pack labels to make it easier for consumers and retailers to understand.

The new labels will still feature the iconic recycling symbol, but components will only be listed on complex packaging and materials will no longer feature on the labels. Messages have been shortened to 'Check Locally' rather than 'Check Local Recycling' and 'Not Yet Recycled' instead of 'Not Currently Recycled'.

The new design also allows the inclusion of calls to action that are valuable to consumers. 'Rinse', 'Cap On' and 'Remove Sleeve' are among the important messages identified by WRAP.

A recent customer survey found that 7/10 consumers recognise OPRL labels and 2/3 refer to them. The new system is intended to maximise effective recycling.

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03Feb

Meet the worms

Food waste makes up to 30% of our rubbish in the UK - even though food waste can actually be recycled! 

If your local council offers food waste collections it's easy to keep food waste out of your rubbish bin. You can usually collect all your unavoidable food waste, such as fruit and vegetable peelings, bones, coffee and tea ground and eggshells in a kitchen caddy before sending this outside on your collection day to be recycled. Make sure you check with your local council to see if you can get your food waste collected and how this process works.
 
If you’ve got a garden, you can compost your food waste alongside garden waste to produce a free, rich fertiliser for your garden.
 
For those of you without a garden or food waste collection service, what can you do to prevent your food scraps filling up your rubbish bin? Our team have been trying out another solution.
 
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19Jan

UK households bin £13 billion of food a year

The Waste and Recycling Advisory Body (WRAP) have revealed that 7.3 million tonnes of food waste was thrown away from UK households in 2015, compared to 7 million tonnes in 2012.

Although some food thrown away cannot be eaten - such as fruit peelings, eggshells, meat bones, coffee grounds and tea bags - a huge 4.4 million tonnes of this food waste was deemed to be avoidable, meaning it was edible before it was left to go off and put in the bin.

The food wasted in 2015 alone cost UK households £13 billion and the average UK householder spent £470 on food that ended up in the bin.

Binning edible food doesn't only waste money, but avoidable food waste in 2015 was responsible for generating 19 million tonnes of green house gases.

It's time to join the food waste fight to save more of your food from the bin and save money, slow down global warming and prevent deforestation. Head to Love Food Hate Waste to find out more and do your bit.

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04Jan

New Year's Resolution

Could you go vegan for one month?

At New Year we can’t resist promising ourselves a healthier and happier year to come. Maybe you’ll take up more exercise, start a diet or give up an unhealthy habit? If you're looking to make a positive change in 2017, there’s a new campaign we think you need to know about. It’s called Veganuary.
 
As the name suggests, Veganuary is a campaign encouraging you to go vegan for the month of January by avoiding food or clothing that come from animals (such as meat, dairy, eggs and leather) and we think there’s a reason for everyone to give it a go.
 
Animals
 
One reason to make the switch to veganism is to protect animals from being exploited by the meat, dairy and egg industries.

Health
 
Personal health
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21Dec

Your guide to a green Christmas

Last Christmas we consumed nearly 300,000 tonnes of card packaging in the UK - enough to cover Big Ben 260,000 times. And the wrapping paper we consume each year is the same in weight to 124 London Eye's! That's why we're asking you to prevent waste this Christmas.

When shopping for gift wrap, only buy recyclable paper and reuse old wrapping paper when possible. Some wrapping papers cannot be accepted for recycling because of added glitter, plastics or dye - so check with your local council first.

The Royal Mail delivers 150 million cards a day over the Christmas period and up to a billion cards will make their way to landfill. If you choose to send paper cards, make sure they are made from 100% recycled materials. After Christmas, save the cards you've received to make decorations next year or donate them to a Christmas card recycling scheme.

Over the festive period the UK throws out 2 million turkeys,

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09Dec

Plastic Bag Charge a Success

The controversial 5p carrier bag charge was introduced to England in October 2015. The charge was brought in to tackle the rising use of plastic bags handed out by supermarkets - up to 7.64 billion in 2014 - the numbers of which contribute to landfill and damage wildlife, coastlines and the sea. 

Over a year on, and it seems this charge has been a huge success in cutting the waste of plastic bags and associated environmental risks. It's been found that 90% of shoppers in England now use their own carrier bags, an increase from 70% prior to the charge.

The charge is further celebrated by conservationists, who claim that the number of carrier bags found on UK beaches has dropped almost 50% since 2015.

There's still a long way to go, as the number of disposable drinks containers found on UK beaches has risen by 4% in the same time. Some see opportunity in applying further charges to plastics - including plastic bottles, disposable coffee cups, excessive pac

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21Nov

AND THE AWARD GOES TO...

St Helens Recycling Rewards!


The Effective Service Redesign and Reform (ESR2) iNetwork Award has gone to St Helens Council for St Helens Recycling Rewards! The award celebrates success in innovation and achievement in service design.


Commenting on the award, St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Green, Smart and Sustainable Borough, Councillor Steve Gomez of Aspron, said:


“This award is a great testimony to everyone involved in the recycling rewards scheme; from the collection team – to the residents who have signed up and continue to support the initiative. In St Helens we recycle over 40 per cent of our rubbish, which is a fantastic achievement. However, there is so much more that can be done to reach our target of 50 per cent by 2020. The scheme has not only increased awareness in recycling and sustainability but it has also addressed the council’s wider aspirations around improving communications bet

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15Nov

THE LITTER ON OUR STREETS

Cans. Takeaway boxes. Bottles. Bags. Leaflets. Food. Chewing gum. Cigarette butts. What don’t we chuck onto our streets, roads and in our parks? Of course many of us aren’t making a mess out there, but many of our streets are still littered with the stuff. So what’s going on, and how do we fix it?


Over 30 million tonnes of litter is collected from the streets in England every year. To put this into perspective, that’s enough to fill Wembley Stadium to the top four times! Hard to picture, right? This costs councils more than £1bn a year to clean up.


Litter in Britain

Britain is actually one of the most littered places in Europe, with cigarette butts claiming first prize as the most littered item. Fast-food restaurant food packaging and drinks cans and bottles are also a common sight on our streets. Not only is it all unsightly but it’s dangerous for pets and wildlife who are attracted to the

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07Nov

OUR FIRST GREEN APPLE AWARD


It was announced Friday, 4th November thatthe innovative recycling reward scheme, Torbay Green Points has won the renowned international Green Apple Award for Environmental Best Practice. The scheme is run in partnership by Torbay Council and Local Green Points. 


Since launching in July 2015, a real impact has already been seen in Torbay’s waste and recycling tonnages, with the recycling rate already having increased by 1%. Residents have also raised £12,000 for local charities by engaging in the waste and recycling modules. Beneficiary charities include the RNLI, Rowcroft Hospice and Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust. As well as raising money for local good causes, top recyclers can win popular voucher prizes such as M&S, Paignton Zoo and Torbay Velopark.

Carol Arthur,Torbay Council's recycling officer, is delighted at winning the Green Apple Award and says: “Torbay residents already recycl

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27Oct

Don't chuck that pumpkin

When you hear the word ‘Pumpkin’, is your first thought of a decorative Halloween lantern? It seems like a lot of us think the same - over one million pumpkins are bought in the UK every year in the lead up to Halloween. According to Hubbub UK, a charity dedicated to reducing pumpkin waste, a shocking 18,000 tonnes of this vegetable gets binned during this time too!

At the moment, farmers are growing whole fields of pumpkins, ready to be carved, with the nutritious flesh binned before the carved pumpkin shell is later wasted too.
 
We’re wising up to this scary problem and finding ways to end the waste! Pumpkins are a winter squash – just like butternut squash and their flesh is rich in vitamins and minerals, which is perfect for building up your immunity for the upcoming colder weeks. So, cooking with them is ideal! Find plenty of delicious pumpkin recipes to try at home here.
 
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